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Limassol, Cyprus

Photograph by Maynard Owen Williams, National Geographic

This Month in Photo of the Day: City Pictures

Arches frame a street in Limassol, Cyprus—also called Lemesos—in this photo from the 1920s. An ancient port city that’s home to numerous archaeological sites, Limassol today is the Mediterranean island’s wine capital and a popular beach destination.

National Geographic

Cyprus Road Trip

Just back from a week in Cyprus- what a lovely place! The main purpose of our trip was for a wedding and I wasn’t expecting to like the island so much- my pale English Rose skin is not cut out for too much sun. The scenery was beautiful, the people were so charming and friendly and the food (oh the food!) was so tasty- we sampled our weight in meze dishes.

We rented a car and drove from Paphos in the West to Protaras in the East, stopping off at Ancient Kourion, Kalidonia Waterfalls, Limassol, Nikosia, the deserted town of Famagusta and the salt lakes of Larnaca, amongst other places along the way. There are so many things we didn’t get to see so I’d love to go back one day. Here are just a few of the highlights.

Sunset in the beautiful village of Pentakomo

Our lovely Airbnb apartment in Pentakomo- complete with terrace overlooking the mountains!

The amphitheater at Kourion

Ruins at Kourion

The view from Kourion

Trekking up to the waterfalls in the Troodos mountains

Goats on the road!

Beautiful blues in Agia Napa

On the trail to Cyclop’s cave

Leafy building in Nikosia

Cape Greco, the furthest point East

Our trusty rental car

The eerie sight of the abandoned city Famagusta, under Turkish occupation since 1974

The Hala Sultan Tekke Mosque on the edge of the salt lake, Larnaca