My dear travellers, how are you today? The 31st December is the special day when we were saying goodbye to the old year and with a heart full of expectation and good wishes we are waiting for a new year that we hope will be much better and brighter than the previous one. Otherwise, you know that I have practiced writing posts on Fridays just for you to have time to read new posts on weekend free time, but this time I wanted to say properly goodbye to 2018 with the last post which marked my adventure in Cyprus.
In previous posts you had the opportunity to get know more about of Cyprus’s beauties such as Larnaca-post and Nicosia and Lefkara-post. If you were not able to read my posts from Cyprus, you can do it now during the holidays. Before I start today, I would like to thank the Cyprus National Tourism Office for this exceptional experience and the opportunity to meet a Mediterranean paradise such as Cyprus.
One November morning we were amazed by this beautiful seascape where we had the opportunity to enjoy in the view from our terrace of our hotel room in Limassol. In a moment, I forgot about the flu that caught me those days and I must admit that this adventure helped me to actively heal the flu on foot and that I managed to even heal well despite the efforts. Who knows, maybe the sea makes miracles.
Limassol, with its 200,000 inhabitants, takes the place of the second largest city on the island. The city is the most important harbour on the island and at the same time one of the most important ports in Europe because of its exceptional position between the Suez Canal and Europe. There are also some interesting things about the historical details of this extraordinary city.
Limassol is located between the two ancient cities of Amatus and Kurion, which were significant in Cyprus during the ancient times. The development of today’s city begins only at the beginning of the second millennium. English King Richard the Lionheart was destroyed Amatus city in 1191. Limassol is probably built after the destruction of Amatus. However, only the area of the city has been inhabited since ancient age, since the graves which were discovered are old even up to 4,000 years ago.
The British took over Cyprus in 1878. The stable and advanced administration of the United Kingdom has enabled Limassol slowly to develop during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In the city there were modern buildings, a completely new infrastructure is placed.
Limassol today has about 100 thousand inhabitants in the city area and about 165-180 thousand inhabitants in the wider urban area. Today, the residents are mostly Greeks, while the once-present Turkish minority moved out after the Turkish invasion. At the same time, the city has received thousands of Greek refugees from the north of the island. In recent years, more and more foreigners, or economic immigrants from the East or former tourists from the West, have been settled in the city. The latest research has shown that over 40,000 Russian inhabitants have moved into this interesting coastal town.
The development of tourism in Limassol began in 1974 after the Turkish occupation of Famagusta and Kyrenia, which had previously been the main tourist centers of Cyprus. The largest harbour city became the same in 1974, and before that it was Famagusta. Limassol is today the largest archive port with highly developed trade. Limassol is famous for wine growing and olive and southern fruit production. There are many vineyards around the city.
In recent decades, the city has become a famous tourist destination, due to the perfect mild climate and beautiful beaches in the area, as well as the preserved old town core of Limassol itself.
The medieval castle in Limassol is located in the heart of the old town, just above the old port. According to history, this is the place where English King Richard Lewis Heart married a Berengary from Navarre, where she was crowned as Queen of England in 1191. The fortified walls are of great archaeological and historical significance and are considered to be important parts of the much larger castle that once existed.
The exact date of construction of this building is not known; According to Etienne de Lusignan, the castle was built in 1193 by the founder of the Lusignan dynasty, Guy de Lusignan, but the first official written document confirms that the castle was built until 1228, at the time when the King of Germany, King Frederick II during the occupation of Cyprus.
The Church of Agia Napa was built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, on the ruins of an old, smaller Byzantine church.
According to some history facts, the church was named after the icon of the Virgin Mary, which was found in a glen. Other sources believe that the church owes its name to a temple built during the Franciscan period, dedicated to the Holy Apostle of St. Berenice, known as “Saint Nape”.
Today’s church – was completed in 1906 – with a marble iconostasis and frescoes mainly on the dome, and contains a silver icon of the Agia Napa.
After visiting the city we headed to our other planned destination – Paphos. Paphos is the fifth largest city in Cyprus, located in the southwestern part of the island. Paphos is also the center of the area with the same name.
Paphos is the place of birth of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love. In the days of ancient Greece and ancient Rome, Paphos was the capital of Cyprus. Remains of the palace of the Roman king with beautiful mosaics represent today a great tourist site.
