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The bay of Limassol is large but easily understood when you break it down into the various areas. Starting in the West with the quickly shelving Curium Beach,and ancient site of Curium with its amphitheatre the area stretches along pass the Ladies Mile Beach with good sand and a gentle slope to the beach making it ideal for small children. You then get to the modern new port and area of the wineries and breweries. Most of these wineries give tastings and tours free of charge.
The next area is the Old Harbour with the Sponge Exhibition, the lovely old Castle and the revamped area around the castle square. The imagination used in converting an old warehouse into very good restaurants is to be applauded. This area has a lovely atmosphere to walk around or stop for a drink or a meal around the castle walls. For excellent reasonable priced food do not pass by Mikri Maria's in Ankara Street. The owner is not Mikri or Maria but Afroulla and she cooks with the help of a friend an excellent meal. It is like eating in a friend's dining room rather than a restaurant.
This area adjoins the St. Andrews Street with all the shops for locals and tourists. Chance for a suit made to measure in 48 hours in British material but cheaper than in the UK. Try also the main road at right angles to St. Andrews Street, Anexartisias Street which has several boutiques in it. Then the main designer shops in Makarios Avenue.
On the sea front here is the lovely walk way along the sea front. If you haven't been to Limassol for twelve years you will not recognise this area, it has been so well created from the Old Harbour and now right down to the Holiday Inn (Churchill Hotel as many still remember it).
The beaches along this area are man made but quite popular with locals and tourists, especially the area near the Garden Park.
The next area about three miles from the old harbour is Potamos Yermasoyia or the Tourist Area. This was a very lively area in the 80's and early 90's but two gulf wars have taken their toll, and many of the lovely Cypriot tavernas with music and local dancing have closed. The area now includes many foreign restaurants and for Cypriot food you have to look harder. Fish and Chips can be found in all restaurants but are best from the Fish and Chip shops here. In this region are many disco bars, Irish pubs and other entertainments.
Go along another couple of miles and the Amathus area is reached with better beaches and a quieter atmosphere. You will also find a good selection of restaurants and a few bars in this area.
The sea front path from the Larnaca end of Limassol is nearly complete to the tourist area and makes an invigorating walk and gets you ready for a drink at a seaside bar. In the Amathus area is the ancient Amathusia site which is very reasonable to go in and visit. The dig is still on going and makes the area more interesting. One or two new bar/cafe's are appearing these days along the beach path.
Just past the Amathus area is the area of Ayios Georgios and Governors Beach. Lovely area to swim from with a good range of tavernas for lunch or dinner. There is a daily bus in summer along the sea front taking you to Governors Beach and then returning about 4.0p.m in the afternoon.
Inland from the Holiday Inn is a secondary tourist area where you can visit a boot sale on Saturdays. In this area near the Ajax Hotel there are several very good eating places. The Mesa Yetonia Meze House, Smokey Joes being just two of them.