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Cyprus, when a center for that cult from the Greek goddess Aphrodite, is really a contemporary island nation that maintains a basically Mediterranean character. Its 3,572 square miles encompass citrus and olive groves, pine-forested mountain tops, plus some of Europe's most sparkling clean beaches. Cyprus's proper position because the easternmost island within the Mediterranean and beyond has managed to get susceptible to regular invasions by effective empires. Greeks, Phoenicians, Assyrians, Egyptians, Persians, Romans, Byzantines, the Knights in combat Templar, Venetians, Ottomans and also the British, have been though the place. 
 
Vestiges from the diverse cultures which have ruled here us dot the area, from remains of Neolithic pay outs and ancient Greek language and Roman temple sites, to early Christian basilicas and colored Byzantine places of worship. But Cyprus is not restricted to its architecture and history additionally there is a vibrant lifestyle to become investigated. Limassol is made between your ancient metropolitan areas of Kourion and Amathus. The ship docks at the available port that is a little of the hike in the commercial center of town. You will find two fortresses in the region - Limassol Castle and Kolossi Castle. Kolossi was built through the Knights in combat Hospitallers within the 15th century. Outdoors Limassol would be the ruins at Kourion that offer some impressive structures, particularly the theater that has been fully reconstructed and it is still used. You will find exotic old, worldly fairy tale style baths, some exquisite Roman mosaics along with a necropolis around the block area. Catch glimpses of the intriguing Roman culture, visit some of the region’s most spectacular museum, and enjoy Limassol’s exotic vibe.

Where You're Docked
Cruise ships anchor at the Limassol New Port, a combined cargo and passenger facility, located 5km about (3 miles) west of Limassol center. Some cruise lines provide free shuttles to the old town center; otherwise, taxis line up at the port when a ship is in. The walk is not especially attractive, particularly in the heat of summer; save your energy for the town itself. Inconveniently, car-hire services are not available at the port, and if you prebook a rental car, you will be charged extra for its delivery to meet your ship.

Cyprus has three types of buses: inter-urban, rural and urban. Urban buses are fine if you want to make short hops around town. But when you only have a day and want to explore, the most realistic way to sightsee is either to join a tour or to drive yourself -- because buses are slow and not always reliable. Plus, some of the major sights are in the middle of the countryside. Self-driving options are enormously popular, from cars and quad bikes to mopeds, bicycles and dune buggies. Driving is on the left, so Brits feel very much at home. 

Limassol features plenty of taxis. Urban taxis have meters and can be hailed on the street. Rural taxis have to be booked in advance (ask a taverna owner or shopkeeper to call one for you) and don't use meters, so agree on the fare before departing.

Things to see
A significant commercial port, cruise-ship the avenue for call, and wine-making focus on the south coast, Limassol, 75 km (47 miles) from Nicosia, is really a busy, cosmopolitan town. Luxury hotels, flats, and guesthouses stretch along 12 km (7 miles) of seafront. Within the center, the elegant, modern shops of Makarios Avenue contrast with individuals from the old a part of town, where local crafts prevail.
 
This impressive historical site stands 3 km (2 miles) west from the Temple of Kourion. It offers a partly restored primary sanctuary with enormous Roman posts. Primary Paphos Rd.
 
Cyprus Wine Museum. Situated about ten minutes west of Limassol, this comprehensive museum works at explaining a brief history from the grape in Cyprus, among the world's earliest wine making regions. You'll be able to view ancient wine jugs and ships on the short led tour watching a movie before heading downstairs for any sampling of Cyprus wines, such as the island's famous sweet Commandaria, supported by tasty halloumi cheese. 42 Paphou St., Erimi. Admission billed.
 
Kolossi Castle. A Crusader fortress from the Knights in combat of St. John, the castle was built within the thirteenth century and reconstructed within the 15th. There isn't much left from the castle, however the sights in the roof from the surrounding wineries-a few of which produce Commandaria, Cyprus's famous sweet wine-count the trip. 11 km (7 miles) west of Limassol, on the path to Paphos.
 
Kourion Historical Site. The historical site has Greek and Roman ruins. Classical and Shakespearean plays are occasionally staged within the impressive amphitheater. Near the theater may be the Rental property of Eustolios, a summerhouse built with a wealthy Christian with interesting variety flooring in the fifth century AD nearby may be the partly reconstructed Roman stadium. 19 km (12 miles) west of Limassol, Primary Paphos Rd.
 
Limassol Promenade
The promenade in Limassol runs parallel to the beach. It is lined with cafes, restaurants, English-style pubs, souvenir shops and boutiques and is quite popular with tourists and locals for strolls after dinner.
The public gardens are also on the promenade.
 
