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Holidays in Paphos

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 have something for everyone.

 

30°C °C

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

4.5 hours

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.

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smartline Paphos

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Hotel highlights
  • Two outdoor pools and kids' pool
  • Modern and comfortable rooms
  • Free Kids' Places

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SENTIDO Cypria Bay by Leonardo

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Hotel highlights
  • Stunning seafront location
  • Variety of daily entertainment
  • Lovely buffet/à la carte restaurant

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Coral Beach Hotel Resort & Coral Beach Suites

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  • Beautiful beachfront location
  • Family studios available
  • Outdoor swimming pool and kids' pool

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Avanti Hotel

7 Nights, Half Board
Hotel highlights
  • Lovely family-run hotel
  • Only a short walk to the beach
  • 200m to shops, bars and restaurants

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  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
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Olympic Lagoon Resort Paphos

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Three à la carte restaurants
  • Themed outdoor pool
  • Fantastic hotel-run kids' club

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  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
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SunConnect Sofianna Resort

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  • New for 2018
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Whether you’re here to party or partake in some sightseeing, want to soak up the rays or the history and culture of this unique part of the world, Paphos holidays don’t disappoint. The clubs keep everyone dancing until dawn, and for more laid-back recreation you can head out to some of the region’s most important archaeological sites, or take in the sheer natural beauty of Cyprus. 

 

The medieval Paphos Castle sits on the edge of the harbour and is as imposing today as it was when it was first built. Now its defensive role is finished, and instead it plays host to some of the town’s biggest cultural events. You can climb its narrow staircase to enjoy dazzling views across the marina, especially at sunset. Also close to the harbour is the House of Dionysius. This restored Roman villa dates back nearly 2,000 years and is home to a series of beautiful mosaics showing hunting and mythological scenes. To get an idea of what it must have been like to visit the theatre in ancient times, take a trip to one of the many ruins in and around the town. The Paphos Odeon Amphitheatre is still used for plays and musical performances, and there’s another theatre built into the hillside located diagonally to the harbour.

One of the most popular spots to visit is Petra tou Romiou or ‘Rock of the Greek’. This natural rock formation is the legendary birthplace of the goddess Aphrodite, and is just the right place to snap a stunning sunset. Set away from the shoreline, two giant, chalky white rocks appear to float in the sparkling blue sea. There’s a pebbly beach that curves around the rocks, where you can take a leisurely walk or just sit back and admire the view. In both directions, the coastline has a rugged beauty with sheer cliffs sweeping down to secluded coves. If you want to immerse yourself a little deeper in the region’s natural beauty, take a hike through the wild and rugged Akamas Peninsula to discover the dramatic scenery off the beaten track. This unspoilt area is home to plenty of wildlife, and you can visit a sanctuary for loggerhead turtles at nearby Lara Beach.  

There’s plenty to keep the little ones occupied during Paphos holidays, so you need never hear the dreaded ‘I’m bored!’. The Aphrodite Waterpark is the largest on the island, and a great way to cool off and burn off some excess energy. There’s a fun pirate ship for smaller children, and the adrenaline-packed Free Fall slide for braver bigger kids. Just a few miles outside of this beautiful city, you can take to the saddle at Eagle Mountain Ranch to have a go at pony trekking. All ages and abilities are catered for. You’ll get a full safety briefing before you mount up, so you understand the basics before heading out on a scenic ride through fragrant orange and lemon groves.

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

Language: The language spoken in Paphos is Greek.

Currency: The currency is the Euro (€).

Local time: This is two hours ahead of UK time (3 hours during the summer).

Fly to: Paphos International Airport is 6.5 km south-east of the town.

Flight time from the UK: Four to five hours

Tourist information: Further 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.


WEATHER AND CLIMATE

Temperature: 30°C and above in July and August.

Best time to visit: If you’re planning on visiting the Greek and Roman ruins, late spring offers comfortable temperatures and there is little chance of rain.

 


GETTING AROUND

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

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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