Limassol, Cyprus – February, 2022

Limassol is the most southern city in Europe and located between the ancient cities of Kourion to the west and Amathous to the east. Limassol has a rich history that goes back to around the 2nd century B.C. It’s also one of the largest ports in the Middle East.

One of our favourite sites in Limassol is Kourion. The views from this ancient city are magnificent! Archaeological finds show that Kourion was associated with the Greek legend of Argos of Peloponnese. This ancient kingdom was eventually destroyed in a severe earthquake in 365 AD.

Aside from the views, the mosaic’s are amazing. The intricate designs are really incredible.  

The Roman Baths are quite interesting. All the little columns that remain used to support the floor and the hot water would run underneath. 

The Greco-Roman Theatre was built in the 2nd century and is still in use today for cultural events. 

Kourion Beach is pretty to see after a visit at the ancient city. 

Limassol has a great seaside promenade with some cool sculptures and park area. The promenade goes from the Old Town/Port all the way to Olympic Beach and it’s around 13 km’s long. We enjoyed many walks here and there are a few different beaches along the way. 

On our walk we passed by these pretty churches. I love that they are round so that the devil can’t corner you! 

The Old Town of Limassol is a fun area to walk around. I loved how some of the cafes and bars used the old structures. 

Limassol Castle, in the heart of the Old Town was built in the 12th-13th century. It is now a museum. I quite like the old olive press. 

The Ancient City of Amathous dates back to 1100 BC. It was destroyed and abandoned during the 7th century A.D. due to the Arab invasions. Aphrodite was worshipped in Amathous as a very important deity until the end of the 4th century A.D. 

Kolossi Medieval Castle is another nice site to visit. It was built in the 13th century and served as the Grand Commandery of the Knights of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. In the 14th century it fell under the domain of the Knights Templar. Lucky for us we had the castle all to ourselves during our visit! 

In the same area of the castle we came across these two churches. The first church had some really old frescoes. The second church was so little and so cute! 

Did I mention that Limassol has Flamingos in the Akrotiri salt lake? There are so many Flamingos! The very rocky Lady’s Mile Beach is just across from the salt lake.

We enjoyed Limassol and found the city to be a great combination of old and new.  

Written by: Tammy Hermann
Live~Love~Travel

 

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4 Responses to Limassol, Cyprus – February, 2022

  1. Lorraine says:

    Such beautiful pictures and the history is very interesting. Thank you Love you mom

  2. Tim McLean says:

    Loved the Knights Templar castle.

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