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Stretching from the airport at the very south to the Paphos Bird’s and Animal Park and the stunning sea caves towards the northern parts, the city is a host of activities and options. Whether you are seeking complete relaxation by the beach, adventures in and around the sea or looking to explore the ancient sites and traditional streets of the city, you’re sure to find it here.
Immediately near the small bay with its small fishing boats, you’ll find a profusion of historical ruins and buildings. The Archaeological Park is home to a wealth of ruins that bear witness to the rich history of the city and Cyprus. See the House of Dionysus, the ruins of the Forty Columns Fortress and marvel as the beautifully preserved mosaics that together with the other ancient monuments have made Paphos a UNESCO Heritage Site. The Tomb of the Kings as well as the medieval castle at the end of the harbour-front are also worth a visit for those seeking historical attractions.
For those looking for golden beaches and water activities, there are numerous stretches of white sand and azure seascapes along the western coastline of Cyprus. Soak up the sun on dry land, sip a refreshing cocktail under the shade of a parasol, or head straight in for a dip in the Mediterranean Sea. Try water-skiing, windsurfing or loads of other water sports at Coral Bay. Go on boats trips along the coast, or sign up for scuba-courses, which will allow you to explore some of the underwater sites and marine life, as well as the stunning Amphorae Caves. Back on dry land again, you can go on day trips out of the city to either explore other cities in Cyprus, experience the rugged inland landscape of the Troodos Mountains or go on a wine tour to sample some delightful Cypriot grapes. Regardless of what you’re seeking, or if you are looking for a special blend of everything, Paphos is sure to have it covered, and after a long day of exploring, a local restaurant will be beckoning you in to try some of the local food. Souvlaki and freshly-caught seafood will be served in abundant portions, and if you’re not entirely sure what to order, then a large helping of meze is a great introduction of what the island has to offer.
Originally started as an EU-backed initiative in 1985 by two ministers from Greece and France, the European Capital of Culture was intended to serve as a bridge between European countries and a way to celebrate diversity and art across borders. Starting with Athens as the first Cultural Capital in 1985, more than 50 different cities have since been awarded the coveted accolade. Chosen cities have been found to benefit tremendously both socio-economically and culturally, and the accolade often serves as a catalyst for further growth and development in these areas. In 2007 it was decided to double the choice to two different host cities, and this year the European Capitals of Culture are Paphos in Cyprus and Aarhus in Denmark. Here is a short guide to the two cities and what you can expect from them during their stewardship of the award.
Permeating every particle of Greek culture is its rich heritage of history and mythology. Regardless of where you choose to holiday in Greece, you’re never far from a place that in one way or another is linked to one of the great gods like Zeus, Aphrodite or Poseidon, or the historical setting of fabled demigods and heroes like Hercules, Perseus and Odysseus.
The Moroccan metropolis is a plethora of colours, tastes, scents and of course sounds. Visiting the city will leave you with an infinity of impressions and regardless of where you move in the centre of Marrakech, you’re never short of new experiences. During your stay in this amazing city, sometimes you’ll need a space where you can just relax and enjoy the silence for a bit. Luckily there are numerous options for you to choose between, and below we have selected four things for you to do when you want a break from the hustle and bustle of the souks.