Limassol or Lemesos is a city on the southern coast of Cyprus and capital of the eponymous district. Limassol is the second largest city in Cyprus, with an urban population of 160,000 – 176,000. The municipality is the most populous in the country with 101,000 inhabitants (2011).
The port of Limassol is one of the busiest ports in the Mediterranean transit trade and the largest port in Cyprus. It has also become one of the most important tourism, trade, and service providing centers in the area. Limassol is renowned for its extensive cultural traditions, and is home to the Cyprus University of Technology, A wide spectrum of activities and a number of museums and archaeological sites are available to the interested visitor. Consequently, Limassol attracts a wide range of tourists mostly during an extended summer season to be accomodated in a wide range of hotels and apartments.
Limassol was built between two ancient cities, Amathus and Kourion, and during Byzantine rule it was known as Neapolis (New Town). Limassol’s historical center is located around its medieval Limassol Castle and the Old Port. Today the City spreads along the Mediterranean coast and has extended much farther than the castle and port, with its suburbs stretching along the coast to Amathus. To the west of the city is the Akrotiri Area of the British Overseas Territory of Akrotiri and Dhekelia.