Framed by verdant hills, the blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea meet the white-sand beaches of Cyprus at Paphos City. While the ancient ruins and museums of this city showcase its Greek heritage, the luxury villas and clubs display a more modern side.
One of the best ways to understand the history of Paphos City is by visiting its many ruin sites, churches and museums. Originally a Byzantine fortress, the Paphos Castle was built to protect the port. This castle has served as a fortress, a prison during the Turkish invasion and a salt storage later during British occupation. The advent of Christianity at Paphos City can be witnessed in Agia Kyriaki Chrysopolitissa, one of the oldest Christian churches in the world. Founded by a Cypriot hermit in the 12th century, Agios Neophytos Monastery is another interesting site of religious value in the city. Paphos City honours its rich Greek heritage in the House of Dionysus, where some of the most magnificent collections of floor mosaics are present. At the Birthplace of Aphrodite, you can view Petra tou Romiou or Aphrodite's Rock, a giant sea stack. According to legend, it is the place from where Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, emerged from the sea.
The heart of Paphos City lies in its blue waters, sandy beaches and warm sun. Coral Bay is a popular destination to relax or participate in water sports. Vrysoudia beach is another famous hangout owing to its shallow waters and white-sand beaches.
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|Most popular time to visit||October-December|
|Cheapest time to visit||January-March|
|Local currency||€ 1 = $1.08|
|Average weekend price||$171 per night|
|Average weekday price||$165 per night|
|Average stay||3 nights|
Nice town to relax around harbour, footpaths are near the sea. Enjoying fresh sea food and national food in local restaurants (added picture). Closest sandy beach is Lara beach, 25km from Paphos, reachable in 1 hour by car, where you can stay almoust alone with nature (added picture). Recomend visiting Aphrodite beach with rocks in evening-view is stuning :) (added picture) Hondros-old traditional tavern restaurant, for best kalamari, that melts inside. Happy island restaurant-best octopus. Tea for two restaurant-best price to eat seafood starters for breakfast. Be carefull if you plan to go to Akamas national park as going further inside, roads can be too rocky for car to be able to drive.
Nice and quiet place (especially in the period we visited the city, there were only a few turists) with fine beaches, good sea water, very good weather, good and friendly restaurants. I recommend the part of the city close to the sea, not its centre, but I am the type who wants confort, relax.
The Paphos area has something for everyone! Plenty to do but we like to just wander the area & enjoy the warm weather. Kato Paphos is being re developed at the moment so driving is a little difficult but there is a large car park near the harbour which is easily accessed. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from plus loads of large hotels on the seafront & any number of pubs & clubs if you're interested.
Great place, we normally stay around universal area which is nice and quiet and here are two supermarkets and a bar restaurant called Pambi’s Diner there. The harbour area is great for bars, restaurants and shopping. There is also a taxi rank at the bus station there. The old town is around 30 minutes walk from the harbour area and is really starting to become a great night out with many eateries and bars, some we visited and would highly recommend are Agora Tavern Mezze restaurant, Mr Tippler (food drinks and cocktails), Stephanie Rose (lovely cocktails and dessert / sweet cakes and VERY pink!) our favourite was Chernobyl (cocktails were amazing) A lot of work has been done and a lot of money spent in the old town over the last few years.
No language problems - English is widely spoken and translated on menus etc. Great local food at very reasonable prices but drinks are only a little cheaper than in the UK Savour the keftedes (meatballs), stifado (beef & onion stew), kleftiko (spiced oven baked lamb) Our favourite restaurants were Hondros Tavern, Argo and Taverna Picnic. Sucking pig (at Hondros needs to be pre-ordered but worth it) For wine drinkers - the whites are better than the reds (my opinion) Stroll at leisure around the archaeological park, sit in the amphitheatre and imagine life in roman times! Don't just concentrate on the sea front - walk or bus (recommended) to the old town - great views too! Do rent ca car for a couple of days - visit attractions within easy reach such as the Troodos Mountains (tip - take a jacket, it can get quite chilly), Pissouri Bay, Lara Bay (see the turtles) and the lovely little village, Tala
Lovely harbour walks, plenty of bars & restaurants with excellent food. Safe beaches with plenty of sun beds at standard price. €2.50. Safe sea for swimming. Good coastal walks & archeological sites. Friendly hospitality staff & good service. Efficient bus services including to/from the airport.
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