Cyprus coastal history tour

You have come to the island of Aphrodite and the country where Romans and Crusaders made their homes; now we challenge you to a coastal tour that reveals some of the history of this wonderful nation. And just for fun let’s see how well you do on our quiz.

Head West to the Rock

So often coined as the birthplace of the goddess Aphrodite, the site of Petra tou Romiou is about 40 minutes from the Londa Hotel along the A1 and then the A6 toward Paphos. From the highway you can see your destination, but on the cliff top road Petra tou Romiou (Rock of the Greek) appears as a fascinating collection of boulders clustered on the shoreline. First question: How many rocks can you count? Of course, like all good tales, there are different versions to the Petra story. One tells of Byzantine frontier-guard Digenis Akritas, who kept the marauding Saracens at bay by heaving the huge rock into the sea and destroying the enemy’s boats. And then there is Aphrodite, goddess of love, who is supposed to have stepped from a giant clam, which over time became the rocks. Apparently if you swim round the large rock you will find love – a photo opportunity for Londa Facebook, we think!

Roman relics

Catching the B6 back to Limassol allows the most beautiful views of the Mediterranean and leads to the next historic venue – Curium. Often spelt Kourion, this 2nd century Roman site is huge and takes in the theatre, baths, the agora market, palaces and the Houses of Eustolios and Achilles and of the Gladiators. So question 2 is: How many birds can you find in the mosaics of Eustolios? You will probably want to allow a couple of hours to see the whole site and please don’t forget your sunscreen as the hill is exposed and we would hate for you to get burned.

Kourion theatre from southeast.jpg
Kourion Theatre; licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Crusader campaigns

From Curium it’s a short dash on the A6 to Kolossi Castle. This time the scale is much smaller but Kolossi is a fine example of military architecture. Square and sombre, the castle was originally constructed in the 13th Century and later rebuilt in its present form in the 15th Century. It initially served as the Grand Command of the Knights of the Order of St John of Jerusalem, later coming under the domain of the Knights Templar, and is associated with the Cypriot wine Commandaria. On the side of the building there is a coat of arms, so question 3 is: Who does this emblem belong to?
Your tour is over and we look forward to seeing you back at Londa enjoying a fresh drink on Caprice terrace and of course, to seeing your photos and quiz answers.

Petra tou Romiou is open all day every day and is free.
Kourion is open daily: 08:00 – 17:00 (November – March), 08:00 – 18:00 (April – May, September – October), 08:00 – 19:30 (June – August). Entrance Fee, 4.50 Euro
Kolossi is open daily: Monday – Sunday: 08:30 – 17:00 (16th September – 15th April), Monday – Sunday: 08:30 – 19:30 (16th April – 15th September). Entrance Fee: 2.50 Euro

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