This is going to be my last post about our trip in Cyprus. It was a short stay. I didn’t even get the chance to see north side of the country. Hopefully, we will get to see it again one day.
For the last day, we took our rental car on the road again. The destination was Limassol. Limassol is the second largest city in Cyprus, and it is on the southern coast. When we reached the city, we could see many newly built seaside resorts. I have heard it’s one of the most popular destinations in Cyprus. Now, I understand why. It has beautiful beaches, modern lifestyle and ancient history. The historical part of the city is well preserved. Although it was the end of September, the temperature was still about 28-30 degree. If you ever want a late summer holiday, I think this is the place.
On the way to Limassol, we stopped at Kolossi Castle. It’s about 14km from Limassol. It was built in 13th century and rebuilt in 15th century. It’s call a castle, but it looks more like a large size watching tower to me. Well, I’m sorry. It just doesn’t match the image of a castle in my head. I guess it has its reason. The castle was built to offer security and prevent attacks for the area. It was a knights’ headquarters. The whole castle is very well maintained.
There is a sugar mill next to the castle. You might ask why there is a sugar mill there of all the places. Actually, this is where the famous sweet wine, Commandaria, comes from. It is the oldest named wine in the world, about eight centuries. If you ever visit Cyprus, you have to try. I reckon it’s a very good dessert wine. You can also find wine made with honey. Very interesting, right?
Limassol Medieval Castle/Museum
When we visited Limassol, we popped in the Limassol castle. It was built during Ottoman period. The earthquakes damaged the castle in the past. The one we can see now has been restored and reconstructed. It’s not a big site, but it also serves as a Medieval museum. There were all sorts of pottery, tombstone, weapons, coins exhibited. I wouldn’t say it’s impressive, but it’s definitely interesting to see if you are into history.
After the castle, we spent sometime walking around in the city centre. It was our last day in Cyprus. I’m glad we spent some time here. No doubt it’s a beautiful country.