What to see by car: Limassol
Limassol is the perfect point of departure for an outing to the spectacular Troodos
Mountains, which lie north of the city and offer wonderful summer walks through
friendly villages, pine forests, a rich selection of flora and spectacular scenery.
In the village of Pitsilia you can view painted churches and charming houses with
red-tiled roofs, or sample the wine, honey, cheeses and other products made by
On the southern outskirts of town are the uncrowded Ladies Mile Beach and the
Akrotiri Salt Lake. The latter is where locals gather their salt in summer,
and flamingos drench the area with a riot of pink and red in winter.
Kolossi Castle sits 14kms west of Limassol on the road to Paphos. It is a medieval
fortress that is a fine example of antiquated military architecture. The castle
has an imposing tower and an ancient sugar factory in its surrounds.
Also west of Limassol is the ancient site of Kourion, where you can still watch
a play at the restored Greco-Roman theatre overlooking the sparkling Mediterranean.
The site offers a number of other attractions, including the House of Eustolios,
an old Roman villa with exquisite 5th century mosaic floors. Also found here
is the Christian Basilica, which was likely once the Cathedral of Kourion.
Just past Kourion is the Sanctuary of Apollo Hylates, the God of the Woodland,
who was the legendary protector of Kourion. The temple has been restored and
excavations have unearthed a bath complex, pilgrim halls and a holy precinct.
Amathus, another ancient kingdom, lies 11kms east of Limassol. The remains
date from the Archaic, Roman and Christian periods.
Selection of hotels in this region:
Louis Apollonia Beach
Holiday Inn Limassol
St Raphael Resort
Marathon Beach Hotel
Le Meridien Limassol Spa & Resort
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