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Cyprus 

 Limassol

Limassol (Lemessos)
is situated in the south of the island and it is Cyprus´ main industrial and maritime area and also the second biggest town of the country. Its population is about 135.000 and rises during holiday times because of the tourism. Most of the tourists only pass by on their way to the more historic sites like Akrotiri or the Troodos mountains, but there is actually a lot to see in Limassol besides a busy industrial centre.

Because the city is relatively untouched by the streams of tourism, it has been able to maintain the traditions of Cypriote life: meze restaurants, wine and beer cellars, places to sit outside and just watch people passing by. Nevertheless, traditional old boutiques and dark inns, where the Cypriots drink the famous whisky sour drink are rapidly changing into modern shopping centres and restaurants. The carnival in spring and\the wine festival in September are particularly lively times to visit.

You can easily explore Limassol on foot- the main historical sights are the castle and medieval museum.

Avdimou Beach

Its a long strip of sand,  although the water becomes deep quite quickly. Most of the time this is a peaceful beach but at weekends it gets busier as British service personnel and their families visit. There is a small taverna at each end of the beach but otherwise no tourist development.

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