Just finishing from sight seeing Kolossi Castle, don't miss out on tasting some delicious oranges. Once you get out from the castle, there's a wooden kiosk where a nice old Cypriot man sells oranges (either squashed or whole) for ridiculous prices.
It is know that giant cypresses were planted long ago as windbreaks and these have grown up to form lofty tunnels over the road leading to Kolossi village. Eucalyptus clumps drained the swamps here and allowed extensive orange groves to flourish, most of them originally planted by Jewish settlers at the end of the 19th Century
The most spectacular of the South's Archeological sites. It consists of two sites: the ancient city and the sanctuary of Apollo Hylates. This sacred precinct was consecrated during the 8th Century BC but the present buildings are early Roman, flattened by the great earthquake of 365 AD. The two columns, a wall corner and an angle of the pediment enclose the altar area - the most holy to appease the god's wrath.
It is situated just south of Kolossi village amid the vineyards that helped make it famous. The Story of this castle is linked with the Knights Hospitallers, whose commanderie, it was - the name was later bestowed on the rich dessert wine - Commandaria, still made from vines in the Limassol foothills.
The Knights were first granted land here in 1210 by the Lusignans and the castle that grew up became their headquarters after the Crusaders' final loss of the Holy Land. Today's 3-storey, keep-style structure stands among the ruins of a much larger castle, from the coat of arms of the Grand Master Louis de Magnac
In 1974 after the Turkish invasion in Cyprus, Limassol had to change rapidly. Overnight, from a sleepy tiny town it became a major shelter for refugees. Many houses had to be built to give these people homes and stabilise their lives but it all happened at a great cost to historic heritage
Entry, as with all Cypriot museums, is cheap and there are various displays of moderate interest in the different chambers ranging from medieval armour to porcelain. There is a reasonable view from the roof, but it’s not really high enough to get much impression of the town, although the Troodos mountains in the distance are impressive on a clear day. Perhaps most interesting is the rather chaotic layout of the castle, symptomatic of the various additions and alterations over the centuries depending on who was then occupying the island
This lovely park on the sea front has big trees offering shade from the scorching sun and good play facilities for children, including slides, swings and even little electric cars for hire. There is also an open air theater in the park where regular outdoor concerts are held. It has about a thousand seats laid out in a banked amphitheater style and a large stage. There is also a small zoo in the park. There are several cafes in the park with outdoor seating. The annual wine festival is held in the gardens every September.
The town of Kourion near Limassol is one of the most impressive archaeological sites of Cyprus to be discovered. Until today more treasures are discovered by archaeologists. The well known ancient Greek-Roman theatre where festivals used to take place was built during the 2nd century b.c. and was extended during the 2nd century a.d. It is fully restored and is now used for musical and theatrical performances. Besides being of historical value, Kourion is also one of the most popular beach around Limassol!
One day of my holiday, I participated in a trip to Etko winery, the oldest wine makers in Cyprus (since 1884). First pic taken at the bottling unit, second at the barrels (oak vats).
The trip was very nice because not only did they show us around their cellars, and shop but they also explained a great deal about wines and wine making and I learnt a lot. Well, of course, some wine shopping was done to finish the tour. We could also taste some. Their sherry is good but not inexpensive.
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This is a cat sanctuary that is on the outskirts of Limassol. It is a wonderful place that cares for all the abandoned cats and kittens in Cyprus, and unfortunately there are a lot of them. There are over 100 cats and kittens there and everyone is looked after as if they were the only one there.
We found out about the society through the website, address above, which gives details on how it got started and how to get there. This really is a place you should visit as it is run by ex-pats who give up a lot of time and love to care for these animals. If you can't visit in person please go to their website and you can purchase goods or sponsor a cat from there instead.
It is a worthy cause and deserves a bit of your holiday time.
p.s if you want to bring some food along with you all the cats apart from the one's in "Sick Bay" are fed on dry food.
Kourion is one of the most important and spectacular archaelogical sites in Cyprus with lovely panoramic views of the sea - especially by the theatre, where today music concerts are held in the summer. The curved audiotorium provided seating for 3,500 people.
This is a Donkey Sanctuary that is in the little village of Vouni on your way into the Troodhos mountains. It is a lovely place that cares for old, sick and unwanted donkeys from all over Cyprus. There are lots of donkeys there for you to see and feed, treats can be bought from the little shop for 50c.
This is a very well worth charity as donkeys are still used in Cyprus to do lots of farm work etc etc. We visited and had a wonderful 2 hours watching and feeding the donkeys. If you ring ahead or sponsor a donkey you could also take them out for a walk.
All details on how to find them and more about what they do can be found at the website, address below.
This place is well worth a vist as not only are you helping a worthy cause the trip into the mountains is wonderful too.
The Time Elevator is a funny instructive virtual ride that takes you for 45mins through the history of Cyprus. Beginning in the copper mines, it takes you from the birth of Aphrodite to the invasion of 1974 passing by the proconsul conversion to christianity by St Paul .
While sitting in the "elevator", it will be rainy, windy and you'll sometime feel like you're in a roller-coaster...
Cost CYP 7
This is a fanastic day out at watermania and there's so much here. Just remember to keep applying your sun cream so you don't burn while your having fun....!
At the waterpark you can get yourself a locker to put your things in. I brought a water camera at the park and took some good pictures and then lost the camera while swimming around.