CYPRUS PORTS & CITIES
Cruise to Limassol, an Ideal Base for Visitors to Enjoy What Cyprus has to Offer
History mixed with a little hedonism is the holiday mixture which makes Cyprus so popular and, sat about halfway along the south coast, Limassol is the ideal base for cruise visitors to enjoy what the country has to offer. Across the island, there is plenty of rugged coastline and mountain scenery to explore and enjoy along with a variety of archaeological sites. Limassol is a working town as well as a holiday resort but it has been attractively landscaped and its centre is easily walkable. Make sure you visit the 12th century fort where Richard the Lionheart married Berengaria and which now houses an excellent medieval museum.
Cruise to Paphos, the Ancient Capital of Cyprus
Cruise to Paphos town in south-west Cyprus. New Paphos lies on the Mediterranean Sea, superseding the historic settlements of Old and Lower Paphos. A historic Turkish fort guards the harbour, which serves fishing boats and pleasure craft. Notable features include 19th-century British colonial buildings, the Archaeological Museum, open air Odeion (seating 3,000, rebuilt after the 4th-century earthquake), Djami Kebir Mosque, and the Frankish baths. Nearby visit the Tombs of the Kings and the House of Dionysos. Paphos was an ancient capital of Cyprus, and contained the Temple of Aphrodite. It was lavishly rebuilt by Augustus following an earthquake c. 100 BC, but declined later, with another large earthquake in the 4th century. Paphos only returned to importance in the 19th and 20th centuries, with the construction of better roads to the town.