Visit the Maa-Paleokastro Museum, where the first Myceneaens landed in Cyprus in 1200 BC
Fans of Brad Pitt, Eric Bana or Orlando Bloom in the 2004 movie Troy will recall that Agamemnon, king of the Myceneaens was the leader of the invading Greek army.
King Agamemnon is a historical figure and perhaps the most famous historical leader in Myceneaen civilisation, which lasted from about 1600 to 1100 BC.
Guests at the Coral Beach Hotel & Resort will therefore be fascinated to learn that just next to our hotel is the archaeological site and museum of Maa-Palaiokastro.
This is the site where the first Mycenaean Greeks settled after the fall of the Myceneaen Kingdoms in mainland Greece around 1200 BC.
Located on the Coral Bay Peninsula, it is easy to see why the Myceneaens chose this spot: it provided a commanding vista of the region, and was easily defensible from the sea and land approaches. It was next to the Coral Bay sandy beach which made beaching their fishing and trading boats easy. And in the hinterland, they had rich agricultural farmland and plentiful water.
This is a very important site for Cyprus because this is where Greek culture on Cyprus originated: the Myceneaens brought with them their culture, tools, history and society.
Please visit the site and the small museum, which was designed by Dr. Andrea Bruno, Professor at the University of Turin and one of Europe's greatest architects. Admission is only € 2.50, and you can visit a worthy archaeological site based in a stunning location.
The site can easily be viewed by families, and the visit can be finished in an hour. The views from the Coral Bay peninsula are spectacular. If you are visiting the Coral Beach Resort in winter, the sunset view from the Maa Paleokastro site is definitely worth the visit.
Coordinates: 34°51'14"N 32°21'47"E
Winters hours (1st November - 31st March): 8.30 - 16.00
Spring hours (1st April - 31st May): 8.30 - 16.30
Summer hours (1st June - 31st August): 8.30 - 16.00
Autumn hours (1st September - 31st October): 8.30 - 16.00