Akrotiri Sovereign Base Area
Cyprus’ past is full of stories of colonisers, raiders and armies generally coveting the small island’s strategic position. So when Cyprus finally and belatedly received its independence from colonial administration in 1960, Britain negotiated terms that saw the newly formed Republic of Cyprus ceding 158 sq km (99 sq miles) of its territory to its former colonial master.
One of the main reasons for visiting the village of Episkopi, 14km west of Lemesos, is the Kourion Museum. The collection mainly comprises terracotta objects from Ancient Kourion and the Sanctuary of Apollon Ylatis, and is housed in what used to be the private residence of archaeologist George McFadden.
Some of the prettiest Cypriot villages are located north of Lemesos in the mountainous Mandaria region. Vouni, Silikou and Lofou are all worth visiting and within easy distance of each other, but the most photogenic village here is arguably Laneia, signposted off the B8 road, just beyond Doros (another gem).
Petra tou Romiou (Aphrodite’s Rock & Beach)
Possibly the most famous beach in Cyprus, Aphrodite’s Beach is distinctive for its two upright rocks, which are easy to spot, particularly as swimmers are generally perched somewhat precariously on top of them. To get here, take the old B6 road from Lemesos to Pafos (a recommended scenic journey).