Limassol is the second most populous city in Cyprus and, at about 67 kilometres by road from Pafos, a good destination for a day trip. Start your visit in the Old Town section. At its centre is the castle, which houses the Medieval Museum of Cyprus and is a monument in its own right. The current edifice, built by the Ottomans in the 1590s, incorporates parts of earlier structures; take a tour and see layers of history, from the early Christian era to the Byzantine period and on to the periods of Frankish and Venetian rule. Richard the Lionheart married Benengaria of Navarre there in 1191. Climb to the rooftop and take in the panoramic view. The square surrounding the castle is lined with tavernas and includes the Carob Mill, a factory from 1900 that now houses a museum on the important export crop. Walk through the streets of the Old Town and discover the Central Market, the Grand Mosque, and numerous shops and cafes. Next head to the Old Port and see a blend of historic structures with decidedly modern additions. Stroll by the yacht-filled marina, peek into high-end shops, watch the fishing boats unload, or enjoy a meal in one of the sleek new restaurants lining the sea. Continue northeast on the seaside promenade, watching the ships come into the harbour, until you reach the Municipal Gardens. There, you can rest in the shade or visit the park’s zoo. It all makes for an enjoyable day on the town.
‘Movember’ is a blend of the words ‘moustache’ and ‘November’, and it refers to the annual charity event for raising awareness about and collecting funds to combat prostate and testicular cancer. Started in Australia in 2003, the campaign came to Cyprus in 2013 and is now recognised around the island. During November, men pledge to grow moustaches to become visible advertisements for the cause. For several years now, the Thanos Hotels group has encouraged its male employees to support the effort. On 28 November, these employees, their colleagues, and guests will gather from 16:00 to 18:00 at Almyra for a Shaving Party. Everyone can check out the newly formed moustaches before a barber offers his shaving and styling services. Almyra will provide food, drinks, and entertainment, so come and join the party! Participants and their friends and family are invited to donate funds to Movember Cyprus and the Movember Foundation, both of which support efforts to combat prostate and testicular cancers and to prevent suicide by those suffering from them. New at this year’s celebration is the Man Van. In it, you will find Movember collectible memorabilia (t-shirts, hoodies, mugs, caps, pins, and bracelets) that you can purchase in support. Movember Cyprus is an initiative co-organised by Round Table 1 Nicosia and Keo beer. The goal of Movember is to stop men from dying too young by promoting early cancer detection and improved treatment. Stop by and lend your support.
Many spa treatments can be enjoyed by men and women alike. In a few cases, though, a treatment needs to target conditions common to men. That’s why Almyraspa offers its Just for Gents spa menu. A daily regimen of shaving can affect the condition of a man’s facial skin, for example. We offer the Men’s Vitality Facial by Codage as a corrective. After identifying the guest’s skin type and diagnosing his treatment needs, the therapist will draw from the range of Codage products for a custom application. This elixir of youth helps return energy to skin cells, reduce signs of fatigue, and revitalize the face in a 75-minute session. Alternatively, if extraction is warranted, we offer the 60-minute Men’s Vitality Facial with Extraction by Codage. Need attention to the back as well? The invigorating Osea Men’s Restorative Face and Back Treat includes a cleansing seaweed facial, a sea salt exfoliation of the back, and a relaxing massage of the back, neck, and shoulders. The 90-minute session features marine-based products from Osea. Men will also enjoy offerings in our salon, including the men’s haircut and waxing for the back or chest. We provide steam and sauna facilities just for gents, too. Spa products are available for retail purchase at Almyraspa, while fragrances from Acqua di Parma and clothing from Gucci, Prada, Etro, and others are on hand at Kult boutique’s men’s shop. There’s no reason a man should not look and feel his best. We’re here to help.
Cementography is an art form invented in the 1960s by Cypriot artist Christoforos Savva. The process begins with paper and pencil, as the artist sketches a plan for a wall hanging made from cast cement. The plan is used as a guide for creating a mould with polystyrene, which is shaped by cutting or burning the material. Then a cement mixture is prepared; some portions of it may be coloured or given increased texture by the addition of pieces of glass, stone, or tile. The cement is added to the mould and allowed to harden. Afterwards, the polystyrene is removed, and the surface of the work can be further defined by painting or scratching it. Savva taught the technique to fellow artist Costas Economo, who gave it its name, and he then passed it on to the next generation of artists. In 2017, he collaborated with nine artists to create an eight-panel work, ‘Arodafnousa’, using cementography. It illustrates a fourteenth-century Cypriot folk tale in which a beautiful girl named Arodafnousa is beloved by a king and murdered by a jealous queen; the king kills his wife and gives the girl a proper funeral. The eight panels can be viewed in sequence in the Old Town area of Pafos, where they have been mounted on the exterior walls of buildings. A website connected to the project (www.cementography.net) explains the technique and describes two documentary films featuring it. Inquire at Guest Services for a custom map of the tour.
The remains of the Sanctuary of Apollo Hylates, about 45 minutes by car from Pafos, reveal a multi-layered history of religion in Cyprus. Although named for the god Apollo, the site was considered sacred as far back as the Late Bronze Age (2000 BCE). The first monumental structures were constructed in the 8th and 7th centuries BCE: The Archaic Altar Precinct housed two open-air altars where worshippers made votive offerings. The Circular Monument, dating to the 6th century BCE, is a paved, ring-shaped pathway thought to have supported religious rites; cuts in the bedrock of its centre suggest that a sacred grove of trees was planted there. Experts argue that the site was consistently associated with a male fertility deity and linked to the forest, wildlife, hunting, and military prowess. The male god was at first nameless, but eventually became known as Hylates, In the Hellenistic Period (323-30 BCE), the god took on the Greek name Apollo; in this era, the first temple to Apollo was built along with a complex on the east side of the site. The sanctuary was further developed during the Roman Period (58 BCE-330 CE) with a new Temple of Apollo, a monumental entrance to the Circular Monument, baths, an athletic court, and more. Pilgrims could enter from gates on the east and west, then turn northward on the main processional road to the temple. The sanctuary was destroyed by earthquake in 365 CE, 27 years before pagan worship was banned in the Roman Empire.
When the sun sets beyond the sea near Eauzone, Almyra’s poolside lounge and restaurant, few guests can resist the urge to snap a picture or pose for a selfie. Looking across the infinity pool toward the sea, you sense the two bodies of water merge as the sunlight filters through the leaves of four palm trees. Though Eauzone is a favoured perch for watching the sunset, Almyra offers other equally alluring places to take in the view. Guests staying in a Kyma suite can gaze across the hotel’s gardens to Pafos harbour from their private rooftop lounge. The pergola at al fresco restaurant Notios casts delicate shadows in the waning light. Stand above seaside taverna Ouzeri, and you can see its white trellis as well as a breakwater and the silhouette of the Pafos castle. Of course, you can range farther afield, following the harbourside promenade to the castle (where you can take in the panoramic view from its roof) and then taking the seaside trail to the lighthouse. At Almyra, we have seen so many people using a camera to capture the beautiful colours of the sky, sea, and harbour that we decided to hold a sunset photography contest. The winning image, taken by Leondios Tselepos, shows the glow of the setting sun behind the façade of the castle; in the foreground, a rough sea washes over a pier and throws its foam skyward. Why not take a shot of your own? The spectacle happens every night right here.