Kolossi Castle

Kolossi Castle: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Paphos: Guided tour of Limassol with Rock of Aphrodite

1. From Paphos: Guided tour of Limassol with Rock of Aphrodite

Your first stop will be the ancient Greek city-kingdom of Kourion which dates to the 10th century BC. You will see the many excavations including the complex of Eustolios and admire the magnificent amphitheater with its spectacular views over Episkopi Bay. Continue with a stop at Kolossi and the medieval castle, a former Crusader stronghold free time and optional visit the Castle ( entrance fees not included in the price). From there, drive to Limassol arriving in the old town, close to the medieval castle, Limassol Marina, and the market area where you will have free time for exploring, shopping and lunch (not included). On the way back stop at the Rock of Aphrodite where, according to legend, the Goddess of Love and Beauty was born from the waves .

From Paphos: Cyprus Through the Ages Tour w/ Lunch and Wine

2. From Paphos: Cyprus Through the Ages Tour w/ Lunch and Wine

Rural Cyprus is at your fingertips on this whistle-stop tour. Explore geological formations, archaeological sites, and characteristic villages like Fini and Omodos. Get a taste of local flavors during a tavern lunch and head to a winery for a tasting. The morning kicks off with the first stop at Petra tou Romiou for photographs (available only for those coming from Paphos town and Aphrodite Hills Resort). Aphrodite’s mythical birthplace is a geological formation of huge rocks along one of the coastlines on the island. Continue to Kourion, one of the most impressive archaeological sites on the island. It’s classic Greco-Roman, with a half-moon of seats facing out to sea. Kolossi Castle is the next stop. This Crusader-era castle is surrounded by flowering plants and a pretty courtyard. Hop back on the bus and head to Fini where lunch will be served at a local tavern. Later, stop at the mountain-ringed village of Omodos where you will have a guided walk through the village. To round off your trip, you'll have the opportunity to taste traditional Cyprus wine in a local winery before heading back to the resorts.

From Paphos: Trip to Limassol with Kourion & Kolossi Castle

3. From Paphos: Trip to Limassol with Kourion & Kolossi Castle

We invite you to visit historical sites around Limassol and learn about ancient and medieval period in Cyprus history, including knight period and Crusades. Our fist stop will be at Kurion, an ancient City state built by the participants of the Trojan war in the 10th century b.c . You will see unique mosaics and the ancient amphitheatre, still being kept in a working condition and able to accommodate around 3500 visitors. We will continue our journey to Kolossi Castle, once known as a defensive fortification in the Crusader's era in Cyprus. You will also have free time to stroll along the most picturesque sites of Limassol - the waterfront park, narrow streets of the old city, and visit Limassol Castle - a great architectural monument of Middle Ages, where Richard the Lionheart got married.

From Paphos: Love Cyprus Day Tour

4. From Paphos: Love Cyprus Day Tour

Experience the charm and beauty of rural Cyprus on this exciting whistle-stop tour. Our journey begins with a visit to Petra tou Romiou, also known as Aphrodite's mythical birthplace. Capture the perfect photograph of this intriguing geological formation, where gigantic rocks meet one of the most stunning coastlines on the island. Immerse yourself in the mystical aura that surrounds this legendary site. Next, we continue on to Kourion, an extraordinary archaeological site that will leave you in awe. This classical Greek-Roman site boasts a half-moon shape of seats that face the sea, creating a truly picturesque setting. Explore the remnants of ancient structures and imagine the bustling life that once thrived in this remarkable place. Moving on, our journey takes us to the enchanting Kolossi Castle. This medieval fortress is adorned with flowering plants and features a delightful courtyard. Step back in time as you explore the castle's grounds and imagine the lives of those who once called it home. Our next stop is the quaint mountain village of Omodos, where a guided stroll through the village awaits. Take in the charming atmosphere as you wander through its narrow streets and discover hidden corners. You will have free time to savor a delicious lunch and immerse yourself in the local culture. Before returning to the resorts, we will make a stop at a local vineyard, where you will have the opportunity to taste traditional Cypriot wine. Indulge in the flavors and aromas of this beloved local beverage, and gain insights into the winemaking traditions of Cyprus. This tour offers a perfect blend of history, stunning scenery, and authentic Cypriot experiences. Don't miss the chance to explore the rural gems of this beautiful island and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Ancient Kourion, Kolossi Castle, Omodos & Winery Tour

