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.
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.
Who holidays in Paphos?
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.
A holiday in Paphos can be just what you want it to be. A charming harbour town with the magnificent backdrop of the Troodos mountains, it is a fascinating spot and a World Heritage Site recognised by UNESCO. Its 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, either, 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.
- Superb sandy and pebbly beaches
- Historical points of interest
- Charming and picturesque
Things To Do
Paphos holidays offer activities all year round: diving, golf, sailing, hiking, mountain biking, skiing, horse riding. For those who seek relaxation and pampering there are plenty of spa and health centres around Cyprus.
Watersports: All sorts of beach activities from water and jet skiing to windsurfing and pedal boating are catered for along the coast. Both the beaches backing onto hotels and those further afield provide equipment hire
Diving: There are over forty different dive sites in Cyprus. The best way to find out more is to visit one of the area's dive centres. Around Latchi and Akamas you will find the best scuba-diving available anywhere in Cyprus, with crystal clear water and no tides or strong currents to worry about.
Cycling: Cyprus is a natural mountain-biking place. Its terrain offers many opportunities for exciting mountain-biking in different tracks, making the island a paradise for the sport's fans. Due to the excellent weather conditions prevailing on the island, cycling sports can be enjoyed almost throughout the year.
Hiking: The Akamas peninsular, to the north of Paphos, provides an excellent area for walking as it has been virtually untouched by tourism and development. Further afield, numerous interesting walks can be found among the breathtaking Troodos mountains.
Golf: Cyprus is quickly getting a reputation as the latest holiday Mecca for golfers. There are two 18-hole courses only a short drive from Paphos. The Tsada Golf Club near Tsada village is the oldest in Cyprus and is set in the grounds of a twelfth century monastery. The Secret Valley Golf Club is slightly further away, about 18 kms east of Paphos.
Skiing: Skiing for the winter lovers. Cyprus is also becoming established as a destination for winter sports. In Cyprus, snow-skiing can be enjoyed on the slopes of Mount Olympus (1951 metres a.s.l.), from the beginning of January to the end of March. Mount Olympus is only 3 kms from Troodos hill resort.
Paphos Aphrodite Festival: This yearly event aimed at promoting Paphos as an international centre of high profile cultural events takes place just outside the walls of the Medieval Fort at the old harbour at the beginning of September. Visitors get the opportunity to enjoy 3 days of the love, passion and tragedy that is opera under the stars. This is a must do experience for lovers of opera everywhere!
Things To See
Amathus - Limassol: Amathus is one of the ancient Kingdom of Cyprus where numerous tombs have been found. Excavations are still continuing at the Acropolis and Agora area of the ancient site.
Kourion - Limassol: Kourion is also an important ancient city kingdom, and one of the more interesting and spectacular archaeological sites on the island with excavations still bringing new treasures to light. Kourion Museum houses a collection of finds, from nearby archaeological sites.
Tombs of the Kings - Paphos: Spread over a vast area, these impressive underground tombs date back to the 4th century BC. They are carved out of solid rock with some being decorated with Doric pillars. High officials rather than Kings were buried here, but the magnificence of the tombs gave the locality its name.
The Mosaics of Paphos - Paphos: The Mosaics of Paphos are considered amongst the finest in the Eastern Mediterranean. They mainly depict scenes from Greek mythology.
Petra tou Romiou - Paphos: Birthplace of Aphrodite, Aphrodite goddess of love and beauty, rose from the waves in this strikingly beautiful spot. The Greek name, Petra tou Romiou 'The Rock of the Greek' is associated with the legendary frontier-guard of Byzantine times Digenis Akritas, who kept the marauding Saracens at bay with amazing strength. It is said that he heaved this large rock into the sea destroying the enemy's ship.
Baths of Aphrodite - Polis: An area of breathtaking beauty associated with Aphrodite. According to legend, the goddess Aphrodite used to bathe in the pool of the nearby natural grotto, which is shaded by a fig tree. A trail from the Baths takes you to Fontana Amorosa (8 km from the Baths, at the end of the Akamas Peninsula). Walking along this trail, one can enjoy an incomparable view and unspoilt nature.
Larnaca Fort - Larnaca: Erected in 1625 by the Turks. This fort is now a museum and its inner courtyard is used as an open-air garden-theatre during the summer months.
The Pierides Museum - Larnaca: Contains a unique archaeological, medieval, post-Byzantine and Cypriot folk art collections gathered by five consecutive generations of the family. It also exhibits an old arsenal and a rich collection of old cartography of Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean.
Ayia Napa: Originally a fishing village it is now a major tourist resort. The charming medieval monastery dedicated to 'Our Lady of the Forests' stands in the middle of the village surrounded by a high wall. It's 16th century church is partly underground and cut into the rock. The Marine Life Museum can be found within the premises of the Agia Napa Municipality.
Fun Excursions During Paphos Holidays
Make your holidays to Paphos extra special and book one of our wonderful excursions, we have a range of excursions that have been selected to cater for everyone's interests. Some of our most popular excursions are:-
Cairo by Air: Fly off to the mystical land of Egypt, visit the pyramids and take in the Sphinx! Cruise down the Nile and shop till you drop in the flea markets! A once in a lifetime experience!
Troodos Jeep Safari: An exploration trip to the green heart of Cyprus in a 4x4 Land rover defender. Travelling through rugged hills and valleys, various picturesque villages and pine forests reaching some of the most remote places on the island.
VIP Catamaran: Sail in style from the historic Paphos Harbour along the picturesque coastline of Western Cyprus. Peace and relaxation is yours on this adults only, all inclusive cruise. Get 3 days tanning in 1 while stretched out on the nets between the 2 hulls or sit in the shade while enjoying a cocktail or two. On board you will find snorkeling equipment and 2 kayaks for messing about on the water at one of the many swim stops along the way.
Fireworks Night: The most popular night out in Paphos. Spoil yourself at the unlimited, freshly made buffet with tantalising desserts. Enjoy the professional and dazzling entertainment whilst you sip a glass of wine or cocktail drifting along the beautiful Paphos coast. The evening's finale is an amazing firework display.
Famagusta: A day of modern and ancient history. Visit the ruins of Salamis, one of the largest city kingdoms of Cyprus. Spend time wandering the streets of the Venetian Walled city of Famagusta with it's unusual Gothic architecture. Finally taking a trip around the outskirts of the famous ghost city. An area trapped since the invasion of 1974.
Half Day Heaven: If you have always wanted the millionaire life style then an afternoon cruise on-board Ocean flyer is just the ticket. Motoring along the coastline you can just lie back and relax as your snacks and drink are included, then cool off in the clear waters of the Mediterranean with a refreshing dip.
Aphrodite Waterpark: The best way to cool off in Paphos. Great fun for all the family, whether it's launching yourself down the kamikaze or gently bobbing along on the lazy river, it's unique cashless system means no one is left holding the bags. Also if you take the local bus the park will refund your fare, your rep will advise which number bus to catch.