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Those people who rave about Paris don’t know what they’re talking about! Did Paris grow on the spot where the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite, was born? No! But Paphos, a breathtakingly beautiful coastal town on the island of Cyprus did – and take it from us, there’s definitely something in the water… in a good way.

Explore theDiarizos River Valley if you’re a nature lover, or drive through Nikoklia village towards Troodos Mountains and enjoy the amazing views. And you can’t go to Cyprus without visiting some of the ancient sites that cradled Western civilisation. Well, actually, you can… because settling down in one of the many outdoor bars can be just as enlightening after a glass or three of the island’s finest wine!

Paphos’ Top 10

10. Agia Solomoni Catacombs A massive tree marks the entrance to the underground catacombs. Nothing marks the exit, however, which is surely more important…

5. Paphos Fort A fascinating history is contained within the walls of this fort and prison.

9. Akamas Peninsula Nature at its finest, from wooded headland to secluded beaches to turtles frolicking in azure waters.

4. The Tombs of the Kings A slightly misleading name as no kings are buried here, but still well worth the visit.

8. Aphrodite Water Park Slides, rivers and wave machines. Touristy, but still buckets of fun.

3. House of Theseus Famous for its mosaic and a fascinating insight into days of yore.

7. Odeon Within the Archaeological Park, this is a huge, ancient amphitheatre that still hosts performances.

2. House of Dionysos Dionysos was the Greek god of wine and partying. Sounds like his house is the place to be!

6. Paphos Bird Park Feathered friends and more live here. Ornithologists rejoice!

1. Paphos Archaeological Park So much to see. Ruins have never been so interesting.

Paphos History

  • Paphos Archaeological Park – This stunning park houses a range of attractions, including the ruins of Roman villas.
  • The Tombs of the Kings – This vast expanse of land provides an impression of life in the 4th century.
  • Paphos Fort – Located near to the marina, this fort is associated with a colourful history.
  • The Odeon – A classic Greek amphitheatre situated within an archaeological park.
  • Our Lady of the Harbour Church – Built in the 5th century, the ruins of this church still exist.

Paphos Art & Culture

  • Paphos Byzantine Museum – This museum houses a small collection of religious works.
  • Paphos District Archaeological Museum – This ever-expanding museum houses a fascinating collection of Cypriot antiquities.
  • Paphos Ethnographical Museum – This museum is home to finds from the Neolithic Age.
  • Paphos Cultural Festival – Held in September, this festival showcases local and international theatrical and musical performance groups.
  • Paphos Festival – This festival takes place 50 days before Easter.

Paphos Shopping

  • Kato Paphos Harbour - This harbour is home to countless handicraft shops.
  • Ermes Department Store – A supermarket and departmental store in one.
  • Paphos Open Air Market – Located in Timi village, this market is open every Sunday and sells local knick knacks.
  • Cyprus Handicraft Centre – A handicrafts and pottery centre, home to products made from precious stones, metal, wood or such textiles as silk, wool and cotton.
  • Paphos Market – Located near Agora Street, this colourful market is where locals sell their produce.

Gay & Lesbian Paphos

  • Sea Caves Beach – This Coral Bay beach is a mixed beach, but is often frequented by gay tourists and locals.
  • Different Bar – This modern, fashionable bar is located in the main tourist area of Paphos and boasts contemporary music and stylish interior design.
  • Rainbow Disco – One of the oldest nightclubs in Paphos.
  • Disco Bar – Boasts a ’70s and ’80s disco ambiance. Buy a bright wig and get groovy.
  • Woodyz Music Bar – Not strictly a gay bar, but one of the most popular hangouts.

Paphos Outdoor

  • Paphos Bird Park – A huge animal park located in the north of the region.
  • Paphos Aphrodite Water Park – An impressive water park featuring an abundance of slides for all ages.
  • Tala Village – A traditional village close to the Agios Neophytos Monastery.
  • Pachyammos Beach – A blue-flag beach perfect for a lazy day in the sun.
  • Aliathon Bowling Club – The bowling green is the perfect setting for both novice and experienced bowlers to test their skills.

Paphos Sport

  • Pay a visit to the Geroskipou Sports Centre to watch the athletic stars of the future.
  • Catch Dionysos, a volleyball team from Stroumpi, at the indoor Aphrodite Arena.
  • Watch Pafiakos, Paphos’ volleyball champions, at the indoor Aphrodite Arena.
  • Visit Aphrodite Hills Golf Club, a magnificent 18-hole golf course at which tournaments are often held.
  • Catch the AEP Paphos football club at the Pafiako Stadium.

Paphos Events

February bursts into colour with the Limassol Carnival, a 10-day long festival of colour and organised chaos.

The Flower Festival blooms in May to celebrate the arrival of spring.

Prepare your palate and be ready to swish and spit during July when the Koumandaria Festival celebrates the region’s latest vintage with some serious wine-tasting.

The Aphrodite Festival is an annual opera festival that takes place at Castle Square in September.

When To Go

  • May to August is the warmest and busiest time. Temperatures are nice and warm, regularly topping 30°C (86°F) in August.
  • November and December is still warm enough for swimming, although expect some rain.
  • January and February are the true winter months, when the temperature can fall to as low as 7°C (45°F).

