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Holidays in Paphos
Located on the south-west coast of Cyprus, the ancient town of Paphos has been a popular holiday destination for thousands of years. Paphos was thought to have been the birthplace of the goddess Aphrodite, and pilgrims travelled from across Greece to worship at her temple. You’ll find ancient ruins and archaeological sites across the south, while the north is a bustling modern centre. For unspoilt beauty, book a Paphos holiday further north to the secluded beaches and fragrant pine forests.
Late spring when the weather is pleasant and there is little chance of rain.
Paphos International Airport is 6.5 km south-east of the city of Paphos.
Book a Thomas Cook holiday to Paphos for breathtaking natural beauty and fascinating ruins that will transport you back to the time of the ancient Greeks.
At the edge of the harbour is the medieval Paphos Castle, which also plays host to some of the town’s biggest cultural events. Climb its narrow staircase to enjoy dazzling views across the marina. Also close to the harbour is the House of Dionysius, a restored villa with a series of intricate Roman mosaics showing hunting and mythological scenes. One of the best places in Paphos is the ancient theatre in the north-east part of the town. Sit on one of the stone seats and imagine what it would have been like to watch a Greek tragedy thousands of years ago.
The rock formation known as Petra tou Romiou or ‘Rock of the Greek’ is one of the most popular places to visit in Paphos. According to legend, it was the birthplace of the goddess of beauty, Aphrodite. Set away from the shoreline, two giant, chalky white rocks appear to float in the glistening sea. Come here for stunning sunset views and wander along the pebble beach that curls around it. A hike through the rugged Akamas Peninsula is one of the best things to do in Paphos. Explore its rugged coastline, dotted with secluded coves and sheer cliffs.
You’ll find plenty of things for kids to do in Paphos. One of the most popular family attractions in Paphos is Aphrodite Waterpark, the biggest of its kind in Cyprus. Little ones will love the pirate ship, while big kids can brave the thrilling Free Fall. Just a few miles from Paphos is Eagle Mountain Ranch, which offers pony trekking for all ages and abilities. After learning the basics, an instructor will lead you and your pony on a scenic ride down quaint country roads, past fragrant orange and lemon groves.
Walkers: Explore the rugged beauty of the Akamas Peninsula.
History lovers: The intricate Roman mosaics at the House of Dionysius and the ancient theatre.
Families: Splash around at Aphrodite Waterpark.
Language: The language spoken in Paphos is Greek.
Currency: The currency used in Paphos is the Euro (€).
Local time: The time in Paphos is 2 hours ahead of UK time (3 hours during the summer).
Fly to: Paphos International Airport is 6.5 km south-east of the city of Paphos.
Flight time from UK: 4-5 hours
Tourist Information: Further Paphos tourist information can be found at www.visitpafos.org.cy
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cyprus for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Paphos.
Temperature: 30°C and above in July and August.
Best time to visit Paphos: Late spring when the weather is pleasant and there is little chance of rain.
Paphos has a typical Mediterranean climate with hot, sunny days during the summer months. Paphos weather is rarely cold but rain is likely in winter.
By bus: If you just want to hit the major hotspots, buses are a great option.
Tickets: are cheap, but be aware that buses don’t run to a set schedule.
By hire car: Try renting a car if you want to venture off the beaten track.
By taxi: Taxis can be flagged down throughout the resort. However, taxi fares are not always standardised, so it’s worth discussing the cost with the driver before you set off.
Ancient festival: The Anthestiria Flower Festival is inspired by an ancient festival held in honour of the god of wine and parties, Dionysius. Every May, floats decorated with vibrantly coloured flowers travel through the town in a celebration of nature.
Traditional Greek dancing: Venture to the nearby town of Kallepeia for the annual Arkadia Festival in August. Join the locals in a celebration of their town’s beauty, with traditional Greek dancing and delicious food.
For opera lovers: In September, Paphos’ medieval castle is used as a backdrop for the Paphos Aphrodite Festival. Each year, a world-renowned theatre troupe performs a popular opera.