As I mentioned in my Limassol homepage, I really only created this page as a vehicle to create a travelogue for Lofou. Maybe sometime I can get back to Cyprus when I can rectify the situation and present some proper Limassol tips.
In the meantime, I would ask you to have a look at my Lofou travelogue and decide for yourselves whether you want to visit.
You will need your own transport, either car or bike, as there is no public transport there. You could try hitching, but I wouldn't recommend it.
If you really want to see what old Cyprus was like, this is the place to do it.
I visited the winery of Mr. Costas Tsiakkas at Pelendri up the Troodos mountaints twice but I was both times unlucky so we did not do much. I just sneaked and had some photos in the cellar but I can tell that his wines are of excellent taste and quality because I had tried some in the hotel I was staying.
Postal address: 2 George Sourri Street 3027 Lemesos
Actual Address: Pelendri 4878,
Off the Limassol - Paphos main road lies the little village of Pissouri. The central square of the Pissouri village is filled with flowers and is only open for pedestrians only. The square is filled with quainty cafes, art galleries and souvenir shops. During the summer months, the village holds the Cyprus Night in the square every Wednesday evening. There's food and traditonal Cypriot dancing where audiences are invited to join in. Dress modestly when visiting the church and women should cover up as I overheard the old lady perishonor was not too pleased about how some of the girls in the group were dressed.
NAME OF VILLAGE - SHORT HISTORY OF AGROS VILLAGE.
The village of Agros was named after the Monastery of Megalos Agros, which was built at the spot where the Church of Panayia of Agros is found today. According to tradition 40 monks from Kizikos of Minor Asia, during the era of icon fighting abandoned the Monastery of Megalos Agros and arrived in Cyprus carrying the icon of the Holy Mother. They ended up at the area where Agros is today located, stayed for a certain period in a cave and then they built a new monastery naming it Monastery of Megalos Agros just like the prior monastery they used to live in. In 1692 A.C. death virus spread all over the island causing death to 2/3 of the population. The survivors left their houses and moved close to the monastery. So a new village was formed with the name of Agros. Finally in 1894 the monastery was ruined leaving the village a great historical inheritance.
Agros is a village of Limassol district, built amphitheatrically among high mountains at an altitude of 1100 metres. Its population is 800 people and is one of the most interesting villages of Cyprus and the Pitsillia area. Historical and cultural sites are kept in a natural environment of extraordinary beauty with the village maintaining the customs and its traditional character. The love for work and the progressiveness characterise its citizens. The village's modern highways make it a connection point between the cities of Nicosia and Limassol and the mountain of Troodos.
At the village there can be found Child Day Care Centre, kindergarten, elementary school, high school, Lyceum, Agriculture Education Centre, Police station, Post Office, Health Centre, Banks, Super market, football court, Indoor basketball court and Peripheral Theatre.
Its main production line consists of grapes, garden products, fruit of excellent quality, soutzoukos, traditional type cold cuts (sausages, lountza, choiromeri), traditional sweets and marmalades. Its citizens are also into tourism business (1 and 3 star hotels, tourist apartments, inns, traditional coffee shops, taverns and clubs.)
Not too long ago Ayia Napa was a small sleepy fishing village. The boom of tourism has transfigured it in a relatively short space of time into a throbbing night-spot. It seems to be particularly appealing to young people, who are catered for quite handsomely.
The beaches around Ayia Napa and Protaras are famous for the beautiful blue of their water and although they are now overcrowded in some places it is still a lovely spot, especially if you like an active holiday.
The growing harbour town of Paphos, nestling on the Western coast of the island, is so rich in historical interest that the whole town is included on UNESCOS World Heritage List. My friends and I hired a car and drove to Paphos and spent the day there.
- 3 km west of Kourion, on the road to Paphos.
Another of the major archaeological sights on the island. From 8BC to 4AD this was where the cult of Apollo found their spiritual home. Part of the temple has been reconstructed and excavations have found baths, pilgrim halls and a holy precinct.
The Lampadistis-monastery, not far from the wellknown Kykko-monastery in the village of Kalopanayotis. Special church, constructed in two different centuries and you have to call for the pope or priest from the village, so he can come and open the door with his key!!!
One fun side trip in Limassol is a tour of the KEO Brewery and Winery. KEO is the unofficial national beer of Cyprus, and the best part about the tour is it is free. The tour lasts about 45 minutes and takes you through parts of the factory. You see how the wine is fermented and aged in huge wooden casks, and the production line where the wine is corked and bottled. They also show you some of the large copper vats where the beer is brewed. The last step of the tour is a taste testing where you can sample from the whole range of KEO products - Othello, Aphrodite, Claret, in addition to the beer. It gets served up with bags of chips, and there is a small gift shop where you can purchase bottles to take home.
Kolossi Castle was the only one sight I visited during my stay apart from Zoo in Limassol (he-he). The Castle is not far from the city, about 10 km away to the West. The Castle is of XIII cent., initially it served as headquarters to Ionian order but not for long. Then as I was told King Richard the Lion Heart spent there his honeymoon and this is it!!! The view from the tower over the valley is worth climbing!!!
Don't stay in the local area the beach at limassol is not as good as the one at Currium. A great day out would to visit the beach, the amp-theatre and the mosiacs at the same time.
Other places to visit mentioned below!
By following the coastal road towards Paphos you will pass 'Aphrodites Birth-place' on your left (yes a pile of rocks in the sea), close to this is a lovely restaurant on the right (the name escapes me) but it is set well back and easy to miss.
In Paphos(an harbour town) beware of the pelican near the harbour wall if it's still there!
Outside Paphos contiue to follow the coastal road and you will reach the 'Baths of Aphrodite' a waterfall.
As you travel along this coastal road you will at one time come inland a little bit and pass through a very lush green land area with very British looking house this known locally as Happy Valley, you actually will be skirting the Army camp!!
The modern city of limassol..well i quess when going to another country i have the curiocity to see how the locals actually live..no foklor things and traditiolal descriptions ..the real thing..so anyone sharing this kind of curiosity should go to the shops at Makarios Ave. or at Anexartisias Str. The 2 woolworth Malls one is located at the Beach avenue the other one in the west of Makarios Ave . THE beuatiful cafes at Enaerios area. The courts Square (is considered to be the modern city centre is where the majority of the businesses are located) .So don't make the mistake and constrain yourself to places just for tourists ..take advantage of the fact that cyprus is a safe place ..the possibility of getting robbed or anything like that is minimal on the other hand although you should be cautious but surely more relaxed.
The lady's mile Beach is UNIQUE get information on how to get there
The 'old water tank ' is considered to be a landmark dividing the old city from the new ..well is just an old water tank but it has a rather sentimental value for the old ones ..it reminds them the times that cyprus was a british colony and things like that.. it was restored for the millienioum celebrations and is lightened at nights is nice to look at.
19 km west of Limassol on the road to Paphos.
This is one of the most important historival sites on the island. There is a magnificent ampitheatre.
There is some spectacular coastline between Limassol and Paphos. To see it, avoid the motorway and use the old road.