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Amathus, Limassol
(3.5/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web)
The complex of palaces, public baths, and temples at Amathus represents one of the oldest ancient towns of Cyprus. The earliest detected settlement at the site dates to the second millennium BCE, or the earliest Iron Age. Today, you can observe ruins that are linked to the Greeks, Persians, and Romans, among other ancient civilizations. Walk among millennia-old crumbling structures and gaze at pillars that once supported lavish palaces. See the former acropolis with a finely preserved monumental stone cistern. Put Amathus at the forefront of your travel plans using our Limassol vacation builder.
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  • the site is very close to the sea and holds behind its stones a very interesting history. at the place one can also enjoy the view from surrounding the place. 
  • The ancient site of Amathus on the coast not far from the Elias Beach Hotel. It is not a huge site but is of great interest for history and mythology. You should allow about one hour to visit the site...  more »
  • Been before,but went down twice again.slightly changed this time,more ruins and some fenced off and pay 2.50 euros.so worth it.toilet at gate. no cafe there. ruins are as you would expect and imaginat...  more »
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  • Very interesting but needs better information signs about the objects.
  • A portion of the site, with very well illustrated and explained information on the inter-relationship with the Cypriot mythology and history and those of its neighbours / invaders, and ample ruins to explore up close is accessible with a reasonable fee, particularly considering that excavations are ongoing. The hilltop is accessible without fee, and offers an extraordinary giant stone amphora and stunning views, including of yet more ruins of a facinating civilsation. Local vegetation is rich, and I spotted lizards, grasshoppers, butterflies and a variety of birds during my visit.
  • Now the important thing for any amateur archelogists is not the official Amathus site which is only 2 stars but the real excavations at the top of the hill. This is stunning. Go early in the day or even better late afternoon walk up to the top of the hill and see the greek and roman remains and giant receptical. Note also the ruined harbour on the waterfront. see this by walking along the foreshore and/or by using mask and google - the outline is visible on google maps. Plenty of broken pottery to find, admire and return. Also see my Curium notes.
  • do this is you have a lot of time to spare. there are other great things in Cyprus that you should not miss for this. outside of the main entrance there is a stair case and a walkway that will let you to more archeological sites (including a large stone vase). you do not need a ticket for taking the stair case. the view of sunset from the walkway is beautiful considering the fact that this side is adjacent to the sea
  • The site is visible from outside