Limassol emerged from the two city kingdoms of Amathus and Kourion (Curium). Amathus is one of the ancient city Kingdoms of Cyprus where Theseus left the pregnant Ariadne to be taken care of, after his battle with the Minotaur. Kourion is another ancient city kingdom which was originally built in the 2nd century B.C. and enlarged in the 2nd century A.D. Another spectacular ancient feature of Limassol is the medieval castle, built in the 14th century, located right next to posh restaurants, beach and shopping areas and is a very rare one. The castle was the precise place in which Richard the Lionheart married Berengaria of Navarre and crowned her Queen of England, here in 1191.
Limassol is the island’s largest seaside resort. There different types of holiday accommodations close to the sea front ranging from luxury hotels, to apartments and villas. Near them are a wide range of cafes, taverns, pubs, discos and nightclubs. Limassol is also well known for its fantastic night life and beautiful beaches. There is a population of approximately 167,000.
The major festival on the island is the annual Wine Festival held in Limassol during end of August beginning of September. The visitors have the opportunity to taste some of the best Cyprus wines, which are offered free of charge. On some evenings, various groups from Cyprus and abroad perform folk dancing. There is a big selection of food to choose from and a captivating entertainment. This festivity lasts for ten days.
Famed for the hospitality of its cheerful people, archaeological sites, mediaeval castles, fun-loving reputation, first class hotels, designer shops and one of the best nightlife on the island, Limassol is the perfect destination for the perfect holiday.
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