Suggested places you may visit with your Car Hire in Cyprus
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Limassol & its surroundings
Visit Limassol and its surrounding. Firstly you can stop at the medieval
castle, where according to the legend Richard the Lion heard married Verengaria. Today the castle houses the Medieval Museum of
your hired car at one of the many, low priced, parking places and take the
opportunity for some free time in the old centre of Limassol for some
shopping. Next visit could be the Wine museum at the village of Erimi.
Here you will have an introduction to the history of wine. Continue your
self drive to the medieval castle of Kolossi, a beautiful example of
military architecture, constructed in the XIII century. After the fall
of Saint Joanne of Lorraine on 1291, the castle became, the Great
Commandeer of the knights of Saint John of Jerusalem and in the XIV
century passed in the possession of the Tem pliers for a certain time.
Take Lunch in a local tavern. Then you may drive ahead to the
archaeological site of Curium, the Greek Theatre and the House of Eustolios with the mosaics. Also you can visit the ruins of the
sanctuary of Apollo Hylates. Apollon, the Greek God of music and Light
was the protector of the Curium.
Omodos Village & Kykkos monastery
After crossing the citrus fruit plantations of Fassouri,
you may drive at the
dungeon of Kolossi, a beautiful example of military architecture built
in the XIII century. After the fall of Saint Joanne of Lorraine in 1291,
the castle became, the Great Commandeer of the knights of Saint John of
Jerusalem and in the XIV century, it was passed onto the Templiers for a
certain time. You may then visit Curium - a Greco-Roman theatre, house
of Eustolios and the fine mosaics dating from the V century. One of the
most beautiful archaeological sites of Cyprus. You may continue
towards the sanctuary of Apollon Hylates, God of the forest and
protector of Curium. Discover the small but charming village of Omodos,
previously dominated by the Seigneur Jean de Brie,
prince of Galilee. Omodos, situated in the Troodos Mountains, in the
heart of Krassochoria, owes its popularity to its small white houses.
You may then visit the ancient monastery of the Holy Cross and of the
old wine press “Linos”. You will have the opportunity to taste a number
of the best wines of the region.
During this self drive excursion you will see lots of greenery, breath
lots of fresh air and take an exciting drive through vineyards,
picturesque villages and forests. Stop is at Troodos square passing
below mount Olympus the highest peak of Troodos. You will have the
opportunity to visit the local stands selling fresh nuts and sweets.
Continue your journey to Kykkos Monastery the richest and most
famous monastery on the island, founded in 1092 by the Byzantine. Then
take a break for lunch in the mountains. Take the opportunity to have a
coffee at one of the many authentic coffee shops, stroll the shops and
taste some local wine.
Note: When visiting monasteries and churches, appropriate clothing is required for
both men and women (no shorts or bare shoulders)
Passing through the picturesque mountain villages, you will drive to the
heart of Cyprus and visit three of the most interesting Byzantine
churches on the island, churches under the protection of UNESCO. First
Stop can be in the village of Pelendri, here you will visit the 14th
century church of Timiou Stavrou. This church is decorated with
exquisite wall paintings of the Paleological period and is a UNESCO
World Heritage site. Then continue to the village of Agros in
the region Pitsyllia and Visit rosewater factory. In some villages of
Cyprus people still continue to produce rose water, which is in fact
used as an ingredient in several homemade sweets. Just outside the
village of Lagoudera lies a unique church which dates back to the 12th
century. Panagia tou Araka boasts some of the finest frescoes of the
late Comnenian style (1192) prevailing throughout Greece. After lunch
you may visit the famous Byzantine church of Asinou. This church has some
of the finest examples of Byzantine wall painting on the island. Asinou
comes from the Greek Asine, which is an ancient city founded by
immigrants from the Greek city Argolis in the 11th century BC. The
church dates to the early 12th century and the murals inside date from
the 12th century to the 17th century.
Paphos, the ancient Capital
Paphos, the previous capital of Cyprus and the islands oldest
town, houses numerous archaeological sites, is included in the UNESCO’
World Cultural Heritage list. On the way, you may have a short stop at “Petra tou Romiou”, the legendary Birthplace of Aphrodite, the ancient Greek
goddess of Love and beauty. By the small picturesque port and medieval
fort you will visit the House of Dionyssos, where mosaics that narrate
the adventures of the Greek Gods are considered some of the most
beautiful arts in the Mediterranean. You will also have the opportunity
to visit the Tombs of the Kings that date from the 3rd century B.C.
These pre-Christian tombs had been converted to a small church during
the Byzantine era. On the way back a stop in Yeroskipou
village to taste, and perhaps even prepare “loukoums”, a dessert
of Oriental origin. Here you can also visit the church of St. Paraskevi
one of the first vaulted basilicas and considered a rare example of
BATHS OF APHRODITE & AYIOS NEOPHYTOS
Ayios Neophytos - Panayia Chrysorroyiatissa - Aphrodite Baths.
Suggested visit to the serene monastery of Ayios Neophytos known for the
Saint’s hermitage in the rocks and the fine frescoes and icons. Then
the Monastery of Chryssorroyiatissa and the house of the late President
of Cyprus Archbishop Makarios at the village of Panayia. It is a typical
example of 19th century rural architecture. You may drive
towards Polis and visit the small museum filled with the findings from
the excavations of the ancient kingdom of Arsinoe. Lunch can be taken
in Latchi. Then you may drive to the Baths of Aphrodite. According to the
legend, the goddess Aphrodite used to take her beauty baths in a pool of
a nature grotto, shaded by a fig tree.
An opportunity to discover the city of Larnaca. Visit the church of Kiti
called "Angeloktisti" or otherwise known as the church built by the
angels. The church was built during the 6th century and owes
its popularity to its rare mosaics that represent the Virgin Mary and
the Archangels of the paleochristian age. Then discover the Hala Sultan
mosque situated on the border of the salty lake of Larnaca and
considered as being the fourth holy place of the Muslim religion. You
may then drive towards the older part of Larnaca for the visit of St
Lazarus church, built on the tombs of the Saints and the Pierides
foundation museum with its remarkable collection of antiques.
Take lunch and stroll on the sea front Avenue lined with palm trees.
Nicosia & Lefkara
You will enjoy a pleasant drive and a peaceful morning to Lefkosia,
the capital. You
can visit the archaeological museum which houses the richest collection
on the island, a unique collection that contains items from the
Neolithic era until the Byzantine period. After
passing by the green line you may park you car in the town centre. Take your free time and stroll through
Laiki Yitonia, a popular area and commercial centre of old Nicosia. You
may then have Lunch in a typical Cypriot tavern. For the rest of the
trip you can pass by the 16th
century Venetian ramparts and by the Famagusta Gate, on the way you can
then visit the picturesque village of Lefkara, well-known for its
hand-made lace, and its superb silverware. You will be able to enjoy its
narrow winding streets and explore its pleasant architecture.