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The Paphos area guide

Things to do

The famed birthplace of the Greek goddess Aphrodite, Paphos offers sea views and mystical ruins straight out of ancient mythology. Located on the island of Cyprus, Paphos is divided into two main sections that are linked by a central road.

Lower Paphos or Kato Paphos, is the primary tourist centre, with a palm tree-lined seafront fringed with hotels, restaurants and bars. Beyond the bustling bars and nightlife of the tourist strip, you’ll find a relaxing promenade and quiet backstreets dotted with historic churches and intriguing boutiques. It’s also home to the Paphos Archaeological Park, which is well worth visiting for its centuries of ruins and artefacts.

The old centre of Paphos is known as Ktima and it is the commercial centre of the city where the locals reside. Here you’ll find well-preserved colonial buildings alongside modern shops and museums.

The Paphos Archaeological Park is one of the city’s most famous attractions and is located near to the harbour. This park houses an extensive collection of artefacts and treasures which date back to the 2nd century BC. Although you could spend several days exploring these gems, some highlights include a Hellenistic theatre and limestone Roman Odeon, as well as some of the most intricate mosaics in the Mediterranean. The Tombs of the Kings is another star archaeological attraction, as is the Paphos Fort situated at the marina’s tip.

With a sunny climate and attractive natural features, there’s also plenty of outdoor recreation to enjoy in Paphos. Visit the Aphrodite Water Park to keep children of all ages happy, or visit the Pafos Zoo to spot colourful wildlife in a lush setting. The coastal path extends from the Tombs of the Kings to Geroskipou Beach, providing sweeping views of the Mediterranean for walkers. Sailing, fishing, wine tasting, and golfing are also popular pastimes in Paphos.

Places to eat

With a large expat population and bustling tourist trade, there’s a wide selection of international cuisine available in Paphos. This ranges from the typical fast food joints, such as McDonalds, to gourmet dining at many of the resort restaurants in town.

A highlight of Paphos’ dining scene is its traditional tavernas, which serve local wine and a full meze spread. Tyrimos Seafood Restaurant is a local favourite for fresh seafood, serving up squid dishes and a romantic old world atmosphere.

Seven St Georges is the go-to destination for meze, with inventive courses based on seasonal availability. You’ll find everything from wild asparagus to homemade sausages on the varied platters, including a wealth of meatless options.

Shopping

Major shopping centres include The Paphos Mall and Kings Avenue Mall, both filled with small boutiques as well as larger international brand names. Supermarkets in town include Orphanides Express, Carrefour and Papantoniou, while Debenhams, the British department store, has an outlet here.

The harbour area features rows of independent tourist shops, which are good places to find locally made handicrafts, including intricate jewellery, leather goods, lace, pottery, and embroidery. Head to Nikodimou Mylona Street for designer boutiques featuring the latest fashions.

Getting there & around

Paphos International Airport serves the city. Although it’s small, it offers regular services from a number of airlines, including charter flights from UK tour operators.

The Larnaca airport is a suitable alternative option and is only an hour and a half away. Hourly bus services connect Paphos Airport with Kato Paphos during the summer high season. Once you have arrived in Paphos, transportation is fairly straightforward as there are abundant taxi services.

Both Kato and Ktima Paphos are small enough to explore on foot, and bus services connect the two halves of the city. OSYPA is the public transport operator in Paphos, with a newly constructed bus station near the harbour.

This is also the station that provides the main connections to all nearby cities and suburbs, as well as popular sites such as Aphrodite’s Rock. If you’re looking for a unique way to explore the area, donkey rides are available for shorter distances.

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