Situated where the rolling foothills of the Troodos mountains meet a short flat plain, between the two ancient city-kingdoms of Amathus and Kourion, modern-day Lemesos (Limassol) has grown along a 15 km coastline to become Cyprus’ second largest city. It is the island’s main port, the centre of the wine industry and a bustling holiday resort with a choice of luxury hotels and entertainment spots, lining the coast and linked by a promenade. Lemesos is known for the variety of its nightlife, from tavernas with Greek bouzouki music, to modern discos and steamy nightclubs. Restaurants and tavernas abound, serving a range of local, regional and international dishes. The old town, with its medieval castle, the site of the royal wedding in the Middle Ages between Richard the Lionheart and Berengaria of Navarre, radiates out from the old fishing harbour. Many important antiquities, Byzantine and Frankish monuments are found in the Lemesos area, evidence of its long history. Having a fun-loving reputation, Limassolians stage some of the island’s best- known festivals, such as the annual Wine Festival in September, when the various wineries offer free samples of their products and the Carnival in February with masquerade parties and a grand parade.

Main places of interest: Medieval Castle and Museum Archaeological Museum Folk Art Museum Municipal Art Gallery Carob Mill Kolossi Castle Cyprus Wine Museum Archaeological site of Kourion Sanctuary of Apollo Archaeological site of Amathous

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Cyprus is the warmest island in the Mediterranean. The mean daily temperature in July and August ranges between 29°C on the central plain to 22°C on the Troodos mountains, while the average maximum temperature for these months ranges between 36°C and 27°C respectively. Winters are mild. The island, on average, enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine every year, and the rainy season is confined to the period between November and March. Snow occurs rarely in the lowland and on the northern range of Keryneia but falls every winter on ground above 1.000 metres on the Troodos Range, usually occurring by the first week in December and ending by the middle of April.

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