Limassol stroll: Saturday February 13

At last, the Cyprus Strollers visit Limassol, considered by many the liveliest city in Cyprus. Our outing of 13 February 2016 is essentially a stroll, which will take us along the seafront and historic places. This is an easy stroll, with a strong cultural aspect.  The walk starts at 11:15 am. Mary is leading this walk, which will go ahead even in light rain; if you need to, call 99805285. The walk will take up 2 ½ to 3 hours, is on totally flat ground and is classified as easy. The distance to cover is estimated around 8 km.

Description of the stroll:

We will walk from the Limassol Medieval Castle to the Old port and by the seaside eastwards.  We will then go into the city centre and end our stroll at the Market square / Saripolou street for lunch at a restaurant.

A few places we will go past are: St Catherine Catholic church, church of Agia Napa, Agiou Andreou street, Iroon (pronounced eróon) square and the Rialto theatre, Anexartisias street, street art on Athinon street, Eleftherias street, the Turkish-Cypriot neighborhood, Ankyras street and a few buildings renovated by the Technological University of Limassol, such as Zenas Kanther library or the Post office.

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 leader 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:

Take the Nicosia-Limassol motorway. A simple and pleasant way to get to our walk start is the following: As you approach Limassol take the No 23 / Moutagiaka exit. You drive past K-Cineplex cinema (on your left) and Metro supermarket (on your right). At the end of this road you reach a set of traffic lights. Zero your odometer at this junction. Turn right here. You are now in the Limassol suburb of Yermasoyia. Drive along the coast (on your left) for 7 kms and up to the city centre. On your left, there is the sea front promenade (molos) and a series of municipal car parks. You can park at the last one, closest to the old port and opposite an office of “Fox” real estate agency. There are also private car parks on the opposite side of the street.

You are now a few steps away from a roundabout having the Medieval castle on the right and the old port on the left. We meet in front of the castle entrance.

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.