The less visited...

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The less visited...

Historical and religious interest

In my "Less Visited..." Guidebook I will share with you some of my favorite spots in greater Limassol and not only, aiming more at the traveler in Cyprus rather than the tourist.
Medieval sugar factories. In 1494, Pietro Casola, a traveler in Cyprus wrote: " The abundance of sugar cane and its magnificence in Cyprus are beyond description. The patrician, Francisco Cornaro of Venice, has at Limassol a great estate, Episcopia, where so much sugar is made that I believe there must be enough for the whole world!" Roy and Lesley Adkins, authors of history and archaeology books.
Episkopi
Medieval sugar factories. In 1494, Pietro Casola, a traveler in Cyprus wrote: " The abundance of sugar cane and its magnificence in Cyprus are beyond description. The patrician, Francisco Cornaro of Venice, has at Limassol a great estate, Episcopia, where so much sugar is made that I believe there must be enough for the whole world!" Roy and Lesley Adkins, authors of history and archaeology books.
The Chapel of St Efstathios, a saint of Latin descent, was built in the 12th century and used by the knights of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitallers, owners of the Kolossi Castle. Well preserved fresco depicts St Efstathios on horseback, his cloak flapping in the air.
Kolossi
The Chapel of St Efstathios, a saint of Latin descent, was built in the 12th century and used by the knights of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitallers, owners of the Kolossi Castle. Well preserved fresco depicts St Efstathios on horseback, his cloak flapping in the air.
Santa Barbara, cave-chapel. Located on a a hill adjacent to Amathus ancient site, among ruins of the east necropolis and next to new build, posh villas.
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Amathus Ruins
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Santa Barbara, cave-chapel. Located on a a hill adjacent to Amathus ancient site, among ruins of the east necropolis and next to new build, posh villas.
Skarfou Medieval bridge and water-mill, located in the abandoned village of Skarfou near Simou village and Evretou Dam, Paphos district. Although not as notable as other Medieval bridges in Cyprus, Skarfou bridge is of great historical value and a delightful site to be visited.
Simou
Skarfou Medieval bridge and water-mill, located in the abandoned village of Skarfou near Simou village and Evretou Dam, Paphos district. Although not as notable as other Medieval bridges in Cyprus, Skarfou bridge is of great historical value and a delightful site to be visited.
Vasa village, Limassol district. The two cave chapels of Apostle Barnaba and St Timon where they both lived a hermit's life. Located in the north-west of the village. Ask a local, in the village for directions as they are not well signposted.
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Limassol
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Vasa village, Limassol district. The two cave chapels of Apostle Barnaba and St Timon where they both lived a hermit's life. Located in the north-west of the village. Ask a local, in the village for directions as they are not well signposted.

