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Places not to miss in Limassol. The Quppy choice
Limassol is the southernmost city in Europe. This is a tourist resort of Cyprus where you can appreciate the simple pleasures of Mediterranean life. There are clean sandy beaches, the climate is moderated by the Troodos mountains in the north, and you can visit cozy taverns to enjoy delicious meze and excellent local wine.
The Limassol Castle
The Limassol Castle has a history that echoes many of the defenses of Cyprus. It was erected by the Lusignans during the Crusades, and recent excavations have revealed both a Byzantine fortress and a basilica at its base. The castle withstood attacks from the Genoese and the Mamluk Sultanate from Cairo before being reinforced during the island’s Ottoman period in the 16th century. In the absence of conflict, the lower levels of the castle became a prison and remained so until the 1950s. Today, Limassol Castle exhibits coins, weapons and pottery from different stages of the city’s history.
This UNESCO-protected archaeological park west of Limassol contains the 6,000 years of human history. It was during the Roman era that the city of Kourion experienced its heyday, mentioned at that time in the writings of Pliny the Elder and Ptolemy. The most complete remains of Kourion date from this period. The terrace of the theater is largely intact, while the Eustolius House and baths are decorated with colorful mosaics. Later in the history of Kourion, the city adopted Christianity, so you can visit the episcopal site, the residence of the Bishop of Kourion, as well as two basilicas from the 400s and 500s.
Sanctuary of Apollo
A couple of kilometers west of the ancient city of Kourion stands this temple complex that was once the most significant religious site on the entire island. It was here from 700 BC. Before the 300 AD, people came to worship Apollo as the god of the forests of the island. Large fragments of the sanctuary have survived, including part of the wall and portico of the temple, stairs, columns, a monument where parades or dances were to take place, and external buildings where visitors stayed.
Between the city and the sea, Molos is more than a site to take a walk around. It is an attractive seaside park that stretches from the Old Port to the zoo. Molos transforms a walk on the sea into an art form, as along with playgrounds, rows of palm trees, cafes and benches, there are water features, lawns, and sculptures to stroll along. Every Sunday, Limassol locals come to Molos for a family outing, and if you like, you can rent a bike for a few hours to ride this exquisite strip of the city’s waterfront.
Limassol District Archaeological Museum
This museum is to be visited together with the Limassol Castle as its collection traces the history and development of civilization in Cyprus from prehistoric times to the end of the Roman era. Most of the Late Bronze Age, Hellenistic and Roman artifacts on display have been uncovered in excavations just a few kilometers from Curnia and Amathus. Highlights include a pair of ornate animal-shaped wine vessels and a free-standing sculpture of the Roman god Bes.