In the 1st century, the city was visited by the apostle Paul. Because of this, Paphos is listed on the European Cultural Heritage List of UNESCO.
Traveling between Limassol and Paphos takes about an hour and if you have the opportunity to rent a car, you can enjoy the beauty of the Aphrodite stone that has become a landmark and part of the European cultural heritage. There are more legends about the origin of this stone, but one of them is especially distinguished:
The Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite, according to the legend, was born from a special sea foam right at this place. She was crying for the first time in this same place, and her tears turned to the stones. The legend says that the one who is swimming here between the stones will be eternally young! My dear ladies, if you want to save some money for some too expensive aesthetic treatments, make sure to try this! My favourite saying is: “Always try everything!”. The beach is pebbly, be careful if you go barefoot, but the sea is very clean, even if your desire for eternal youth is not fulfilled, you will not regret having spent a little of your time in this beautiful natural spot.
The journey is calling us, the time just flies when you have a good time and Paphos is our final destination on this journey! Thalia, our guide, has kindly reminded us of our next destination and we must to move on! After a short drive we come to our last destination of this adventure in Cyprus – Paphos.
Paphos gradually lost most of its significance as an administrative center, especially after the establishment of Nicosia. The city and its ports continued to decline during the Middle Ages and Ottoman rule, such as Nicosia, and the port city of Larnaca was gaining its significance.
The city and the Paphos area continued to lose its population during the British colonial period and many of its residents moved to Limassol and Nicosia. The are and the city of Paphos remained the most underdeveloped part of the island until 1974. Today’s Paphos, with a population of about 35,000 inhabitants, is a popular tourist resort with an attractive fishing port. Ktima is the main residential part of the city, while Kato Paphos area, by the sea, is built around the medieval harbor and contains most of the luxury hotels and other vital tourist infrastructure of the city. Saint Paul Avenue, the most visited street in Paphos, connects two parts of the city. It starts near the city center in the square of Kennedy and ends outside the city walls with a medieval fortress located in the immediate vicinity of the city harbor.
In the heart of the city, there is an interesting treasure of handicrafts products, which at the same time represents one little hidden treasure of the region and the city of Paphos. The Place is the name of this small arts corner, which is daily unselfishly welcome a large number of tourists who decided to spend their holidays in this part of Cyprus.
I’m sure you will always find some interesting gift for yourself, your household, your dear ones, the most beautiful and interesting gifts for your friends which were made originally in Paphos.
After visiting this lovely store, I decided to visit the viewpoint with the most beautiful view of the Mediterranean.
Thalia, our guide explained to us that several hundred people daily visit this interesting town and that irresistible charm of Paphos wins their heart. In addition to the charm and modern architecture, Paphos has this enchanting viewpoint with the most beautiful view of the Mediterranean. I hope that I managed to capture the beauty with my camera because it was a unique experience for me.
My dear travellers once again we have come to the end of our travel adventure. Time just flies so fast when you are having a good time! This post will mark the end of 3rd blogging year on my blog and I’m happy because this post is the last one for 2018.
At the end of the post, I would like to thank my friends from National Tourism Board of Cyprus for this incredible adventure which mark the end of this year and the friendly staff from St. Raphael Resort that made our stay pleasant and we felt like we were at home.
How do you like this post about Limassol and Paphos? Have you ever visited Cyprus? Did you have chance to enjoy in the magic of the Cyprus? I would like to share with me your experience! If you have a question, comment, suggestion or message for me, you can write me down in the comments. Of course, as always you can contact me via mail or social media, which you can find on the CONTACT page.
I want to use this special opportunity opportunity to wish you a happy New Year and I hope that 2019 year will bring you everything that you have dreamed of. First of all, wish you the most important things in life: health, happiness and love, and everything else will come. I hope that we will be doing this kind of nice journeys in 2019 and that we will discover some new destinations together on Mr.M blog. Thank you for the wonderful comments, suggestions and critics that you left on Mr.M blog in 2018, you make the Mr.M blog as a nice place. Thanks again for the respect and love you gave me in 2018, and I hope it will be the same in the new year. Today is the time for celebration and for all of you I want a crazy and unforgettable time! 🙂
As I promised we’ll see again in a couple of days, so if something new and interesting happens to me, I promise, I will write to you!