Archaeology:

 

 

Salamis Ruins 

 

We visit the excavations of the antique town Salamis, which used to have 150.000 inhabitants and was the capital of Cyprus as far back as 1.100 BC. The Gymnasium, the baths and the amphitheatre with a capacity of 15.000 are preserved from its golden times. The extended excavation area covers the ruins of the St Epiphanus basilica with its wonderful mosaics, the temple of Zeus and the Forum.  

 

 

The Royal Tombs 

 

The Royal Tombs are a small part of the necropolis of Salamis, which has been excavated and open for public visits. The museum exhibits samples of the grave mounds, which can be viewed outdoor. The tombs, constructed in the 7th and 8th centuries BC were actually built over 500 years after the events of the Trojan War. Many fascinating finds were made such as an ivory-inland throne and bed, plus numerous objects in precious metals and ivory.

 

 

Ruins and mosaics of Soli 

 

The mosaics of the huge St Auxibius basilica exhibit the evolution of mosaics in the 4th and 5th century AD. The Theatre of Soli with a capacity of 5.000 visitors offers marvellous views of the Güzelyurt Bay.

 

 

Vouni Palace 

 

The Vouni Palace was a Persian military estate with stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea and the Troodos mountains.

 

 

Agias Trias 

 

The ruins of the early Christian basilica in the near of the village Sipahi (one of the last spots of Northern Cyprus, where Greek Cypriots are still living) gain their importance from the remarkable floor mosaics.

 

 

Agios Philon

 

Here we visit the ruins of the antique town Karpasia, with a fine sandy beach and a nice Restaurant.

 

 

Kaleburnu 

 

Kaleburnu is a little village on the southern shore of the Karpaz peninsula away of the main roads. In 2004 surprising funds from the bronze era have been made in the ‘’Kings’ hill’’. The public beach of the village is a very good alternative for the Golden Beach.

 

 

Southern Cyprus:  Archaeological Museum

 

The archaeological museum exhibits the history of 10.000 years. Reserve a half day for it!