Stunningly situated on the Mediterranean coast, Paphos is located in the southwest of Cyprus and boasts golden sunshine all year round. Divided into two parts, the city houses both an important fishing harbour in Kato Pafos and the main residential district of Ktima. Known as one of the most fascinating and beautiful destinations that Cyprus has to offer, you won’t be short of great things to do on holidays to Paphos in 2021.
This coastal city is packed with great opportunities to enjoy the beauty and history of Cyprus. Gaze at the beautiful mosaics at the House of Dionysus, venture to the Troodos Mountains or spend a day on the sandy beaches. If you can’t resist a bit of retail therapy, Paphos old town has some lovely independent shops and boutiques where you can find that unique hand crafted gift to take home.
Whether you’re looking for a romantic holiday for two, or a fun-filled family break, Paphos has something for you all to enjoy. The area has a varied selection of bars, restaurants, beaches and scenery to take in, whatever your tastes.
Your guide to Paphos holidays
Paphos is one of Europe’s liveliest destinations. Featuring rich history, stunning beaches and the best nightlife on the island, there are many things to do on your Paphos holiday. The old town sits on a hill overlooking the sea and is where you’ll find some wonderful traditional Cypriot restaurants.
Down at the harbour, Paphos becomes more modern and is lined with good bars and seafood restaurants. As Paphos is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you will also find plenty of historic sights here, including Paphos Castle. There’s also the Cyprus Museum with its archaeological exhibits for culture lovers.
You could spend a day wandering around the city to witness the impressive historical remains, like the beautiful mosaics of Nea Paphos. This ancient land is devoted to Aphrodite, who is said to have risen from the sea at Paphos. The old Baths of the Goddess are in the nearby town of Polis and well worth a visit.
The coastline of Paphos is blessed with dozens of beaches. Twelve of the beaches in the region have been awarded the Blue Flag, so you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Paphos’ main beach is dainty and only stretches around 150m. However, it’s right next to the town centre. At one end is a sandy stretch flanked by a wooden, decked area with plenty of sun loungers. At the other end, the beach has craggy rocks and is overlooked by a medieval castle.
Take a stroll down to the beaches of Coral Bay, which has some of the whitest sands and crystal clear waters Cyprus has to offer - ideal for swimming, diving and other water sports. For more secluded swimming, head to Cape Greco, a stunning headland surrounded by clear waters. Take a trip along the Pachyammos Bay and you will find Pachyammos Beach with its pristine sands and Blue Flag water quality.
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Prices last checked at 7:30 AM January 19, 2021