Paphos Guide to Cyprus

Attractions of Paphos

The directory on Tourister.ru contains popular attractions of Paphos with a map in Russian, photos and descriptions. If you have time to rest in Paphos on Cyprus, you can not only have time to relax and get a tan on the beaches, but also to see the ancient temples and archaeological sites, artifacts in museums, picturesque places of nature.

The history of settlement in Paphos and the surrounding area is almost 3,000 years old. Not surprisingly, even in the city area you can find unique monuments created in the Roman and Byzantine periods, impressive medieval buildings.

One of the most interesting tour objects in Paphos is the archaeological complex “Royal Tombs” (in Russian there are also other versions, such as “Tombs of Kings”), located 2 km north of the city center. This vast necropolis, established in the 4th century B.C., is impressive with its surviving Doric columns and frescoes.

The most significant medieval attraction of Pafos is the city fortress known as Pafos Castle. There is now a museum inside the walls of the fortress.

On the outskirts of Paphos with tours or on their own you can go to the village of Kouklia – an authentic place with traditional Cypriot architecture, archaeological museum and the complex of the sanctuary of Aphrodite.

Not only for pilgrims but also for tourists is open the Monastery of St. Neophytos – one of the most famous Orthodox monasteries in Cyprus, founded in the XII century.

Attractions of Paphos with photos and descriptions

The Castle in Paphos is a historical landmark of the Cypriot city and a popular place.

In the vicinity of the seaside resort of Paphos there are many interesting historical sights, bearing in .

Pafos resort is located in the south-west of the island of Cyprus. Tourists who come here for vacation enjoy not .

Petra tou Romio (The Stone of the Romies, or, as it is often poetically called, the Rock of Aphrodite) is located .

The Byzantine Museum in Paphos (Byzantine Museum) operates on the grounds of the bishopric in the city center, by .

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    What to see in Paphos by yourself

    Start your city-break with a walk along the promenade, see Paphos Castle and then enjoy the view of the harbor and the arriving boats. It’s worth returning to the castle at sunset for some inspiring photos.

    From the waterfront, it’s a short walk to the Archaeological Park, the largest complex of ancient structures within the city. There is a fee to enter the park, but it includes several attractions: a museum exhibit in the building, the ruins of the fortress of Saranta Colones, the mosaics of the Villa Dionysus and other noble houses, the ancient Odeon and the lighthouse next to it.

    Without leaving the historic district of Kato Paphos, you can walk to the catacombs of Saint Solomonia, partially accessible to tourists, and the restored Byzantine church of Panagia Theoskepasti.

    The main city museums are located in the center of Paphos. In the permanent exhibition at the regional Archaeological Museum, the statue of Aphrodite from Kouklia and an ancient mummy take center stage, but there are also interesting collections of terracotta vessels, idols and jewelry. In the Byzantine Museum of Bishopric visitors can see ancient icons and manuscripts, samples of Byzantine art.

    Buses from Paphos will take you to the surrounding area and capture the best natural sights: the Petra tou Romiou rock on the road to Limassol, the Blue Lagoon and Akamas National Park, the legendary Aphrodite Bathing Place and the bizarre sea caves.

    Tomb of the Kings © World Traveler

    Where to go in Pafos with children

    It’s hard to imagine a family holiday in Paphos during the holiday season without a visit to a water park. Paphos Aphrodite Waterpark is open from April to October and offers a variety of water slides for children and families. It is located on the road from Kato Paphos to Geroskipa and can be reached by bus.

    Another destination for a full day trip is the Pafos Zoo, the largest in Cyprus, it is also the Park of Birds and Animals. The zoo is over 100 thousand sq.m. and is located 19 km from the resort town, next to Peyia and Kaflis. Three times a day the Paphos Zoo hosts a bird show with parrots and owls.

    For the famous Cypriot sweets it’s worth visiting the village of Geroskipou – just 3 km from the city center in the direction of the airport. By the way, in 2004 the local confectioners made the “Guinness Book of Records” when they cooked the Lukum weighing 2543 kg. Tourism in the suburban village is not limited to Turkish sweets: interesting and rich tour of temples and museums.

    Find entertainment for children of all ages can not leave Paphos: attractions are at the coast and in indoor entertainment centers.

