Nature loves and ramblers will find plenty to explore in the delightful surrounding areas and beach lovers will find the best sandy beach at Coral Bay.

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Paphos, situated on the south west coast of Cyprus was in ancient times the island's capital and, as such, is a resort steeped in history. It is heaven for anyone for whom no holiday is complete without a good dose of culture and a peek at what lies beneath the sunny surface. But the charming fishing harbour and welcoming way of life enjoyed in the open air tavernas and on the pretty sand and pebble beaches are the foundation for a truly relaxing holiday spent in this picturesque resort.

The fishing harbour, with the breathtaking backdrop of Troodos mountains, is a fascinating spot and a World Heritage Site recognised by UNESCO. Paphos' many points of historical interest include the Tomb of the Kings, Pillar of St Paul, the mosaics of Paphos and the town museum, to name only a handful. A short drive will take you to the site where, legend has it, Aphrodite, Goddess of love, was born.

For most, though, it is the gentle bustle of life around the harbour which is the biggest draw. Full of tavernas and places to sit and watch the world go by, the colourful fishing vessels fill the scene, many of which offer peaceful cruises around the bay and an undemanding way to while away a sunny afternoon.

Paphos is not short of lovely beaches, with sandy Coral Bay being one of the most beautiful. Sparkling clear waters are excellent for swimming, diving and other water sports. Some of the best hotels and restaurants are located here and you can shop here for fish and local Cyprus delicacies.

Latchi fishing village and beach are located on the unspoilt Akamas Peninsula. Before it became a popular tourist destination, it was a sponge diving area and the beach here is quiet. Sponges are not to be seen anymore, but it remains an ideal spot for scuba diving and swimming, and the little taverns and cafes along the shore, specialising in seafood, provide a lovely spot to take a break.

Located along the Pachyammos Bay is one of the six beaches of Paphos to be awarded the Blue Flag, popular with tourists for its convenient location. A little further out is Lara Bay, famous for its turtle sanctuary and also known as turtle beach. It is located to the north of Paphos where the mountains meet the sea and is surrounded by unsurfaced tracks several miles long - great for hiking and observing nature. Occasionally it is possible to catch a glimpse of the endangered monk seal. The best way to reach this bay is by boat from Paphos harbour. All along the coastline surrounding Paphos are a number of beaches and well established hotels near the shore, offering excellent facilities for holidaymakers of all ages.

Paphos holidays are perfect for holidaymakers of any age who value the friendly, laid back atmosphere and Cypriot charm on offer here. While there are plenty of restaurants and tavernas to make the evening go with a swing, it does not have the frenetic nightlife of some of the other Cyprus hotspots. To many, though, that's the icing on the cake.

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