ESCAPES IN CYPRUS
Amazing city of fun, of partying! Wander the streets, the Molos, the shops. And in the evening indulge in its unique rhythms … Have fun!
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Pedestrian street of Agios Andreos
To feel Limassol, you have to walk the pedestrian street of Agios Andreas. Start from the old port in the direction of the pedestrian street with the old type shops that will take you to other eras and complete your walk in the historic center of the city. Limassol has so many faces! Discover them and we promise you that you will live unique moments.
It reflects the luxurious life on the sea. Limassol Marina was designed by a world-renowned team of architects and engineers. It combines elegant homes and a full-service marina, along with a tempting variety of restaurants and shops, creating a lifestyle that reflects the luxurious “on the sea” life.
Travel to the times of a city. The Medieval Castle of Limassol is located near the old port, in the heart of the historic center of the city and houses the medieval collection of the Cyprus Museum. Although earlier there was an older and larger building, the present building dates from the period of the Ottoman Empire. Archaeological excavations inside the castle revealed that it was built on an early Christian basilica (4th-7th century AD) and a Byzantine monument (10th-11th century AD). Other finds below the castle testify to the existence of an important temple, probably the first cathedral of the city. According to Etienne Lusignan, the original Castle was built by Guy de Lusignian in 1193. From its construction until the early 16th century, it was damaged by the city’s constant attacks by the Genoese and Mamluks as well as by earthquakes which restorations followed. In 1538, the Ottomans occupied Limassol and the Castle. The Venetian ruler of Cyprus, after the re-conquest of the Castle, decided to demolish it, in order to avoid a possible seizure. The destruction was completed in 1567/8. After the Ottoman acquisition of Cyprus in 1576, the remains of the Castle were incorporated into the new Ottoman fortress with which it was significantly strengthened (around 1590).
The basement and first floor were transformed into prison cells and remained in use until 1950. When the central prisons were moved to Nicosia, the Limassol Castle was given to the Department of Antiquities and used as a Provincial Museum. It houses the Medieval Collection of the Cyprus Museum since 1987. The historical development of Cyprus, its economic, social and artistic development as well as the daily life of its people from the 3rd to the 18th century AD, can be studied through of the exhibits in this collection.
Enjoy musical and theatrical performances. The hill of Kourion, on which the ancient city developed, is located 4 km southwest of the village of Episkopi. Kourion was an important city-kingdom of antiquity and is considered one of the most impressive archaeological sites in Cyprus. An amazing theater built in the 2nd century BC, while in the 2nd c. A.D. expanded and took its current form. Later, some modifications were made so that it could accept a popular spectacle of the time, the beast fights, as a result of which it received 3,500 spectators.
Nature Trail Akrotiri Aspro
The path may be long but believe us it is worth it. Cape Aspro is a cape located in Limassol. The estimated ground elevation above the sea is 255 meters.
A fantastic nature trail that starts from the bay of Pissouri and ends at Akrotiri Aspro. The path may be long but believe us it is worth it.
Today, the ancient theater has been restored and used for musical and theatrical performances. Some other archeological monuments of the area are the Roman Agora, the House of Achilles, the House of the Gladiators, the House of Eustolius, the Episcopal Early Christian Basilica, the Sanctuary of Apollo Hilatis, the Stadium, the Small Basilica and the Neighborhood .
The Sanctuary of Apollo Hylates
It is one of the most important sanctuaries of ancient Cyprus. The Sanctuary of Apollo Hylates is located about 2.5 km west of the city of ancient Kourion and was one of the main religious centers of ancient Cyprus, where Apollo was worshiped as the god of forests (Hylates). The worship of Apollo in this area began as early as the 8th century BC. and continued until the 4th century AD. The sanctuary is surrounded by a courtyard and the entrance in antiquity was made either from the Gate of Kourion or from the Gate of Paphos. Visitors followed the Holy Road and were led to the temple of Apollo. The church has two phases where the oldest one dates to the end of the classical period or the beginning of the Hellenistic period and the second phase to the 1st c. A.D. At that time the church was rebuilt in a different way. Part of this period has been restored.
In Limassol there are many traditional taverns as well as restaurants for all tastes which offer many delicious options.