With its palm-fringed beaches and laidback atmosphere, the coastal town of Paphos in south-west Cyprus can make the perfect destination for a relaxing summer sojourn. There’s plenty to see and do while you’re soaking up the sun in this idyllic spot too.
These days it’s easy to book flights to Paphos at the touch of a button. If you’re looking for sights to see and activities to try, it’s worth checking out these top ten attractions:
Tombs of the Kings
No trip to this part of the world is complete until you’ve been to the Tombs of the Kings. Located about two kilometers north-west of the harbour, this large necropolis contains a series of underground tombs dating back to the 4th century BC.
Another must-see is the Akamas peninsula. Until around 15 years ago, this area was used by the British military for exercises, but now you can expect peace and quiet as you explore the beautiful, undulating terrain. While there, make sure you check out the loggerhead turtle sanctuary in Lara.
Paphos Archaeological Park
You won’t want to miss the Paphos Archaeological Park either. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it contains monuments dating from prehistoric times to the Middle Ages, including some of the most impressive Roman mosaics you’ll see anywhere on the planet.
Agios Neophytos Monastery
Near the village of Tala, you’ll find the Agios Neophytos Monastery. This Orthodox Greek building was founded in 1159 and it boasts frescoes by the painter Theodoros Apsevdis. It also houses a range of Byzantine icons.
Petra tou Roumiou
Be sure to add the Petra Tou Romiou, or the Rock Of Aphrodite, to your sightseeing itinerary too. According to legend, this popular stretch of coastline was where the goddess Aphrodite rose from the waves.
Another place to step back in time is the deserted village of Souskiou. This atmospheric site contains four cemeteries and an associated settlement that dates back to around 3000 BC.
For stunning landscapes, it’s hard to beat Paphos Forest and the Troodos. The verdant forests offer some respite from the heat and once you start ascending the mountains, you’ll get to enjoy spectacular views.
If you have a pair of sturdy shoes, a trek through the Avakas Gorge is an enjoyable way to spend a day. Walking through this impressive cavity in the rock, you’ll see the marks made by centuries of water flow.
It may be small, but the Byzantine Museum is perfectly formed. Among its exhibits is a selection of Byzantine icons dating from the 12th to the 19th century. It also houses books, wood carvings, crosses and more.
You certainly won’t be short of beaches while you’re staying in Pathos. If you’re after a tranquil coastal area, check out Lara Beach in the Akamas. Alternatively, for sandy spots with amenities, you can head to the likes of Coral Bay and Latsi.
Whether you’re in Paphos for a week, a fortnight or longer, you’ll find plenty to keep you entertained.