I have to admit I have never been to Cyprus but this guest post has made me want to jump on a plane and go and experience this gorgeous looking country. We love old towns steeped in history and the resort of Lemesos looks absolutely perfect for recharging our batteries. I love the fact that there are some great bargains on flights to be had and that the flight time is pretty short – so perfect if you’ve got kids.
If you’re a seasoned traveller, you might think that you’ve seen all that Greece has to offer. Chances are, you haven’t seen Lemesos.
With the old town of Limassol as its heart, Lemesos has grown around an old fishing harbour. It may seem sleepy, but it’s brimming with historical marvels, great food and a friendly atmosphere.
Kourian Archaeological Site
Boasting one of the most incredible archaeology sites on Lemesos, Kourion is the remains of a kingdom lavished in beautiful mosaics, stately villas and a stunning Greco-Roman Theatre.
The theatre, originally built in the 2nd century BC, is now back in use by musicians and thespians alike.
The House of Eustololios also offers some gorgeous mosaic floors, and the House of Achilles and House of the Gladiators also showcase some incredible roman structural designs.
In honour of the ancient Greek god Dionysus, this festival kicks off between 7th and 11th of March and is bound to be jam-packed full of events and fun.
Dionysus was the god of wine, the liquid element, and was known to send him followers – the female only Bacchae – into wild, religious frenzies. So expect the 11-day carnival to be a real sight to see.
With a street parade, photography exhibitions, musical performances, wine cellars, costumes make this a Dionysian decadence not to be missed.
It’s not tough to get to Lemesos in time for the party, with cheap flights flying to Paphos airport from Manchester, London and Glasgow. After a 15 minute taxi ride, you’re in the heart of the action.
Lemesos castle is a beautiful medieval feast of stunning architecture lavished in history. Standing proud above the old harbour, this is where Richard the Lionheart married Beregaria of Navarre back in 1191. The sun-drenched, thick walls are thought to belie a much larger castle than what remains.
According to Visit Cyprus, it was built in 1193 by the founder of the Lusignan dynasty Guy de Lusigan. It suffered a few damages from a few invaders throughout the years, and withstood earthquakes of 1567 and 1568. It was rebuilt to its current form in 1590.
This is where you will find the fascinating Medieval Museum of Cyprus today. You can get in for about 3.50 Euro, and is well worth a visit.
What are you waiting for? Make Lemesos your next holiday favourite.
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