Lemesos (Limassol) | The Changing Face of Cyprus
If there’s a town that knows the true meaning of transformation, it simply has to be Lemesos. Forever becoming more cosmopolitan, the sprawling cityscape is famed for its thriving cultural scene and dynamic modern life. Buzzing cafes complement candlelit bistros, modern architecture and old colonial mansions vie for attention, while small galleries are tucked away near larger art centres. Then there’s an ultramodern marina soon to add a dazzling new dimension to the area complementing the whole array of luxury hotels lining the water’s edge.
Head for the seafront and you’ll be greeted by a whole array of funky beachside bars attracting a well dressed crowd watching the waves hit the shore with cocktail in hand. Continue further towards the newly pedestrianised historic quarter to find a treasured area crowned by a medieval castle surrounded by some of the best restaurants in the country, dishing out anything from stuffed calamari to gourmet seafood risotto and mouth-watering salads.
While art aficionados often flock to contemporary centres adorned with innovative works for a visual treat, lovers of times past can explore the Amathus archaeological site or Kolossi Castle, a former Crusader stronghold. For majestic views, the ancient Kourion is an absolute must see. To top it all off, spend a night at the local theatre offering an impressive agenda of international performers and the very best of alternative local music and dance.