The Cyprus Strollers return to Limassol, considered by many the liveliest city in Cyprus. Our outing of 2 December 2017 is essentially a promenade, which will take us along the seafront and historic places. This is an easy stroll, with a cultural aspect. The walk starts at 11:00 am. Stella and Teddy are leading this event, which will go ahead even in light rain; if you need to, call 99373652 or 99552536, respectively. The walk will take up about 2 ½ hours, is on totally flat ground and is classified as easy. The distance to cover is estimated around 10 km.
Description of the promenade:
We set off at the old port pier and go right up to Dassoudi Beach and back, a stretch of 10km. The entire walk except for a small part is along the pedestrian path on the seafront. The 1st part of the walk will be through the Multifunctional Seaside Park of Limassol for 1km of functionally-connected coast, offering several accesses, as well as sites of interest and many upgraded facilities.
The Park begins in front of the old harbor, and continues for an area of 65.000 square meters up until the city Centre, having continued from the coasts of Olympian and Enaerios. Included along its length are: a cycle path that connects the Olympian coast with the luxury Marina; the linear park of Garyllis; three cafeterias; enhanced pedestrian roads; playgrounds; areas for skateboarding; a small theatre; ponds and fountains; trees and bushes, modern lighting and the Limassol Sculpture Park, amongst others.
The Sculpture Park is comprised of 20 modern sculptures commissioned by the municipality, and is located on the seafront promenade. Created by local and foreign artists, the sculptures are the result of symposiums held from 1999-2001.
The backdrop and views of the Mediterranean Sea have been incorporated into the area’s design, with a pedestrian road that runs parallel to the sea and a cycle path alongside it, three docks for walking, a large crescent-shaped, multi-purpose platform and a pier. Along “Molos” there are six platforms which are utilized as venues for cultural events, while one serves as jetty and during the summer hosts the museum fishing boat “Lambousa”.
On the trail to Dassoudi beach we get to see 28th October avenue with the Twin tower, Fytideio Sports Centre GSO and the pedestrian bridge connecting the twin towers to the beach. We also get to see the latest iconic building to the Limassol skyline, the Oval Building, just before our entry to Dassoudi beach.
The beach has a small forest (‘dasoudi’ in Greek) running adjacent to it, with a beautiful footpath trailing through it. As such, it is a favourite for strolling, jogging and relaxing on the benches, under the eucalyptus, pine and acacia trees.
To feel the city of Limassol we take a detour to walk from St. Catherine’s Catholic Church to St. Andrew Pedestrian Street. We cross the public library admiring the old architecture of the town, folklore art museum and the Bishopric of Limassol. St. Andrew Street is renowned as the artists’ street and we find a lot of small shops with paintings, sculptures, mosaics etc. On crossing the street it leads to the Castle area where our walk ends. We conclude with lunch at a taverna in the area.
To facilitate lunch arrangements, for your better service, you are required to pre-register, if you are joining us for lunch. To do so, please sms the walk leaders or e-mail Xenophon by end Thursday. No need to register if you are not dining.
You have the choice of meeting the group at the walk start, or meet at the designated meeting point in Nicosia. In either case, you need to carry copy of this set of instructions. Meeting in Nicosia offers two important advantages: we drive in full cars, leaving some cars behind; thus, we save in fuel and enjoy the trip in good company. The meeting point in Nicosia is the Handicrafts Centre (Kentro Heirotechnias) on Leoforos Athalassas (Athalassa Avenue), which offers ample parking space. The car trip starts at 9:45 am. Please ensure you observe start times, for the benefit of the group.
How to get to the walk start:
From Nicosia take the A1 highway heading towards Limassol. On entering Limassol take exit 24 on the left (the 1st roundabout). At the roundabout take the 1st exit E113 on to Spyros Kyprianou. From the first traffic lights keep left to continue on Christakis Kranou street. After 1.3 Km drive, you end up at a T-junction. Turn right into Georgiou A avenue. Keep driving for 4.6 km. On your right corner you will see a shipping company Bernard Schulte (BSM-Black Marble Building). Crossing the building to your left is a municipal controlled area parking. Usually on a Saturday there are parking spaces available. Once parking is completed, walk along the pedestrian path for about 200m, heading west towards the pier. Tsak Mate Cafe is our meeting point just below the wooden deck. CAUTION! On your way to the parking, there is a big sign for diversion, due to road works. Please DO NOT DIVERT, stay in the left lane and follow the sign to the parking. If no parking available, try the next parking on the left. The west side of the parking leads to our meeting point.
How to get to the meeting point for the car trip, coming from the Hilton hotel area:
Get yourself on Makarios Avenue, heading out of town and set your odometer to zero as you drive past the Nicosia Hilton hotel. At the 0.1 km reading you reach traffic lights (with the Apoel club building on your right), go straight. At the 0.5 km reading you reach another set of traffic lights, go straight. Driving along, you pass a few more traffic lights, staying on this main road (named Leoforos Lemesou/ Limassol Avenue). At the 2.1 km reading, you reach a principal set of traffic lights. Set your odometer to zero again and turn right here. You are now in Leoforos Athalassas, a very busy avenue. At the 0.2 km reading you see a large empty space on your right and the Handicrafts Centre (a single-storey building) on your left. Park in the parking area. We meet here. The Handicrafts Centre is next to the church of St. Barnabas.
How to get to the meeting point for the car trip, coming from the Presidential Palace area:
Get to the round-about next to the Presidential Palace. From downtown Nicosia you reach this along the Kyriakou Matsi avenue or along the D. Severi avenue. Set your odometer to zero on the round-about and drive along the principal road towards Strovolos. At the 0.3 km reading you reach traffic lights. Go straight. At the 0.6 km reading you reach a 2nd set of traffic lights. Set your odometer to zero again and turn left. You are now in Leoforos Athalassas, a very busy avenue full of shops. At the 2.6 km reading you see a large empty space on your left and the Handicrafts Centre (a single-storey building) on your right. Park here.
Google Maps: Here is a map for those coming from the Hilton area to the meeting place for the car trip http://tinyurl.com/phjc6s7
Google Maps: Here is a map for those coming from the Presidential Palace area to the meeting place for the car trip http://tinyurl.com/neo9duy
Disclaimer: If you attend a Cyprus Strollers walk you do so entirely at your own risk. The Cyprus Strollers is a social club and neither the organizers nor the leader of the walk are responsible for the health and safety of those taking part.