Paphos holidays

Paphos has been attracting visitors for thousands of years. Once considered as the birthplace of the Greek goddess of love and beauty Aphrodite, the remains of her temple in nearby Kouklia are just one of many world-class archaeological sites you’ll find dotted in and around the town. However, visitors don’t just come here for the history or the romance. Its location on the rockier south west coast of Cyprus means you’ll find secluded coves for swimming, and fragrant pine forests all within easy reach. And there’s plenty of fun for all the family at the Aphrodite Waterpark, the biggest waterpark on the island. Paphos holidays offer the perfect combination of laid-back and lively, from days spent along the easy-going coastline to party nights on Bar Street.

Things to do

Whether you’re here to party or to take in some sights, Paphos holidays don’t disappoint. Plus trips here won’t break the bank either! There are plenty of ways to keep the cost down, head for popular sites such as Aphrodite’s Rock and the Ancient Fabrica Hill, which are both free to visit. The same goes for eating out, if you’re prepared to wander away from the tourist trail, you’ll find cheap eateries serving local dishes at affordable prices. Or, you can always tuck into a chicken souvlaki for as little as 3 euros.

During the evening, the clubs keep everyone dancing until dawn, and for something more laid-back you can head out to some of the region’s most important archaeological sites, or take in the sheer natural beauty of Cyprus. Trying the local food should also be high on your agenda. Although it’s hard to narrow down the best restaurants in Paphos (there’s a lot of them), Kiniras Garden comes highly recommended for its traditional flavours with recipes being handed down through the generations.

But nothing beats an afternoon spent shopping in Paphos, and this resort is packed with choices. For local one-off items, head to the Old Town’s market. Here, you’ll find stalls selling everything from ornamental pottery right down to the finest Cypriot wine. If big designer stores are more your thing, Kings Avenue Mall has over 100 shops - and it’s open until 8pm!

History and culture

When it comes to cultural holiday destinations, Paphos is about as good as it gets. The whole resort is an ancient wonder that draws thousands of holidaymakers year after year. The famous castle on the harbour, the Tombs of the Kings and the breathtaking birthplace of the Greek goddess Aphrodite are just some of the places that everyone should take the opportunity to see. Not to mention the vast archaeological park, brimming with prehistoric remains.

Night life and dining

Paphos is definitely not lacking in bars and restaurants. You’ll find an excellent selection of places to eat and drink around the harbour. Enjoy a walk along the promenade and take your pick out of the many waterfront cafés and bars where you can enjoy a bite to eat or a refreshing KEO. But if you’re looking for a big night out, head to Agiou Antoniou Street, otherwise known as ‘Nightlife Street’ or ‘Bar Street’. It’s here that you’ll find the highest concentration of bars in the city.

Excellent activities

There’s more to Paphos than just history and nightlife. It’s also a great holiday destination for families, as there’s plenty around to keep everyone entertained. Make your way to Coral Bay to enjoy its excellent beach and water sport activities or check out the Paphos Karting Centre for a fast paced thrill ride. Or for the ultimate action packed day, head to the Paphos Aphrodite Waterpark and be prepared for non-stop family fun.

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This Greek city has a typical Mediterranean climate with hot, sunny days during the summer months. 

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Paphos International Airport is 6.5 km south-east of the city of Paphos.

Paphos is best for...

Walkers: Explore the unspoilt, wild scenery of the Akamas Peninsula. 

History lovers: Go back in time with a visit to the ancient amphitheatre and marvel at the intricate Roman mosaics at the House of Dionysius.

Families: Cool off and have fun at the Aphrodite Waterpark.

Fast facts for Paphos

Language: The language spoken in Paphos is Greek.

Currency: The currency is the Euro (€).

Local time: Paphos is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Paphos International Airport. From Paphos Airport, it's 30 minutes to Paphos.

Flight time from the UK: The flight time to Paphos is 4–5 hours.

Tourist information: Further tourist information can be found at www.visitpafos.org.cy.

 

Getting around Paphos

By bus: Buses connect all the major destinations on the island and are cheap, but they don’t run to a set schedule.

By hire car: Renting a car gives you more freedom to explore when and where you want to go. Cars can be hired in Paphos, or pick one up at the airport for more choice.  

By taxi: There are no shortage of taxis in the town. Fares are not always standardised, so agree the cost with your driver before you set off. Taxis can be flagged down throughout the resort. 

Events in Paphos

Ancient festival: Dionysius was the Greek God of wine and partying. Thousands of years later the party’s still in full swing, and every year a festival is held in his honour in Paphos. The Anthestiria Flower Festival takes place each May when brightly decorated floats adorned with flowers make their way through the town in a celebration of nature.

Traditional Greek dancing: Every August, the Arkadia Festival brings together great local food and traditional Greek dancing. Held in the nearby town of Kallepeia, it’s a chance for you to join in with the locals and get a real taste of traditional Cypriot life. The feast and dance lasts well into the night, so make sure you’ve packed some dancing shoes!

For opera lovers: Paphos’ stunning medieval castle forms the dramatic backdrop for the Aphrodite Festival each September. A real cultural treat, every year a world-renowned theatre troupe will perform a popular opera as part of the festivities. The acoustics in the ancient amphitheatres are astonishing, bringing a whole new level of enjoyment for classical music lovers.

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