Maa-Palaeokastro Settlement

Maa-Palaeokastro Settlement

Maa-Palaeokastro Settlement
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Diane T
Llanelli, UK13 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Couples
Very easy to find. Well signposted. The actual site is ok. Difficult to work out. The museum was disappointing. A lot of reading in frames around the wall with references to the cases "behind you". These cases were not there. Instead there were 3 indentations on the floor where they had been. The actual reading of the history of the site was very interesting but would have been better with the visual references. 2.5 euros entry not worth it.
Written 4 June 2017
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Malcolm S
Felpham114 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Family
Maa-Paleokastro can be found at the far end of Coral Bay just beyond Thalassa Boutique Hotel and Spa. It is well signposted from Coral Bay Avenue. Access is via a narrow block paved road at the far end of the hotel car park.

There is plenty of parking on the site and toilets. Entry is about 2Eu and kids free. The volunteers on site are friendly and will answer any questions (well the chap on duty when we were there did).

Frankly, the previous contributors sum up the site. There isn't much to see (great views over the bay though) If you have young kids, don't let them too near the unprotected cliff edge, it's ragged and a long way down with crumbling edges!

The site is of interest as it was the original landing spot for the Greeks on Cyprus shortly after the Trojan wars....and they chose a heck of a location; perfect to defend. Beyond that, not much to see....a bit of old wall and a few foundations. There is a domed display (which is of interest architecturally) but other than a few informative wall charts and maps there isn't much. There are four glass display units, all empty!

If you have ten minutes to spare, are in the town and just fancy a walk, or want to 'feel' a bit of the history of the island, it is worth a visit.

Sorry I don't have more to add, hope this helps.
Written 16 April 2014
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Rod F
Royal Wootton Bassett, UK2 054 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
The site is easy enough to find, and has a nice setting on a rocky headland. While the cyclopean walling across the neck of the headland is very impressive, the remains of the structures are not.It is very difficult to make out individual structures from structural groups. It is best to see the visitor's centre before going around the site. The visitor's centre itself looks like a flying saucer has buried itself in the site. It is quite informative.
Written 31 May 2017
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Evangelia K
Athens, Greece47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2012 • Family
Talking about inspiration!!! Amazing idea to build such a museum.
I did not expect something like that at all and was very pleasantly surprised. Imposing and respectful and simply beautiful.
Written 29 March 2012
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Alan Y
Limassol City, Cyprus162 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
Many of the reviews already written rate this site poor or even terrible, simply because it's closed at the weekend - both the sign outside and the web site indicate that it is NOT open at the weekend.
The ruins are very old - they date to 1200BC when settlers from Mycenaea arrived. There are many more recent and better preserved ruins elsewhere all over Cyprus but the setting here and the age of what's left make this - in my opinion - worth a visit and the entrance fee is very reasonable (€2.50 - half that for pensioners). The underground museum, which is to be found at the end of the headland under a bronze and concrete dome, is informative although there are no artefacts from the site here - the information is given in Greek and English. The echo effect inside is amazing - strange acoustics indeed.
I'd love to go back in time and see what the settlement was like without the hotels and hordes of tourists on Coral Bay - I'm a few thousand years too late though! There are clean toilets by the ticket office which was manned by a very friendly custodian - the site isn't wheelchair friendly, although it's fairly flat (apart from the steps down into the museum). If you are not interested in very ancient history, it's probably not for you, but we enjoyed our visit.
Written 5 June 2018
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Sue A
Alnwick23 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Couples
Staying locally we wandered down the road in Coral Bay that indicated a museum...paid 1.5 Euros each, (pensioners rate) and walked in to find some ruins indicating that houses had been built on the site, but no information about them. However, we decided to walk on and it was well worth it..a building looking like a landed flying saucer revealed itself as the information centre ...signposts would have been helpful, mind!
We learnt that the settlement dates from the Bronze Age (well over 3000 years ago) and that Cyprus had a thriving bronze industry. Goods were traded all over this end of the Mediterranean, bronze was sold in measured lots, and there was a written language. There appear to have been plenty of items found from the period, but they are not kept here. I felt that I had learned something I had never known about..a very satisfying hour.
Written 6 February 2018
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SkateMinsteronSea
Isle of Sheppey, UK480 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
Well signposted from the main road and accessed down a path, this is a large site but not with a huge amount to see being Bronze Age. There are outlines of buildings and random large stone, shards of pottery and a modernistic museum with excellent acoustics! On a small peninsular, we found it quite atmospheric and enjoyed our walk.
Written 21 May 2017
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MFD
United Kingdom2 891 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Couples
Do not waste your money on this site, absolute very little to nothing worth to see here. Better ruins to discover that has actual meaning. A so called museum has been built that offers nothing but photo pictures under a dome roof. Really disappointed.
Written 28 October 2014
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Anastasia M
Larnaca, Cyprus742 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Couples
Maa-Paleokastro can be found at the far end of Coral Bay just beyond Thalassa Boutique Hotel and Spa. These are the ruins of an early Bronze Age settlement which was fortified.. The area has been fenced off as excavation work continues from time to time. There's also a small museum exhibiting local finds. It's well worth a visit.
Written 26 June 2013
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leedsnel
Leeds42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2012 • Friends
excavated ruins on a headland, large site with lovely views and a small information centre. Cheap to get in, as is typical in Cyprus and on the bus route from Paphos harbour to Coral Bay. (if you buy a day ticket, you can get on and off the bus as much as you like! )
Written 1 December 2012
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