The mosque of Paphosis no place that tourists might visit inside, but I think it is also interesting to look at its great architecture from outside. The building was totally closed when I was there and there was nobody around at about lunchtime.
In the back of their premises there is also a small cememtery with a few tombstones.
This mosque is just about 100 meters from the covered market in the centre of the village.
Orounda monastery was a great surprise for me: an interesting monastery, still inhabited by nons and totally off the beaten path and in a landscape that was totally quiet and without any noises.
I found it accidentally in a sidevalley of the village Orounda / Orounta. I was lucky that there was another family of tourists there and one of them spoke their language,and knew where to ask for the key for the lovely chapel. One of the nons spoke excellent english and explained a lot to us and another non offered us a great fruit-juice and a sweet, that combination was declicious and also very refreshing on that hot day. Its usual to give a donation to the nons then, not directely to them but to the box that is standing in front of the church.
The monastery-church is certainly the most important sight here in the monastery for the ordinary tourists. The door was unlocked, but we were not able to open the door, because we did not take the right handle - one of the nons had to show us how to open the door !
The church-interior was great and photography, even with a flash was no problem there at all.
Cape Greco is the name of the south-east-end of Cyprus and you get there as a side-step of just a few km from Agia Napa: you have to drive a narrow road to its almost very end untill you get to a gate that will keep you out of the very tip of the cape, obviously it is used by the military. Park your car there and take a walk to the coast, that consists of heavy rocks there. This is a great place for divers with several ships-wrecks in that area and a National Park as well.
The church of the prophet Elias in Protaras was built on top of a small hill not far from Cape Greco, you will find a small carpark there and hundreds of steps taking you uphill to the tiny chapel, that looks interesting from inside as well. From the church-terrace you will have a great view of the area and you will also see some trees there, decorated in a very special way:
They are "Wishing-trees" ! Take a closer look at these trees and all the things, letters, bottles etc. that were fixed on the branches of these trees. There is even a sandal with some inscriptions about a soccer-event, someof these things might be a joke by tourists, but most of them are certainly ment in a serious way.
This is another sight for people who cannot get enough of just old stones with a lot of history : There are some remains of an old arena not far from Kourion, maybe you like to take a look, this is the only sight in the area, where you dont have to pay an entrancefee. But I also have to say that this place is certainly mainly something for people who are really interested very much in such old walls. For the ordinary tourists they have a Dixi-toilet there and a large carpark, but no further facilities.
This place even has its own page in the VT-database, just click on the link below!
The Sanctuary of Apollo Hylates is more something for the specialists in my personal opinion and you will find it close to the remains of the excarvations of the ancient town of Kourion. This place is a bit set back from the main road and maybe worth a visit in case that you are really interested very much in ancient stones.
No mosaiques there and only some few remains of ancient walls, Kourion is definitely worth the time also for the ordinary tourist, while
In the year 890 a sarcophag was found in Larnaca with the inscription "Lazarus, the friend of Christ". Then the St. Lazarus-church was built at that place where they had found the sarcophag, but during the crusades the body of Lazarus was taken first to Byzanz and later to Marseille. You still can see the place where they found the sarcophag, it is under the Lazarus-church and you will get there by the steps on the right side of the church, it is open, when-ever the church is open for visitors.
Paphos castle is quite an impressive building in the port of Paphos and it was once a part of the medieval defence-wall of Paphos. This castle is open for tourists and you can also see its large halls on the groundfloor free of charge. Only for stepping up to the top of the castle you have to pay a small entrancefee of 1,70 euro and stepping up is possible only over a narrow and steep staircase that is used by both directions, but normally not many people will step up there .
Just 23 kms up the Polis road from Paphos, when you drive past the orange groves past Loukrounou, there is a turnoff to the left to Kato Akourdaleia this is the location of the Akarama Inn and Mrs Angela hostess. What a treasure this is the food is exquisite and in quantities to sink even healthy eaters as well as wine from the local vineyards. We liked it so much that we came back for several more days.
The views from the car park, let alone the swimming pool are breathtaking. You have most places of interest within a short distance and in the evenings you dine 'al fresco' and meet the locals who will regale you with stories of Cyprus in extremely good English.
I love my wine so had to mention this place.Southern Troodos Mountains has plenty of vineyards.Pitsylia winery is a great one worth checking out.You can go for a tour.You can also taste.My fav part.Mavro Ambelissimo is the name of the local grape which the wine is made out of.Xynisteri and Pambatzies and Ofthalmo are also pretty tasty varieties of grapes used to make the local wines.The winery is between Platres and Pelendri.It is better to ring before going to book a tour.Another good one to see is Sterna Winery.This winery has wine caves over 3000 years old and they keep a constant temp of around 15c.This winery opens from 9.30 am til 6.00pm and opens 7 days a week.Sterna Winery is on the northeast side of Kathikas.It has a great mountain setting and you can hear how the wine is made and taste the wonderful wines and snaps(free) and look in the 3000 year old cellars.There is also a gift shop.You can sit outside after your tour and tasting and sit on a patio which overlooks the mountains and have a coffee.You will see loads of vineyards in this area and I highly recomend going.A great day out if you enjoy good views and wines.
Feel the heat in the air and think of all the people in history walking past here and pausing to enjoy watching the mountain scenery just like you,maybe they spoke a different language and belived in a different god but just the same they had same eyes ate same food,had kids and wife/husband maybe , one thing for sure they sang the same song as/of birds.....
There is a popular beach in Kourion with lots of restaurants and other facilities and it is easy to park your car there. The sand of this beach is at least partly not as fine as in other parts of Cyprus that I saw, but obviously a lot of people enjoyed it there a lot.
The tiny chapel for St. Ermogenis was built between the excarvations of Kourion and the beach and in my 2nd photo you will see the simple belfry. There is a good restaurant next to the chapel nowadays and the chapel can easily be overseen on its large car-parking.
This is only a nice monastery we’ve seen on the road to Karpaz. It wasn’t on our must to visit list. But it is still a beautiful building which was under a renovation process. Monastery dated back to 5th century. It is near Boltasli village in Karpaz peninsula. It has rebuilt after Arab raids but damaged again because of an earthquake in 1160.
is just about 15km from Pedhoulas and it is one of the most popular monasteries of Cyprus with plenty of monks living there.The mosaiques in Kykkos are mostly from the 20th century, and although they look great, I really prefer the old frescoes in the smaller monasteries that look less perfect but much more interesting to me.
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