THINGS TO DO
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Amathus Archaeological Site
This historical point is 11km east of Limassol. Amathus played a significant role in ancient Cyprus being one of the principle ancient royal cities, similar to the prominent status of Kourion, however unlike Kourion it also acted as a port.
Various attractions at the Amathus site include the ruins of the Temple of Aphrodite and the Tombs dating back to the early Iron Age period of Graeco-Phoenician.
The Limassol District Archaeological Museum
This museum was initially housed in a section of the Limassol Castle, which was founded in 1948. It holds many extraordinary artefacts dating from the beginning of the 4th and 5th centuries AD and covers all the historical periods to the early phases of the Ottoman period (16th-17th centuries). Collections of artefacts presented are mostly connected with the latest periods of Cyprus’ history, signifying various great archaeological discoveries.
The Castle of Limassol
The history of this castle dates back to 1228, when Frederick II of Germany and his supporters imprisoned the hostages seized by Ibeline, the King Regent of Cyprus. It is also said that it is an ancient Byzantine castle. This castle also witnessed the marriage between King Richard and his Queen Berengaria.
Today’s structure is mostly rebuilt under the Turkish domination (19th century) and is home to the Cyprus Medieval Museum.
From Vouni it won’t take long to get to the southern foothills of the Troodos Mountains.
The best reason to make the trip is to take a driving tour of the numerous picturesque villages which make their living from viticulture.
Krassocheria is where small stone settlements are dwarfed by steep hills into which terraced vineyards are etched.
The History of Wine in Cyprus:
Cyprus is one of the oldest wine producing countries in the world. According to archaeological research, it has been producing wine for at least the last 5500 years. During the Roman period wine was an integral part of the island and played a decisive and important role. So at least they confirm the mosaics and amphoras in the city of Pafos.
The wine of Cyprus was one of the most important items used at the worship ceremonies that were held in honor of the goddess Aphrodite. It was a very delicious and a sweet wine. The “Cypriot Nama”, as Euripides called it in the 12th century, was renamed “Commandaria”. Its name comes from its production area, located to the west of Limassol, which was the base of the Knights Templar
This effort has been successful, as today, the quality of Cypriot wine has improved considerably. Cypriot wines are in a position to compete well with other countries’ wines as they have focused on indigenous varieties that spark their quality and flavour.
This well admired 15th century castle is situated in Kolossi village, 14km west of Limassol in the south of Cyprus. There have been indications that the castle we see today has been built on the site of an earlier castle from the 13th century.
The surrounding land around Kolossi castle played an important role in the past as it had been highly cultivated with sugarcane and vineyards, from which the famous Cypriot wine Commandaria was produced. The name ‘Commandaria’ originates from the headquarters of Kolossi – the ‘Grand Commanderie’.
Limassol is the main city in Cyprus for exporting and this dates back also to the Middle Ages when the city acted as the centre for exports of olives, cotton and sugar with the help of the fertile area around Kolossi castle.
The wine routes are seven and have been created by the Cyprus Tourism Organization
Laona – Akamas: In the northwest of Cyprus
It passes through: Pafos, Mesogi, Tsada, Stroumpi, Kathikas, Akourdalia, Pano Arodes, Kato Arodes, Ineia, Droushia, Polis Chrysochous and Pegeia.
Vouni Panagias – Ambelitis: In the eastern mountain of Pafos
It passes through: Pafos, Mesogi, Tsada, Stroumpi, Polemi, Psathi, Kannaviou, Asprogia, Pano Panagia, Monastery of Panagia Chrysorogiatissa, Stavos-Agios Photios, Cilinia, Galataria, Pentalia, Amargeti, Eledio, Agia Varvara Pafou, and Acheleia or Choulou, Lemona, Kourdakas, Letymbou
Diarizos Valley: East of Pafos
It passes through: Pafos, Acheleia, Kouklia, Nikokleia, Choletria, Stavrovouni, Kelokedara, Salamiou, Mesana, Arminou, Filousa, Agios Nikolaos, Praitori, Kedares, Agios Georgios, Mamonia and Fasoula.
Limassol Wine Villages: On the southern slopes of the Troodos mountain range
It passes through: Limassol, Kolossi, Erimi (Cyprus Wine Museum), Kantou, Souni-Zanatzia, Pano Kyvides, Agios Amvrosios, Lofou, Vouni, Koilani, Pera Pedi, Mandria, Kato Platres, Omodos, Vasa Koilaniou, Malia, Arsos, Pachna, Anogyra and Avdimou.
