WINTER HOLIDAYS IN CYPRUS: WHAT TO DO AND WHAT TO SEE
NICOSIA – LIMASSOL – PAPHOS – NICOSIA
For more information check also PART 1 and PART 3
We continued our winter holidays in Cyprus with a trip to Limassol. The road from Nicosia to Limassol took us a little over an hour and was quite comfortable. I pre-booked the hotel Kapetanios Odyssia for one night in order to get to know the city better. This is a 3 * hotel and has a good location near the seafront, SPA, a rich breakfast, and a reasonable price – everything that is necessary for one or
The first thing that catches your eye when entering the city is the construction cranes everywhere. In Limassol, construction works are in full swing! Opposite our hotel began the construction of three skyscrapers with a large pool in the middle and even with several apartments with their own small pools. It reminded me of Dubai.
In Limassol, there is a magnificent promenade for long walks near the sea. The beach area was closed for the winter season, but in the summer, on the beach, they have all needed amenities – umbrellas, sunbeds, beach bars. At the end of the promenade, there was a Christmas market and several restaurants and cafes with a view of the marina. Since we got hungry, we had a choice of fish, meat or traditional Cypriot restaurant.
We chose a meat restaurant – The Steak House, which was in the form of a glass box, standing on stilts and located on the pier of the old port. And I made the right decision with the choice! The interior of the restaurant is made in noble colors with excellent service. First of all, we were introduced to the basics of varieties of steaks, bringing different pieces of meat so that we could make our best choice. Be sure to try their green salad with slices of beef – its taste and serving are beyond praise. Do not forget the dessert…it is so YUMMY!
We returned back through the Avenue Makariou, where the main shops and boutiques are located and walked out to another Christmas park. Here we rode on the Ferris wheel and I persuaded my boyfriend to join me in a 360-degree upside-down attraction. Later, I regretted this because I was having fun, but he felt really bad.
The next morning we went on a tour of the main historical sites in the area.
Our first stop was Kolossi Castle, 15 mines drive from Limassol. It was built by King Hugh I de Lusignan at the beginning of the 13th century. The walls of the castle served as a command and defense point, a shelter for knightly orders that defended the Kingdom of Cyprus. The ground floor of the tower supposedly served as a storeroom and consists of three rooms with tiny windows. On the second and third floors are sleeping rooms, kitchen, refectory and huge fireplaces. The spiral stairs lead to the roof of the castle, from where a breathtaking view opens.
Since there were practically no tourists, we managed to take A LOT OF pictures in this castle. Near the castle, you can see the dilapidated building of the sugar cane processing plant. From the grapes grown in this area, the Knights produced wine, which was highly valued at that time in Europe. The wine is made from certain varieties of grapes using unique technology and is the main alcohol brand in Cyprus.
Not far from the castle you can find a huge Tipuana tipu tree, also known as the rosewood tree. He was brought from Argentina, and now two hundred years as it is next to the castle.
The next stop was the Kourion Archaeological Site. The ancient city-state of Kourion was founded in Cyprus around 1200 BC, and in the 7th century AD, after Kourion was ravaged by the Arabs, it was left by the locals and desolated. The first thing that caught our eye was the ancient theater. At some time, the theater was used for gladiatorial battles and then regained its original purpose. In 365 year, a powerful earthquake destroyed both the city and the theater and only in 1961 it was restored and is still used today.
Having walked a little along with the ruins, we went to the house of the Gladiators. The residence is named so because of mosaics with the image of gladiators there. Next to the gladiators is the home of Achilles. Well, not the same Trojan hero, as we know, but an ordinary Kuryon resident. Our last stop – Roman private house or Earthquake house. The house suffered from the same earthquake in 365 years with all its inhabitants and a donkey as the theater, I told you before. A little tired, we ended our acquaintance with
We had little time left, so we immediately went to the birthplace of Aphrodite…The Rock of Aphrodite or Petra
After 20 minutes away we were in the legendary Paphos and quite hungry. We quickly found free parking at the end of the promenade and went in search of a tavern. The first thing I noticed is a large variety of fish taverns Unfortanly, I have to say, our choice was unsuccessful, but I consider it as an accident.
Did you know that Paphos, during the reign of the Romans was the capital of Cyprus? Now there are many hotels, restaurants, nightlife and cozy picturesque bays, which is fully consistent with the canons of luxury holidays. Paphos is also famous for its historic sites, many of which are protected by UNESCO. I can note the Villa of Dionysus, the Royal Tombs, the catacombs of St. Solomon. By the way, there are many museums in Paphos, among them the Archaeological Museum, the Ethnographic Museum of Eliadis and the Byzantine Museum. Unfortunately, we did not have time to visit all of them.
But, we managed to visit the Medieval Castle of Paphos. Oh, yes, I love castles and will not miss the opportunity to visit one of them. The exterior that reached the present day in the Ottoman architectural style acquired a castle in 1592 after its reconstruction by the Turkish governor Ahmed Bey. Nowadays, the castle of Paphos has the status of a museum and every year in September the Paphos castle serves as the venue for an opera festival dedicated to Aphrodite. Recently, in the castle wedding ceremonies are held there (good to know for me).
This was a very rich day that passed so quickly and the time has come to come back. But new adventures awaited us…