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Lofou, Lania & Omodhos Villages
Lofou originates from a medieval settlement which was granted by the King of Cyprus, James I, to his brother Janot de Lusignan in the 14th century. The houses of Lofou line the narrow and winding cobbled streets with wine jars lying in their doorways. The church of B.V.M. Evangelismos dates from the 19th century and overlooks the rest of the village, the whole of which is now listed and under restoration by UNESCO. Lania, which is twenty minutes from Lofou, is a village with a rich traditional architecture. With its attractive tiled roofs, cobbled streets and flowered courtyards, it is a popular location for visiting artists. Nearby Omodhos is primarily a wine producing village which has a particularly impressive paved central square.
An hour drive from Almyra.
City of Kourion
The city of Kourion enjoys a dramatic setting and a significant history. It has been inhabited since the Neolithic and early Bronze Ages. Kourion’s last king switched allegiances and supported Alexander the Great by leading his fleet in the attack on Persia at the Siege of Tyre in 332 BC. Archaeological ruins include the 16th century temple of Apollo and the tomb of one of the early kings in the Kalorizki area, which dates back to 700 BC. A stadium, 2 km west of Kourion, was constructed in the 2nd century AD and originally seated 6,500 people. The spectacular theatre was first discovered and excavated in 1935 and was then restored to its present state in the early 1960s. The original theatre was Greek, but was later enlarged and altered by the Romans to suit music and drama or gladiatorial and animal fights. It is now the venue of plays, concerts and operas.
Akamas & the Baths of Aphrodite
On the northwestern peninsula of Cyprus is the beautiful, uninhabited forest of Akamas – a National Park. On its boundaries, a cool spring emerges from a rock overhang in the shade of an old fig tree and pours into a natural lake. According to legend, it is here in the ‘Baths of Aphrodite’ that Adonis is said to have caught Aphrodite unawares as she was bathing naked.
A fifty minute drive from Almyra.
Hiking and mountain biking in the Akamas National Park
The raw natural beauty of the Akamas peninsula is best explored by foot or mountain bike. Pointing north towards the Turkish coast, its 230 square kilometres of undulating, forested terrain is flanked by breathtaking lagoons, gorges and bays, and crisscrossed by footpaths and trails. The extraordinary range of flora and fauna includes wild cyclamen and orchids, Bonelli’s Eagles, chameleons, wild mouflon and Cyprus Scops Owls. The region is also one of the very few important sea turtle nesting areas in the Mediterranean.
A forty minute drive from Almyra.
Almyra invites you to partake in a myriad of attractive 'things to do and see' in and around the beautiful and always fascinating region of Paphos.
to take a look at our activities programme.
Tombs of the Kings
The 'Tombs of the Kings' is the impressive necropolis that is located just outside the walls, to the north and east of Pafos town. It was built during the Hellenistic period (3rd century B.C.) to satisfy the needs of the newly founded Nea Paphos. Its name is not connected with the burial of kings, as the royal institution was abolished in 312 B.C., but rather with the impressive character of its burial monuments. The 'Tombs of the Kings' was the place where the higher administrative officers and distinguished Ptolemaic personalities as well as the members of their families were buried. The necropolis was continuously used as a burial area during the Hellenistic and Roman periods (3rd century B.C.-beginning of 4th century A.D.). There is sufficient evidence to support the fact that the first Christians also used the site for their burials, while at the same time the site constituted an endless quarry. Squatters established themselves in some of the tombs during the Medieval period and made alterations to the original architecture.
The existence of the site was already known from the end of the 19th century by Cesnola, who severely looted the tombs. In 1915-16 the then curator of the Cyprus Museum, Markides excavated some shaft tombs, while the honorary curator of Paphos Museum Loizos Philippou started clearance work in a few others tombs in 1937. But it was in 1977 that systematic excavations were undertaken by the Department of Antiquities, which brought to light eight large tomb complexes.
Most of the tombs are characterised by an underground, open aired, peristyled rectangular atrium completely carved into the natural rock. Columns or pillars of the Doric style supported the porticoes, which surrounded the atrium. The burial chambers and the loculi for single burials were dug into the portico walls. It seems that the walls were originally covered with frescoes although today only small fragments are preserved. The tombs' architectural characteristics directly relate them to Hellenistic prototypes from Alexandria, Delos, Pergamon and Priene.
A 20 minute walk from Almyra (5 min drive).
Mosaics of Paphos
These striking and historic mosaics, which date from the 2nd to the 5th century AD, are situated near Pafos harbour within the Houses of Dionysos Orpheus and Aion. The mosaics decorate both private homes and public buildings, indicating the wealth and high level of artistry that existed when Pafos was a great centre of mosaic production. Inspired by master artists from Alexandria and Egypt, they vividly depict scenes from Greek mythology such as Pyramos and Thisbe, the doomed young Babylonian lovers, and Zeus and Ganymede, the God in the form of an eagle, carrying off the young Ganymede.
A 5 minute walk from Almyra.
This Byzantine castle lies at Kato Pafos, near the harbour. It was built by the Lusignans at the beginning of the 13th century on the site of a previous Byzantine castle. It was destroyed by an earthquake in 1222.
The name Saranta Kolones (Forty columns) derives from the large number of granite columns found spread across this archaeological site.
Paphos Medieval Castle
Pafos castle was originally a Byzantine fort built to protect the harbour. It was rebuilt by the Lusignans in the 13th century, dismantled by the Venetians in 1570 during the Ottoman invasion and rebuilt by the Ottomans after they captured the island in the 16th century. Originally, this role was served by the Saranta Kolones fort, the ruins of which lie a few hundred meters to the north. During its long history, the Pafos Castle was used, as well as for protection, as prison cells, and even as a storage area for salt when the island was a British colony. In 1935 it was declared an ancient monument and today is considered as one of the hallmarks of the Pafos region.
Many cultural events take place in the square just in front of the castle, while during September each year the Pafos Aphrodite Festival which presents a different opera every year staged here by world famous artists with the castle building usually acting as part of the scenery.
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