Paphos travel guide

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.

Jan, Feb, March, April, May, June, July, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec

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.

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FAST FACTS

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.

Visa / health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cyprus for recommendations and advice on visas and health.

Holiday destinations related to Paphos:

  • Ayia Napa
  • Limassol
  • Nissi Bay
  • Protaras
  • Larnaca
  • 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.