Cyprus' second-largest city, Limassol's main attractions are the beautiful palm-lined seafront promenade park, Limassol Castle and its medieval museum, and the substantial yacht marina with upscale restaurants, cafes and designer shops.

Other sights include the public gardens, a salt lake with great bird-watching opportunities and an environmental education center, beaches, a small zoo, a beautiful historic library building, fantastic street art, a small historic district, and several small but interesting museums, the most famous of which is the archaeological museum. Limassol also has a busy art and music scene, with everything from bouzouki taverns to jazz.

There are several points of interest nearby, and the coastal region to the east is scenic. Because of the influx of immigrants from various neighboring countries, Limassol has a great selection of authentic ethnic restaurants, including Indian, Egyptian and Lebanese. Many fine hotels dot the coast between Limassol and Amathus, to the east.

Nearby are the 13th-century Kolossi Castle (9 mi/14 km west of Limassol), Dhassoudi beach, the Agios Georgios Convent and the Greco-Roman archaeological site of Kourion, where plays and concerts are performed every summer in the ancient theater. Regional vineyards and wineries abound inland from Limassol (there's a two-week wine festival in September), and you can use Limassol as a base to visit Troodos mountain villages, hiking trails and ski resort in winter months. Daily public buses run from Limassol to all of these nearby attractions.

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