Limassol may be a buzzing cosmopolitan hub, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t plenty of history and culture to soak up. The city itself is home to some of the island’s most famous archaeological sites, including the ancient Amathus and Curium – but head outside the city proper, towards the stunning foothills of the Troodos Mountains, and you’ll come across a whole different world, with quaint ancient sites hidden amid a stunning natural landscape.

 

 

On the southern slopes of the Troodos mountains, the Limassol district Pachna village calls out for attention. Just outside the main village hub, you’ll catch a glimpse of the tiny partially restored Chapel of Saint Stefanos. While not much is known about this old chapel, it is built exclusively from stones found in the area in the 13th century. Built over an abandoned early Christian basilica, the whole area is believed to have once been an ancient settlement. Take a walk in nature once you had a good look at the site, and then pop into Linos tavern in Pachna village for a traditional Cypriot feast!

 

 

Where? 2 kilometres outside Pachna village, Limassol.