Germasogeia (Yermasoyia) Walks
Germasogeia - A Village Blessed by Water and Discover the Natural Environment of Germasogeia
Offered by the Municipality of Germasogeia (Yermasoyia) in collaboration with the Cyprus Tourism Organisation and the Cyprus Tourist Guides Association
Visitors coming to Germasogeia beach resort with its modern five-star hotels are often taken by surprise to find out that Germasogeia is not just a beach. Its area extends into the valley of Germasogeia where the old village of Germasogeia lies. The name of the village Yera-Mesogia [Gera-Mesogeia] - Holy Inland Area - derives from its location and its cultural background. Yera indicates that in the area there were many churches and Mesogia, that the village is away from the coast. The two areas of Germasogeia are "divided" by the new motorway.
In a different, warm and welcoming way the Municipality of Germasogeia invites visitors staying in the area to get to know more about Germasogcia by joining its Walking Tours. With this invitation, two special tours, Germasogeia - A Village Blessed by Water and Discover the Natural Environment of Germasogeia (organised every week between November - March - the particular day and time of each walk is found in the attached leaflet) are offered free of charge in a combined walking and coach tour. Visitors joining the walks will get a better feel for the place as well as a better understanding of the historic and cultural development of the area.
Germasogeia Municipality, which since 1994 is one of the four new municipalities of greater Lemesos [Limassol], is situated in the east of the city of Lemesos stretching for 3.5 km of the sixteen - kilometre coastline which forms the Lcmesos Tourist Area.
These municipalities have no defined boundaries. One gets the impression that they are all part of one area and there arc no distinct differences from one another. This impression is given by the recent tourist development which comprises modern hotels, hotel apartments, many restaurants and nightclubs.
Germasogeia developed between two important ancient City Kingdoms, Kourion and Amathus, founded by the Greek Mycenean settlers in the 12lh cent. B.C.. Despite the fact that so far no evidence has been found that this particular area was inhabited in the Neolithic period (5th Millenium B.C.) like the rest of the Lemesos area, it seems that its significant geographical position in the valley of Amathos, has always been an important element in the area's development throughout the ages. The Amathos River has obviously been significant in the valley's development. Excavations in Germasogeia have brought to light many ancient tombs which date back to the Archaic times (8th - 6th B. C.). It seems that the first actual settlement of Germasogeia was situated at the area of Paliomonastiro dating back to the early Christian times. Since then there has been uninterrupted cultural activity in the area until modern times.
In the Medieval period the village moved to its present position as part of the fief of the Knights Templar, part of the Commandery of Kolossi. There is a historical reference that at that time there was a medieval castle of which no ruins survive.
A medieval bridge still survives which has been restored.
In the Ottoman and British periods the area developed mainly as an agricultural district with its main products cereal, carobs, olives and citrus fruit.
The uprooting of 200, 000 Greek Cypriots from their homes in the north of Cyprus by the Turkish invasion of 1974 increased the population of Lemesos overnight. Lemesos grew and developed into a tourist centre. Germasogcia beach area became one of the most important tourist destinations with luxurious hotels, hotel apartments, nightclubs and restaurants. Since then it has contributed its share to the economy of the Lemesos area and the island as a whole.
These special tours aim to show the unique contrast and diversity of a beach resort, a traditional village and a beautiful country side.
Join the Walks!
Germasogeia: A Village Blessed by Water
This tour aims to take visitors to the peaceful, picturesque village of Germasogeia 15 minutes away from the beach, to stroll through its narrow streets, see its special architecture, visit its churches, and feel the village life. The association of the agricultural development of the area with its river Amathos and its attractive beaches which were the main element for its tourist development in recent years will be highlighted.
Water has always been the most important element in the development of Germasogeia. It is bounded by the sea in the south and on its north it has as a physical boundary, the water dam of Germasogcia fed by the river Amathos coming from the mountains of Troodos . Since the water dam was built the river stopped flowing into the valley. The in-between area of 15 sqkm is now the narrow dry river valley which is used for agricultural purposes. The river valley runs for several kilometres down to the coast by the tourist area.
