Whisk back to ancient Greece
The spirit of ancient Greek goddess Aphrodite lives on in the age-old temples and crumbling ruins of Paphos, making it an ideal destination for a historic and cultural holiday. One of the main attractions is UNESCO’s Tomb of the Kings — these underground chambers are where aristocrats were buried nearly 2000 years ago.
Within Paphos town itself, you’ll find one of the most important archaeological sites of Cyprus — the Kato Paphos Archaeological Park. Here you can witness some of the most impressive examples of Roman architecture, the amphitheatre and remarkable mosaics. Speaking of which, the House of Dionysus is particularly famous for its spectacular Greek mosaics.
Cypriot wining and dining
When it comes to dining, your spoilt for choice in Paphos. With a full line-up of restaurants serving up next-level cuisine you’ll indulge in the finest Cypriot flavours. One that particularly stands out is the Ficardo Restaurant on Poseidonos Avenue. This whitewashed eatery dishes up elegant cuisine in the most colourful of gardens. If you would prefer something even more authentic, head to the Ktima area where you can tuck into meze with the locals. Make sure you try the local delicacies, sheftalia sausages and halloumi cheese.
Although Paphos takes you way back to ancient times, its 21st century nightlife brings you right back to date with an abundance of cocktail and wine bars. . Take your pick of over 300 fine wines at the New York inspired Gina’s Place or head to Bar Street. Just off the harbour, you’ll find its neon lit path lined with cocktail, karaoke and themed bars. For those wanting to party until dawn, Paphos nightlife doesn’t disappoint. There’s thousand-capacity clubs that open their doors a little later into the night. Here you can expect all of the club, dance and trance classics.
Paphos weather makes a perfect all-year-rounder
This Cypriot gem is a firm favourite almost all-year-round thanks to its Mediterranean climate. In just a four-and-a-half-hour flight to Paphos, you could be basking in temperatures of up to 31 degrees during the Summer months. The hottest and best time to visit Paphos is between the months of June and September. This is when you can expect clear blue skies and plenty of sunshine to bask in.
Even in winter, you can still enjoy pleasant temperatures of around 15 degrees and sometimes they even reach up to the toasty 20s. While the sunshine hours are slightly less at this time of year, an advantage of a winter holiday to Cyprus is that the resort is less crowded.
Places to Visit
One of the best beaches on the west side of Cyprus, Coral Bay is one of the main places to visit during your Paphos holiday. Backed by limestone cliffs, soak up the sun on its peaceful white sands or try your hand at one of its many water sport activities.
Tombs of the Kings
The Tombs of the Kings are a must-see. Spare a couple of hours and head to this UNESCO World Heritage Site where you’ll be surrounded by ancient tombs in a desert-like landscape. Head down the stone steps and learn all about their fascinating history.
This Blue Flag beach may only stretch for around 150 metres, but it’s sat right in the centre of town. Split into two different parts, you can kick-back on the sand or relax on the wooden, decked area. No matter which section you choose there’s plenty of sun-loungers available and a couple of beach bars serving up those necessary Pina Coladas.