Getting Around

Walking is a great way to explore Paphos. It’s quite safe and you’ll discover attractions that you would otherwise miss.

If you want to explore further afield, you can take the local bus service.

Alternatively, you can always hire a bike, quad or car. It’s relatively cheap and well worth it as the buses can be a tad unreliable.

General Information

Paphos is one of many coastal gems on the island of Cyprus. The town of over 50,000 people is a popular destination because of a desirable climate and exquisite natural vistas but most notably for a slew of historic landmarks that in some cases, date back to antiquity. Legend has it that Paphos was the birthplace of the mythical goddess Aphrodite, who rose from the sea to beguile men with her wondrous beauty. The rock formation Petra Tou Romiou, or Rock of Aphrodite, marks the place of the deity's apparent ascent and draws scores of tourists to what is easily one of the most scenic spots in all of Cyprus.

Must-see attractions in Paphos that drew the attention of UNESCO include Paphos Castle, once a Byzantine fort as far back as the early 13th century. The awesome necropolis known as the Tombs of the Kings however, remains the most spectacular site in Paphos. With many underground tombs that date back to the 4th century BC, the excavation area is a veritable goldmine for archaeologists and a constant source of discovery.

Attractions & Activities

Attractions

  • Paphos Castle
  • Rock of Aphrodite
  • Tombs of the Kings
  • Agia Paraskevi
  • Folk Art Museum
  • Activities

  • Anthestiria Flower Festival
  • Aphrodite Festival
  • Classical Games
  • Koumandaria Wine Festival
  • Limassol Carnival
  • Restaurant & Nightlife

    Restaurants

  • Grazie
  • 7 St. Georges Tavern
  • Sienna
  • Andria
  • Metaxas
  • Nightlife

  • Bubbles
  • California Beach Bar
  • Woodyz
  • Rainbow
  • Wheatsheaf Pub
  • Climate

    Paphos enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with brief, mild winters and long, hot summers.

    • Winter (December to February) 8-18°C
    • Spring (March to May) 8-23°C
    • Summer (June to September) 17-29°C
    • Fall (October to November) 12-25°


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    19 hotels in Paphos

    1 Paphos Gardens Hotel

    3 stars
    Not yet reviewed

    Kleious Street , P.O. Box 60195 Map

    Being the only combined self-catering and hotel resort, Paphos Gardens offers all amenities to its guests to ensure a peaceful and unforgettable stay. GeneralRevitalise your mind, enhance your... More

    2 Basilica Complex

    3 stars
    3.0 / 5 1 reviews

    P.O.Box 60195 Map

    The Basilica Complex Holiday Resort Paphos is a Mediterranean resort of charm and distinctive Cyprus flavour reflecting the unique culture, heritage and excellent services, which makes it an ideal... More

    3 Paphos Gardens Apartments

    4 stars
    3.3 / 5

    P. O. Box: 60195 Map

    Paphos Gardens Apartments offers comfortable accommodation and warm hospitality. Popular area attractions such as Sandy beach, Safari in the Akamas peninsula, Paphos Town Hall and Byzantine Museum.... More

    4 Elysium Beach Resort Paphos

    5 stars
    2.0 / 5 1 reviews

    Queen Verenikis Street Map

    Elysium Beach Resort Paphos is a charming and friendly hotel that offers unsurpassed service and comfortable accommodation to make your stay a memorable one. GeneralThe resort offers... More

    5 Amathus Beach Hotel Paphos

    5 stars
    Not yet reviewed

    Poseidon Avenue Map

    Amathus Beach Hotel Paphos has been designed as an idyllic retreat for the discerning guest and offers an impressive range of facilities in exclusive surroundings. GeneralThe hotel's unique... More

    6 Agapinor Hotel

    3 stars
    Not yet reviewed

    24-28 NIKODEMOU MYLONA STREET Map

    Agapinor is a well known property in Paphos, located in the heart of this popular destination. A fantastic choice for every type of traveller (01/11 EP) It is a well known 4 storey bulding in the... More

    7 Louis King Jason

    3 stars
    Not yet reviewed

    PENTADAKTYLOU STREET Map

    This is a fantastic self catering option for guests who want more independence, and a fantastic starting point for exploring Paphos and the surrounding area (12/09 EP) It is a dark ochre cluster... More

    8 KingS

    2 stars
    4.0 / 5

    38 TOMBS OF THE KINGS ROAD Map

    Surrounded by numerous archaeological places of interest; the King's Hotel is the perfect place for you to enjoy a cosy family like atmosphere. LocationThe King's hotel is situated in Paphos on... More

    9 Capital Coast

    4 stars
    Not yet reviewed

    TOMBS OF THE KINGS ROAD Map

    This is a high quality apart-resort, the rooms are fabulous and among the most modern and spacious to be found in Paphos. It is an excellent choice for any type of holidaymaker (06/10 EP) It is a... More

    10 Venus Beach

    3 stars
    4.0 / 5 2 reviews

    P.O.BOX 62309 Map

    This property offers excellent and friendly service with the highest standards of accommodation to make your stay a memorable one. LocationSituated near the tombs of the kings, Venus Beach Hotel... More