KALIMERA CYPRUS :ALLURING LIMASSOL AND TRANQUIL LOFOU VILLAGE

Efkaristo  meaning Thank you in Greek for reading through my blog on Larnacka.

After an enthralling experience in Larnacka..We headed towards the modern cosmopolitan urban life of Limassol.. known for its modern skyline and buzzing nightlife this city had a completely different vibe to it.
It was almost a sunny afternoon and hunger pangs was building up. To calm down my satiety centre we stopped over at a beautiful restaurant in Limassol before checking in to our niche…this lovely picturesque restaurant named La Isla where we savoured crab meat cake with yum mango sauce and grilled chicken..the clean blues of the ocean was mesmerising..

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After a hearty lunch I wanted a comfy cool place to slouch down.We nestled ourselves in Pigeon Beach Hotel Apartments..It was a homely spacious apartment and the best part was the view from the balcony of the hotel overlooking the arena..

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I love siesta..but not for long we started again on roads to see the Amathus ruins..the ancient city of Amathus is one of the oldest imperial cities on this island.this city is named after the mother of Adonis who is the lover of Greek Goddess Aphrodite.We can appreciate some 3000 years old artefacts and excavations on this site.

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Done with the doses of ancient times..time to switch over to the modern city life of Limassol..we walked down the sea front of the Limassol which stretches around a mile showcasing some beautiful installations and the panoramic view of the Limassol by night.

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After a long day we retired to our apartment and decided on munching some indian style chilly chicken and some great white wine in our airy balcony..thanks to Raj Indian Restaurant which was at a stone throw distance…

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I am the most enthusiastic soul when on trip. I rise early get ready and tie up my shoes to explore as much as I can till the sun sets down. We went to Limassol castle near the old harbour in the heart of the historical centre .It has a museum with oblong halls and olive oil press.

The city centre was boasting of scrap art and colourful walls through the alleys housing cafeteria and shops.

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Kourion Archaeological site the next stop in the morning was a stunning excavation site famous for its impressive commanding Greco-Roman theatre and spectacular floor mosaics.. We enjoyed the breeze from the sea and the preserved ruins of the past..on our way we stopped by The sanctuary of Apollo Hylates..

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Next on the itinery was the Kolossi Medieval Castle..it was a storage house for the sugar which was an export good in past.now the castle is of historic importance.

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I did hear about the sweet wine Commandaria of this region so we went on to explore more about this Wine Trails enroute Lofou village.The Cyprus Wine museum in Erimi was our next stopover to pay our humble homage to Greek Dionysus commonly known as the God of Wines..the museum offers you an insight about the wine making process,the history with audio visual aids and has some good collection of jars and vessels and old documents..
Pitharia is something exotic which caught my eye.They were huge terracotta jars exclusively made to store wines.The museum offered wine tasting too and I loved the commandaria wine sweeter and soothing.

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Lofou village was at an altitude of almost 780 metres and was relatively cooler and pleasant.The village was built semicircularly built with some snaky mountain roads and stone houses were adorning the beauty.i picked some fresh apples straight from the trees..

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We went to a village tavern Kamaris for having a taste of the local cuisine..the chef was god enough to know our taste and prepared some moussaka with artichoke and meat layers and souvlaki..i was smitten by commandaria wine so relished it again to quench my thirst..

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Back to Limassol after a day tour we wanted to just go clubbing and see the night life of the city.we headed towards a popular pub Guaba Bar some live music and some hip shakers with some great beer was perfect to put an end to this great day..

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Cheers and stay with me for my next blog…

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