SHORE EXCURSION LIMASSOL
Join us on our Limassol shore excursion and you’ll see some of the islands most important and beautiful archaeological monuments. We’ll begin at the ancient city of Kourion that boasts a number of archaeological remains.
The Sanctuary of Apollo Hylates, an important religious centre in ancient Cyprus is just one of these. Worship first took place at this site during the 8th Century BC and the temple to the Greek God Apollo was still in use until the 4th Century AD.
Next stop on our shore excursion of Limassol is the nearby village of Kolossi. Here we’ll explore Kolossi Castle, a former Crusader stronghold associated with the monastic Knights Templar and the Knights of the Order of St. John. The existing castle was built in the 15th century and was considered impregnable. Three storeys high, made of limestone blocks and standing 21 meters tall, the castle would have been quite threatening to potential invaders. Knights poured boiling oil or scalding water from so-called ‘murder holes’ in the castle walls.
There’s more to Kolossi than just brutality however. The castle is associated with the production of a sweet red wine known as Commanderia. Named by the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest named wine in the world, Commanderia was said to be a favourite with Richard the Lionheart. At his wedding at the Castle in 1191 he declared it the ‘wine of kings and the king of wines.’ A more pleasant note on which to finish the shore excursion of Limassol.
*Shore excursions could be subject to variations due to external causes as Cruise Companies politics, weather conditions, duration of the stay of the ship in the port, legal demonstrations