Kourion beach is outside Limassol in the area called Kourion.
Kourion beach at Limassol’s Episkopi, where a blue flag was raised, the general secretary of the Cyprus marine protection association (CYMEPA) said the Blue Flag tradition has been helping Cyprus promote sustainable development.
The beach is very nice however the sea is a bit rough as it is open sea.
Kourion Beach is considered as a lovely beach of grey sand and small pebbles, with waves soaking the sand.
Windsurfers are interested as the area is windy as well as other wind-dependent sportspeople. Also, the general public is interested, who come here for the stunning lack of visual clutter or buildings.
The beach is located around 17km west of Limassol, within the British Sovereign Base Area (SBA), which is partly responsible for the lack of development in this pocket of the island
Kourion beach is reachable by public transport, although the locals like to drive to the beach with their cars.
There is no shade, apart from the escape offered by several tavernas.
Note: The Eastern end of the beach is considered as unsafe for swimming, but the western end is OK.
One of the most spectacular archaeological sites on the island, Kourion was an important city kingdom where excavations continue to reveal impressive new treasures. Noted particularly for its magnificent Greco - Roman Theatre, Kourion is also proud home to stately villas with exquisite mosaic floors and an early Christian Basilica among other treasures.
Originally built in the 2nd century B.C., Kourion’s awe - inspiring theatre is now fully restored and used for musical and theatrical performances. The House of Eustolios, consisting of a complex of baths and a number of rooms with superb 5th century A.D. mosaic floors, was once a private Roman villa before it became a public recreation centre during the Early Christian period.
The Early Christian Basilica dates to the 5th century and was probably the Cathedral of Kourion, with a baptistery attached to the north face. The House of Achilles and the House of the Gladiators also have beautiful mosaic floors. The Nymphaeum, dedicated to the water nymphs, is an elegant Roman structure.
The curved auditorium houses around 3500 people. Today the theater is used for cultural events.
The castle is located at the south edge of Kolossi village, which is situated on a coastal plain about 11 kilometres west of Limassol.
It is one of the most important extant fortification works of the Frankish period, an impressive, square, well-built building comprised of three floors. The castle was built in 1210 by the Order of St. John of Jerusalem (Knights Hospitallers) as the seat of the Supreme military commandment (Grande Commanderie). In 1306 it briefly came into the possession of the Knights Templars, who supported Amalrique of Tyre, the usurper of the throne.
After the abolition of the Knights Templars in 1313, the castle of Kolossi returned to the possession of the Knights Hospitallers, but was destroyed during the raids of the Mameluke tribes in 1525-26.
The Meaning of the greek word Episkopi is "home of the bishop" the village took its name from the bishopric (Episkopi) created in the village during the 1192-1489 AD Frankish (Lusignan) period.
Situated to the west of the village is the River “Ezousas”, also very near to the West Shore is the “Kouris” River.
It is important to mention that many areas of the village are under the territory of the British bases of Akrotiri-Episkopi.
In Episkopi there are a number of historical and archaeological sites:
The settlement of Faneromeni, to the south-east, belongs to the Middle Bronze Age, while the necropolis of Faneromeni, to the south-east, dates back to the end of the Early Bronze Age.
The walled settlement depended upon agriculture and animal raising, often reinforced by hunting and limited fishing. Pamboula settlement on the top and the slopes of the rise to the east, belonged to the Early Bronze Age.
A few of the findings are exhibited in the Archaeological Museum at Episkopi. The necropolis of Kaloriziki is the largest unearthed necropolis in the area of Kourio so far. In a tomb, dating back to the 12th century B.C., the well-known Mycenean golden scepter of Kourio was found.
The Akrotiri Peninsula includes the southernmost point of the island of Cyprus.
To the West it is bounded by Episkopi Bay , and to the West is Akrotiri Bay, to the East it has two capes to the South-West and South-East, known as Cape Zevgari and Cape Gata.
The most prominent features of the Peninsula are the Akrotiri Salt lake and the aerodrome, which is RAF Akrotiri and Limassol.
The rainfall in the area ranges around 460 mm. Episkopi’s main cultivation are grapes, (wine and table varieties), citrus (lemons, grapefruit), vegetables, legumes, fodder plants and cereals.
The village has modern developed livestock units and is considered as the 4th most developed village of Limassol in cow feeding.
In 365 AD there was a particularly bad earthquake that devastated Kourion. There is archeological evidence of the devastation. A skeleton of a mule was uncovered still attached to its trough where it had been tied.
The stone trough had been tilted and cracked and the ground had fallen away from underneath the animal. More evidence was discovered in the ruins of the Market Place.
The bodies of a family were discovered the father curled protectively around his wife and child, crushed by the roof of the marketplace.
Equestrian Horse Riding Club:
Set on the most beautiful beach in Cyprus, you can find the largest equestrian horse riding club on the Island. Our qualified instructors can help you to improve your riding, whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced rider. Enjoy the art of dressage, the power of show jumping, or the thrill of a cross country lesson. Or why not go for an blissful hack through stunning scenery with sea views? Curium Equestrian Center also has a large selection of ponies and horses available for loan or sale ranging from Cypriot Thoroughbreds to imported Sports Horses.
With four arenas, excellent stabling, and fantastic views of the Mediterranean Sea, everything you could want in your horse riding experience is offered at our family friendly club.
Four arenas for general riding, dressage and show jumping.
Brand new cross-country jumping course.
Miles of scenic hacking (trekking) on quiet routes along the coast, right next to the sea. Well maintained stabling and spacious paddocks.
The House of Achilles:
Only part of the building is preserved today. It is a Roman Villa of the 4th century A.D.
Several of the rooms are decorated with mosaic floors. According to the Department of Antiquities, one of the most complete mosaics floor depicits the popular story of the revealing of Achilles true identity by Odysseus in the court of the King Lycomedes at Skyros.
Archeologists think that this building was used as a greeting center for foreign dignitaries and honored guests.
Episkopi offers a variety of services such as Banks / CO-OP, Medical Services,Educational Institutions, Regional High School, Nursing Home, Archaeological Museum, Tourist Complexes, Restaurants, Supermarkets, Leisure Centers, Stadiums that can accommodate many Sporting Events, Cinema, Travel Agency, Police Station and several Clubs and Organizations.