- One of the island’s ancient city kingdoms
- A leading Mediterranean holiday resort
- A range of five and four star facilities
- Authentic local taverns and restaurants
The charming west coast town of Paphos focuses around an attractive quaint harbour, whose picturesque open air fish restaurants overlook the harbour and the Byzantine Castle.
With a population of just 100,000, Paphos is nestled in the Western Troodos Mountains, which adds another dimension to this area of scenic beauty. The resort town is graced with luxury hotels along its coastline.
Paphos has an air of holiday charm combined with history, while olden-day elegance is lent to the town by its classical style buildings in the upper part of the town which leads to the shopping area. The lower part of the town, known as Kato Paphos, has a life of its own near the sea. It is home of the harbour, fish taverns, souvenir shops and several beautiful hotels with important archaeological sites scattered around them.
The town became the capital of Cyprus under the successors of Alexander the Great, and in those days its harbour was a busy, thriving port. It continued as the island’s first city for more than seven centuries, retaining its importance under Roman rule.
Paphos is entwined with Greek mythology, and the legendary birth of Aphrodite on its shores brought fame and worshippers there to follow the cult of the Goddess. Landmarks associated with Aphrodite are the chunky, rugged rocks of her beautiful birth shore known as the Aphrodite Rock or Petra tou Romiou, the evocative sanctuary of Aphrodite at Kouklia Village, once a shrine and scene of pagan festivals for thousands of years, the Baths of Aphrodite at Polis, as legend has it, the source of fertility and the Fountain of Love, or Fontana Amorosa at the tip of the Akamas peninsula.
- Paphos Harbour and castle
- Paphos mosaics and archaeological park
- Aphrodite’s rock
- Coral bay
- Adonis baths
- House of Dionysus
- Blue Lagoon
- St Paul’s Pillar
- Tombs of the Kings
- Kouklia and Aphrodite Sanctuary
- Aphrodite’s Baths
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