Places to visit in Paphos
Inside the House of Dionysus and in the four other Roman villas, there are some exquisite and very well preserved mosaics. Furthermore, inside the park, there is also the Odeon, the Agora, the ‘Saranta Kolones (Forty columns), the ‘Limeniotissa’ Ruins of early Christian Basilica and the Asklipeion. A bit further away, it is worth visiting the ‘Tombs of the Kings’ site where around 4th century BC high officials used to be buried. Lastly, do not miss the St. Solomon’s Church, originally built as a Christian catacomb, the Ayia Kyriaki Chrysopolitssa church built in the 13th century and next to it the St. Paul’s Pillar and the Saint Neophytos Monastery, 10 km outside Paphos, founded by Saint Neophytos.
Things to do in Paphos
On the other hand, if you are into sports there are many activities you can do in Paphos. From water sports in the various organised beaches of the district to golf in one of the very good four golf clubs located in various locations. Furthermore, some of Cyprus’ best cycling routes are found in Paphos, more than 185 to be exact. And this is one of the best ways to discover this amazing district. If you want to do that on foot, take one of the many hiking trails such as the beautiful Aphrodite Trail and revisit the places where many of the myths and stories took place. Finally, if you are a wine lover, note that there are three wine routes in Paphos area that you can follow and visit some of the wineries that produce excellent wine.
Best Beaches in
The most popular beach is Coral Bay, some kilometres away from the city centre. A beautiful bay with a long stretch of beach, umbrellas and sunbeds for rent, water sport facilities and a big beach bar. In the city, visit the blue flag Municipal Baths beach, in the heart of the tourist Kato Paphos area, Alykes,Vrysoudia Beach A and B, three sandy beaches near the hotels and off the main Poseidonos Avenue, Pachyammos Bay in front the hotels in Kato Paphos and Faros at the west end of Paphos.
There is also Geroskipou Municipal Beach, at the nearby small town of Geroskipou. All of those beaches are fully organised with sunbeds and umbrellas for rent, beach bars, lifeguards and water sports facilities. Outside Paphos, in Pegeia village, you can spend your day at the sandy Laourou Beach and if you drive 40 minutes more, you will end up in the town of Latsi, next to Akamas where there are also quite a few lovely beaches.
Accommodation in Paphos
Paphos is an ideal destination for families and couples because of its many hotel and apartment options. From budget accommodation to 5 star hotels, there’s something for everyone. The main resorts and biggest hotels in Paphos come complete with their own swimming pools, often offering all-inclusive packages.
There also are plenty of private villas to choose from, in more relaxing and quiet areas, often overlooking the Mediterranean. Most villas offer accommodation for a minimum of four guests and can be surprisingly good value for money, especially during the peak season.
If you are looking for holidays during the summer months and you are looking for a great accommodation near a beach, you should book well ahead. Good choices include the Sancta Napa, the Nissi Beach Hotel, the Olympic Lagoon Resort, the Grecian Bay Hotel and the Stamatia, all of which stand alongside Ayia Napa’s legendary white sandy beachfront.
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Places to eat in Paphos
A bit further up, near the old town there are some very interesting options. Local taverns serving kebab, sieftalia and Cyprus mezze, wine bars and bistros. Furthermore, around the Tombs of the Kings area, there are also plenty of eateries, pubs and of course, fish restaurants.
If you are staying in the Coral Bay you can check out some of the local restaurants serving various cuisines. Note, that inside the hotels along Poseidonos Avenue, there are some really good restaurants, open to the public and worth checking out. However if you fancy tasting delicious Cypriot food served in local taverns and discover gourmet surprises, you should drive to the nearby villages.