5. Ancient Kourion, Kolossi Castle, Omodos & Winery Tour

Cyprus is all rolling hills dotted with pretty villages. On this adults-only tour, you'll see where a legend was born, visit the ruins of Kourion, venture to the village of Omodos and cap off the day with a wine tasting. Eva, one of our local guides, says of this excursion, ‘You'll wander through layers of history, culture and mythology.' You'll dive straight into the past at Kourion, one of the most impressive archaeological sites in Cyprus. Visit the Roman baths and amble into the site's centrepiece, the Greco-Roman theatre. Concerts are still held to this day. While the mosaics of the trio of excavated houses known as those of Eustolius, the Gladiators and Achilles are as impressive as when they were laid down. The 15th-century Kolossi Castle is up next. This steeped-in-legend Crusader-built fortress is nowadays surrounded by blooming plants. Then, we'll head to mountain-fringed Omodos, where you'll enjoy a local lunch in a family-run taverna and have free time to wander around skinny cobbled streets lined with Byzantine buildings. It's Eva's favourite village. She says, ‘The charm of the stone houses, the tranquillity and peacefulness. It's as if it has sprung from a fairytale. I love dropping into one of the cafés and seeing locals have philosophical discussions, political arguments and a bit of gossip.' Plus, there's a winery tour, where you'll learn all about sweet commandaria wine – one of the oldest varieties in the world.

Paphos: The Authentic Cyprus Night

6. Paphos: The Authentic Cyprus Night

Experience an unforgettable evening at the beautifully restored Metochi monastery in Polemi village, where a delightful blend of delectable cuisine, music, and traditional Cypriot dance awaits. This excursion promises a genuine immersion into Cypriot culture, providing you with the opportunity to mingle with locals and truly feel the pulse of their vibrant traditions. Your journey begins with a brief drive to Polemi Village, setting the stage for a unique Cypriot dinner experience. The event features a diverse array of authentic Cypriot dishes, meticulously prepared by the skilled women of the village, mirroring the same recipes passed down through generations. The emphasis is on using pure ingredients, ensuring a taste of traditional Cypriot fare that captures the essence of home-cooked meals. As you indulge in the culinary delights, complement your meal with local wines that add a distinctive touch to the experience. Throughout the evening, you'll witness the locals demonstrate the artistry behind crafting Cypriot delights, the production of wine, and the creation of hagiography, providing insights into the rich cultural heritage of the region. The festivities extend outdoors, where the rhythmic beats of Cypriot music beckon you to join the locals in a spirited dance on the terrace. This enchanting night promises an authentic and immersive journey into the heart of Cypriot traditions—an experience not to be missed. Let loose, savor the moment, and revel in the joyous atmosphere created by the warmth of the people and the charm of this historic venue.

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What people are saying about Kolossi Castle

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(33 reviews)

Really good tour. Liked the pace of the trip, we never felt rushed. Guide and driver were terrific, very good fun. You get four really good stops, first is Kourion and second is Kolossi (optional), both great ancient sites. The highlights for us came on the second half of the tour. We got 2.5 hours in Limassol, which is a fantastic city, enough time for a wander, a nice meal and a walk along the coast. Stops at Aphrodites Rock on the way back. It’s really good value as well, we worked out the cost of the tour for two people is about the same as a taxi return to Aphrodites Rock from Paphos, so it feels like a no brainer. At about 7 hours as well, it’s an ideal length for a tour. Comfortable coach with air con, and superb on time pick up and drop off, five star.

Excellent experience, excellent tour! Sofia is a very good host and she is willing to go an extra mile to ensure that the participants are the tour are happy and that they have a good experience. I totally recommend this tour and the guide.

Enjoyable and pleasant day trip with some learnings about Cypriot history and culture. Stopover at Limassol was fun, had time to wander around the port area. Also liked the archaeological site of kourion.

our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. the tour was very well organized. we learnt a lot about the history of cyprus

All good, would have liked more time at Kourion, it’s such a big site