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Located on Cyprus’ south-west coast, the ancient town of Paphos has been for thousands of years a popular holiday destination. Paphos is thought to be the birthplace of Aphrodite, and Greek pilgrims travelled from across the country to worship at the goddess’ temple. Here you can discover ancient ruins and numerous archaeological sites in the south, while in the north you’ll find a vibrant modern centre. For natural beauty, book Paphos holidays a little further north for the quiet beaches and strong-scented pine forests.
The Paphos region runs from Polis, on the north-western tip of the island to the city of Limassol, in the south. Most people visit for the beaches, and when you see them you will quickly understand why. The Blue Flag sand is flanked by limestone cliffs and palm trees.
The vibrant holiday resorts of Paphos and Limassol have the majority of visitors. By first impressions, you will see Irish pubs, karaoke bars, and restaurants that serve British fare and moussaka by equal measure. However, scratch a little deeper on your holidays in Paphos and you will see Cypriot charm has not been lost with the coming of the tourist industry. Paphos’ old town showcases the Greece of yesteryear with its churches temples and forts.
Inland, the Paphos region is testimony to a relaxed Mediterranean existence. Quiet village squares dominate the small villages like Latchi and Pomos, and the landscape is dominated by pine-clad hills and groves of olives that stretch on for miles.
Temperature: 30 degrees Celsius or more in both July and August.
Best time for holidays to Paphos: Late spring when there is pleasant weather and there’s little chance of rain.
Paphos has a typically Mediterranean climate with hot and sunny days during summer months. Because Cyprus lies closer to the Middle East than to Greece, summers are very hot, with the temperature often climbing to 40 degrees Celsius in June, July and August. If you want cooler weather, try April, May or October, when the temperature sits between 17 and 25 degrees Celsius.
Legend has it that when Aphrodite emerged from the sea she came ashore at Paphos. A few thousand years, and the old town is representative of traditional Cyprus, with shaded pavement cafes and cobbled streets. Down from the old town is a modern port packed with restaurants and bars. However, the spirit of Aphrodite lives on in the crumbling ruins and age-old temples that are just waiting for you to explore on holidays to Paphos.
Limassol is a bustling port on Cyprus’ south coast and is the island’s biggest resort and one of the best. It easily matches Nicosia, the capital, for its cosmopolitan buzz and can keep pace with Ayia Napa for its nightlife.
There are roughly 27 beaches around Paphos, at least 12 of them have Blue Flag status. One of the most popular is Coral Bay which is located just north of Paphos, the beach has beautiful soft white sand, is excellent for swimming and has host of facilities nearby.
In Paphos there is a wealth of ancient history to discover – so much so it is hard to know where to begin! It is best to start in the centre, right next to the harbor is Kato Paphos Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that dates back to prehistory and has some amazingly preserved mosaics and very impressive Roman architecture.
Head along the coast and you will find the Tombs of the Kings, some impressive underground tombs dating all the way back to the 4th century BC. Venture a little further afield and visit the famous Aphrodite’s Rock, said to be the goddess’ birthplace and explore the ancient city of Amathus during Paphos holidays.
Aside from stunning weather and a wealth of history, Cyprus is also known for its sumptuous cuisine. With everything from to succulent kleftiko, Halloumi cheese to Sheftalia sausages.
There is a host of family activities to enjoy on holidays to Paphos. There is the Cove Adventure Mini Golf for a fun-filled family outing. Or for something a little faster-paced there is the Paphos Karting Centre. There’s also Pafos Zoo with its wide variety of animals, Super Aphrodite Waterpark, and Luna Parks, an amusement park close to Geroskipou’s public beach.
Head to Paphos’ Kings Avenue Shopping Mall for some retail therapy, here there are 120 shops as well as a cinema, a wide variety of dining options and the Kidsland activity centre.
North of Paphos is Akamas Paninsula National Park, which is definitely worth a visit if you have time on your Paphos holidays. It is stunningly beautiful and is where loggerhead turtles lay their eggs. Or venture inland to the traditional village of Kalopanayiotis, famed for its healing waters.