Paphos is one of the most visited destinations in Cyprus. It makes for an ideal base because you can easily get to a stunning sandy or pebbly beaches or go for a jaunt to the nearby ancient ruins when you are in the mood for history lessons. Throw in an abundance of excellent restaurants with excellent Cypriot wines and food that will delight you and charming open-air cafes, world-class hotels, and an exciting nightlife scene and you have the perfect holiday destination on the island.
There are quite a few pebbly beaches located near the hotels along the coastline. But if you love to take long lazy strolls along the shore, the sandy Municipal Beach is a good alternative for you. Other popular locations include the celebrated and bustling Coral Bay Beach as well as the pebbly Agios Georgos Beach known for its mouthwatering restaurants and the splendid Byzantine Church at the background.
The beach of Petra tou Romiou is also worth mentioning for the striking massive boulders jutting out of the water and the long-standing legend that the spectacular area is the birthplace of the Greek Goddess Aphrodite. But, if you are looking forward to enjoying some peace and quiet at the beach, you better hop on a 4×4 vehicle to get to the ruggedly beautiful Lara Bay and the idyllic atmosphere it offers.
If you need a break from the beaches, you can explore the wide array of historical attractions in Paphos. You can start at the town’s lighthouse where the 2nd century Acropolis is located nearby. The best time to visit the ruins is during the summer to catch captivating performances taking place on the very stage of the restored Roman Odeon here. Also, not to be missed are the Mosaics of Paphos at the archaeological site of the ancient Roman villas near the harbour. The vibrant montage of myths beautifully painted on marble floors makes this area a favourite not only for the history buff but also for the lovers of art.
Finally, fans of the morbid can check out the eerie underground catacombs of Agia Solomoni. You will be greeted by a massive tree adorned with cloth pieces – aka sacrifices for good health and well being – tied to its branches. What is remarkable about these catacombs is the dramatic combination of frescoes and graffiti on their walls as well as the fact that they are literally whittled from the inside of Fabrica Hill where they are located.
Make sure you are with someone when braving an exploration of the crypts because the area is really dark and eerie. If you are still up for more, visit the impressive Tombs of the Kings which houses the ornately designed tombs of the aristocrats from the times of yore. The architecture enthusiast will surely marvel at the precision of the brilliantly carved-out stone tombs, their stately pillars and painted walls.
If you are looking for a truly relaxing holiday, good food and cultural and mythical interest, then Paphos is definitely a great choice for you.