Archaeological Museum of the Limassol District

The Museum exhibits finds covering the entire antiquity, from the 10th millennium B.C. until the end of the Imperial Roman period (4th century A.D)., which come from the city and the province of Limassol.

The Archaeological Museum of the Limassol District hosts the findings from the city-kingdom of Amathus and the surrounding rural settlements, sanctuaries and graves. Prevalent among the rich finds from Amathus is a group of clay figurines, a free-standing stone pillar depicting the Egyptian god Hathor and a statue of the Egyptian god Bes. All these highlight the strong influence of eastern elements on the artistic production of Amathus.

The Museum comprises two spacious rectangular halls that are connected with two smaller vertical ones. The building makes for an open-air atrium, while there is also an outdoor courtyard where the massive stone findings are exhibited under a shelter. Visitors start their tour on the left of the entrance hall, past the ticket office and the small shop selling postcards and archeological books.

For more information: http://www.limassolmunicipal.com.cy/archaeological_museum_en.html

 

Kourion Archaeological Site

The hill of Kourion, on which the ancient city-kingdom developed, overlooking and controlling the fertile valley of the river Kouris, is in a dominant position 4 km southwest of the village of Episkopi in the Limassol District, just above Agios Ermogenis beach.

It is an amazing place in a remarkable location, as apart from the archaeological site, the visitor  can also enjoy a spectacular view and take the best pictures against the background of the endless blue sea.

Kourion is one of the most important archaeological sites in Cyprus and, according to the settlement myth delivered by Herodotus, was founded by the Achaeans who came here from Argos, Peloponnese.

The oldest habitation remains in the area of ​​Kourion date back to the Neolithic period. On the very hill of Kourion there are remnants dating from the end of the classical period, most of them however are Hellenistic, but also come from the Roman and Paleochristian period.

Kourion makes a rich archaeological reference to the history of Cyprus and the visitor has the opportunity to receive, in just one visit,  a host of historical information.

Central to the site is the Theatre, which has been fully restored. Other important monuments of Kourion are the Roman Agora, the House of Achilles, the House of Gladiators, the Baths and the House of Eustolios, the Paleochristian Basilica, the Sanctuary of Apollo Hylates (3 km. to the west), the Stadium (1 km to the west) the Small Basilica (to the East of the Stadium) and another Basilica on the beach (chapel of St. Ermogenis). Of particular importance are the preserved mosaics, whose depictions have given the Houses their names.

For further information:

http://www.mcw.gov.cy/mcw/da/da.nsf/All/D68072D13C2FB379C225719B0029F872?OpenDocument

 

Cyprus Medieval Museum (Limassol Castle)

The Medieval Castle of Limassol is located in the heart of the old town, just above the old harbor and hosts part of the Medieval Collection of the Cyprus Museum.

The Castle dates back to the Ottoman rule (around 1590) and incorporates parts of the earlier medieval castle. According to the tradition, in this Castle, Richard the Lionheart, on his way to the Holy Land as leader of the 3rd Crusade, married Berengaria of Navarre, whom he then crowned Queen of England, in 1191.

The fortification walls are of great archaeological interest and are considered by some as pieces of a much larger castle. The panoramic view from its top is extraordinary. In the Castle,  rich photographic material about the Byzantine and medieval fortifications of Cyprus is also presented.

The Medieval Museum, which is housed in Limassol Castle, exhibits objects reflecting the historical development of Cyprus, its economic, social and religious life, as well as other aspects of everyday life on the island from the 3rd to the 18th century A.D.

Apart from its historical importance, it is a beautiful castle in the heart of the city, conveniently located for the visitor to see the surroundings. The Castle is surrounded by restaurants and cafes that are bustling with life. It is a suitable for people of all ages. It is located 5 minutes away from the commercial center and just 2 minutes away from the Limassol Marina and the Old Market (Saripolos), where bars and other entertainment centers operate in the evening.

Cyprus’ historical development, its economic, social and artistic evolution as well as the daily life of its people from the 3rd to the 18th century A.D., can be acknowledged through the exhibits of this Collection. Coupled with the imperial atmosphere of the Castle, they engage the visitor in acquiring an essential experience of these historical eras.

For further information:

http://www.mcw.gov.cy/mcw/DA/DA.nsf/All/5A9D613873FBB2DFC22571990020A1C0?OpenDocument

 

Amathus

The ancient city of Amathus is situated on the southern coast of Cyprus, about 7 km east of the town of Limassol, near Agios Tychonas. Amathus, one of the largest ancient kingdoms of the island, built on the hillsides that offer spectacular views of the sea, developed into a rich kingdom since the early years of its establishment.

Visitors have the opportunity to see the rare and beautiful archaeological treasures that have been hidden underground for so many centuries. Even the ancient harbour is visible underwater.

The most important sites and monuments of Amathus are:

The Temple of Aphrodite on the Acropolis, the Roman Agora and the Baths, the Palace, the Harbour, the Walls, the Necropolis and the Basilicas.

