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Paphos

Known for Beach, Café and Relaxing

On the west coast of Cyprus is a popular resort town with broadly appealing attractions. Find history, culture, watersports, nature and all-night revelry.  

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Paphos is a popular seaside destination with a historic past. Many visitors come for the beaches and nightlife and discover magnificent architectural treasures as well.

The Paphos area features more than 30 miles (50 kilometers) of coastline, with many beaches earning Blue Flag status for environmental quality. Vrisoudia, Municipal and Alikes beaches are closest to the town and popular with families. Snorkel and dive at Coral Bay or surf and windsurf at Laourou Beach. In summer, see loggerhead turtles nesting at Lara Beach or cool off at the Aphrodite Water Park.

Most of the town’s archeological sites are located near the harbor. Paphos Archaeological Park houses remains dating from prehistoric times to the Middle Ages. Admire the beauty and detail of elaborate mosaic floors in four Roman villas including the House of Dionysos and the House of Orpheus. Walk through the Tombs of the Kings, underground burial places carved out of rock, where aristocrats were interred. Explore the ruins of Saranta Kolones, a Byzantine fort. Sit on one of the limestone blocks in the 2nd-century Odeon, a large amphitheater that hosts musical and theatrical performances in the summer.

Paphos has a rich biodiversity. Throughout the region follow nature trails that take you past waterfalls, through fields of crocuses and near farms, medieval ruins and caves.

Enjoy the loud and colorful nightlife. Karaoke bars, nightclubs and discos in the center of town and at the beach draw in crowds of young people from across Europe. The aptly named Bar Street is an entire avenue of clubs and bars. For those who want a quieter stay, find plenty of tavernas and international restaurants in the harbor area.

Visitors will be easily understood in Paphos. Although the official languages are Greek and Turkish, many locals have a good command of English. There is also a large British expat community.

Reach Paphos by flying into its international airport, 5 miles (8 kilometers) outside the town. Get around by bus, rental car or on foot.

Things to do in Paphos

Visit the marina’s historic castle in the day and stay after the sun goes down to experience the lively restaurants and discotheques.

Delve into the intricate network of underground tunnels to see a majestic series of catacombs from more than 2,000 years ago.

Imagine a Greek goddess rising to life from the foaming waters around this striking rock. Stay for the captivating sunset.

Intricate Roman mosaics are the highlight among countless remnants from the various cultures that inhabited the area in the past few millennia.

Go parasailing over this scenic region of sandy beach and limestone cliffs before visiting the site of a Late Bronze Age settlement.

Relish the panoramic view from atop a fort that dates back a millennium. It survived the rule of Byzantine, Ottoman and British empires.

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On this trip, you can re-enact the biblical story, by encountering some of the world’s animals before stepping aboard your own, small-scale ark. You’ll start the day in Pafos Zoo, where you’ll have the morning to wander around.

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You will visit Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus, to find out about the turbulent history of one of the world’s last divided cities. Arriving in the south part of Nicosia, your guide will show and give you all the interesting facts about this town.

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Cyprus is an island of contrasts with rolling hills housing pretty villages and history infusing their streets and squares. On this special day out, you’ll see the archaeological site of Kourion, venture to the village of Omodos to meet the locals and cap off the day in style with a wine tasting experience.

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Rural Cyprus is at your fingertips on this whistle stop tour. The morning kicks off with first stop at Petra tou Romiou for photographs (available only for guests from Paphos town).

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Venture out and explore the scenic Akamas Peninsula area, with its wild landscapes and dramatic gorges. Behold some of the most breathtaking views in Cyprus, and discover Avakas Gorge, Lara Bay, and the Baths of Aphrodite on this 4x4 adventure that goes well off the beaten track.

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Board your air-conditioned bus and enjoy a day tour Troodos Mountains. Rising to almost 2,000 metres above sea level, Troodos Mountains gives you amazing 360 views of the whole island.

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