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Paphos





Fast Facts

  • Location: On the west coast of Cyprus
  • Attraction Type: An archaeological heritage
  • Significance: A UNESCO World heritage site on the coast
  • Best Time to Visit: All through the year
  • Visiting hours: Daytime, and evening for cultural performances
  • How to Reach: By flights; chartered flights are also available
  • Nearest International Airport: Paphos International Airport

Paphos on the western coast of Cyprus is the birthplace of Greek goddess Aphrodite. With its gorgeous Coral Bay, soft white beaches and azure blue waters is a fascinating destination for a vacation. Be it summer, autumn, winter or spring, Paphos in Cyprus is always inviting. Its sunny days, balmy breeze, and inviting beaches lure tourists from all places throughout the year.

Modern Paphos city has an upper commercial center and a lower historic and archaeological center. The lower center or 'Kato Paphos' is where tourists throng in large numbers, and hence all development in recent years has taken place around this area.

History

History of Paphos goes back to 200 BC when it was a part of the Greek empire. During the ancient Roman civilization, the House of Theseus and the House of Dionysos were built. The Tombs of the Kings sculpted from solid rocks is amazing. Paphos Fort is another building of immense historical significance. Being used as either a fort or a prison, it was built by the Turks in the 1580s and later by the British.

Significance

This UNESCO World Heritage site is considered to be the birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of beauty, physical love and fertility. The old harbor, Temple of Aphrodite, the St. Paul's pillar and the Byzantine castle are significant archeological sites.

Activities

Watch a play or listen to a musical performance in the 'Odeon', a Greek amphitheater built within the archaeological remains of Paphos. The Paphos Bird Park is a delight for bird watchers, while the Aphrodite Water Park is an entertainment themed park conceived to cater to the young and old alike. Indulge yourself in the most exciting water sports like water skiing, scuba diving, and jet skiing.

If you are a nature lover visit Akamas Peninsula, home to more than 530 plant varieties, and innumerable bird species. Explore the sandy bays, and the deep gorges which are simply magnificent.

While in Paphos, savor on the traditional Cypriot meze with the accompaniment of Cyprus aperitif zivania wine. The other outstanding wine varieties of this historic city include dry white wine, refreshing roze, shiraz, and ofthalmo.

Accommodation and dining

Paphos in Cyprus offers accommodation to suit the requirements of all tourist categories. Annabelle Hotel, Anassa Hotel, Pyramos Hotel and Elysium Hotel are some of the notable places to put up. You might also stay in Vasilias Nikolas Inn or the villas at Coral Bay.

Il Classico, and Colosseum restaurants offer traditional delicacies. Or else travel upto Kathikas village well-known for its traditional taverns.

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