Commandaria: North of Limassol
It passes through: Limassol, Kolossi, Erimi, Monagri, Agios Georgios, Silikou, Doros, Laneia, Trimiklini, Agios Mamas, Kapileio, Zoopigi, Kalo Chorio, Agios Pavlos, Agios Konstantinos, Louvaras, Gerasa and Apsiou.
Pitsilia: East of the highest peak of Troodos
It passes through: Limassol, Trimiklini, Pelendri, Potamitissa, Dymes, Kyperounta, Chandria, Polystypos, Alona, Agros, Agios Ioannis and Agios Theodoros.
Larnaka-Nicosia Mountain: South of Nicosia and west of Larnaka
It passes through: Nicosia, Skarinou, Lefkara, Kato Drys, Vavla, Ora, Odou, Farmaka, Gourri, Fikardou and Kalo Chorio.
The wine villages of Cyprus
Cyprus, with its long tradition of wine, as mentioned above, the island that gave birth to the oldest wine label in the world, “Commandaria”, “The wine of the kings” as proclaimed by Richard the Lionheart and which continues to is still being produced today, consists of a multitude of wine cellars. Although they do not produce wine or have wineries all the wine villages, some are named as such, because the vineyards and grapes used for its production are grown there.
In most wine villages, most of the residents have as their main occupation the viticulture and winemaking, as the art of wine in Cyprus is more than a way of life, it is an inherent passion with roots that go even deeper than the roots of the vines of the Mediterranean. In these villages, there are several small and family wineries that produce the delicious wine of Cyprus. The visitor can see there, the most traditional ways of wine growing from generation to generation, can be guided in the old presses and museums that are maintained and operated as well as taste different kinds of wines. The visitor can can also visit dozens of modern wineries.
Kourion is located 18km, west of Limassol in the small town of Episkopi and is one of the most famous ancient attractions. It is renowned for its importance, as historical sources suggest it was a major ancient city Kingdom of Cyprus. Furthermore, Kourion hosts a considerable amount of impressive musical and theatrical events in its magnificent Greco-Roman amphitheatre that was originally built in the second century B.C.
The site overlooks the beautiful Mediterranean Sea complimenting surrounding monuments which mostly date from the Roman period. These include the Forum, the Nymphaeum, the Fountain House, and the House of the Gladiators, the House of Achilles and the Public Baths.
Sanctuary of Apollo
A couple of kilometres west of the ancient city of Kourion is this temple complex that was once the most significant religious site on the entire island.
This is where people from all parts came to worship Apollo as God of the island’s woodland from around the year 700 BC up to 300 AD.
Large fragments of the sanctuary remain, including a section of the wall and portico of the temple, stairways, columns, a monument where parades or dances would have taken place and outer buildings where visitors would have lodged.
Amathus Archaeological Site
The shimmering, seaside jewel in the Cypriot crown, Paphos hugs the lapping cobalt of the Mediterranean on the breezy south-western haunch of the island. Pretty and tourist-friendly in the extreme, the developed centre here (known locally as Kato Paphos) comes complete with palm-shaded esplanades and bubbling al fresco seafood joints. Bobbing fishing boats add to the Grecian flavour, while broadsides of the crumbling Turkic Paphos Fortress, the stony archways of Saranta Kolones (a medieval Byzantine castle that crowns the dock), a famous 2nd century Odeon and the glistening sands of the municipal Alykes Beach are also all major draws. Definitely not one to be missed!
Nestled neatly between two half-baked, scrub-clad headlands midway between the much-trodden towns of Limassol and Paphos, Pissouri oozes laid-back Mediterranean vibes and authentic Cypriot character from its small clutch of tavernas and rustic whitewashed homes. Still largely untouched by the onset of mass tourism, the terracotta-topped village is host to local farmers and wine makers, and boasts one sun-splashed central plaza (Pissouri Square) and regular celebrations of island heritage. And there’s a beach too – a half-pebble, half-sand stretch that arches its way below the rugged cliffs of the south coast just a short jaunt from the town proper.
Tombs of the Kings
UNESCO-attested and officially a part of the Paphos Archaeological Park, the mighty Tombs of the Kings are certainly worth a mention in their own right. They date back as far as the 4th century BC and offer an insight into the great mixing of architectural traditions and cultural heritage that took place on Cyprus in antiquity. Note the monolithic construction, and how the dusty colonnades of the various sepulchres emerge almost organically from the sandstone and windswept cliffs here on the edge of Kato Paphos. Curiously it’s Egyptian and Greek styles that dominate, with excavations revealing Doric colonnades and subterranean crevices where the bodies of Hellenistic and Roman noblemen were stowed.