On the top of the hill was built the Temple of Aphrodite, goddess of Beauty and Love. The Agora is adorned with beautiful marble columns, bearing spiral decorations, and huge paved areas.

On the seaside there are signs of a a three-ailed Basilica, which is partly destroyed by the sea nowadays . This Basilica is just one of the five basilicas to be found on the site.

Further on, near the stairway leading to the hilltop, a series of houses from the Hellenistic period have been discovered. On the eastern and western edges of the city are the two citadels, in which a number of graves have been discovered, many of them intact.

After visiting the ancient kingdom of Amathus, one can enjoy the coastal front with very beautiful beaches and a pedestrian walk along the entire village of Agios Tychonas.

For further information:

http://www.mcw.gov.cy/mcw/DA/DA.nsf/All/D20ED526826AB796C225719B00374A92?OpenDocument

 

Kolossi Castle

The famous Kolossi Castle, also known as Koulas, is located about 11 km west of the city of Limassol and is one of the most important fortifications of Medieval Cyprus. It is linked to important events in the history of Cyprus. The most important of these are the seize of the island by Richard the Lionheart and later by the Templars and the  Hospitallers.

It is a very well-preserved castle that takes the visitor back to the Crusades; a beautiful place with three floors, of great architectural interest, apart from the historical reference it makes. If you climb to the top, you will enjoy a wonderful view. The interior of the castle, especially during summertime, is particularly cool. In addition, there are coffeeshops and restaurants in the surrounding area, in which the visitor can relax.

The Medieval Castle of Colossus serves as an excellent sample of military architecture. It was originally built in the 13th century and rebuilt in its present form in the 15th century.

The ground floor was probably used as a warehouse with two underground cisterns. A hanging bridge enabled entrance to the first floorpossible. On the south wall of one of the two large halls of the ground floor, there is a fresco with the Crucifixion of Christ and also the coat of arms of Magnac (Loui de Magnac built the existing castle on the ruins of the 13th-century one), which indicates the worshiping function of this place, while the adjacent hall with the fireplace was probably the main dining and hospitality area.

On the second floor there were two other rooms, which were used as accommodation. On the roof of the monument, a boiler of hot liquids and crenellations convey to the visitor images of medieval siege. On the east side of the monument, a large vaulted room houses part of the sugar processing plant.

During the stay of the Knights Templar in Cyprus, the Knights produced a sweet wine, called “vin de Commanderie”. Today the Commandaria wine is one of the traditional wines of the island and one of the oldest wine names in the world, which has been used for eight centuries now.

Next to the castle are the ruins of a 14th-century mill where sugar was produced. To the east of the tower, there are the residues from a cane sugar factory. Cane was grown in large plantations in the area. The facilities, dating back to the 14th century, consist of three main and other auxiliary spaces. The main building is the sugar processing plant, which is a rectangular stone-built vaulted room.

For further information: http://www.mcw.gov.cy/mcw/DA/DA.nsf/All/715C0A5218C174DFC225719900331A09?OpenDocument

 

The Cyprus Historic & Classic Motor Museum

The Cyprus Historic & Classic Motor Museum is located in an area of ​​3,000 square meters in Limassol and offers a  collection of classical, historical and collectible cars. The Museum highlights the cultural importance of the development and growth of the automobile industry.

Its exhibits are of both cultural and emotional value for the Cypriot people. One of them is the armored presidential “Cadillac” donated by the US government and made especially for President Macarios III in 1977. The car weighs 4.2 tons, because of its armor, and is equipped with bulletproof windows that do not open and also with an air-conditioning system that ensures protection of the passengers against harmful gases.

Another exhibit is the famous green “Mini” car from Mr. Bean’s movies and yet another is the Rover P5 car of 1973 used by the “Iron Lady” Margaret Thatcher, previous Prime Minister of the UK.

In the Museum, there is a small space for screenings, where visitors can enjoythe film “Motoring through ages”.

In the framework of the Museum’s social responsibility, at the end of each school tour, a presentation about road safety is offered. In that same framework, part of the revenue from the entrance tickets is given away to various charities.

For further information:

http://www.cyprusmotormuseum.com.cy/?lang=en

 

Cyprus Theatre Museum

The Cyprus Theatre Museum is housed in the Panos Solomonidis Cultural Centre in Limassol and presents the history of theatrical activity in Cyprus from antiquity to the present day.

More specifically, the theatrical activity presented stretches from the ancient theatres of the Hellenistic and Roman periods up until 2010. Through this historical recollection, the different aspects of the art of Cypriot theatre and of the people who work for it are revealed.

The exhibits of the Cyprus Theatre Museum are divided into three thematic sections:

Τhe history: This is a journey through the major stages of theatre activity in Cyprus.

