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A dream amidst the islands
With its enchanted landscape, crystal clear sea and historical sights, Cyprus is a dream amidst the islands of the eastern Mare Nostrum. An MSC Cruise to this island offers the perfect balance between entertainment, leisure and culture.
With an MSC Mediterranean Cruise, you will sail to Limassol, a beautiful city and custo-dian of the island's thousands of years of history. The numerous ancient archaeological sites and fortified polis make this island an earthly paradise for those interested in learn-ing about its history, and those who want to immerse themselves in its authentic and un-spoiled nature.
An MSC Excursion will take you back in time. The first stop of this leap into the past is Kourion, a vast archaeological site where the theatre, the early Christian basilica and some villas with fascinating mosaics are still well preserved and open to the public. A short distance away is the Sanctuary of Apollo Hylates. In this architectural complex, it is still possible to recognize three distinct and perfectly identifiable periods of architecture, thanks to the continuous restoration work. The village of Omodos, on the other hand, not far from Limassol, another destination of the excursion, is one of the most picturesque in Cyprus. It has Byzantine origins, and since ancient times it has been renowned for the cultivation of its superb varieties of grapes and for the craftsmanship that is still flourishing and very active to this day.
A masterpiece of medieval architecture is the castle of Kolossi, built by the Knights of St. John in the 13th century. You can reach it thanks to an MSC Excursion that will guide you to the famous drawbridge and spiral staircase to access the stone tower of the castle, 21 m high, from where you will enjoy a breathtaking view of the adjacent vineyards. These represent the legacy of the Knights Templar to whom the English ruler entrusted the island, which were already producing wine and sugar cane.
Treat yourself to an MSC Excursion to the throbbing heart of the island, taking a relaxing walk along the wild trails of the Troodos mountains, along the river Kryos, from where you will reach the beautiful Millomeri waterfalls, not far from the Caledonia Falls. Accessible only recently, the magical Millomeri falls have a scenic 15 m jump and are considered the highest on the island, offering an unforgettable sight to those venturing into this sublime, primordial film landscape.