Amathus Archaeological Site
11 km east of Limassol
One of the ancient city-kingdoms of Cyprus where, according to mythology, Theseus left the pregnant Ariadne to be cared for after his battle with the Minotaurus. A very important cult of Aphrodite-Astarte flourished here. Excavations have revealed parts of the Acropolis the Agora areas, as well as part of the upper and lower city. The remains include five early Christian basilicas dating from the Archaic, Roman and Christian periods.
Kourion Archaeological Site
Episkopi, 19 km west of Limassol
Tel: 25 99 10 48
An important ancient city-kingdom, and one of the most spectacular archaeological sites on the island, where
excavations still bring new treasures to light. The magnificent Greco-Roman theatre was originally built in the 2nd
century BC and is now fully restore and used for musical and theatrical performances. The Houses of Eustolios, originally a private Roman villa became a public recreation centre during the Early Christian period. It consists of a complex of baths and a number of rooms with beautiful 5th century AD mosaic floors. The Early Christian basilica dating back the the 5th century was probably the Cathedral of Kourion with a baptistery attached to the north face. The House of Achilles and the House of the Gladiators have beautiful mosaic floors. The Numphaeum,
dedicated to the water nymphs, is an elegant Roman structure. The Stadium lies 1 km to the west on the right side of the road to Paphos and dates from the 2nd century AD.
Kolossi Medieval Castle
Kolossi, 14 km west of Limassol
Tel: 25 93 19 07
This is a fine example of military architecture originally constructed in the 13th century and
subsequently rebuild in its present from in the middle of the 15th century. Nearby are the ruins of a sugar mill dating from the 14th century.
Sanctuary of Apollo Ylatis
Episkopi, 3km west of Kourion
Tel: 25 99 70 49
Apollo Ylatis, God of the Woodland, was the protector of the city of Kourion. The cult of Apollon was celebrated here from the 8th century BC to the 4th century AD. The southwestern side of the temple has been restored and excavations have also revealed other structures of this important sanctuary, such as the bath complex the pilgrim halls,
the palaistra and a holy precinct.