    Private guides in Paphos

    Russian private guides can help you get acquainted with Paphos in more detail. The project Experts.Tourister.ru has 4 registered Russian guides and company in Paphos.

    Paphos

    Paphos is a small and cozy town in the southwest of Cyprus. We chose it among all the other resorts on the island because it differs from other places by the diversity in everything, gathering a little bit from each city. Every person can find his or her own thing in it. Someone will see it as a fashionable resort with expensive hotels and restaurants, someone will find there historical sites and attractions, for someone it will be the center of nightlife, and someone will see it as an ordinary noisy city with traffic jams, stores and various offices. We did not make a mistake in our choice, looking ahead I will say that the vacation was rich and for that thanks to Paphos. It is a city of contrasts, which has no borders.

    For me, Paphos was a little piece of Greece itself on this island separated from the main territory of the country. Its cute little beaches that hide among the rocks, the majestic fortress at the edge of the endless promenade, which is so nice to walk along in the evening or in my case a longboard ride, nice places with a stunning view of the sea and the sunset. All this made me forget everything in the world and just enjoy a quiet and measured rest.

    A short video about Paphos

    How to get there

    You can get to Paphos from anywhere in Cyprus by bus, car, cab or even on foot if you want. By the way, there is a European walking route E4 that crosses the whole island.

    But first you need to get to the island itself, and you can do this in two ways: by plane or by ferry.

    Of course by plane is faster and more convenient. In addition, there is an airport near Paphos. Below I will describe in detail both the plane and the ferry.

    By plane

    It is worth mentioning that Russian citizens do not need a visa to Cyprus; it is sufficient to obtain a visa online. You may enter the country with a visa only through Larnaca or Paphos. One needs a tourist visa or a Schengen visa for getting through customs in other cities on the island.

    Paphos airport

    Since we went to vacation directly to Paphos, it was more convenient to fly there. The airport is located about 15 km from the city center.

    Paphos airport is small and accepts chartered flights from various tour operators, as well as regular flights from different parts of the world. Since we were traveling independently, we flew on a regular flight. There are both connecting and direct flights.

    When looking for tickets, S7 flights turned out to be the best in terms of price and convenience. They fly daily from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk and other major Russian cities. You can view the offers on well-known aggregator sites or here.

    From the airport to the city embankment bus number 612 runs every hour. Timetable can be found here. Ticket costs 1 EUR and takes about 30 minutes.

    Price of cab from the airport is 20-25 EUR. Cab drivers are standing right at the terminal exit, the price is fixed and there is no sense to bargain.

    If you are a confident driver and are not planning to sit in one place during the whole trip, the best option is to rent a car at the airport and drive straight away. You will have to return the car at the airport, too. Or you can pay extra charges for the return at another place. The cost of an average car for a day is 30-35 EUR. You must not forget that traffic in Cyprus is on the left hand side, and cars are right-hand drive. You can rent a car from major companies: Avis, Budget or Herz, which have offices at the airport and in the city. You can also check the prices online.

    Larnaca Airport

    Another major international transport hub is Larnaca. There are also flights to it for all tastes. Direct from the airlines S7 or Aeroflot “will be a little more expensive than transplant, such as in Athens or other European cities (by the way, to walk a couple of hours in the city, will need to acquire a Schengen visa).

    Although there are more flight options to Larnaca, the price is not much different, but it takes longer and harder to get from Larnaca airport to Paphos. The distance between the cities is approximately 130 km.

    The cheapest way to get from Larnaca to Paphos is by bus. You must change in Limassol to Agios Georgios Havouzas Church. Intercity buses have no numbers, so you need to look at the name and direction. The bus stop is next to the terminal exit. Our bus is the Limassol Airport Express shuttle bus . The fare from the airport to Limassol is 9 EUR and the journey takes about an hour.

    From there the Intercity Buses go to Paphos for about one hour at 4 EUR. The bus has 3 stops in Paphos: near McDonald’s, near the central stadium and Karavella bus station in the city center.

    As well as from Paphos airport you can order a cab, the cost of a cab ride is approximately 120 EUR or rent a car, the cost of the car per day is not different. In this case it is more profitable to take the car for the whole period, because when returning in another point (for example in Paphos) is taken additional fee, it depends on the company of the landlord, and can be from 50 to 100 EUR.

    Ferry

    When planning a trip to Cyprus, the option to get to the island by ferry was also considered by me.

