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Amathus Bay

Things to do in Amathus Bay

Although close to Limassol, Amathus Bay's combination of beach life and ancient history gives it plenty of its own character. You'll have more to do than just lounge around soaking up rays, with ancient mysteries to unravel and adventurous nightlife inviting you to enjoy the best of Cyprus holidays long after sunset. While you're visiting Amathus Bay, make sure you take in some of these essential experiences.

Visit Ancient Amathus

Sandy white columns and walls steeped in ancient lore are all over the ruins of Amathus, the place where fables say Theseus departed from Ariadne's side following his almighty battle with the Minotaur.

If that's not enough legend and folklore for you, the ruins of the Acropolis are close at hand, as well as the Temple of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of Love and Beauty and Cyprus' most famous ancient deity.

You'll be astonished at how the modern comforts of your resort in Amathus Bay can trace their lineage through the ages to this antique site of culture – and when you get home, you'll be able to tell your friends you've walked in the footsteps of the gods.

Dance until dawn

Although the vibrant city of Limassol is close, Amathus Bay has a couple of nightclubs ready to entertain you. They provide the perfect spot for those looking for cheap holidays to Paphos that are more on the subdued side. Live bands made up of local talent will have you spinning around the dance floor, although the more sporty types are also covered, thanks to the big-screen TVs tuned in to the football.

At the local bar, Chester's, there's a weekend DJ to get you warmed up for a night in the big city, although if you do end up heading out to Limassol once you've had your fill of Amathus Bay, make sure you're energised. Cypriots are famed for being night owls, and many of the locals won't even leave the house to join you in the dancing until after 1am.

Eat local and international

It's a good idea to sample the traditional Cyprus dishes that you'll find during your stay, which range from halloumi to mezze and all manner of treats in between. Having said that, you're not restricted to local dining alone, with a huge selection just within the Amathus Bay area.

Traditional British and Irish pub food is plentiful if you know where to look, and there's Japanese and Chinese eats to be had in the same district. What's more, the beachfront will be full of kiosks and stands with every kind of treat you could ask for – you won't be exploring Amathus Bay on an empty belly.

Enjoy sun, sea and serenity

Let's face it, you're going to Cyprus because you want to unwind on some of the best beaches the world has to offer. What's great about Amathus Bay is its stretch of soft sand, fringed by the gentle waves brushing the shore, with perfect sun and not a care in the world – the perfect retreat.

It's also close to Limassol, so you have the choice between Amathus Bay's uncluttered beaches and Limassol's more frenetic ones.

Motorcycle across the foothills

Dusty trails and forgotten routes are scattered throughout the Cyprus countryside, and just a few kilometres from Amathus Bay, you can get involved in some riding adventures on the back of some seriously mighty motorcycles. With guides who know every inch of the back country, you're free to take part in endurance training and exploration with nothing but the wind in your hair and two wheels guiding the way.