Limassol Castle. The 14th-century castle was built on the website of the Byzantine fortification. Richard the Lionheart married Berengaria of Navarre and crowned her Full of England within 1191. The Cyprus Medieval Museum within the castle shows medieval armor and artefacts. Richard and Berengaria Sts.
 
Limassol District Historical Museum. Browse interesting historical finds in the Limassol area, including pottery, coins, jewellery, tools, and sculptures, in the Prehistoric period (10,000 BC) to the Late Roman period (AD 327). The gathering also consists of many products associated with Aphrodite, including ancient terra-cotta figures.
 
Limassol Zoo. Reopened within the summer time of 2012 after a comprehensive restoration, the zoo has modern enclosures which use only stone, glass, wood, and rope. Both kids and grown ups will love the Asian otters, Cyprus oxes, Egyptian geese, and Cuban boa constrictors, among a great number of other animals, wild birds, and reptiles (though no lions, tigers, or tigers here).
 
Municipal Folk Art Museum. Visit this museum for any peek at Cypriot folklore. The gathering includes national costumes and fine good examples of weaving along with other crafts.
 
Elsewhere on Cyprus
 
Larnaca. A seaside resort using its own airport terminal includes a flamboyant Whitsuntide celebration, known as Cataklysmos, in addition to fine beaches, a palm-fringed seaside promenade, along with a modern harbor.
 
Ayios Lazarus (Chapel of Lazarus). Among the island's more essential places of worship, Ayios Lazarus stands within the town center resplendent with GOLD symbols and different woodcarvings. Built in AD 890 by Byzantine Emperor Leo Mire and restored to the glory within the 17th century, it is a beautiful illustration of Byzantine architecture. Plateia Agiou Lazarou.
 
Kition. Kition was probably the most important ancient city-kingdoms. Though the majority of the ruins continue to be hidden underneath the modern city, you can observe architectural remains of temples that date in the thirteenth century BC.
 
Larnaca Fort. Initially built-in the late 1300s after which reconstructed in 1625, the fort was utilized like a prison throughout British colonial rule. Today it's mainly worth going to for that lovely sights from the ocean. The little Medieval Museum, within the fort, has finds from Hala Sultan Tekke and Kition. Leoforos Athinon, within sight of marina on seafront. Admission billed.
 
Municipal Museum of Natural History. If you want to find out more about natural good reputation for Cyprus, this small museum within the Municipal Gardens is essential-see. Exhibits on geology, creatures, wild birds, fossils, marine existence, bugs, plants, and much more give a worthy summary of the huge variety of island existence, in the ancient past to the current day. Leoforos Grigori Afxentiou, within the Municipal Gardens.
 
Pierides-Marfin Laiki Bank Museum. The museum's a personal assemblage in excess of 3,000 pieces distinguished by its Bronze Age terra-cotta figures in addition to Roman and Byzantine-era art. 4 Zinonos Kitieos St., near The almighty Byron St.
 
Salt Lake. This 6½-square-km (2½-square-mile) is really a refuge for moving wild birds during the cold months, especially flamingoes, as well as in summer time it dries track of salt deposits. You cannot walk around the lake itself, but you will find lots of character trails and have a picnic spots around it. Near the airport terminal road, 7 km (4 miles) southwest of Larnaca.
 
Troodos Mountain tops. North of Limassol, these mountain tops, which rise to six,500 ft, have shady cedar plank and pine forests and awesome springs. Small, colored Byzantine places of worship within the Troodos and Pitsilia foothills are wealthy good examples of the rare indigenous talent. Asinou Chapel, a UNESCO World Heritage site close to the village of Nikitari, and Agios Nikolaos ienc Stegis (St. Nicholas from the Roof), south of Kakopetria, are specifically significant.
 
Kykkos Monastery. Founded in 1100, the monastery hosts the valued icon from the Virgin, that is reputed to possess been colored by St. Luke. Additionally, it includes other symbols, woodcarvings, and embroidery.
 
Petra tou Romiou. The legendary birthplace of Aphrodite-Greek goddess of affection and sweetness-is really a large offshore rock near the primary road between Limassol and Paphos. Swimming around Petra tou Romiou (Aphrodite's Rock) three occasions is presupposed to provide you with eternal love. Whether you think the legend, it is a dramatic spot to stop for any snack or have a picnic lunch and phone unquestionably romantic sights. Park within the lot and go ahead and take passageway underneath the highway towards the large pebble beach, in which you might be enticed to go swimming or stay for sunset. Amenities: drink and food parking (free) toilets aquatic sports. Perfect for: sunset swimming.
 
