Limassol District Attractions Lemesós Eparkhía
The region of Limassol provides a contrast of modern and old, with the new town and the small villages and there are beaches and forested hills.It has become a major tourist region and it especially caters to English-speaking tourists.
The ancient city of Curium is an archaeological site featuring old baths, interesting mosaics and an impressive Greco-Roman theater.
Limassol - Kolossi Castle
Surrounded by rich orchards and 6mi/10km west of the city of Limassol, stands the massive Kolossi Castle, built in 1210 by the Knights of St John.The castle is a fine example of military architecture. It was originally constructed in the 13th century and subsequently rebuilt in its present form in the middle of the 15th century. It served as the Grand Commandery of the Knights of the Order of St John of Jerusalem. In the 14th century it came under the domain of the Knights Templar.
Amathus was an important port city of Cyprus with a number of archeological finds including the remains of the Acropolis and numerous tombs available for viewing.
Limassol - Sanctuary of Apollo Hylates (Ylatis)
This site is located three kilometers west of Kourion, on the road to Paphos. Apollo Hylates, God of the Woodland, was the protector of the city of Kourion. The cult of Apollo was celebrated here from the eighth century B.C. to the A.D. fourth century. Excavations have also revealed other structures of this important sanctuary such as the bath complex, the pilgrim halls, the palaistra and a holy precinct.The first points of interest are the steps of the display hall and old Paphos Gate and then the circular structure of the votive pit. This is where the priests used to put unwanted ritual gifts and such pits are a very rich source of archeological finds.The narrow paved road then leads to the Temple of Apollo, part of which has now been restored and is especially impressive. Most of the rituals probably took place outside as the temple itself is quite small.Visitors can also see the Priest's House, where there are remains of a mosaic as well as some pillars. The paved route then passes along the portico of the South Building and then down a flight of steps to the Palaestra. This central court was used for athletics and the site has plenty of facilities for sportsmen, including another complex of baths. Next to the Palaestra were the dormitories, parts of which are quite well preserved.
To the southwest of Koulrion, at Episkopi, is a small but interesting Archeological Museum. Other features of interest within easy reach of Limassol are the citrus-fruit plantations of Phasouti, the monasteries of Tróoditissa and Omodos (Stavros, the Holy Cross) and the picturesque villages of Fini, Kilani, Platres, Prodromos and Tróodos in the Tróodos Mountains.Episkopi village is a large settlement with plenty of shops and a mosque. There is also a museum containing various artifacts from Curium.There are several beaches accessible from the main road, but the main attraction in this region is Curium.
Kourion Archeological Museum
To the southwest of Limassol, at Episkopi, is a small but interesting Archeological Museum.The Kourion Museum is 14km west of Limassol, four kilometers before the Kourion site, at Episkopi village.It houses a collection of finds from nearby archeological sites, exhibited in a beautiful old house.
Episkopi British Base
Episkopi is a British Sovereign Base in the Limassol region. Sovereignty over the base was granted to the British under the Independence settlement and it remains of central strategic importance to the British military and NATO.
Pissouri village lies on the coast and has a nice beach with a pleasant stretch of sand. The village is on the cliff top of 245 meters and is reached by a narrow, winding road. The village has a maze of streets and there are several places which rent rooms.From Pissouri the road reaches some of the spectacular white cliffs of this part of the coast.