Amarantine Island is possibly the most stunning of the islands and boasts the most long lived citizens in the country. Apart from the main town of Amarantia and Nea Kourion, life is rural and slow. A favourite port of call for visiting yachtsmen and migrating wild birds, the island was originally a curious mix of Italian and Greek settlers that is so indicative of the country as a whole. It is said to be the favourite island of HRH Prince Paul who has a holiday house somewhere on the island. The entire island is agrarian and is famous for its oranges which have pride of place on the Amarantine flag.
The ancient town of Kourion (or Curicum in latin) was founded by Greek colonists around 500 years before the Common Era (CE). However, artifacts and architectural finds suggest that the colonists arrived in two waves, the first during the end of the 13th century BCE. Kurion was destroyed by a severe earthquake in the 4th century CE and had been the central power house of an ancient kingdom in the islands that now is the modern Principality. Today the ancient ruined town is a wonderful attraction for tourists and scholars.
Nea Kourion has grown alongside the ancient city since the early 1700s and is a time capsule of an eclectic mix of architectural styles and decoration which is an historic attraction in its own right. A quiet island even by Paulovian standards and one with limited capacity for overnight stays due to strict planning and tourist laws. However, long day trips for the dedicated and hardy are available from Agios Georghios (Omorfee Island) or Mira (Miraggio Island) subject to seasonal weather.
Honorary Citizens are permitted to register their Residency on the islands of Amarantine, Ariel, Abdiel and Georgia
Published: 18 May 2009 by the Ministry of Information in association with the Ministry of Citizenship and Culture