Amathus Archeological Site
This historical point is 11km east of Limassol. Amathus played a significant role in ancient Cyprus being one of the principle ancient royal cities, similar to the prominent status of Kourion, however unlike Kourion it also acted as a port. Various attractions at the Amathus site include, the ruins of the Temple of Aphrodite and the Tombs dating back to the early Iron Age period of Graeco-Phoenician.
This well admired 15th century castle is situated in Kolossi village, 14km west of Limassol in the south of Cyprus. There have been indications that the castle we see today has been built on the site of an earlier castle from the 13th century. The surrounding land around Kolossi castle played an important role in the past as it had been highly cultivated with sugarcane and vineyards, from which the famous Cypriot wine Commandaria was produced. The name ‘Commandaria’ originates from the headquarters of Kolossi – the ‘Grand Commanderie’. Limassol is the main city in Cyprus for exporting and this dates back also to the middle ages when Limassol acted as the centre for exports of olives, cotton and sugar with the help of the fertile area around Kolossi castle.
(18km, west of Limassol) Kourion is located on the west coast of Limassol in the small town of Episkopi and is one of the most famous ancient attractions. It is renowned for its importance, as historical sources suggest it was a major ancient city Kingdom of Cyprus. Furthermore, Kourion hosts a considerable amount of impressive musical and theatrical events in its magnificent Greco-Roman amphitheatre that was originally built in the second century B.C. The site overlooks the beautiful Mediterranean sea complimenting surrounding monuments which mostly date from the Roman period. These include the Forum, the Nymphaeum, the Fountain House, the House of the Gladiators, the House of Achilles and the Public Baths.
The zoo is located on the coastal road of Limassol, and is the only zoo in Cyprus. It accommodates a diverse selection of animals, an average of 300 including birds. The residents of the zoo include lions, tigers, bears, panthers, zebras, monkeys, ostriches, peacocks, vultures, emu, falcons and macaws etc. Limassol zoo also features a natural history museum and an educational centre which frequently screens films on wildlife and nature. The zoo includes a special designated area for children.
The Castle of Limassol
The history of this castle dates back to 1228, when Frederick the Second of Germany and his supporters imprisoned the hostages seized by Ibeline, the king regent of Cyprus. It is also said that it is an ancient Byzantine castle. This castle is also a witness for the marriage between king Richard and Queen Berengaria. Today’s structure is mostly rebuilt under the Turkish domination (19th century) and also accommodates the Cyprus Medieval Museum.
The Limassol District Archaeological Museum
This museum was initially housed in Limassol, which was founded in 1948. It holds many extraordinary artifacts dating from the beginning of the 4th and 5th centuries AD and covers all the historical periods to the early phases of the Ottoman period (16th-17th century). Collections of artifacts presented are mostly connected with the latest periods of Cyprus’ history, signifying various great archaeological discoveries.