Paphos

It is said that the mythical birthplace of the goddess Aphrodite was at Old Paphos. Today, this modern city located on southwest coast of Cyprus is on the official list of UNESCO world heritage cultural and natural treasures. Steeped in history, visitors will feel as if they have gone back in time when visiting this coastal city, delighting in the array of historical landmarks and enjoying strolling along the harbour front, well known as the biggest port on the island of Cyprus.Those on a romantic break will want to make the most of the white sandy beaches and reminisce about the cities romantic past including tales of Marc Antony and Cleopatra, along with Richard the Lionheart. Despite its history, Paphos embraces the fusion of old and new with bars and restaurants lining the streets of New Paphos with a vibrant and lively nightlife for tourists to enjoy.

For one of the most romantic places to stay in Paphos, you can’t go wrong with the Aphrodite Hills Resort. As legend has it, the hotel overlooks the birthplace of the Goddess of Love. Set within 600 acres of protected forest, guests can expect endless luxuries, including a sumptuous spa with a wide range of self-indulgent treatments, a golf course and the hotels very own tennis academy.

Other top resorts in the city, as chosen by tourists include the Elysium Hotel with beautiful views overlooking the sea, Annabelle with its glamorous pool and the Coral Beach Hotel & Resort with its own private beach.

If you would prefer to book self-catering accommodation there are plenty of apartments to choose from throughout paphos, majority of which benefit from their own pool, dramatic sea views, and terrace, ideal for al-fresco dining.

For those looking for a relaxing family villa or unique destination to enjoy with friends, how about a Paphos beach house? With less than 60m between you and the sea, and centrally located to the city for you to enjoy all the Paphos nightlife, a beach house villa is the ultimate luxury self-catering accommodation.

Cypriot cuisine is filled with colourful delights including an array of fruit & vegetables, freshly bake breads, goats cheese and capers.

If its traditional dishes you are looking to try during your stay in Paphos, we would definitely recommend a Calamari starter followed by a traditional kebab or moussaka with some delicious baklava and a glass of ouzo to end the night.

For some of the best fish in the city head over to Pyxida Nicosia, for mezé book a table at Seven St Georges or for somewhere a little quieter, Pantopoleio, Nicosia is the perfect place to sit outside and enjoy some contemporary Cypriot cooking set in a converted grocer’s.

However, if you would rather go for something different altogether, why not have a banquet at Jayanta Indian Restaurant for a range of traditional Indian delicacies.

Notable landmarks in the historic city of Paphos include the Paphos boulevard, The Sacracen Rock and the Paphos Lighthouse.

As you can imagine, being on the UNESCO World Heritage List, the city is littered with historic treasures, including the Tomb of the Kings, the remains of the ancient Roman city walls and the detailed mosaics of villas dating from the 3rd century.

For beautiful beaches, you are spoilt for choice with the sweeping Coral Bay and its crystal clear waters, the birthplace of Aphrodite on the pebbly beach of Petra tou Romiou and the island cove of Alykes Beach.

For a great family day out, you can’t go wrong with a day at Paphos Zoo, an exciting trip outside of the city exploring the dramatic landscapes on a 4×4 adventure, or if you are feeling really keen a full day tour of the city with a leisurely lunch at the city’s port.

With a typical Mediterranean climate, the tourist season is during the summer months, when the temperatures have been known to soar to the mid 40s.

You are unlikely to see much rain during the summer period but this cannot be said for winter when the weather conditions have been compared to that of an English summer with warm and humid weather.

One of the best times therefore to book a break in Paphos is likely to be the autumn months, from September – October when the temperatures are still often in the 20s, coupled with the warm autumn colours of the landscape that make it a beautiful time of year to explore the city.