Limassol Marina was completed in 2014, and is one of the most impressive projects in Cyprus to date. It is a lovely spot for an afternoon wander where you can fantasize about the yacht of your dreams. Grab a coffee and watch the world go by, or get a bite to eat in one of the beautiful seafood restaurants.
Not far from the Marina is the old town of Limassol which hosts the old medieval castle, where Richard the Lionheart wed Berengaria of Navarre in the Middle ages, but nowadays houses the Cyprus Medieval Museum. There are some beautiful eateries nearby (we would recommend any of the Carob Mill restaurants next to the castle), and we would definitely recommend a walk along the cobbled back streets where you are sure to find some souvenir and craft shops.
Googlemap Link to Limassol Marina / Googlemap Link to Limassol Medieval Castle.
Anogyra is a pretty, stone village with a ruined monastery, OLIVE OIL MUSEUM with tasting and NICOLAIDES WINERY.
Turn left out of Aphrodite Hills and get on the motorway towards LIMASSOL. Take the turning off to Anogyra/Avdimou. Just at the end of the village turn left. Follow the signs for Anogyra which you should reach in 20 mins. Googlemap Link.
Visit Kolios to discover some of the island’s best wines and learn about the process that goes into making them. Lunch is a popular option but booking required. Wine boxes here are good value, but do try the wine first!
Turn right out of Aphrodite Hills and get on the motorway towards Paphos. Go past the airport turning and turn off at signs to Troodos/Agia Varvara (E606). Follow the road up into the hills for approx 35mins. (You will pass through several small villages, and see some wonderful views.) Finally you will come to STATOS AGIOS FOTOS and the winery will be on your left hand side.
Continue along this road a couple of miles and you will come to CHRISORROGIATISSA Monastery. It is worth a wander around this peaceful enclave. For a full day out, continue up into the Troodos to KYKKOS MONASTERY.
A visit to APHRODITE’S SANCTUARY is recommended and also the small PANAGIA KATHOLIKI CHURCH which is opposite. There is a small family run SNAKE FARM in the village showing local snakes of Cyprus, not for the faint hearted!
Turn right from Aphrodite Hills and continue along the B6 for about 3 miles. Follow signs to Kouklia up hill on right hand side. Googlemap link.
The harbour is a popular spot for lunch, where you might even catch a glimpse of the local pelicans strolling along the pedestrian area. There are various options for boat trips and boat hire here. A visit to the MOSAICS is really interesting, the entrance is between the harbour and parking area, allow one or two hours. Tomb of the Kings is also recommended. The Old Town has a charming indoor market, which is about a 10 minute drive up the hill from the harbour.
Turn right out of Aphrodite Hills and follow the signs to Kato Paphos. Turn right when you reach the Amathus Beach Hotel, and follow the sea along to the harbour area (Parking on right hand side). Googlemap link.
Arkoudaleia is a quaint hill village surrounded by vineyards. The HERB GARDEN is worth a visit followed by a trip to STERNA WINERY not far away. A further 5 min drive brings you to Kriton Terra where you can take a 4k walk into a deep canyon. VASILIKON WINERY is also nearby. Monstakallis Tavern recommended for lunch.
From Paphos, take the B7 to Polis. Through Stroumbi village and turn left for Kathikas. Follow signs to Pano Akourdaleia.
Kourion archaeological site is a must-visit if you are into history. There are acres of well preserved columns, mosaics and archaeological remains to explore plus an impressive amphitheatre (which still hosts concerts to date) with stunning views over KOURION BEACH and the sea. Kourion beach is beautiful and very sandy, but the sea is a little choppy. Chris blue bar (middle restaurant) is great for brunch or lunch if you are peckish.
Turn left out of the resort and stay on the B6 all the way through Episkopi (UK army base, about a 30 min drive). About 4 miles further turn right into KOURION. (Small payment at gate). Googlemap link.