Paphos and its region
The Paphos region is a recipe for the soul
Paphos is a suitable destination for all types of holidaymakers all year round
Paphos is a harmonious mix of many things. The cosmopolitan holiday destination of Paphos is embraced by spectacular scenery and fascinating historical sites. The region is a marriage of seductive turquoise waters, rugged mountainous terrain and a cultural heritage that takes you back to an ancient and mythological past.
Infused with the magic of romance, the atmosphere of this region creates unforgettable moments that follow Aphrodite's path to places where the ancient goddess of love and beauty once roamed. Swim in the sea at her legendary birthplace Petra tou Romiou, visit her shrine at Kouklia or discover the hidden cave at Polis, where the goddess secretly met her lover, Adonis. The Paphos region offers the most idyllic and romantic locations to remember your love or create lifelong memories on your honeymoon.
Paphos has a good reason to visit in all seasons
Paphos is located on the southwest coast of the island of Cyprus and is sheltered from the north by the majestic Troodos Mountains. It has a moderate climate and one of the healthiest lifestyles in the Mediterranean.
The region is ideal for sunbathing all year round and experiencing the hospitality of the people wherever you go. Dive into the sparkling warm waters of the Mediterranean in summer or hike a beautiful nature trail and observe fields covered with wildflowers in spring; visit ancient and historic sites in the fall and keep fit with an abundance of outdoor activities in the winter. Whichever way you look at it, Paphos is a year round destination with many reasons to visit.
The cosmopolitan city of Paphos
The city of Paphos offers an extensive selection of accommodation ranging from luxury beach hotels and resorts with five-star amenities and services such as business centres, salt water pools, exotic gardens and spas, to a variety of budget hotels and apartments within short driving distances to shops, beaches, eateries, tourist attractions and places of interest. The city's gastronomy is one of the best in Cyprus with a varied cuisine from local dishes in authentic taverns to international restaurants serving dishes from around the world. Paphos offers a stylish nightlife, with many different areas catering to their own type of night-goers. From chic high-end clubs to a wonderful selection of bars and establishments popular with the city's intercontinental community; enjoy a world-famous opera performance under the stars in the medieval fortress of Paphos overlooking the harbour, or a theatre performance in one of the many ancient or modern locations - Paphos certainly lives up to its reputation as a cosmopolitan resort town.
The sacred gardens of Geroskipou
Geroskipou Municipality is a short drive from the mythological birthplace of the goddess Aphrodite. The city takes its name from the ancient Greek "Hieros Kipos", which refers to the "sacred garden" dedicated to the goddess.
This beautifully preserved town has many roadside stalls selling a variety of handicrafts, including basketry and pottery, and the world-famous delicacy known as Geroskipou Loukoumi. The town is home to the Folk-Art Museum, with a large and diverse collection of exhibits that come from all over Cyprus and represent the island's daily life. The Paphos Ecclesiastical Museum (Byzantine Museum) is also located in the town and houses unique religious artefacts including ancient icons, 6th century metal church items, liturgical and ecclesiastical embroidery and manuscripts and books.
The Byzantine Wonders of Pegeia
Perched on a hill overlooking the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean, the coastal town of Pegeia is known for its fountains in the picturesque town square - a beautiful construction with typical arches and a central meeting point where traditional Cypriot women met for their clothes and daily getting water. Pegeia offers spectacular views of the coastline and surrounding area, and is home to the popular and blue flag awarded 'Coral Bay' beach.
If you are a culture buff or historian, the stone church of Agios Georgios is a wonderful example of Byzantine art dating back to the 6th century. The basilica complex has elaborate floor mosaics with geometric patterns and animals. Bordering Coral Bay, Maa-Paleokastro is where the ancient Mycenaean Greeks first landed in Cyprus during the island's booming Bronze Age.
The beautiful nature around Polis
The region of Polis Chrysochous is one of the least developed coastlines of Paphos and a perfect place to experience the true meaning of relaxation. The Akamas National Park appeals to all nature lovers, especially those looking for a peaceful and quiet environment with rocky promontories, sandy coves, hidden caves and an abundance of flora and fauna.
Nestled in the park, one will discover the famous Baths of Aphrodite - an ancient freshwater cave in the shade of a wild fig tree, believed to be where the goddess of love and beauty, Aphrodite, frolicked with her lovers.
This rural region is probably one of the Mediterranean's best kept secrets. It contains one of the last nesting grounds for green and loggerhead turtles, the numbers of which has increased enormously thanks to a successful conservation project on the sandy beaches of Lara. The area is criss-crossed by many beautiful nature trails where you can spot rare endemic plants such as the Cypriot orchid, tulip and crocus, or watch migratory birds flying.