WHY PAPHOS

Paphos has a population of approximately 96,000 people.

Located on the southwest coast of the island, this region is sheltered from the north by the breathtaking Troodos Mountains and with its temperate climate, it is one of the healthiest in the whole of the Mediterranean. You can bask in sunshine all year round, whilst experiencing the warmth of welcoming people with a reputation for friendliness and hospitality.

Paphos  has a pleasant and relaxing harbour with a famous medieval fort. The region offers the possibility of enjoying both coastal areas and mountainous landscapes, as well as capturing a taste of the island's culture with its many world-famous archaeological sites. Paphos International Airport is located on the fringe of the city. There are four main municipalities in the Paphos region - Paphos Town, Geroskipou, Pegeia and Polis Chrysochous and each has its own collection of special attractions for you to discover.

Paphos is the perfect place to celebrate a wedding or to enjoy a honeymoon. Romance is in the air in the land where the ancient mythical Greek goddess of love and beauty, Aphrodite, once roamed. Swim in the sea by Petra tou Romiou, the rocks where Aphrodite was believed to have risen from the waves.

Beside this, Paphos has an active night lifestyle. Living the good life in Paphos is an easy option and can become a way of life!

Things to do-visit in Paphos

Archaeology Park

You could easily spend hours pottering around this fantastic attraction close to the harbour. There are structures here that go back to prehistory, but the most famous remnants are from the Roman era.

The ruins of four villas survive from this time and boast stunningly detailed mosaics, all dating to the year 100 and depicting  scenes from Roman mythology.

Waterpark

A family-favourite for those long summer days, Aphrodite Waterpark  is the largest attraction of its kind on this side of Cyprus.

In all it has 17 rides and attractions with something for both the big kids and toddlers.

There are four high-speed plunges for people who want to get the adrenaline pumping, including Racer, in which you face off against your friends to see who can get to the bottom of this tube ride first.

Akamas

In Paphos you’re close enough to make a day-trip to a fabulous corner of the island. Akamas is less than an hour north along the coast and because of its rugged terrain of peaks and gorges has never been developed.

The upshot is an abundance of nature, with a third of Cyprus’ endemic plant species found here.

Akamas also is one of the Mediterranean’s key nesting areas for the loggerhead and green turtles.

Paphos Museum

This museum documents human activity in western Cyprus from the Neolithic age to the 18th century.

 

The artefacts on display were excavated from as many as 15 archaeological sites, including the ancient settlements that predated modern Paphos and the neighbouring town of Kouklia.

You’ll get a real sense of location when you see the collection of coins that were minted right here in Paphos thousands of years ago.

Troodos Mountains

For a change of scenery you could always take to the Troodos Mountains.It’s the largest range on the island, with Cyprus’ tallest peak, Mount Olympus.

In the foothills the range has sleepy old villages next to terraced olive groves and vineyards, woven by chuckling streams that are ensconced in deciduous woodland.

As you go higher you’ll come to peaks forested with pine trees and here in winter you can even go skiing.

Go Underwater

Cyprus is up there with the best diving destinations in Europe, and Paphos can cater to first-timers, experts and everyone in between.

The reason why there are so many diving companies in Paphos is down to the clement water temperatures, which range between 16 and 27 degrees.

There’s vivid sea life off the coast here, together with historic shipwrecks and dramatic underwater seascapes of sheer cliffs and ravines.

Cypriot Meze

 In Cyprus it’s actually a big meal.

At tavernas a series of enticing platters are served in a careful order that begins with olives before moving onto bread and dips like tahini, taramosalata, humus and skordalia.

After that you’ll move onto seafood and vegetable dishes.

Then get ready for grilled halloumi cheese and, if you opt for a meat meze, a variety of meat dishes, from keftedes (meatballs) and loukaniko (pork sausages) to grilled kebabs, chicken and lamb chops

Sandy Beaches

The perfect way to recuperate from your adventures to ancient monuments and monasteries is a lazy day by the sea.

The Paphos district has more than 50 kilometres of coastline, where there are 27 beaches, 12 of which have been awarded the Blue Flag for their cleanliness and facilities.

The best ones for tourists are between Paphos Town and Cape Drepanon.

There is also the Lara bay, where you  find  protected beaches.

Chrisorogiatissa

Northeast of Paphos town in the foothills of the Troodos Mountains is this 12th-century monastery, which is beautiful in its own right but also contains a museum celebrating Byzantine art.

Some of the monastery’s own hagiographical art is exquisite, including the icons of Christ and Virgin Mary that are lacquered with gold and silver.

Within the museum collection is a sculpture of the Virgin Mary crafted from pure silver.

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