Places of special interest

The "Places of special interest" category addresses the out-of- package- tourist who travels with eyes and heart open and customizes their vacation to cater to their particular tastes and preferences.
Malcom Cat Protection Society, located on the main road to Akrotiri village. If you are a cat lover, this is an obvious place to visit on your holiday. You may like to leave a donation or adopt one of the 300 cats! Cats will purr and love you for this!!!
Akrotiri
Malcom Cat Protection Society, located on the main road to Akrotiri village. If you are a cat lover, this is an obvious place to visit on your holiday. You may like to leave a donation or adopt one of the 300 cats! Cats will purr and love you for this!!!
Simou village, Paphos district. Tremithos (Mastic Tree) of Simou, protected by the Department of Forests. Located in the middle of the village square, next to the village church, surrounded by outdoor tables and chairs of traditional cafeterias (kafeneion) and restaurants, lies the 1000 year old tree.
Simou
Simou village, Paphos district. Tremithos (Mastic Tree) of Simou, protected by the Department of Forests. Located in the middle of the village square, next to the village church, surrounded by outdoor tables and chairs of traditional cafeterias (kafeneion) and restaurants, lies the 1000 year old tree.
Vasa village, dry stone walls. They are everywhere in rural Limassol. Drive out of Limassol, take earth roads used by local farmers in villages and acknowledge the enduring wonder of a stone upon a stone, dry walls of Cyprus.
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Limassol
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Vasa village, dry stone walls. They are everywhere in rural Limassol. Drive out of Limassol, take earth roads used by local farmers in villages and acknowledge the enduring wonder of a stone upon a stone, dry walls of Cyprus.
Akrotiri Environmental Education Centre is the result of the collaboration among the Sovereign Base Areas, the Ministry of Education and Culture and the local community. Its mission is to promote the environmental and cultural value, as well as the uniqueness of Akrotiri peninsula through its programmes and exhibits. The venue includes a wildlife observation area where you can observe flamingos and other bird species depending on the time of the year and a botanic garden. It is free! Closed on Saturdays.
Akrotiri Environmental Education Centre
Akrotiri Environmental Education Centre is the result of the collaboration among the Sovereign Base Areas, the Ministry of Education and Culture and the local community. Its mission is to promote the environmental and cultural value, as well as the uniqueness of Akrotiri peninsula through its programmes and exhibits. The venue includes a wildlife observation area where you can observe flamingos and other bird species depending on the time of the year and a botanic garden. It is free! Closed on Saturdays.
Hambis, Printmaking Museum at Platanisteia, an abandoned Turkish Cypriot village in Limassol. It owns a collection of over 3000 original prints in every printmaking technique. Artists from all over the world, dating from the 16th century until today are exhibited in the museum. In memory of the great Greek printmaker A. Tassos, teacher of Hambis, the museum offers printmaking lessons, free of charge. Open every day, except Mondays and Tuesdays, better by appointment in advance, 25 222772. His books are sold at K.P. Kyriakou Bookshop, 3 Georgiou Griva Digeni, street, opposite The Court, tel. 25 747555
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Limassol
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Hambis, Printmaking Museum at Platanisteia, an abandoned Turkish Cypriot village in Limassol. It owns a collection of over 3000 original prints in every printmaking technique. Artists from all over the world, dating from the 16th century until today are exhibited in the museum. In memory of the great Greek printmaker A. Tassos, teacher of Hambis, the museum offers printmaking lessons, free of charge. Open every day, except Mondays and Tuesdays, better by appointment in advance, 25 222772. His books are sold at K.P. Kyriakou Bookshop, 3 Georgiou Griva Digeni, street, opposite The Court, tel. 25 747555

My favorite villages

There is more to Cyprus than sun, sea and sand. In my "Favorite villages" category I would like to suggest that it is possible to escape the crowds and discover picturesque destinations in rural Cyprus.
Kato Drys, a tranquil corner of rural Larnaca, demonstrates an alternative to mass tourism.
Kato Drys
Kato Drys, a tranquil corner of rural Larnaca, demonstrates an alternative to mass tourism.
Visit Lofou for its beautifully restored houses with their wooden balconies, the narrow cobbled streets, the neoclassical school, the magnificent church, the taps and cisterns. If you are in the area in February-March admire the almond trees in bloom.
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Lofou
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Visit Lofou for its beautifully restored houses with their wooden balconies, the narrow cobbled streets, the neoclassical school, the magnificent church, the taps and cisterns. If you are in the area in February-March admire the almond trees in bloom.

Food scene

In Food Scene, I will recommend places I have visited and I would gladly visit again because of the quality food they serve their uniqueness and authenticity.
When in Kato Drys, visit Elli's Jam and Jar for a quirky brunch at the most unexpected place. A great variety of wonderful jams and preserves, a wide array of baked delights, plus just-baked bread still warm from the oven. Only by appointment, as there is only one table!!!
Kato Drys
When in Kato Drys, visit Elli's Jam and Jar for a quirky brunch at the most unexpected place. A great variety of wonderful jams and preserves, a wide array of baked delights, plus just-baked bread still warm from the oven. Only by appointment, as there is only one table!!!
Sykaminia Cook Shop. Located in the historic center in Limassol, north of the Castle. For authentic Cyprus food.
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Sykaminia Cook Shop
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Sykaminia Cook Shop. Located in the historic center in Limassol, north of the Castle. For authentic Cyprus food.