According to legend, Paphos was the birthplace of the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite. Therefore, this pretty town on the west coast of Cyprus is a popular choice for romantics. However, it’s not all honeymooners – Paphos is also full of holidaymakers looking for some ancient history and fun in the sun.
Top Resorts and Hotels
Paphos is made up of two distinct areas – upper Paphos, or Ktima Paphos, is the more traditional, shopping precinct, while lower Kato Paphos is where you’ll find the resorts, restaurants and a picturesque harbour.
Visitors are blessed with no less than 27 beaches stretched along 50km of coastline. Coral Bay is one of the best with soft golden sands, clear shallow waters and sunbeds set up along the shore. Watersports are readily available here too if you’re looking for some beach action!
For 5-star luxury, you can’t go past Aphrodite Hills, an A-list resort between Paphos and the neighbouring town of Limassol. With cliff-top views out to Aphrodite’s Rock, it’s the perfect spot for a special occasion. There is also an 18-hole golf course, private pebbled beach and traditional town square. Discover lots more in our Limassol destination guide.
Attractions and Things to Do
Paphos is full of great things to do. The Tomb of the Kings is a World Heritage-listed necropolis, dating back to the 4th century BC. It’s thought to be the burial site of high officials and many of the rooms are carved straight out of solid rock. The House of Dionysos is also worth a visit to see its intricate mosaics and Roman villas.
Lovers simply have to see Aphrodite’s Rock, a sacred sea stack where the Goddess of Love rose out of the foaming ocean. There are several viewpoints along the coast, as well as a restaurant for a scenic meal. For families, there is a large waterpark in Paphos with a variety of slides and rides for kids of all ages.
Annual Temperature and Rainfall
Summers in Paphos are wonderfully hot and sunny. July and August average temperatures of 30C, however heat waves are not uncommon so make sure you pack the sunscreen and swimsuits! Rain is extremely rare over the peak season, with most showers occurring from November to March.