Paphos, the birthplace of Greek goddess Aphrodite, is a town on the southwestern tip of Cyprus, between the picturesque coastline and the Troodos Mountains. Read more.
Paphos, the birthplace of Greek goddess Aphrodite, is a town on the southwestern tip of Cyprus, between the picturesque coastline and the Troodos Mountains. The town has two distinct areas, with most hotels and points of archaeological interest being in the lower section, Kato Paphos. Ktima Paphos, the upper area, is the commercial centre and a vibrant modern shopping district.
Beaches, ruins and stunning scenery
Paphos as a whole is quite compact and covering most sights on foot is definitely achievable. To get around a little faster, try the Paphos Hop-On, Hop-off bus, which covers major attractions such as Paphos Castle and Harbour, The Tomb of the Kings and Paphos Fort. You’ll find a range of historic sites in the Paphos Archaeological Park, including the House of Dionysus and House of Theseus, both ruins of large Roman villas. You may also be lucky enough to witness a musical performance at The Odeon, a classic Greek amphitheatre within the park. Delve deeper into the history of the area with a visit to the noteworthy Byzantine Museum and marvel over the collection of icons and religious artefacts from the 13th and 14th centuries.
Indulge in a day of fun at the appropriately themed Paphos Aphrodite Water Park, with its impressive offering of slides and other water rides. Afterwards, get a little exercise with an energetic walk along the paved coastal path from the Tomb of the Kings to Geroskipou Beach. As far as beaches go, the most popular for sand and relaxing in deck chairs would have to be Coral Bay, so don’t leave this off your itinerary. Get out of town for a day or more with a visit to the traditional Tala Village and nearby Agios Neophytos Monastery, or head further out to the ecologically stunning Akamas Peninsula.
Fly in and explore on foot
Flying is the quickest way to travel to Paphos. The small Paphos International Airport connects directly with a number of UK and other European cities. The larger Larnaca Airport is another alternative, with further flight options. Both airports are serviced by a cheap bus link to Paphos. Many tour operators run charter flights to Paphos during peak season and cruise ships frequent Limassol Port, 60km away. Navigating your way around the two sections of Paphos is relatively easy. If the walk up the hill from the harbourside Kato Paphos to the upper town, Ktima Paphos, seems too much effort, catch a local bus. Each area itself is easy to traverse on foot. The local bus network is also convenient for day trips to Coral Bay, Polis and other surrounding villages, however, car hire is the best choice for trips further afield.