Exploring South-West Cyprus

Located mid-way between Paphos and Limassol, and a short distance off the highway, Pissouri Bay is the ideal base for exploring the south-west of Cyprus. Limassol seafront has a laid back and relaxing vibe, Paphos harbour is buzzing and lively.

Molos - The Seafront Promenade at Limassol
Molos – The Seafront Promenade at Limassol

Local historical highlights include the spectacular Greco-Roman amphitheatres and mosaics of Kourion and Paphos, medieval castles at Limassol and Kolossi, and the monasteries of Omodos and Kykkos.
In nearby villages, traditional crafts of lace-making, wine making, olive pressing and more are preserved.
And on a hot summer’s day, there’s nothing better than an air-conditioned drive through scenic wine country, or a walk beside a trout stream in the cool of the Troodos Mountain pine forest.

Something For Everyone

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 Roman 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 the time-capsule ghost resort of Varosha (abandoned in 1974) as depicted in Victoria Hislop’s novel ‘The Sunrise’ (copy in villa).

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 Platea Tavern, Pissouri Village Square – traditional music and dancing for locals and tourists on Fridays in summer | Red Arrows pre-season training – Akrotiri – April and May | Archimedes Museum and Science Centre – Limassol | Fasouri Water Park – Limassol – largest in Cyprus | Sparti Rope Adventure Forest Park – Platres, Troodos – zip wires for all ages, archery, crossbow | 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 | Artemis Riding Therapy – Avdimou – horse riding | Aphrodite Hills Riding Club – Kouklia – horse riding | Paphos Aquarium | Paphos Zoo | Limassol Zoo.

Golf

Secret Valley aka Venus Rock | Aphrodite Hills | Nick Faldo’s Elea Estate – all 3 along the short scenic coastal drive towards Paphos | Minthis Hills a little further.

Shopping

Pissouri Bay and village (craft galleries) | Kato (Lower) Paphos (souvenirs) | Limassol old town (traditional) | Limassol Marina (designer shopping) | Kings Avenue Mall Paphos | My Mall Limassol | Lefkara or Omodos (traditional handicrafts) | Nicosia (everything).

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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