Four thousands years of history
Knight Templars legacy
The Millomeri waterfalls

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A charming example of medieval architecture

MSC cruise liners arriving at the port of Limassol for a vacation in Cyprus, cast anchor not only in the Mediterranean but also in a port that boasts 4000 years of history. In Limassol we also find traces of the Knight Templars, pro tempore masters of the island. And it is from the remnants of war in Limassol that it is worth starting from.

On landing, one can admire the centre and the medieval castle, part of a constellation of nine forts guarding the whole island, which now hosts a museum with exhibits dating from the 5th to the 19th century.

Along the seafront, pines, cypresses, eucalyptuses brim over the public gardens in which there is also a small zoo.

An MSC excursion will allow you to follow the traces of the Templars leading to Kolossi, 13 kilometres west of Limassol, which one reaches after crossing vineyards and old villages exuding atmospheres of bygone times. Kolossi became the seat of the fighting religious order after the fall of Acri in 1291 and still today one can admire the regular shape of its castle. Only 40 km away from Kolossi one finds the Millomeri Falls nature site; the road penetrates into the Cyprus mountains until it reaches a fairytale Mediterranean setting, from a 15 meter fall the water opens the way towards the Mediterranean amidst rocks and roots.

In Limassol, MSC Cruises also proposes an excursion to the ancient town of Paphos with its artistic jewels (frescos and mosaics). Devoted in the classical period to the goddess of love, it appears that it was on Aphrodite’s Rock, the solitary white stack rising on a nearby beach, that Venus was born.

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    The island of love
    The island of love

    According to mythology, Cyprus is the birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love. One cannot but be reminded of this during you’re a vacation in Cyprus.

    The landscape is spectacular
    : the low, sandy shores, the large bays, the Trodos mountains, in the heart of the island, the Besparmak mountain range along the northern coast, separated by the Mesaoria plain that hosts the capital, Nicosia. Divided in two by the border – or “green line” – that separates the Republic of Cyprus in the south, from the Turkish Republic of Cyprus in the north, this “Berlin of the 21st century” does not lack interesting sights. In the Turkish side one can admire beautiful mosques, like Arabahmet, Selimiye, near the great bazar, and the ruins of Bedasten, a former Orthodox church. Near the green line instead, is the town of Lanarca where you can visit the double church of Agia Faneromeni or the Orthodox cathedral of Agios Ioannis.

    You can then visit the Costanza Bastion, built by the Venetians, where you find the archbishop’s palace and the mosque of Bayraktar. Testimonies of its Byzantine history are found in the Museum dedicated to this civilization, while the 10,000 years of human settlements on this island cab be admired in the Cyprus Museum. Finally, you should see the Petra Tou Romiou reef – this is where Aphrodite touched ground for the first time.