Friday, May 23, 2014

Curium Beach

Curium Beach (also known as Kourion Beach) is located at Episkopi Bay, about 15 km from the city of Limassol, within the Limassol district of Cyprus.
 
 






This popular beach is about 1 km in length with three main restaurants (Chris' Blue Beach Restaurant, Kourion Beach Restaurant, and Sunshine Restaurant) situated along the Curium beach.

It's considered a Blue Flag beach.  The sand is actually a mix of rocks and sand, and there are constant waves in the Mediterranean Sea.

The Kourion Archaeological Site is situated on the nearby cliff, and there are some ancient ruins along the coast.








The Limeniotissa Basilica Ruins (also known as the Early Christian Basilica of Limeniotissa, the Basilica Coastal Chapel, and the Limeniotissa Church Ruins) are situated along the coast of Curium Beach.
  



It's one of three basilicas that are a part of the ancient Kourion city.  The Limeniotissa Basilica was built in the 6th century, yet it suffered damaged during the Arab raids and then destroyed during massive earthquakes in the 8th century.  Due to these earthquakes, tidal waves covered this area with sand.

Today, the Limeniotissa Basilica Ruins are considered a newly discovered site by the Cypriot Department of Antiquities.
 







Curium Beach is a lovely place to spend the day, while the nearby Limeniotissa Basilica Ruins and especially the Kourion Archaeological Site are enjoyable to explore.


Site: Curium Beach and Limeniotissa Basilica Ruins. 

Category: Nature and Archaeological Site. 

Location: Episkopi Bay, about 15 km from the city of Limassol, within the Limassol district of Cyprus.

Phone Number: N/A. 

Operating Hours: Daylight hours. 

Entrance Fee: Free, yet additional fees for beach umbrellas and sunbeds. 

Date of Visit: 2009 to 2013.

Kornos Picnic Site

The Kornos Picnic Site is located near Kornos Village and the Stavrovouni Monastery, and it's about 27 km west of the city of Larnaca, within the Larnaca district of Cyprus.
 



This picnic site features plenty of picnic tables and benches throughout the area, and it's a part of the Kornos Forest Station.

The Kornos Picnic Site is an enjoyable place for a picnic, particularly while exploring the surrounding area.


Site: Kornos Picnic Site. 

Category: Nature. 

Location: Near Kornos Village, about 27 km west of the city of Larnaca, within the Larnaca district of Cyprus. 

Phone Number: N/A. 

Operating Hours: Daylight hours. 

Entrance Fee: Free. 

Date of Visit: 2013.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Stavrovouni Monastery

The Stavrovouni Monastery (also known as Mountain of the Cross Monastery) is located near Tochni Village and about 40 km from the city of Larnaca, within the Larnaca district of Cyprus.
 
 





This monastery was originally built in 327 AD, and it's considered to be the earliest documented monastery in Cyprus.  Over the years, it has been destroyed several times, typically by fire and wars.  The current monastery was rebuilt in the 19th century.

According to a legend, Agia Eleni gave a fragment of the Holy Cross to the monastery; hence, the name.


 
 

Today, this particular Greek Orthodox monastery doesn't allow women to enter, in order to keep the monks mostly isolated and in a stricter lifestyle.  Men are allowed to visit the monastery, when dressed appropriately.

However, there's a chapel, which is called the Church of All Saints of Cyprus, accessible to visitors and situated near the car park. 

This monastery is situated on top of a 700 meter high mountain peak, and there are lovely views of the island from this area.






Since there are lovely views from the area, the Stavrovouni Monastery is worth visiting, particularly for male visitors, since they are allowed within the monastery.


Site: Stavrovouni Monastery. 

Category: Monastery. 

Location: Near Tochni Village and about 40 km from the city of Larnaca, within the Larnaca district of Cyprus.

Phone Number: 22533630. 

Operating Hours: 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Monday to Sunday, during winter months.  8:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Monday to Sunday, during summer months. 

Entrance Fee: Free. 

Date of Visit: 2013.

Lighthouse at Pervolia Village

Pervolia Village is located about 16 km from the city of Larnaca, within the Larnaca district of Cyprus.


There's a lighthouse situated along Kiti Beach in Pervolia Village.  Further along the roadway, there's a Venetian watchtower, called the Tower of Regena.

Pervolia Village is an interesting place to explore, particularly with the nearby lighthouse and watchtower.


Site: Pervolia Village and Lighthouse. 

Category: Village and Landmark. 

Location: About 16 km from the city of Larnaca, within the Larnaca district of Cyprus. 

Phone Number: N/A. 

Operating Hours: N/A. 

Entrance Fee: Free. 

Date of Visit: 2011.

Petreon Sculpture Park

The Petreon Sculpture Park is located in the countryside near Mazotos Village, within the Larnaca district of Cyprus.
 



According to the park's website, "Petreon Sculpture Park is the culmination of a dream and 14,000 hours of work.  A collection of stones from all across the island come together to form this unique park.  Petreon is home to two actively-working artists, Savvas Koulendros and his wife, Stavroula Mbirou-Koulendrou."

 
 






This park is named after stone (or petra), which is the main material of the sculptures on display. 

Some of the larger sculptures are titled as Petreos, Cypriot Farmer Woman, Family Weights, The Mummy, The Philosophers' Yard, Solidarity, Mother with Eight Children, Europe, The Equality of Man and Woman, The Angel, The Four Generations, The Sphinx, etc.
In addition to the permanent open-air sculpture exhibits, the Petreon Sculpture Park features a small art gallery with smaller sculptures and various paintings, as well as a little stone church, an amphitheater, flower gardens, and a outdoor cafe.
 


The Petreon Sculpture Park is an interesting place to explore.


Site: Petreon Sculpture Park. 

Category: Activity. 

Location: Mazotos Village, near the city of Larnaca, within the Larnaca district of Cyprus. 

Phone Number: 99648116. 

Operating Hours: 9:00 AM until 6:00 PM on Saturday to Thursday.  Closed on Friday. 

Entrance Fee: €2,50 for adults and €1,50 for children. 

Date of Visit: 2013.