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Discover the attractions of Limassol, Cyprus, on a Mediterranean cruise

June 14, 2011 - 2:26am
Cyprus
Those who are considering a tour of the Mediterranean should make sure to include a trip to Limassol, Cyprus – a beautiful and historically rich city along the coast of the Akrotiri Bay.

Travelers to Limassol will find that ancient Greece and Rome have had a heavy influence on the culture and sites of the Eurasian republic. It is perhaps best known as an important landmark in Greek mythology, as it is supposedly the birthplace of Aphrodite, goddess of love. It is said that she rose from the waters of Cyprus, which is why the area is nicknamed the "Island of Aphrodite."

Located at the base of the Troodos Mountains, Limassol is an excellent destination for those looking to spend a few days in the sun, as there are numerous beaches that frame its coastline. The real draw, however, is its host of intriguing attractions.

Vacationers should not miss out on visiting the city's famous medieval castle, which was built at the turn of the 11th century during the Byzantine reign. Several hundred years later it was used as a prison, and these days tourists can explore the castle as a medieval museum, with artifacts from the 17th and 18th centuries.

Other attractions to see include the Archaeological Museum, the Public Garden and Apollo's Temple.