From the beautiful beaches to the historic old town, Paphos is a resort that offers so much. Situated in the South-west of Cyprus, this coastal town is a favourite with British families looking for a memorable and exciting holiday. Paphos is made up of two areas, Kato Pafos and Paphos Town, both charming in their own right.
Kato Pafos includes the seafront and harbour area, with something for those craving activity as well as the lazy sunbather! Spend your days jet skiing, parasailing, diving or snorkelling before a swift trip to the vast water park. It’s also a great place for cycling, with extensive cycle-routes mapped out through the beautiful backdrop of Paphos. And when you need a well-earned rest; the beaches are stunning and the surroundings magnificent.
Take a stroll along the harbour, past the local fishermen and you’ll reach the numerous restaurants and bars. From local Cypriot seafood dishes to Chinese and Italian, there’s something for every member of the family. As the Sun starts to set, Paphos becomes alive with music and people aplenty, all creating a fantastic ambience. The harbour front is extremely vivacious with lots going on and you simply can’t miss out on the impressive evening boat cruises.
A short trip inland documents the other side to Paphos – Paphos Town, an atmospheric hill town made up of charming cafes and beautiful villas, and strongly linked to Greek mythology. Aphrodite, Greek goddess of love and beauty is said to have come from the waves and crashed on the shores to reside here. It’s worth renting a car for a couple of days to really take in everything Paphos has to offer.
Visit The Tomb of the Kings for a historical masterpiece that dates back to the 4th Century BC. Aesthetically delightful with Doric pillars and carved out of solid rock, these were the final resting place for high officials. Yet their impressiveness and magnificence brought about its momentous name.
Venturing back towards the harbour, one comes across the Paphos Castle. First built as a Byzantine fort with the sole aim of protection for its picturesque harbour – job well done, we must say – it changed hands through various settlers in the region until it was dismantled by the Venetians in 1570. The Ottomans eventually restored it and fast-forward to 1935, the cornerstone of the Paphos region was declared an ancient monument. The castle grounds host various cultural affairs such as the Paphos Aphrodite Festival, a famous annual opera.
Paphos airport lies just 9 miles north of the town and with an increase in budget flights to the area, it has become accessible directly and very cheap. The diverse holiday crowd is reflected in the accommodation choices. From beachfront luxury hotels to hill-top villas, as well as self catering apartments for the super-active, there’s the accommodation to suit every choice and budget.
Whether it’s action-packed water fun or delving into the ancient mythology, as you sip your refreshing cocktail watching the sun set by the harbour, you’ll being to wish you had another week here!