Travel tips


minus LEMESSOS DIARY

ARSOS FOLK ART MUSEUM

Arsos Village, Limassol District,

The Folk Art Museum is housed in a traditional 19th century house, right in the centre of the village and offers a glimpse into the traditional way of life of the Cypriot people. The museum is open year-round.

 

CYPRUS WINE MUSEUM

Trace the history of Cypriot wine and production methods at the Cyprus Wine Museum in Erimi village, next to the fertile vineyards of Kolossi, whose military administrators in the castle gave their name to the traditional sweet Cypriot wine, Koumandaria (Commandaria).

 

Entrance includes a glass of wine. Opening hours: Monday – Saturday 9am – 5pm.

Telephone: 25 873808

 

FAMOUS CHURCHES AND MONASTERIES

The Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) has defined three routes which start and in Limassol, taking visitors to churches and former monasteries in the district, dating back to the 12th century AD, significant for their architecture, paintings or history. The journeys (varying from six to seventy-two kilometres) wind through a number of attractive villages. Details of the routes are available from the CTO.

KOLOSSI CASTLE

Built on the site of the original castle of 1210, the present Kolossi castle was constructed in 1454 and is said to have housed at different times Richard the Lionheart, the Templars, and the Knights of the Order of St John of Jerusalem. The fort held great strategic importance during the Middle Ages and contained production of sugar, one of the island’s main exports at that time.

Opening hours: 9am – 7.30pm daily during July and August. For the rest of the year, the castle closes at 5pm.Free entrance for all European Union citizens on Sundays.

Telephone: 25 934907

 

KOURION (CURIUM)

Kourion stretches over a wide area, with numerous sites of interest in modern day Episkopi including an agora, a Roman Nymphaeum-a sacred place devoted to the nymphs, daughters of Poseidon – private houses of the late Roman period, mosaics, an early Christian basilica, a sports stadium, and the remains of an aqueduct, as well as an aqueduct, as well as an impressive theatre, and the Sanctuary of Apollo. The Hellenistic Theatre, originally conceived in the late 2nd century BC, was remodelled in the 3rd century AD to accommodate gladiatorial contests. In the late half of the century, the theatre was restored to its original purpose for orchestral performances and is in fact still used today for Shakespearean productions, which are well worth attending,

 

Opening hours: 8am – 7pm daily during July and August.

The rest of the year Kourion closes at 5pm.

Telephone: 25 934250

 

LIMASSOL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM

Situated near the Limassol public gardens, the museum displays a vast collection of antiquities dating from the Neolithic Age to the Roman period. Artefacts include Phoenician pottery, jewellery, tools, coins, idols, and a sculpture of the Egyptian fertility god, Bes. A number of artefacts relate to the goddess Aphrodite.

 

Opening hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm, Saturday 10am -1pm

Telephone: 25 305157

 

LIMASSOL CASTLE

Reportedly built around 1000 AD by the Byzantines, the castle was demolished by the Venetians, and rebuilt by the Ottomans in 1590.It was subsequently used as a prison from 1790 to 1940 despite its romantic beginnings as the reputed site for Richard the Lionheart`s marriage to Princess Berengaria, crowning her Queen of England – the first coronation and royal marriage to take place outside of England. Today, the castle serves as a mediaeval museum covering the period 400 – 1870 AD.

 

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 9am – 5pm

Telephone: 25 305419

 

LIMASSOL WINE ROUTES

The CTO has produced a booklet of wine routes, enticing visitors to discover for themselves some of the famous villages, vineyards, winepresses and wineries. There are two routes in the Limassol district: Koumandaria: Starting in Kolossi and ending in Agia Fyla, the route winds through fourteen villages, reflecting on the time in the 12th century when the Knights of St.John were perfecting the production of perhaps the world’s first wine to be identified by the name, `Koumandaria`; Krasochoria (`The Wine Villages`): The route from Kolossi to Avdimou passes through unspoilt villages with characteristic traditional Cypriot architecture. In Omodos and Koilani villages alone there are ten wineries.

 

Brochure and maps available from the CTO.

 

RIALTO THEATRE

The Rialto Theatre is a bastion of quality performances and has hosted the National Orchestra of Montpellier, the Boris Eifmann Ballet, the National Ballet of Israel, and contestants competing in the annual European Dance Festival. The theatre’s unique 1930’s style building neighbours the town’s bustling main shopping district and was designed by the German architect Gunberg to hold 800 people.

 

Telephone: 7777 7745 or 25 343900 for Box Office Location: 19 Andrea Drousioti, Platia Iroon, just off Anexartisias Street.

 

SCULPTURE PARK

Spanning one mile of reclaimed land along the coast of Limassol’s shopping district is a public sculpture park and pedestrian walkway. The park is perfect for long summer walks and is liberally speckled with works of art, such as “Birth’’, a collection of 96 stone eggs in tribute to the dead and fallen land of Kyrenia, and the ‘’Frozen Wave’’, a stainless steel sphere and coil created by German artist Victor Bonato.