Head east to the fabulous new €300 million Limassol Marina. A feat of engineering and design, a wander round the eclectic marina is highly recommended. Vessels moored range from small local fishing boats to replica sailing boats and celebrity mega-yachts. Open from early until late, with a multitude of restaurants, coffee outlets, and bars right on the waterfront, it's a great place to while away a few hours. There's also a regular programme of events, designer shopping, and multi-storey parking.
The juxtaposition of new and old here is fascinating. The adjacent crumbling edifices of Limassol Old Town were abandoned by Turkish Cypriots in 1974. Minarets can be seen between the cramped buildings. The compact area around Limassol Castle is worth a visit, with tree-lined squares, galleries, narrow alleys, arcades of traditional shops, and pavement cafés.
An additional Limassol favourite is the popular Molos Seafront Promenade. Just along from the marina, the wide seafront walkway is another architectural and design gem. With the glistening sea on one side, and attractive tropical and sub-tropical gardens on the other, the promenade has great views in every direction. Added to that are lovely fountains and water features, and a delightful sculpture park of exhibits by artists with Cyprus connections. The pièce de résistance is the wooden boardwalk curving out over the sea. Also children's playgrounds, refreshment booths, cycle hire, toilets, and car parks.
Nearer Pissouri, we recommend an early-morning or late-afternoon visit to the clifftop Greco-Roman mosaics and restored amphitheatre at Kourion, also known as Roman Curium. Complete a visit to the area with a trip to the gently shelving sandy beach below, for a swim followed by showers and lunch, or a sundowner at Chris Blue Beach.
Heading west, signs to Kato Paphos Lower Paphos take you to the seafront and Paphos Harbour, the town's visitor hub. Lined with souvenir shops and tourist restaurants, the walkway is usually busy and buzzing. For those interested in history, the Archaeological Park featuring amazing well-preserved Roman mosaics and Paphos Ancient Odeon, a Roman amphitheatre - still in use - is right here. A variety of excursions from sea-fishing to wildlife-watching is available from the harbour. George's Turtle-Watching Cruise on Atlantis - a vessel equipped with portholes for underwater viewing of fish, turtles, stingrays, and wrecks - leaves from the furthest jetty. Paphos medieval castle at the end of the harbour is the location for the Paphos Aphrodite Opera Festival each September.
Inland there are several well-marked walking trails of various lengths and difficulty through the shady pine-covered Troodos Mountains. Even on the hottest of days, the mountain streams and waterfalls are icy and refreshing. And as a reward for your exertions, why not bring home fresh Troodos trout from Psilo Dendro to cook on the barbecue?
Try a Brandy Sour traditional Cyprus sundowner. See our Fast Facts page for the recipe and the story behind this refreshing lemon and brandy cocktail. Recommended venues (all with great sunset views): Kastro, Pissouri Bay | Kyrenia Beach Taverna, Avdimou (the next bay to the east) | Chris Blue Beach, Kourion | Muse Café Kitchen, Paphos old town.
Cultural: Petra Tou Romiou legendary birthplace of Aphrodite | Kourion Roman amphitheatre and mosaics with Shakespeare Festival in June and Greek Drama Festival in July | Kolossi medieval castle | Paphos mosaics | Tomb of the Kings | Limassol castle | Omodos monastery and town - traditional stone buildings in tree-lined streets and glass workshop | Anogyra Olive Oil Museum | Hambis Printmaking Museum | Lefkara lace-making and silver filigree craftwork | Kykkos monastery fabulous gold icons | Paphos winery tour | Paphos Aphrodite Festival September outdoor opera in front of the harbour front castle | Nicosia the only remaining divided city in the world | Original Red Bus Tour to Famagusta and Varosha ghost resort (in Northern Cyprus).
Natural: Troodos Mountains woodland trails | springs | waterfalls | trout farm and restaurant | Akamas Peninsula nature reserve | Lara beach | turtle rescue centre | hiking trails | Pissouri and environs - SCUBA diving | sailing | kite surfing | wind surfing | stand up paddle surfing | geocaching | Paphos Atlantis Cruises turtle-watching trip.
Family: Cyprus Night in Pissouri Village Square - traditional music and dancing for locals and tourists on Wednesdays in summer - we hope the village will resolve the licensing issues to enable this to return in 2017 - if not, book a table at Platea Tavern for their indoor Friday Cyprus Night instead | Red Arrows pre-season training - Akrotiri - April and May | Archimedes Museum and Science Centre - Limassol | Fasouri Water Park - Limassol - largest in Cyprus | Sayious Adventure Park - Asgata, Limassol - off-road buggy / all-terrain vehicle rides | segway rides | paintball | drift go-karting | archery | team building | Santa Marina Retreat - Parekklisia, Limassol - horse riding | climbing wall | archery | golf | football | paintball | mountain biking | Limassol Go-Karting | Kings Avenue Mall shopping | restaurants | cinema | arcade | My Mall shopping | restaurants | ice-skating | bowling | Planet Adventure cinema | bowling | laser max | Curium Stables horse riding | Paphos Aquarium | Paphos Zoo | Limassol Zoo.
Dining: Limassol Marina (many dining options) | Fish and Chips Mandria | Central Coffee Shop Mandria | Olivio's Anarita | Jo's Diner Anarita | Chris Blue Beach Kourion | The Woody Gastropub Episkopi | Kyrenia Beach Taverna Avdimou Beach | Melanda Beach Restaurant Avdimou Beach (fish specialities) | Famagusta Tavern Avdimou | Il Gusto Akrotiri | Plataniskia Taverna | Muse Café Kitchen Paphos old town (outstanding views from elevated position, evening night-club vibe, good food) highly recommended | Koutourou Ouzerie Paphos old town (meze specialities) | Gourmet Tavern Kato Paphos | 7 St Georges Kato Paphos (authentic Cypriot meze) | Gustoso Paphos (popular Sunday buffet) | Junction Café Kato Paphos (cooked breakfasts with home-made sausages, afternoon teas) | Viklari (Last Castle) Restaurant Lara.
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