The 28 best sights of Paphos – descriptions and photos

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.

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    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 the village of Geroskipou is worth visiting – it’s 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.

    Attractions of Paphos

    Odeon Paphos Airport Aphrodite Bathing Aphrodite Bay Aphrodite Church Saint George Catacombs of Saint Solomonas Gorge Avagas Beach Lara

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    Odeon

    Odeon in Paphos (photo)

    The Odeon is one of the main attractions of Paphos, which is an ancient Roman theater located near the Villa Dionysus. It was built in the second century from well-cut limestone blocks. The total capacity of the Odeon is about 1200 seats. It was discovered in 1973 by scholars from the Cyprus Department of Antiquities. After the excavations were carried out, the Odeon was partially restored and is now a semicircle consisting of 12 rows of seats.

    Nowadays, this place is not only a historical landmark, but also takes an active part in the cultural life of the city, providing its arena for theatrical and musical productions, as well as for the annual choral festival. Next to the Odeon are the remains of the Roman Agora, which in ancient times acted as a market square. There are also the ruins of the city’s buildings and walls, which were once dedicated to Asklipios, the ancient god of medicine. Next to the Odeon and the rocky mound that was once the city’s necropolis, stands the Modern Lighthouse.

    Coordinates : 34.76018000,32.40741500

    Paphos Airport

    Paphos airport (photo)

    Paphos Airport is one of the largest international airports of Cyprus and is situated on the west coast of Cyprus, 15 km from the city center. It has a well-developed infrastructure: there are stores, cafes, a restaurant and a bar, ATMs, car rental companies. The airport also offers a free mother and baby room, medical emergency rooms. Mainly charter flights are operated through Paphos airport.

    There are two shuttle buses from Paphos Airport, no. 612, to Coral Bay, Chloraka district, the harbour, Geroskipou village (8.30 hrs to 22.00 hrs) and no. 613 to the Town Market, Ktima Town Centre, Timi (2 times a day).

    Coordinates: 34.71848000,32.48400000

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    Aphrodite’s Lido

    Aphrodite Bath (photo)

    Aphrodite’s Bathers is a secluded grotto, the bottom of which, thanks to natural springs and springs, fills with water about knee-deep. Here, surrounded by fragrant flowers and singing birds, the goddess of love Aphrodite preferred to take a bath and here she met Adonis, whose heart could not resist the beautiful sight of the goddess. By the way, they all met at the same spring.

    The water in the bath is always cold, but, according to legend, it has a miraculous property, giving eternal youth and beauty. However, unfortunately, you will not be able to check it – bathing is prohibited here.

    Instead, you can get acquainted with the protected areas surrounding the baths. There are two hiking trails that start here and you can admire the views of the sea, where you can have a dip in the crystal clear water.

    Coordinates: 35.04433300,32.29963300

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    Aphrodite Bay

    Aphrodite Cove (photo)

    Aphrodite’s Cove is one of the most romantic and beautiful places in Europe, located on the island of Cyprus. According to legend it is here where the ancient Greek goddess of love Aphrodite emerged from the foam of the sea. When it’s evening, the rocks washed by the gentle sea are colored by the sunset in whimsical colors, and the pink oleanders and green bushes further emphasize the eternal beauty of this amazing paradise place.

    It seems to tourists that time has no power over this corner of nature, and that this beautiful landscape has remained unchanged since ancient times. In the bay there is a rock overhanging the water, at the base of which there is a small grotto. It was there, according to a myth, that the goddess of love took baths from spring water in preparation for her dates. On the way here you will notice a variety of beads and ribbons left by tourists on the branches of roadside trees to come back here at least once more.

    Not far from the grotto there is a beach on which you will not find any infrastructure, it is a wild place left in its pristine state. Be sure to visit it, because those who swim in this bay will receive a wonderful gift from Aphrodite – youth and beauty that will remain forever.

    Coordinates: 34.66489400,32.62761000

    The church of Saint George

    The beautiful white stone church of Saint George was founded in Pafos in 1939. Since the church has no priest of its own – every two weeks a priest from Larnaca comes here. In 1951 a Sunday school was opened on the basis of the church, which is still in operation, but needs major repairs. There is a small museum next to the church with a collection of ancient vestments, icons and various church utensils. Every time you visit this magnificent monastery, looking at its ancient iconographic images, you discover something new for your soul.

    Inside the temple, you can see beautiful wall paintings of the 15th century. Also here are the relics of the great Apostle Philip, which are a source of grace for thousands of pilgrims. The Russian speaking parishioners of Paphos warmly thank Metropolitan George for entitling them to hold services in Russian every month at the Monastery of Saint Lazarus and Saint George.

    Coordinates: 34.90266600,32.31971400

    Catacombs of Saint Solomonas

    Catacombs of Saint Solomon (photo)

    The Catacombs of St. Solomonas are one of the main Christian shrines in Cyprus. During Byzantine times there was a church here of St. Solomon, a saint who was murdered along with her sons in the 2nd century BC because of her refusal to eat pork (forbidden by the Jewish faith).

    The ashes of the Great Martyr are buried in an underground cave, the entrance to which is guarded by an ancient pistachio tree, which also makes wishes come true. In the nature of its activities, the tree has to tolerate the clothes, ribbons and handkerchiefs of believers in the belief that the tied on the twig cloth will cure all diseases.

    In the catacombs there is another miracle – a spring with clear and very clear water, which, according to legend, helps cure eye diseases. Of course, due to constant visits of tourists, the water in it is not so clear, but the healing properties are said to be unaffected.

    Coordinates: 34.76273300,32.41275100

    Avagas Gorge

    Avagas Gorge (photo)

    Avagas Gorge is a gallery of magnificent cliffs, thickets of tall shrubs sprinkled with pink flowers, coquettishly reflected in the flowing stream, and a host of other visual impressions. The gorge, located on the Laona Plateau, was formed by an earthquake, so the landscape here is delightful and captivates hikers and lovers of mysterious places alike.

    One of the most mysterious places in the gorge is a cave discovered in 2003 by local shepherds. To get inside, you must go through one of the passages, then crawl through a narrow (diameter of 30 centimeters) hole, then you must overcome the zigzag tunnel, and only then the view opens plateau, dotted with huge stalactites, stalagmites and bats. In addition, a copper arrowhead and ancient pottery were found in the cave. Who, when and why brought these objects into the cave? Scientists are searching for an answer. So far to no avail.

    However, unfortunately or fortunately, both entrances to the cave are permanently closed. As a precaution.

    Coordinates: 35.05135900,32.30014800

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    Lara Beach

    Lara Beach in Paphos (photo)

    The deserted and spacious beach of Lara on the protected Akamas Peninsula is often referred to as Turtle Beach. The sandy strip fringing the picturesque bays is a nesting site for turtle eggs, including the rare species of green and hawksbill turtles. Scientists at the local special station keep an eye on the unique animals and at the same time protect them from the possible annoying attention of tourists. During the spawning season the beach is strewn with special carcasses that protect the future offspring from accidental trampling. For a full experience, you can become a volunteer of the local reserve for a while to communicate directly with the animals.

    Otherwise, the beach of Lara fully meets the definition of “wild”. There is no tourist infrastructure, it is forbidden to put umbrellas and sun loungers. There is only a long strip of sand, almost devoid of vegetation, rolling clear sea, the southern sky and the nature. It is very beautiful and very peaceful. Sometimes you do not need anything else.

    Coordinates: 34.95764400,32.30973600

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