Tombs of the Kings

The hugely impressive Tombs of the Kings are located two kilometres north west of Paphos harbour. There’s no doubt that they should be up near the top of everyone’s list of things to do when on holiday in Paphos, especially as their magnificence has earned them UNESCO World Heritage Site status.

The site is a huge necropolis burial ground overlooking the sea and many of the tombs date back to the 3rd century BC. They are all carved out of solid rock and it’s possible to go right down inside many of them in order to fully explore them for yourself.

The name ‘Tombs of the Kings’ is however somewhat misleading, as no kings were actually buried there. Instead, the tombs were thought to contain the bodies of important citizens such as aristocrats and high officials from the surrounding area.

It’s easy to get to the Tombs of the Kings by bus, car or taxi. But there is a much nicer way to get there too. From the harbour by the castle, take the path that follows the coast and you will eventually reach the burial site. This is a lovely, scenic walk and the whole experience is made particularly magical if you time your visit to the tombs with sunset.