A fascinating blend of the old and the new has helped to shape Paphos as one of the top destinations for anyone wanting to enjoy a break on the island of Cyprus.
Sitting on the western coast of the island, Paphos is a hugely popular option for anyone wanting to embrace the favourable weather conditions for which Cyprus is so well known.
Pay a visit in the summer months and you’ll be able to sit back and enjoy hours of sun and high average temperatures in the high 20s and early 30s, and even if you decide to travel off-season, it’ll still be comfortably in the teens – although with a chance of rain.
As with numerous other resorts on Cypriot soil, Paphos is home to a Blue Flag rated beach that is the perfect place to top up your tan.
The main beach in the heart of the resort isn’t the biggest by any stretch of the imagination, but it couldn’t be handier when it comes to also exploring the delights of Paphos itself; sitting right alongside the main town.
Providing visitors with a chance to embrace the old and the new in equal measure, Paphos offers the opportunity to examine plenty of Cypriot culture – being widely regarded as the birthplace of the Greek goddess Aphrodite.
You can walk through old cobbled streets, marvel at ancient temples and ruins dating back thousands of years before or take a stroll through the countryside to explore some of the neighbouring villages.
Then it’s time to explore the bars and restaurants around the harbour that truly show off modern day Paphos – only serving to enhance the appeal of a resort that you’ll want to visit again and again.
If you have children in tow, or if you are looking for a fun-filled day yourself, then how about taking a trip to the Aphrodite Waterpark? The largest park of its kind in the area, Aphrodite is home to a range of rides and slides to suit all ages, from a 50ft free fall to a wave pool, and from family rafting to a pirate ship and lazy river.
Tomb of Kings
One of the most famous attractions on Cyprus, the Tomb of Kings dates back to the 4th century BC and comprises of a number of tombs that were carved out of rock to be the final resting place for high ranking officials – rather than kings as the name suggests. The tombs designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Just off the shore outside Paphos, this giant rock is said to be the place where the Greek goddess was born and it’s a romantic place to take a stroll with your loved one during a break on Cypriot soil.
If you are looking for the best fine dining and the trendiest bars in Paphos then the area around the harbour is the place to go. Make sure to explore before selecting where you wish to dine because there’s a huge array to choose from.
Cyprus might not be the first place that comes to mind for an overseas golfing trip, but the area around Paphos is home to a number of top class courses including the Elea Estate course that was designed by Nick Faldo.
The castle in Paphos sits near to the habour having been built to act as a defence from attack during the Byzantine era. Restored a number of time through the years, the castle has held a number of uses – including a prison – and is well worth a visit during your time in the resort.
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