One of the most fascinating aspects of archeology in Cyprus is the gradual unearthing of the ten “city kingdoms” that were established in the Geometric Period (1050-325 BC). 19 km west of Limassol, you'll find Kourion, one of the most spectacular sites on the island. The magnificent Greco-Roman theater was designed in the 2nd century BC. The site is rich in archeological lore, including a private Roman villa, an Early Christian Basilica, and the houses of Achilles and the Gladiators, which have fine mosaic floors.
Another nine City Kingdoms are to be found in different parts of the island, including Idalion near Nicosia where legend has it that Adonis, the lover of Aphrodite, was killed by a wild boar sent by her jealous husband, Kition near Larnaca with its cyclopean walls and a five-temple complex, and 11 km's from Limassol, the city Kingdom of Amathus where it is said that Theseus left the pregnant
Ariadne after his battle with the Minotaur.