Stones from the Stone Age, buildings left by the Byzantines and rambling Roman ruins... Paphos is a paradise for those in need of a culture shot. Being more than eight thousand years old, many of the monuments of Paphos town are included in worldwide preservation groups such as the UNESCO Global Heritage list. Every corner opens up a new avenue of historical treasures for everyone to enjoy from the elaborate temples and tombs to the intricate Hellenistic mosaics on the floor.
A hub of Cypriot tradition and culture, Paphos has one particular party trick which shouldn’t be overlooked; its music. Throughout the seasons, the town has a jam-packed calendar of entertainment events that will have even the most left-footed tourists hitting the dance floor in no time. Don your traditional ‘vraka’ or ‘sayia’ costumes and get down to a traditional ‘Syrtos’ groove.
City breaks are wonderful, exciting experiences but sometimes you just need to get away from it all and there’s no better place to do that than in the countryside around Paphos. All year round, whatever the weather, there’s places to explore, wildlife to discover and views to be, well, viewed. Twitchers will be particularly thrilled with Paphos as there are more than 370 species of birds, many of which are endangered or rare.
Top of any priorities list in Paphos has to be the Archaeological Park of Kato Paphos, one of the most important archaeological sites of Cyprus and a UNESCO World Heritage Site too. With intertwining elements of both Greek mythology and Roman legends, visitors to the site will be treated to phenomenal depictions of ancient Mediterranean tales. One example of this tangible storytelling are the four Roman villas of Dionysos, Theseus, Aion and Orpheus, houses created for the use and worship of the gods. The site is also home to a number of other thrilling finds such as the Odeon, the Saranta Kolones Castle and the Tombs of the Kings.
Set amidst a tropical jungle of nearly untouched natural foliage, Paphos Zoo is a spacious, 24 acre home for an extensive range of fascinating animals including giraffes, monkeys, meerkats, white lions, tigers and many more. Safely kept in their enclosures, but still thrilling to see, the zoo’s inhabitants are well worth a visit. With bird of prey shows, snack bars and even a museum, this attraction is bound to be a hit with kids and grownups alike.
A fort built to protect (and obviously built well given that it’s been standing since the Byzantine era), Paphos Castle is an impressive feature of the town. Considered to be one of Paphos’ most famous attractions, the structure is built on an ancient wave breaker at the west end of the town harbour and is the focal point for many parades, festivals and functions. We recommend making the trip to the top of the castle because the view is simply out of this world.
One of the many festivals which takes place at Paphos Castle, and which shouldn’t be missed, is the centuries-old Aphrodite Festival. Cypriots gather from all over the country to celebrate the festival together in a hedonistic blur of music, food, drink and dance. The bands which are featured at this event are often flown in from around the world to delight audiences with international favourites such as Puccini, Bizet and Verdi.
May through to October will give sun seekers an unrivalled opportunity to top up their tan and swim with the sea turtles. Whilst it may be appealing to head to Cyprus during the gloriously warm summer months, however, it may be better for your budget (and your sunburn) to beat the crowds and visit in the spring from early March to late May, when all the wildflowers are in bloom. Autumn and winter are picturesque if chilly months and visitors can scoop a bargain break from October to January.
If you hold a British Citizen passport, you don't need a visa to enter Cyprus and are visa exempt for 90 days. For more information on travel regulations and entry requirements, visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cyprus/entry-requirements
The currency used in Paphos is the Euro (EUR).
The main language spoken in Paphos is Greek.