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||€ 10 = $9.71|
|Average weekend price||$179 per night|
|Average weekday price||$170 per night|
|Average stay||3 nights|
Boring! the nature is not exceptional, you can find it in many other places. Tourist UNFRIENDLY destination! People are unfriendly, often rude, especially those in service sector. Paphos is not recommended!
you need to look around and you can find nice beaches (coral bay, venus beach...) restaurants with good food (petros, mama's steakhouse...). transport links very good. the castel and centre area very nice. boat trips lovely. the archeological site is very intresting. try to avoid if you can restaurants on main streets (some have good food but some not), be carefull with the excursions trips (not the best)
Very nice city. Locals are very friendly and helpful. The harbour walk is very nice/ All restaurant we eat were excellent especially the Porto Bello. It is very easy to get around and very safe to walk in the dark. Wiil visit again Paphos really nice holiday,
nicest people - all speak good english- excellent restaurants lovel sea side - well priced - driving like us in UK -excellent polite service every where you go - historical sites -variaty of geography mountains beachs - excellent sea food
We avoided the city as we were quite happy to stay around Queens bay hotel. We visited coral bay and Latchi harbour. We wanted to do the boat trip to the blue lagoon but all trips were cancelled due to the sea being conditions. We visited the Zoo. We had an excellent time. If we had more time we would have gone to the city harbour. Maybe next time.
I didn't particularly liked Paphos as a city itself. The beaches aren't the prettiest. no sandy beaches. The city isn't the cleanest. But there are some good restaurant, nice sunset and the tours available, to visit outside the city are amazing. We went on a full day tour along the coast, following by a swim in the lagoon and wine tasting. That part was totally worth it !!
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