Panoramic Limassol and Curium
The colourful and vibrant city of Limassol is a huge
tourist draw. It may have developed rapidly with large
hotel complexes along the Mediterranean waterfront
in the past few decades, but the heart of Limassol is
still very much full of charm and character.
Limassol is situated between the ancient cities of
Amathus and Kourion (Curium).
Its focal point in the old city is a medieval castle.
On that site, the history books have it that Richard the
Lionheart on one of his Crusades married Berengaria
of Navarre and crowned her Queen of England in 1191.
Although a visit to the castle is not included in our
tour, there is free time to stroll around the old city.
From the centre, a number of lanes fan out and old
shuttered houses and modern shops sit comfortably
side by side. The area buzzes with cafes, bars and
restaurants, popular with visitors and the residents.
Our excursion takes us on to Curium, once an
important city-kingdom founded by the Greeks in the
14th century BC and now one of the most important
archaeological sites on the island. It is situated in
a magnificent place, west of Limassol and high
up overlooking the sea. We visit the Greco-Roman
amphitheatre and the House of Eustolios, originally
a private villa but later opened to the masses with its
complex of baths and rooms with beautiful mosaic
The amphitheatre has been painstakingly restored and
is now used for musical and theatrical performances
as well as being a major tourist attraction.