Perfect for family holidays, Pafo’s turquoise shallow waters are great for snorkelling, before drying off on the golden sands. Or escape to the rugged coastlines and shady coves of the Akamas Peninsula; where you’ll also find epic diving opportunities. Spend a day or two at the spectacular Archaeological Park in Paphos, learning about Cyprus’ tumultuous past. Visit monasteries and vineyards in the hills of the Troodos Mountains. And in the evening, gorge on seafood and Cypriot meze before heading out to the many bars and clubs in Paphos .
SUN, SEA, SPORTS AND SIGHTS
Holidays in Paphos allow to you to choose – find an adventure, discover historic icons or simply relax on the beach
Visit the spectacular beaches of the south coast, especially in Peyeia nearby Coral Bay. Yellow shingle-flecked sands and aquamarine seas stretch around headlands, dotted with traditional tavernas. See Petra Tou Romiou, the birthplace of Aphrodite before heading south to Coral Bay, one of the best beaches in western Cyprus. Don’t forget to sample some delicious fresh seafood on your travels.
Action and adventure
Adventure is well catered for in Cyprus, especially on the rugged west coastline. Go diving in Polis, and search for the massive RS Zenobia, one of the best wreck diving sites in the world. Or go kayaking and paddle boarding on the calmer waters of the southern beaches. On land, head to the Akamas Peninsula for hiking, or venture deep in to the Troodos Mountains for rock climbing.
Discover the ancient wonders and treasures of the Paphos Archaeological Park, and wander around the subterranean necropolis, Tombs of the Kings. Marvel at the beautiful mosaics in ancient Roman villas and enjoy a summer concert at the 2nd century Odeon. Or head into the Troodos Mountains to see working monasteries, especially the Kykkos Monastery which was originally built in the 11th century.
A trip to Cyprus would be incomplete without sampling a delicious meze. Tratditional family tavern’s near to Pafos in the villages are famous for their hospitality and delectable food. Fresh seafood is in plentiful supply and the harbour in Paphos is full of great restaurants.
Nightlife in Paphos
Head to Agiou Antoniou in Paphos, otherwise known as ‘Nightlife Street’, for many bars and clubs calling out for your patronage. For the quieter evening, the picturesque harbour’s cafés and pavement bars are ideal.
Wine and vineyards
Wine culture dates back thousands of years on Cyprus, and vineyards are abundant. There are lots of vineyards all over the central and eastern side of the island, especially in the foothills of the Troodos Mountains. Head from Pafos toward mountains to try local wine and Cypriot commandaria – a toffee-flavoured wine akin to port, often served with grilled haloumi cheese.