Background image of the mosaic tiles at the Kourion ruins.
March 20, 2000 - Mediterranean
6th stop on our Mediterranean cruise was the island of Cyprus where
we arrived in the port of Limassol. We took a tour of Kourion (Curium)
(the bath houses), then to the temple of Apollo and then up into
the mountains to the city of Omodos.
Sanctuary of Apollo Hylates is an ancient temple dedicated to the
god Apollo. The temple is located about 10 miles west of Limassol
near Kourion. In addition to the Apollo temple, the main Kourion
site is home of a Roman amphitheater and bath houses with a wealth
of mosaic floors that have been unearthed from the original city.
After the tour of the Kourion area, we continued
on to the 17th century town of Omodos nestled in the Troodos Mountains.
Omodos is the primary wine region on Cyprus. While we were there,
we enjoyed lunch, a walk around the town and a visit to a wine tasting
room. Before heading back to the ship, we picked up a few bottles
of wine and some local art.
The Costa Rivera cruise ship
Map of the cruise route
Another pic from the cruise