On May 22, 2023, of the Cyprus tour, we drive east from Limassol to see Panayia Angeloktisti in the village of Kiti. This ancient church contains a beautiful, fifth-century mosaic of Mary and Jesus. Then we drive into Larnaca to see the ninth-century Church of St. Lazarus with its beautiful iconostasis and its basement crypt with the supposed tomb of Lazarus. A few blocks away we tour a medieval fort located right on the seacoast. From Larnaca, we drive a short distance to the beautiful mountain village of Lefkara where we have free time for you to stroll the narrow streets, stopping to see Lefkara lace and silver jewelry made by local artisans and/or tour the ethnological museum and the Church of the Holy Cross with its many icons. Then we drive south to the coastal village of Zygi, where we will have a splendid seafood dinner outdoors by the sea.
For art lovers, the third day of the Cyprus tour will be special. On our trip to Paphos, we will see some of the most stunning ancient mosaics on the island. Here are photos of but a few of them.
May 21, the second full day of the Cyprus tour, will be more ambitious than the first day. We drive west to Paphos to enjoy wonderful archaeological sites, eat lunch by the harbor at cafes of our choice, enjoy the splendid mosaics (tomorrow’s post), see the legendary Paul’s pillar, walk among the opulent burial houses at the tombs at the kings, and stop on the way back to Limassol to see the rock where (according to legend) Aphrodite first emerged from the sea foam.
On May 20 of the Cyprus tour, we will have an easy day (jet lag is real!). We will take a short ride (driving on the left side of the road) to the Crusader fortress at Kolossi. Then we go to the nearby, much earlier, expansive archaeological site of the Roman city of Kourion to see the many buildings and artifacts uncovered by archaeologists. Then we return to Limassol for a leisurely stroll along the harbor walk into the old city.
Join us on a tour of this beautiful island in the eastern Mediterranean.