Cyprus is a great country for road trips. The roads are in great condition, other drivers are courteous, and many of the notable sights and attractions are best visited when you have your own independent transport. Since we had our own set of wheels during our week in Cyprus, we decided to find as many notable stops between destinations as possible.
This road trip will take you from Paphos (home to the Paphos Archeological site and the Tombs of the Kings) to Limassol. Limassol is one of the more underrated cities in Cyprus, but it is located near to the incredible ancient site of Kourion, and makes a great spot to spend a night.
To travel directly from Paphos to Limassol would only take you just over an hour, however, there are two notable stops along the way. The ancient city of Kourion can easily eat up several hours, so allow a full day to make this trip.
Stop 1: Aphrodite’s Rock
Aphrodite’s rock, or as it’s locally known, Petra tou Romiou, is where legal states that Aphrodite emerged from the sea foam. The peaceful beach is marked by two large upright rocks. The beach and rocks are well signposted from the road, and there is a large car park nearby. It was too cold for a swim during our visit (December), but this would make a great spot for a swim or a picnic.
Stop 2: Ancient Kourion
Perched high on top of a hill, with panoramic views out to sea, and completely deserted during our entire visit – Kourion was one of the most dramatic and interesting set of ruins that we visited during our time in Cyprus.
The center piece of the site is the ancient amphitheater which was originally built in the 2nd century BC and which has been restored and is still used for performances to this day.
Other highlights include the gladiator house, named for the mosaics decorating it’s floors. The site itself is massive, and you can easily spend a couple of hours wandering through it.
Arrive in Limassol
Limassol is the heart of the business community in Cyprus, which means that this city of roughly 200,000 people is quite cosmopolitan despite its small size. Limassol doesn’t have a huge amount of tourist attractions, but its a good stop for a night or two while exploring the local area.
The old town of Limassol is centered around the castle and marina. This is the area where you will likely want to spend the most of your time as this is where the best shopping and dining districts are.
We only spent one night in Limassol, and spent our time in the old town checking out restaurants and wine bars and exploring the picturesque streets.