Limassol – Kourion, Kolossi and Limassol Shopping

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A brief yet highly interesting tour around Limassol for a Kourion and Kolossi Castle visit. End your excursion enjoying your free time at the old shopping district of Limassol.

Drive through Phassouri citrus groves and vineyards, to the ancient City of Kourion, a beautiful and unspoilt spot perched high on a cliff, to enjoy a dazzling view of the ruins and the sea below. From all ancient kingdoms of Cyprus, Kourion is probably situated on the most conspicuous topographic position. It is built on a rise of about 60m high, with three steep, almost vertical sides. Herodotus refers to the tradition that Greeks from Argos founded Kourion, in Peloponnisos. It appears that during the Hellenistic and Roman periods Kourion was still an important centre, while during the 4th century AD it was destroyed by earthquakes.

 

To the south of the complex, a theatrical natural hollow hosted a Greek-Roman theatre, which had a capacity of about 3.500 spectators. Archaeological and architectural data testify that the original theatre of Kourion was Hellenistic, small in size, dating back to the second century BC. Next to the theatre are the remains of the House of Eustolios, consisting of as many as thirty rooms with a bathing complex, dating from the 4th to the middle of the 7th century AD. The floors of the porticoes are paved with beautiful mosaic compositions depicting fishes, birds and a partridge with Greek inscriptions.

 

Afterwards, a stop at Kolossi Castle, built in the 13th century. Your guide will tell you how it served both as the Grand Commandery of the Knights of St. John’s Order, of Jerusalem, and also of the Knights Templar.

 

Buses will depart from the Castle to the old shopping district of Limassol where visitors will be given the opportunity to buy local as well as international merchandise. Shops lining the streets include jewellery shops, leather goods, souvenirs as well as clothing and local artefacts.

Inclusions

-         transportation by air-conditioned vehicle, late-model

(bus, minibus or taxi, according to your group’s size)

-         professional driver

-         insurance cover during transfers by vehicle

-         licensed English-speaking guide * (concerns “with guide” rate only)

-         all taxes

-         identification sign with your name on it

-         mobile contact number for any emergency, available 24/7

* guides in other languages available, upon request

Exclusions

-         entrance fees (paid by you on the spot)

Step 1

Your tour starts from Limassol port

Step 2

Visit the ancient city of Kourion

Step 3

Visit of Kolossi Castle

Step 4

Free time at the old shopping district of Limassol

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