Located in the southwest of Cyprus, Paphos is a Mediterranean seaside city where rainfall rarely occurs. Wonderful landmarks grace the city, rich in historic relevance, including artistically crafted ancient Greek mosaics. As well as the museums, travellers can visit the preserved forts and churches to gain a real insight into Paphos’ history. Paphos holidays offer awe-inspiring landscapes as well as culture and family amusements. An abundance of beautiful beaches, including the magnificent Aphrodite’s Rock will leave seaside lovers spoilt for choice.
Top resorts in Paphos
Top hotels in Paphos
St Nicolas Elegant Residence
King Evelthon Beach Hotel & Resort
Hilltop Garden Hotel Apartment
Club St George Resort
Paphinia Sea View Apartments
Aphrodite Sands Resort
At a glance
- Currency: Euro
- Language: English
- Time Zone: GMT +2
- Average flight time: 4h 45m
When to go
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Paphos is one of Europe’s liveliest destinations. Featuring rich history, stunning beaches and some of the best nightlife in Europe, there are many things to do in Paphos which will appeal to many different travellers. Take a stroll down the beaches of Coral Bay, which has some of the whitest sands and crystal clear waters Cyprus has to offer. For more secluded swimming head to Cape Greco, a stunning headland surrounded by clear waters.
Paphos Castle is worth a visit for those who enjoy historical sightseeing and the Cyprus Museum has plenty of things to see for culture lovers.
Cultural and archaeological attractions mean holidays to Paphos never lack areas of interest and education. Ancient monuments include the Medieval Castle of Paphos, the Archaeological Park and the amazing Ancient Odeon, built entirely of hewn limestone rocks. The House of Dionysos hosts mythological mosaic decorations depicting scenes from Greek mythology to allure those with a historical inclination.
Of a similar ilk is the Tomb of the Kings located in Kato Paphos. Dating back to the 4th century BC, the grandiose pillars and tombs are carved out of solid rock to create a mountainous landscape the never fails to astound – one of the many highlights of Cyprus.
From quaint tavernas and cocktail bars-aplenty to simply mesmerising beaches and surrounded by limestone cliffs, there’s plenty to keep you busy.
Wine and Dine
Paphos has plenty of places where you can sample all the exquisite cuisine Cyprus has to offer. The Konia Tavern features a menu of stunning, traditional Cypriot food at very reasonable prices. For those looking for something with a bit more international flavour, the New Delhi Palace offers a variety of gourmet Indian dishes. The Youkoso Japanese Restaurant also caters for those who enjoy Asian cuisine, with a menu featuring a wide variety of sushi and sashimi. A taste of home is to be found at the Rib Shack, which offers a range of reasonably priced and very tasty steaks and grilled food.
Paphos has something to offer every kind of traveller. Families will enjoy relaxing on some of the area’s most stunning beaches, such as Nissi Beach or Fig Tree Bay. There is guaranteed fun for all the family at Coral Bay Karting. Challenge each other to a race and see who in the family can give Lewis Hamilton a run for his money! At Bar Street you will find 10 pin bowling, for a fun evening with the kids. Pafos Zoo makes for an excellent day out, it covers a huge area in some beautiful countryside. Head to the Paphos Aphrodite Waterpark for flumes, slides, pools and fun in the water.
Action and Adventure
If you’re an adventurous traveller, there are many things to do in Paphos which will excite you. The stunning reefs situated around the coastline provide excellent locations for scuba divers. One of these locations is MS Zenobia, a Swedish built ferry which sank on her maiden voyage in 1980. The site is full of varied sea life and is worth a visit by anyone who enjoys scuba diving. Fasouri Watermania is a large water park near Limassol featuring a variety of flumes and water chutes, many of which are not for the faint hearted! The park will keep even the most hardened thrill seekers thoroughly entertained, with plenty of rides and flumes to choose from.
Life's a Beach
For those in search of soaring temperatures, heatwaves are standard in July and August. With this in mind, visits to one of Paphos’ twelve award-winning beaches are perfectly facilitated. A mixture of sand and pebble beaches add variety to holidays in Paphos, with the most famous pebble beach, housing the pillar that is Aphrodite’s Rock. Many seaside locations also offer boat trips and watersports for the athletic and energetic, along with golf courses situated around various hotels. Of course cultural forays and physically exerting activities aren’t a must. Paphos holidays cater for those in search of relaxation, indulgence and luxury. The lack of nightclubs means restaurants and tranquil bars account for couples in search of a romantic rendezvous away from the hustle and bustle. Delicacies and world cuisine sit alongside fast food restaurants for those looking for convenience.
Paphos is full to the brim of exciting nightlife and is considered one of Europe’s top destinations for clubbing. For something different, head to Splash, which is the only club in Paphos to feature a pool in the middle of the venue. Robin Hood caters for every different kind of musical taste, with each weekly night featuring a different musical theme. Tropical Nights is regularly considered one of the best nights in Paphos and is famous for its ‘Yard of Cocktails,’ for those who are feeling brave enough to consume them! For those who want to party on into the early hours, the Rainbow club is the place to be. Open well after many of the other local bars and clubs have shut, you will find it an ideal place to dance into the wee hours. For more laid back entertainment, the Lighthouse Beach Bar features a waterfront location, which is perfect for relaxing whilst enjoying the local entertainment. If you’re in search of some variety, you can just pop up the coast to Ayia Napa, another Cypriot town famed for its vibrant nightlife.
Couples will enjoy a romantic swim at the secluded Cape Greco, where they can relax and rejuvenate in the crystal clear waters. You can even try a spot of scuba diving in the warm coastal seas or take a romantic stroll at Petra tou Romiou, which translates as ‘Aphrodite’s Rock.’ It is a breathtakingly scenic location and one which is truly romantic, given that it is the mythological birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love.
Paphos is full of ancient culture and historical sites. The Tomb of the Kings is an unforgettable destination for fans of ancient architecture. A UNESCO world heritage site and ancient necropolis, it is a must see for those who want to marvel at the ancient history of Cyprus. The Church of St Lazarus lies in the centre of Larnaca and dates back to the 9th century. It features stunning architecture and became a mosque during the Frankish period, but reverted to a Christian church again at the end of the 16th century. Paphos Castle is also home to some of the city’s most stunning architecture and was originally built as an ancient Byzantine fort, designed to protect the city from invasion. Paphos Archaeological Museum is the city’s main museum and features some of Paphos’ most ancient relics. Featuring pieces from as far back as the Neolithic Age, there is plenty of authentic, historical exhibitions to admire.