Paphos. In the western world from the island and 142 km (88 miles) southwest of Nicosia, Paphos combines the seaside with stellar historical sites along with a buzzing night life. Because the late the nineteen nineties it's attracted probably the most lavish resorts around the island. It is also Cyprus's most pedestrian-friendly town, having a lengthy beachside path running alongside the majority of the hotels completely lower towards the enjoyable harbor, moored with a medieval fortress. The nearby area's probably the most scenic in Cyprus, particularly the untrammeled Akamas Peninsula-still accessible simply to off-road automobiles.
 
Ayios Neophytos Monastery. The hermit and scholar Neophytos settled at what's now known to because the Ayios Neophytos Monastery in 1159, carving a house for themself from the rock. Known in the time because the leading critic of Richard the Lionheart and also the Byzantine tax enthusiasts, today he's most widely known for which grew to become a number of grottoes hewn in the hillside rock and also the evocative religious frescoes-some really colored by Neophytos-they contain. The monastery itself, with a maximum of one half dozen approximately monks, can be found underneath the grottoes. 6 miles north of town.
 
Byzantine Museum. The museum houses notable mosaics, symbols, and sacred books and items collected from places of worship and monasteries throughout Paphos and dating in the seventh with the 18th centuries. The gathering includes among the earliest symbols discovered in Cyprus, the Agia Marina, regarded as in the eighth or ninth century. Climax around the small side, the museum supplies a good summary of the wealthy Byzantine good reputation for the Paphos region.
 
Paphos Fort. The squat 16th-century fort-a UNESCO World Heritage site-pads the doorway towards the harbor in the roof there is a lovely view.
 
Roman Mosaics. Don't miss the elaborate 3rd- to fifth-century AD Roman mosaics within the Roman Rental property of Theseus, home of Dionysos, and home of Aion-a part of a UNESCO World Heritage protected site. The impressive mosaics are a simple walk in the harbor.
 
Cyprus Beaches and Family Fun
Cyprus has several excellent beaches, however they outside, hurry up between June and September with European travelers. The nearest beach to Limassol's cruiseship port, Lady's Mile is really a 7-km (4-mile) hard sand and pebble beach in regards to a 15-minute drive from the middle of town. Ladies Mile Beach area isn't not even close to the Limassol Cruise Berth. However, by traveling farther you'll find beaches with increased character. The best beaches are possibly within the Famagusta San Francisco bay area within the Turkish part of the island including Fig Tree Beach. To have an isolated and rustic beach, the western Lara San Francisco bay area offers lovely and quiet locations. There's a pleasant beach between Limassol and Paphos at Pissouri that provides coffee shops, bookstores along with other amenities. The area has a lot of family oriented activity. The Sayious Adventure Park within the central area of the island offers paintball, Go-carting, archery; ATV rides along with other activities. Right close to the beach in Limassol may be the Fasouri Watermania Waterpark.
 
Eating Out
You can’t go wrong with Cypriot food – delicious meze and souvlaki are the hallmarks of a cuisine infused with Mediterranean and traditional local flavours.
 
For the full Cyprus dining experience, head to Fetta’s Corner in Paphos: this traditional eatery won the Best Taverna.. Alternatively, try out Gravella je Kapnia in Nicosia, which is one of Best Kebab.
 
To sample a combination of Greek and Cypriot food and entertainment, take a walk down bustling Ledra Street where the Karvounomageiremata taverna offers live music on most nights.
 
Fish lovers can choose between Paliovarka (no website) in Limassol (the Best Fish Taverna in the 2012 Time Out Eating Awards) or Kalamies in cosmopolitan Protaras, a fantastic seafood restaurant that overlooks the area’s busiest beach.
 
Those in search of a good but less expensive meal should check out the popular fish and sushi chain Ocean Basket, which has restaurants in every city on the island. The ‘Nice Price’ category also encompasses Artisan’s Burgerbar in Nicosia with its succulent freshly made burgers and iced Hoegaarden beer.
 
For Michelin-standard cooking, look to the three restaurants at the Four Seasons Hotel: the Asian Seasons Oriental, the Mediterranean Vivaldi and the gourmet Mavrommatis (sister restaurant of the Mavrommatis in Paris). The island’s best wine list and one its top sommeliers can be found at Risto La Piazza in Paphos. Finally, for a combination of good food and drink, sometimes at the bar, check out either Vino Cultura or Bastione in Nicosia or Alati By The Sea in Protaras, which is only open in the summer.
 
Shopping
Cyprus includes a great selection of crafts, as well as in Limassol the primary shopping street, Makarios Avenue, has a variety of modern boutiques. Products to search for include lace and embroidery, basketware, ceramics, blown glass, created wood (the very best being olive wood), hands-tied cotton area rugs, silverware, and copperware, including beautiful decorative urns. Leather and footwear are fantastically priced here. Museums sell copies of ancient items, and also the Orthodox monasteries offer Byzantine symbols. Food items available here include superb essential olive oil, honey, and flavorsome wine.




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