The Old City of Limassol and the Old Fruit Market

Trip Start Mar 03, 2010
Trip End Feb 06, 2011

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Londa Hotel Limassol
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of Cyprus  , Limassol,
Friday, June 17, 2011

A free and relaxing day…

The meeting was at 11:00 am and it lasted about an hour. I then decide to get to the city centre. I need to buy a cell card which of course I can find opposite the hotel, but more or less I will do it because I feel like walking a lot today. I plan to visit the old city and the market square. I am not in the mood of swimming since I have the beach on my feet when at home. I love this city very much; I have childhood memories when I used to spend several days with my cousins here.

I take the Blue #30 bus that goes to the old port.

The city of Limassol has changed a lot since I left. I am in the bus and on my left there is the newly expanded sea promenade with benches and bicycle paths and patches of some greenery. On the other side there are high buildings which replaced the old villas and beautiful small seaside coffee shops and small restaurants we used to sit and have fun with our friends and relatives. Everything is different now. Probably the idea for some architects was to create a modern city…who knows! I remember of times when we had long ritual walks. Something all young people enjoyed, because it was the place to flirt those days as we walked up and down, and it was very romantic.

With the Turkish invasion in 1974 refugees from the north came here to find refuge. The small town of Limassol suddenly became a major shelter to these people. Houses were built but this at a great cost to historic heritage of course!

I get off the bus and walk to the right side towards the touristy area. There are many restaurants and coffee shops but the road is still under construction after all these years, and there is much noise.  If I am not mistaken I remember the same situation 3 years back. It seems they have much work to accomplish here yet. I only wonder who will want to sit and have lunch or coffee these days with all the noise around! Of course when the works are over the whole place will be magic.

Then I head towards the old market square which I find it lovely with the colorful restaurants all around. It is 12:30 midday and the restaurants and coffee shops are full of people enjoying their lunch or snacks. The saddest of all though is that the market works only until 1:30, maximum 2:00 pm, and when it closes the whole place empties. Restaurants remain open until 4:00 or 4:30pm and if tourists come after this time will find nobody here. The place looks deserted.

I get in the market, but to be honest it does not excite me at all. I find prices quite high, -luckily I don't want to buy anything!

A friend of mine was telling me that a lot of people who used to come here before to buy or sell don’t do it any more.  The reason is that they also find the market expensive. There is however a new open air market, probably the authentic one which works only on Saturdays and it is behind the Police Headquarters.

I leave the Market behind for the beautiful residential area and come to Irini Street with the laid-back style of the old noble neighborhood which I love. Luckily these beautiful houses remained untouched. Some original owners have restored their properties and either came and live here or rent them as restaurants. As I walk I find several of these beautiful restaurants scattered here and there but I am not sure if they are successful in their business since the shops around are closed in the afternoon and everything seems so quiet and peaceful here.

As I go back to get the bus and return to the hotel I pass through Ayios Andreas Street, which is the most touristy street in Limassol.  This particular area has some of the most beautiful buildings in the city. Their breathtaking facades are hidden behind ugly cheap merchandise coming from China, fake and cheap suitcases, cheap souvenirs and fake Lefkara lace. It is pity indeed to see them hidden and behind all these colors. Of course there are a number of nice restaurants and coffee shops but the picture I get is not the best.  

I get the bus to return to the hotel, but 4 kms before the hotel I ask the driver to drop me off. I need some exercise because all this time I was walking slowly in a relaxing foot-pace.  I have all the energy I need, and I want to enjoy as much as possible this last day of my trip.   
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rossport on

another beautiful walk with you Popi thank you and its a pity that they sell Fake lace as it will be detrimental to the real lace

mmbcross on

Souvenirs of Cyprus "Made in China". You have to be so careful these days.

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