    Basically there are ferries from Turkey to the Northern (Turkish) part of Cyprus. But it is not recommended to enter the island from the Turkish side, because these countries are not friendly and crossing the border can be problematic, and there is a chance that you will never be allowed to the Greek side of the island again.

    There is also a route from Tel Aviv to Limassol. A one-way ticket will cost approximately 70 USD.

    The ferry crossing is time consuming and expensive. Therefore, after studying the general information about ferries, we chose the more traditional way – by plane.

    When the season. When it is better to go.

    Cyprus is famous for the fact that 300 days a year there are sunny. Can you imagine, 300 days of beautiful weather!

    The beach season starts very early, in May you can swim and ends quite late – at the end of October. So you can go at any time, depending on what goals you pursue and what holiday you prefer.

    High season in Paphos, as elsewhere, in July and August. It is during this period, a lot of restaurants, stores and entertainment. In the coastal towns everything is always high season.

    The air temperature during these months during the daytime can reach +35 ° C, and water +26-28 ° C. Not everyone will be comfortable at such a temperature. We were on vacation in August and we knew that it could be so hot, but we had no idea it could be this hot. During the day to be in the sun and away from the sea (in the city) is impossible. Even on the beach it is hard to lie down, only to bathe. In the evening, of course, cooler, but still want to get under the air conditioner.

    The most comfortable temperature is in June and September. In these months it’s not so hot, but also not cold. The best weather for a beach holiday and for the excursion program. And tourists are not so much. On the beaches freer, more seats in cafes, attractions don’t have a queue, the atmosphere is more calm and relaxed, breathe better. The air temperature during the day is about +28 ° C, at night it’s +23 ° C, the water temperature is about +25-26 ° C.

    Paphos in summer.

    Yes, yes, summer is the main season in Paphos. Crowds of tourists, a lot of events, various festivals. The city comes alive.

    Summer is the hottest time. The peak temperature is in August and July. It’s not worth waiting for the rain, only sometimes a light warm breeze may blow. Outdoors is comfortable only in the morning and evening. Does not save even the sea, as it is also warm.

    Prices during this period are high. And on residing, and on excursions, and on food they grow in 2 times, in comparison with spring or autumn.

    If even to go in summer, it’s better in June or in late August. A tasty plus at this time will be the local ripe fruit.

    Paphos in autumn

    Autumn Paphos is best suited to combine beach holidays and sightseeing. Autumn is the velvet season. At this time, tourists are every day becoming less and less. But it’s still warm enough to sunbathe and swim, and not so hot to see all the sights, walk around old Paphos in the footsteps of Aphrodite.

    If you think that it’s a little late for bathing, or suddenly it will rain, you can safely walk through museums or go to the monastery.

    Paphos in Spring

    Paphos is beautiful in the spring. The clouds disappear from the sky, the warm spring sun appears and everything begins to bloom. The temperature jumps up sharply and reaches +20-23 ° C. It’s still cool in the evenings. It’s a great time to take a nice walk in the city.

    In spring the city gradually awakens from its winter sleep, and strawberries, watermelons, citrus fruits, and cherries appear on the shelves. Closer to May, you can even go swimming. Spring is a beautiful time.

    Paphos in winter

    It’s hard to call the winter in Paphos. The daytime temperature is around +15-17 ° C, but at night it’s much colder.

    During this period, it can rain and piercing cold wind from the sea.

    There is almost nothing working in the city, and many locals go to the capital. But the prices of holidays are low. But there’s not much to do either, just to see some historical sites. Maybe in it there is a romance.

    Paphos – weather by month

    Districts. Where to live

    Paphos can be divided into 2 parts:

