||Limassol, the second largest city of the island is situated on the southern part of Cyprus, emerged out of two of the most important ancient city-kingdoms, Amathus, to the east of the town, and Kourion to the west, both of which are being extensively excavated.
Today Lemesos is an excellent sea resort, with a ten-mile coastline; a busy shopping center, countless taverns and restaurants nightlife to suit tastes ranging from modest to sophisticate and it's an important seaport, industrial, tourist, offshore and port of registry center.
The modern economic development of the city started in the beginning of the 20th Century with the creation of what is called the traditional industry of the area, the wine and spirit industry. During that time there was also the development of large citrus and vineyard plantations, west of Limassol. The city was also the major exporting center of Amiantus ore which was transferred from Troodos mountain via a 24-kilometre aerial cableway to the city's shore where was loaded to cargo ships for export.