Kourion Theatre, the Temple of Apollo & Omodos Village
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Approximately 5 Hours
Enjoy a relaxing drive through the vineyards and orchards of the Phassouri citrus groves. The day begins with a visit to the main historical attraction of this area -- the ancient ruins of the city of Kourion. This impressive Greco-Roman site features remnants of pavement mosaics, including the fine four-panel design in the central room at the House of Eustolios.
Nearby is the superb Greco-Roman theatre, built in the 2nd century BC and still used today for many performances including ancient dramas. From this beautiful and unspoiled spot perched high on a cliff, you can enjoy the dazzling view of the ruins and the sea below.
Your next stop is at the Temple of Apollo. Apollo was a significant deity of ancient Greek religion. He was the god of light, sun, poetry, music and woodlands, as well as the protector of the city of Kourion. The Sanctuary of Apollo is the largest and perhaps the most important religious center on Cyprus. It has been in use continuously from the late 8th century BC to the second half of the 4th century AD. The southwest side of the temple has been restored and excavations have revealed other structures, such as the bath complex, the pilgrim halls, the palaistra and a holy precinct.
Continue to one of the most beautiful old villages of Cyprus -- Omodos Village. Explore the Monastery of the Holy Cross with its excellent woodcarvings and old icons. You'll also see the restored Linos wine-press in an old house. Step inside some local houses to feel the age-old tradition that seems to ooze from the walls, and stroll through the narrow streets and local shops famous for their vitraux and handmade pieces of traditional stained glass.
Spend some time in the village square to enjoy the serenity of the surroundings.