The contributors: Photographs, scale models, sketches, costumes, posters and audio-visual material form the content of this particular section, which focuses on the basic stages of a theatrical production.

The performance: Costumes of important and emblematic performances of the Cypriot theatrical history are exhibited.

For further information:

https://www.thoc.org.cy/about/cyprus-theatre-museum,en-about-03-07,en

Wine Villages

A getaway to the ‘Wine villages’ of Limassol

The Limassol wine-making villages are renowned for their deep-rooted history of viticulture, as well as their excellent local wines and the stunning nature of the area that produces them. An excursion to ‘Krasochoria’, as they are locally called (‘Wine villages’ is the English translation), is one of the many options for agrotourism in Limassol.

The route to ‘Krasochoria’ passes through the villages of Kolossi, Erimi, Kantou, Souni-Zanakia, Pano Kivides, Agios Amvrosios, Lofou, Vouni, Koilani, Pera Pedi, Mandria, Kato Platres, Omodos, Vasa, Malia, Arsos, Pachna, Anogyra ending up to Avdimou. It is a journey rich in wineries.

Some of the most famous wineries along this route are “Zambartas winery” in Agios Amvrosios, “Vlassides” and “Ayia Mavri” wineries in Koiliani, “Argyrides winery” in Vasa, “Lambouris” in Kato Platres and “Linos” in Omodos. In each of them, the visitor has the opportunity to enjoy a tour in the place where wine is processed and produced and learn by the wine maker himself about the available varieties of wine and the ingredients and the stages each wine passes until it reaches the right colour and flavour. It is a unique experience for wine lovers. The best part, of course, is wine tasting.

Excursions are always connected with good food, especially when it comes to genuine Cypriot cuisine. Each village has its traditional taverns, serving homemade dishes. A stroll around the village will lead the visitor to “hidden treasures”, special places that need to be discovered. The village people will be pleased to show him around and talk to him about their traditions.

For those interested in staying overnight, these villages have the right places: inns, renovated country houses and mansions, equipped with modern comforts, but retaining their traditional character promise to offer an unforgettable experience.

Wineries:

Agios Amvrosios

Zambartas Wineries (Grigores Afxentiou 39)

Tel.: 25 942424, 99 300166

Web: www.zambartaswineries.com

Koilani

  • Vlassides Winery

Tel.: 25 471482, 99 441574

Web: www.vlassideswinery.com

  • Ayia Mavri Winery (between the monastery of Ayia Mavri and Koilani village)

Τel.: 25 470225, 99 491649

Web: www.ayiamavri.com

Kato Platres

  • Lambouris Winery

Τel.: 25 422525, 96 622349

Web: http://www.lambouri.com

Omodos

  • Linos Winery

Τel.: 25 422700, 99 672104

Web: http://www.linoswines.com

Vasa

  • Argyrides Winery

Τel.: 25 945999, 99 588848

Web: www.vasawinery.com

Where to eat:

Lofou

  • Kamares

Tel.: 25 470719

Koilani

  • To Korineon – Oi mezedes tis Marias

Τel.: 99 608196, 99 825253

Omodos

  • Stou Kir Yianni (15, Linou street)

Τel.: 25 422100, 99 308555

  • Katoi (25, Linou street)

Τel.: 25 423033

Vasa

  • Αriadni

Τel.: 25 942185

  • Ο Pyrkos

Τel.: 25 942655

Arsos

  • Agora (Apostolou Philippou Square)

Τel.: 99 662726, 99 096343

 

Where to stay:

Lofou

  • Apokryfo boutique hotel

Τel.: 25 813777

  • Oinoessa Traditional Boutique Guest Houses (in the center of the village)

Τel.: 99 373371

  • Agrovino

Τel.: 25 470202

Omodos

  • Stou Kir Yianni (15, Linou street)

Τel.: 25 422100

  • Katoi (25, Linou street)

Τel.: 99587842, 99425192

Arsos

  • Arsorama

Τel.: 25 817000, 97 889999

Vasa

  • Moustos Traditional House (23, Apostolou Philippou street)

Tel.: 99 604955

Αnogyra

  • Nicolas & Marias Cottage

Tel.: 25331963, 99525462

 

Wine Festival

The Wine Festival it’s a cultural event that somehow revives the ancient celebrations of honor of Dionysus, the god of the vine and wine.  It takes place at the Municipal Gardens in the begging of September and last for 12 days.
The wine festival has been one of the featured events in Limassol, Cyprus’s wine capital, since 1961 and attracts around 15,000 people every year.
The giant statue of a Cypriot wine-maker welcomes visitors at the entrance. At the festival, guests, both locals and foreigners, get the chance to try different local wines and traditional Cypriot food.
Although there is a small entrance fee, the wines produced by the island’s wineries are offered free of charge in unlimited quantities.
Another popular feature of the Wine Festival is a traditional wine press. Folkloric dances, songs, theatrical performances from local and international artistic groups are also included in the program of the festival.