Some of the highlights of the walk :
The main attractions to be visited in the village are the Prophet Elias Monastery excavations (5th cent. A.D.) in the area of Paliomonastiro, Ayia Christina (lunch dating to the 12th cent. A.D, the recently restored old village house - the Cultural Centre - which is the "get together centre" of the inhabitants of Ycmasoyia. Of course, a visit is paid to the main village Church dedicated to Ayia Paraskcvi built at the end of the 19th cent.
When possible a visit may be paid to an artist's workshop.
The prevailing artistic elements of the artist's work are inspired by the Cypriot environment.
The tour includes a visit to the water dam of Germasogeia which is about 2 km away from the village. It is part of the Germasogeia -Polcmidia irrigation project completed in 1979 at the cost of CYP 4.5 million and forms part of a network of dams and pipe lines utilizing and supplying water for the agricultural development of more than 16,000 donums comprising citrus, vineyards and vegetables.
Discover the Natural Environment of Germasogeia
This tour aims to discover the nature of Germasogeia. The idea is to walk away from the village to the serene surroundings of the area and enjoy a relaxing stroll wandering in the hills of Germasogeia. The participants of the tour will enjoy a ride in the old village Bedford bus which drives partly along an earthen road. The rich vegetation of the valley comprising citrus, olive and carob groves reflect the area's main agricultural products which sustained the area economically over the centuries. In the winter colourful flowers and shrubs cover the valley. The herbs and wild flowers and tree blossoms give a variety of colours and scents.
Some of the highlights of the walk:
The tour drives below the hills and escarpments on either side of the valley made up of sedimentary rocks which give an impressive image to the area. Koryphi is one of them with a height of 382 meters above sea level. The tour goes along the valley to the tranquil area of Phinicaria. The participants of the tour will enjoy more than half an hour's walk (there is uphill walking) along the nature trail of the area laid out by the Forestry Department and the magnificent view of the water dam and river. The ruins of water mills on the bank of the river tell their story of bygone times when water could generate enough power to grind wheat. The wheat and barley fields in the surrounding area of the water dam give the impression of a central European landscape only a few minutes away from the bustle and noise of the Tourist area of Germasogeia. The tour will end with a visit to an orange orchard to see the real gold of Cyprus growing on the trees.
Information - How to join:
Individual visitors staying in Germasogcia or elsewhere can join by booking in advance, giving their name and hotel. This is necessary as the tours combine bus rides which can take only thirty people. The duration of the tours is three hours including a 20 - minute break to give a chance to rest and enjoy the atmosphere in the most important social centre of the village- the cafenion [coffeeshop].
It is best to wear comfortable walking shoes, casual clothes and carry an umbrella or a hat to meet the variety of changeable winter weather of Cyprus.
A professional, qualified CTO guide will escort the tours. Separate arrangements for private groups can be organised by their travel agents or by applying to the Cyprus Tourist Guides Association for a Tourist Guide. It should be noted that guiding by Tourist Guides unlicensed by CTO is illegal in Cyprus.
Please note that the CTO Information Office at Germasogeia [Yermasoyia] -Dashoudi is next to a parking place.
Starting and Ending point of the Walks:
Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) Information Office,
Georgiou A' 22, (Eastern entrance of Dasoudi Beach area).
CY4047 Germasogeia [Yermasoyia]
Winter opening hours:
Monday-Friday: 08:15-14:30 (Monday - Friday)
15:00-17:45 (Monday and Thursday)
The walks are organised every week from October to April including. The particular day, time and commentary of the guided walks is found in the attached leaflet.
Other events taking place at Germasogeia /Yermasoyia/ during the year:
May: The Flower Festival which includes flower exhibitions, flower parades and the work of Traditional Craftsmen
July: The Summer Cultural Festival
Organiser: Municipality of Germasogeia [Ycrmasoyia]
39, Ayias Paraskevis str., Germasogeia [Ycrmasoyia]
* Pronunciation and alternative spelling according to the official system of transliteration of the Greek alphabet into Latin characters: Yermasoyia/Germasogeia G is soft as "y" in York, "eia", as in "ia" in India.
Produced by: Municipality of Gcrmasogeia [Yermasoyia]
Text: Titina Loizidcs & Roscmaric Marcari (Allrights reserved©)
Art Direction & Design: Chrystalla Charalambous
Supervision: Titina Loizides & Roscmaric Marcari
Printing: Kyriakos Fouttis Lithographers Ltd
Photos: Municipality of Germasogeia