Take a journey of discovery 15 kilometres outside Limassol and you’ll come across a spectacular site, hidden away in the undulating Cyprus countryside. Simply take the main road that cuts through the sun-kissed wine growing district that winds up towards Platres, and veer off the main road to the signposted Kouris dam and Alassa Archeological Site.
Once you’re off the beaten track, a slightly bumpy road will take you towards the most stunning site of all, with the abandoned church of St Nicholas and its striking bell tower calling out to greet visitors. The church was once a central hub in the old village of Alassa – a place abandoned (and built at a higher elevation) in the 1980s when the Kouris dam was built. On rare occasions, when the 3.6 kilometre-squared dam fills up, the church is submerged in water, with just the tower visible from above the deep blue.
The Alassa archaeological site itself is enclosed, but you can take a peek across the wires at ruins from the 13th century.
Did you know? Legend has it that Kouris is home to a great sea serpent, said to have also been spotted at Cape Greco in Ayia Napa. Something like a crocodile or serpent, many locals claim to have seen the creature, although no there are no official records!