Explore the nearby landmarks and go site seeing to make your holiday extra special.
AKROTIRI SALT LAKE
Also known as Limassol Salt Lake, this is the largest inland body of water on the island of Cyprus. The lake itself is considered to be one of the eastern Mediterranean region’s most important wetlands. The shallowness of the lake attracts thousands of wading birds to use it as a stopover during the migration seasons between Africa and Europe. This site is only a 3-minute drive away from Akrotiri Villa.
KOURION HISTORIC SITE & ANCIENT RUINS
One of the island’s most famous archaeological sites - that of ancient Kourion - is a 15-minute drive away and is well worth a visit. Its magnificent Greco-Roman amphitheatre is where cultural events are still held to this day and is one of the most photgraphed lanmdmarks of the island of Cyprus.
Only an 11-minute drive away and serving as a fine example of military architecture, Kolossi castle was originally built in the 13th century, and rebuilt in its present form in the 15th century.
It held great strategic importance in the Middle Ages, and contained large facilities for the production of sugar from the local sugarcane, one of Cyprus's main exports in the period.
SAINT NICHOLAS MONASTERY OF CATS
The monastery of Saint Nicholas of the Cats is located 6 minutes away from Akrotiri Villa. It is one of the oldest monasteries in Cyprus, and according to tradition, it was founded by Saint Helen, mother of Constantine the Great in the 4th century. Legend has it that St Helen founded the monastery, and not only did she leave a piece of the Holy Wood there, but she also brought hundreds of cats in order to exterminate all the poisonous snakes which had gathered around the island due to a terrible drought.
The Achaios Shipwreck is one of the most interesting maritime wreck sites to see in Cyprus and is a 6-minute drive away from Akritiri Villa. The ship dates all the way back to 1932 when at the time it was named Mav Achaios. There is an interesting story attached to the ship. It belonged to the Akarnania Maritime Company. The ship was transporting wood from Yugoslavia to Jeddah in South Africa.
Akrotiri marsh is a unique natural wetland in Cyprus covering an area of 150 hectares. It is part of the of the Akrotiri wetland complex, the largest natural wetland complex of the island. Akrotiri marsh is a 12-minute drive away from Akrotiri Villa and makes for an excellent choice for those who wish to experience nature.
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