Lemesos, the second largest city of the island, lies between two ancient city-kingdoms: Amathous to the east and Kourion to the west. The city developed after the destruction of Amathous by Richard the Lionheart in 1191. Many important antiquities, Byzantine and Frankish monuments are found in the city of Lemesos, evidence of its long history. Today Lemesos is the island’s main port, the centre of Cyprus’wine industry and a major tourist resort. The city is also known for its lively Carnival celebrations, the annual Wine Festival and the traditional, spontaneous hospitality of its inhabitants. In the nearby mountainous regions of the district one finds beautiful wine producing villages, the cosmopolitan mountain resort of Platres and the picturesque region of Pitsilia.
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