Things to Do and See
For rough locations please see this map:
Map - Things to See & Do
Also someone has put quite a few of these locations (&others) on Google Maps:
A fine example of military architecture originally constructed in the13th century and subsequently rebuilt in its present form in the middle of the 15th century. . It served first as the Grand Commandery of the Knights Templar, and after the fall of Acre in 1291 for some years, as the headquarters of the Knights of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem.
Local tradition has it that Richard the Lionheart spent his honeymoon with queen Berengaria here. this seems a little unlikely as it was built after he died.
In 1191 Richard the Lionheart of England conquered Cyprus after it had been ruled by Isaac Commenus. Isaac Comnenus was the Byzantine Governor of Cyprus who declared himself an independent ruler of Cyprus and would not assist Richard and the Crusaders.
Curium Roman Amphitheatre & Mosaics
The ruins at Curium are to be found in breathtaking scenery overlooking the sea - this is probably the most spectacular archaeological site in Cyprus. There are actually two sites, the old city of Kolossi and the sanctuary of Apollo Hylates - they are a few kilometres apart. There is also a museum in the nearby village of Episkopi. As it is one of Cyprus' most popular tourist attractions, it's worth arriving early in high season.
The original beach-side restaurant at Curium beach it is now th emiddle of three but still the best! Enjoy this suntrap surrounded by cliffs which is a favorite haunt of Kite Surfers and Paragliders. Hire sun-loungers and take a dip in the Med!
Fasouri Water Park
Really fun slides & tunnels!!!! Good for grown-ups too! Remember to keep re-applying your sun cream Laurence got quite burnt last time when it all rubbed off!
You can eat there too!
Also check their fun map out:
It is almost impossible to pick just one of the painted churches of the Troodos - they are all little gems of craftsmanship set in breathtaking scenery. Panayia tou Araka - the church of Our Lady of the Pea - is a superb example and one of ten painted churches on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. It is to be found on a terrace near the village of Lagoudera, surrounded by trees and wild peas from which it takes its name, with a superb view down the valley. The church itself is tiny, and is dwarfed by its snow-proof roof and the wooden trellis that surrounds it. However, when you walk inside, the vibrant colours and the number of the frescoes take your breath away. They date from the twelfth century and are brilliantly clear, having been cleaned relatively recently.
If the church is locked the caretaker priest lives in the adjacent house - admission to the church is free but donations are welcomed. As in all churches in Cyprus, visitors should be modestly dressed and photography is not allowed.
Of course there are countless tavernas for the weary church viewer!
The Holy Monastery of the Virgin of Kykkos was founded around the end of the 11th century by the Byzantine emperor Alexios I Komnenos (1081 - 1118).
According to tradition a virtuous hermit, called Esaias, was living in a cave on the mountain of Kykkos. One day, the Byzantine governor of the island Doux Manuel Voutoumites, who was spending the summer at a village of Marathasa because of the heat of the season, went into the forest to hunt. Having lost his way in the forest he met monk Esaias and asked him to show him the way. The hermit who was not interested in the things of this world would not answer his questions.
The Rock of Aphrodite is a few kilometres to the west of Pissouri village. The location is especially beautiful at sunset, seen here on 31 December 2001. Its Greek name is Petra tou Romiou or ‘The Rock of the Greek’.
Legend has it that Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty, rose from the waves in this strikingly beautiful spot. There are several versions of the story of the goddess's birth, but the most famous is that Aphrodite rose naked from the sea on a scallop shell. Blown by the wind, Aphrodite's first stop was on the island of Cythera, but this was such a tiny island that Aphrodite kept moving and eventually got to Cyprus, where she began living in Paphos.
Ayia Napa has quickly grown to become one of Europe's most popular clubbing holiday destinations. Each year thousands of young, eager clubbers flock to this tourist resort on the South coast of Cyprus. Located just a few miles from the Larnaka airport Aiya Napa boasts an incredible 19 nightclubs in just 1 mile!
There is a great sponge shop to buy natural sponges and other such things.
This website gives a good overview: http://www.limassolmunicipal.com.cy/castle/eng/index.html
They have tours of the Keo Beer factory in Limassol.
Paphos is very popular with tourists, and especially with English, German and Scandinavian tourists. Among its attractions are its ancient mosaic floors, its beautiful old harbour, its modern hotels and restaurants, situated along the seaside promenade.Other sights include an archaeological museum, the Byzantine castle of Paphos, the Tombs of the Kings, St. Paul’s Pillar and the Temple of Aphrodite (the goddess of love and beauty).
Is is now possible to cross to the north of Cyprus via Nicossia. Visit the lovely fishing village of Kyrenia or the ghost city of Famagusta:
Thanks to its troubled history, Famagusta is in fact two towns rolled into one. The ancient walled city of Famagusta is much as it was over five hundred years ago when Ottoman siege engines lay beyond its walls. Meanwhile the modern day town of Varosha (which flourished after independence in 1960) now lies trapped in the buffer zone between North and South Cyprus. The town is locked in a historical stasis; washing still hangs from sagging lines and the empty streets are given over to stray cats. The Turkish authorities have cut off all access to the city and so it remains a melancholy symbol of a land divided; its presence a reminder to the Greeks of all they have lost.
Situated on the north coast of Cyprus, Kyrenia, with its 6,000 year long history, unique remains of countless civilisations, miles of natural beaches, calm sea, and mild climate is an idyllic Mediterranean town.
Bounded to the north by the sea and to the south by the greenery of the Beşparmak (Fivefinger) Mountain range, it offers the most magnificent scenery on the island.
Kyrenia's charming and tiny harbour, full of yachts and fishing boats, is framed by the colossal hulk of its Crusader castle. With the backdrop of the jagged mountains behind and the calm sparkling sea in front, the harbour has an intoxicatingly serene atmosphere.
The Erimi Wine Museum
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