Explore the rugged beauty of the Akamas Peninsula.
The intricate Roman mosaics at the House of Dionysius and the ancient
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
Tourist Information:Further Paphos
tourist information can be found here
Visa & HealthBefore you travel,
recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Paphos.
Temperature:30°C and above in July
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
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.
Discover Paphos’ rich history with a trip to the Roman villa known as
the House of Dionysius, not far from the harbour. Just north of town are the Tombs of the
Kings, the final resting place of 100 ancient Greek aristocrats. Its grand stone columns and
wall carvings make it a fascinating glimpse into ancient Paphos. At lunch, stop for lots of
little Cypriot meze dishes. Expect freshly grilled halloumi cheese, creamy Greek yogurt
flavoured with mint and cucumber, and mini Cypriot sausages known as sheftalia. Scenery lovers
will want to visit the Akamas Peninsula, known for its rare wild flowers and dramatic
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.
Petra tou Romiou
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
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.