    • Pano-Pafos is also called New Paphos or Ktima – this is the administrative part of the city. This area is located on a hill 1.5 km from the lower part of town, from the waterfront. There are no hotels, expensive restaurants, mostly locals live here. There is also a gymnasium, post office, stadium, i.e. everything that is needed for ordinary people in the city. Tourists mostly ignore this area. Although you can find cheap accommodation from locals here, but it will be a long way from the sea and from all the tourist life. As it seemed to me, after 8 pm this area falls asleep, there are almost no people on the street. Even passing by in a car is somehow uncomfortable. In the evenings you see all the tourists and locals go down to the sea on the main road Apostolou Pavlou and the street turns into one big traffic jam.
    • Kato Paphos, or Nea Paphos, is the tourist part of town that stretches along the coast. It is in this part of town has everything for tourists: cafes, bars, souvenir stores, rental of various vehicles. All the nightlife is concentrated here. This part of town is filled with colors, sounds, smells, and people. In this area there are many hotels and apartments for all tastes and wallets:
      1. There are expensive hotels that have a beautiful view of the sea and are in quiet places away from the main fuss, they have their own huge green areas and swimming pools. From these hotels to the center of the area will have to walk a little either along the street or along the sea. Such a walk will not strain anyone, but only a pleasure.
      2. You can rent an apartment right in the center of concentration of all life, within walking distance of cafes and from the waterfront, where everyone finds his own entertainment. Perhaps this option will be a little noisy, but the young people who came to town to walk and have fun will be just right.
      3. If you go a bit further away from the sea, deeper into town, there are apartments that, in my opinion, are ideal for the budget tourist who does not chase luxury and prefers to live within walking distance of all the essentials: stores, restaurants, the sea and the sights. We chose such a place, 200 meters from the seafront, a little in the back, next to the bus station, but we were not concerned about all the hustle and bustle going on there. I do not see the point of going higher than the Mall, otherwise it will be far away from everything and you can already get close to the upper Paphos. This shopping center can be considered as a rough border between the two parts of the city.

    What are the prices for recreation

    Holidays in Cyprus, in comparison with the popular European resorts such as Italy or Spain, will be cheaper. If to compare between sea resorts of Cyprus – Ayia Napa, Limassol, Larnaca – the rest in Paphos will leave the most budget. Of course, it all depends on the whim of the vacationer. Paphos is diverse, so accommodation and meals are for every taste and purse.

    Accommodation

    Popular online accommodation services offer both expensive hotels with access to the sea, and budget apartments from locals. There are Russian-speaking realtors, so renting an apartment is not difficult. The price per night for a double room starts from 25 EUR.

    Meals

    The average bill in the national tavern will be 18-20 EUR per person with drinks. The rule “the closer to the sea, the more expensive” also works here. So don’t be afraid of small taverns not in the main streets, they can be quite nice and will surprise you with dishes and prices.

    Here are the prices for some dishes:

    • Greek salad – 5-6 EUR (large portion);
    • Moussaka or pastizio – 10-12 EUR;
    • Meat dish – 12-15 EUR;
    • Seafood – from 15 EUR.

    If the apartment has a kitchen, you can buy food in a supermarket (the most popular are Lidl and Papantoniou). Taking into account the exchange rate, food prices here are a little higher than in Moscow. We expected that fruits and vegetables would be cheaper than in Moscow, but no. So, you should not hope to stuff yourself with cheap fruit, but you should not deny yourself of it, it’s tastier anyway.

    Excursions

    Paphos is very rich in attractions, both in the city and in its vicinity. More about what places to visit I will tell later. For now, I will focus on the prices for excursions.

    Of course, the most popular tours are bus tours, which can be purchased from the tour operator at the hotel (if you took a package tour, by the way their costs can be clarified, for example, here) or on the streets in local travel agencies.

    Prices for excursions start at 25 EUR per person. For this money you can expect a big bus (some tours minibus for 10 people) and a large group of people headed by a tour guide. You can order an individual tour, but it will be more expensive.

    Basic tours and prices:

    • In the footsteps of Aphrodite (Petra tou Romeou Bay) – 25 EUR;
    • Akamas Peninsula – 30 EUR;
    • Mountains of Troodos – 25 EUR;
    • Nicosia – 30-40 EUR.

    If you are not afraid of left-hand traffic, and you have a driver’s license, it is better to rent a car. So you can see more places, stop where you like and not depend on the group. And it will be cheaper than taking a tour. Prices for rental cars were described earlier, they do not differ at the airport or in town.

    Cab

    Cab in Paphos, as in many resort towns, is not a cheap pleasure, go by the meter. It is more advantageous to use public transport.

    The average price: 3 EUR per ride, 0,70-1 EUR per km. In the evening prices are higher.

    You can hail a cab from the hotel reception or catch one on the street. Official cabs are of black or white color and have Taxi cabs, most of which are Mercedes cars. A popular cab stand is on the waterfront near the bus station.

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