Family Vacation in Limassol
This program combines a host of cultural attractions–beachfront castles,monasteries–as well as nature walks and visits to picturesque villages with such activities as donkey racing and a visit to a science amusement park for children of all ages.
Visitors are picked up at the airport and shuttled to the hotel in Limassol.
Things get underway with a visit to Kolossi Castle, an essential stop on any archaeological tour, both as an example of medieval fortification and as a monument from Cyprus’s Frankish days. Then on to one of the most important archaeological sites on the island, Kourion Hill, which contains the remnants of an ancient city founded by Peloponnesian settlers from Argos, according to reports by Herodotus. A series of planned games and activities will give visitors an appreciation of the superb acoustics of its ancient Roman amphitheater.
The Bay of Episcope is the day’s next stop, at the foot of the Kourion Hill, for some relaxation on its sandy beach and lunch at one of the beachfront restaurants, some of which are equipped with a children’s play area.
After the meal, a visit to Oleastro Olive Park, close to the village of Anogyra, where visitors will be given a short presentation on the history of olive oil and the technological evolution of the oil extraction process.
The day ends back at the hotel for rest and dinner.
A visit to the charming village of Lania provides a start to the day. Plenty to see here, including its church, an ancient greek winery, an oil-mill-turned-museum and the Commandaria Museum.
Next stop, the village of Trimiklini and the Church of Panagia Eleousa–built in 1744 and featuring wonderful fifteenth century frescoes. Afterwards, a walk around the village will give visitors a chance to take in the beautiful countryside scenery. At the village coffee shop visitors can sample some wine and zivania, both made locally using traditional methods.
The village of Omodos is next on the day’s itinerary. It is the location of the Monastery of the Holy Cross, one of the oldest and most historic monasteries on the island, where a piece of the rope used by the Romans to tie Jesus to the Cross is on display. A traditional lunch at Omodos will be followed by a demonstration of the age-old process of making wine, olive oil and some local delicacies.
The village of Apaisia is our final stop of the day. A series of notable local sights–a 1500 year-old terebinth tree, a 500-year-old venetian cistern, and a century-old oil-mill–as well as a visit to the Church of Saint George and its archaeological exhibits conclude the day’s tour. A donkey safari is also available as an optional activity.
Rest and dinner back at the hotel mark the end of a full day.
First on the agenda, a visit to the Limassol Archaeological Museum, whose collection of antiquities spans a period between the tenth millennium BC and the end of the Roman era.
Next up, a visit to the Limassol Zoo, which has an astonishing diversity of wildlife from all over the world. A specially created children’s play area will both entertain and educate the young ones.
Visitors will then head out for a walk to the Municipal Gardens, then to a waterfront children’s park for a coffee-and-snack break.
After lunch, a chance to lounge at the beach next to the park at Akti Olympion, right by the Thalassaki Cafe.
Then back to the hotel for some rest dinner.
An 8:30 am departure for the Kykkos Monastery on day 5. It is one of the largest and most historically significant stauropegic monasteries on the island. One of its treasures is the icon of Panagia Eleousa depicting the Virgin Mary with baby Jesus in hand and attributed to Saint Luke the Evangelist.
Then on to Koilani, for visits to the Church of Saint Timotheos and to the Church of Saint Mavri–a quaint twelfth century construction with water springing from a hole right in the middle of the building’s interior (a miraculous phenomenon for the pious, attributed to the namesake saint). Afterwards, an ancient plane tree with a trunk circumference of eight meters and a height of thirty-five meters will generously provide the shade while visitors indulge in a cup of Cyprus coffee.
A traditional meal at the charming village of Lophou comes next. Afterwards, a stroll at a leisurely pace will allow visitors to relish the beauty of its stone-built houses, before ending up at the Church of Panagia Chrysolophitissa–reportedly built with wine due to water shortages.
First on the day’s agenda, a trip to the Limassol Castle which houses a Medieval Museum. Among the exhibits are pristine examples of medieval weapons and armor that evoke scenes of medieval chivalric life.
Then on to the Metropolitan Church of the Virgin Mary the Catholic and the Diocese Bookshop.
Next, a nice unhurried stroll with two stops: first, the Church of Agia Napa; then, the LImassol Marina for lunch.
On the way back to the hotel, one more stop at the Archimedes Science Park, sure to entertain children of all ages.
Rest and dinner back at the hotel will conclude the day.
A free day and a good chance to do some shopping and beach lounging. Visitors have the option of booking a short cruise to either Paphos or Larnaca with food and drinks on board.
Visitors will be shuttled to the airport.