Our outing of Saturday 3 December 2016 takes us to Limassol to walk along the Agios Tychonas Seafront Walkway. This is a stroll with a strong cultural aspect. The walk starts at 11:00 am. Koula and Marios are leading this walk, which will go ahead even in light rain; if you need to, call 99437160 or 99443657 respectively. The walk is linear, will take up 2 ½ to 3 hours, is on totally flat ground and is classified as easy. The distance to cover is estimated around 12 km.
The Agios Tychonas Seafront Walkway is part of the 16 Km Limassol Seafront Path. The path is managed by the local Council and links to another path leading all the way to the old port and the new Marina in the historic centre of Limassol. The whole project started in the early seventies and was completed in 1992.
A point of reference in Limassol thoroughly enjoyed both by locals and visitors, the paved Agios Tychonas Seafront Walkway is an easy grade, 6 km walkway on a well formed track providing outstanding views of the seafront and surrounding area. Part of the walkway is a wooden path which runs parallel to the rugged rocks of the coastline.
During the walk we will pass along the small Agia Varvara chapel, the Amathus archaeological site and remnants of the ancient port (built in the pre-Phoenician period, around 800 BC), several seafront cafeterias, beach bars, restaurants, five-star hotel private gardens overlooking the Mediterranean and lots of great swimming spots. We will take the same path back.
The walk will be followed by a taverna lunch. To facilitate lunch arrangements, for your better service, you are required to pre-register, if you are joining us for lunch. To do so, please sms the walk leaders or e-mail Xenophon by end Thursday. No need to register if you are not dining.
You have the choice of meeting the group at the walk start, or meet at the designated meeting point in Nicosia. In either case, you need to carry copy of this set of instructions. Meeting in Nicosia offers two important advantages: we drive in full cars, leaving some cars behind; thus, we save in fuel and enjoy the trip in good company. The meeting point in Nicosia is the Handicrafts Centre (Kentro Heirotechnias) on Leoforos Athalassas (Athalassa Avenue), which offers ample parking space. The car trip starts at 9:45 am. Please ensure you observe start times, for the benefit of the group.
How to get to the walk start:
Take the Nicosia-Limassol motorway. A simple and pleasant way to get to our walk start is the following: As you approach Limassol take the No 22 / Agios Tychonas exit and you drive until the end of the road, where you will find traffic lights. Zero your odometer at this point and then turn right here. You are now driving towards Limassol on Amathountos Avenue. Drive along the coast (on your left) for 1.3 km and on your left, there is a paid parking that is opposite the Pigeon Beach Apartments and Drifters Bar & Grill. Please park here.
How to get to the meeting point for the car trip, coming from the Hilton hotel area:
Get yourself on Makarios Avenue, heading out of town and set your odometer to zero as you drive past the Nicosia Hilton hotel. At the 0.1 km reading you reach traffic lights (with the Apoel club building on your right), go straight. At the 0.5 km reading you reach another set of traffic lights, go straight. Driving along, you pass a few more traffic lights, staying on this main road (named Leoforos Lemesou/ Limassol Avenue). At the 2.1 km reading, you reach a principal set of traffic lights. Set your odometer to zero again and turn right here. You are now in Leoforos Athalassas, a very busy avenue. At the 0.2 km reading you see a large empty space on your right and the Handicrafts Centre (a single-storey building) on your left. Park in the parking area. We meet here. The Handicrafts Centre is next to the church of St. Barnabas.
How to get to the meeting point for the car trip, coming from the Presidential Palace area:
Get to the round-about next to the Presidential Palace. From downtown Nicosia you reach this along the Kyriakou Matsi avenue or along the D. Severi avenue. Set your odometer to zero on the round-about and drive along the principal road towards Strovolos. At the 0.3 km reading you reach traffic lights. Go straight. At the 0.6 km reading you reach a 2nd set of traffic lights. Set your odometer to zero again and turn left. You are now in Leoforos Athalassas, a very busy avenue full of shops. At the 2.6 km reading you see a large empty space on your left and the Handicrafts Centre (a single-storey building) on your right. Park here.
About Amathus Archaeological Site:
Amathus or Amathunta was considered as one of the most important cities in ancient Cyprus as well as one of the largest cities. The ancient ruins are scattered throughout the area, including the hillside, seaside and even under the sea. Unfortunately, today, many modern buildings have been built amongst the ancient ruins.
According to tradition, the ancient city of Amathus was named after Amathusa, the mother of King Kinyras of Paphos. The exact time period when the city was founded is unknown.
According to a sign at the Amathus Archaeological Site: During the 11th century BC, “first occupation of the site, probably by Eteocypriots (pre-Greek population) driven away from Paphos by the first Greek settlers.”
In 77-78 AD, an earthquake destroyed the city. However, Amathus was rebuilt, yet later destroyed by raids in 649-691 AD. In the 7th century, the already struggling city of Amathus was further destroyed and later abandoned within the 7th century. While the ancient city declined, the tombs were plundered and stones from the ruins were transported to Limassol for construction purposes.
The city of Amathus has two main levels: the lower, Agora (market) and the upper city, the Acropolis. There are also ruins scattered throughout the surrounding area. The Agora dates back to the Hellenistic period and it was the traditional place for commercial and political activities.
One of the most valuable and definitely the greatest treasure found in ancient Amathus is the huge limestone jar, exhibited in the Louvre Museum in Paris. The colossal cistern could contain the huge amount of water needed for the rituals in the temples on the acropolis. A French expedition in 1865 persuaded the Ottoman authorities to give the jar to France. A replica of the jar can be seen in Amathus Avenue.
Google Maps: Here is a map for those coming from the Hilton area to the meeting place for the car trip http://tinyurl.com/phjc6s7
Google Maps: Here is a map for those coming from the Presidential Palace area to the meeting place for the car trip http://tinyurl.com/neo9duy
Disclaimer: If you attend a Cyprus Strollers walk you do so entirely at your own risk. The Cyprus Strollers is a social club and neither the organizers nor the leaders of the walk are responsible for the health and safety of those taking part.