Very near the old port in Limassol you can visit the Castle of Limassol.
I did not have time to walk inside but I took some photos outside in the garden instead.
However I put a thread that will take you inside the castle below.
Entrance fee in January 2011 was 3.40 euro.
Visit the ancient ruins of Amathounta in Limassol.
When you finish the visit, just cross the road and have a walk next to the beach.
There is a nice wooden pavement where you can find people exercising.
A very fine example of military architecture, originally constructed in the 13th century and subsequently rebuilt in its present form in the middle of the 15th century.
After the fall of Acre in 1291, it served the guard of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem.
In the 14th century it came for a time under the domain of the Knights Templar
Kolossi Castle was a stronghold dating back to the 13th century that was fought over as a sanctuary between the Knights Templar and the Knights of St John. The original castle was used for the production of sugar, one of Cyprus' main exports in the Middle Ages. The present castle was built in the 15 th century by the Hospitallers.
June to August: 9:00 am to 7:30 pm
September to May: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
One of the ancient city Kingdoms of Cyprus where according to legend, Theseus left the pregnant Ariadne to be taken care of, after his battle with the Minotaur. There was a very important cult of Aphrodite-Astarte here. Excavations are still continuing at the Acropolis and Agora area of the ancient site. Numerous tombs have been found, one of them can be visited in front of the Amathus Beach Hotel.
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...
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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
The castle stands as a fine example of military architecture originally constructed in the 13th century. It was subsequently rebuilt in the middle of the 15th century to the form it is now. It served first as the Grand Commandery of the Knights Templar, and after the fall of Acre in 1291 for some years, as the headquarters of the Knights of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem.
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
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.
Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 2:30 pm Open to public.
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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 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.
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
Ancient Amathus us among the oldest if Cyprus's city kingdoms. Founded by a son of Hercules who was revered as a god here. The remains of this city are dominated by a vast paved agora studded with a dozen restored and re-erected columns, including 3 spiral-fluted and 2 square foundation filled with rubble and masonry fragments. Its original function is uncertain though it was probably a fountain.
There are also what appear to be waterworks system, the terminus of an acquaduct which supplied the city from the north.
Daily - June - Aug - 9am - 7.30pm
Sept - May 9am - 5pm