Experience Paphos, Cyprus.
Looking to see what Paphos, Cyprus has to offer? Here are just a few things to see and do on your next vacation to this truly wonderful part of the world.
Located at the south- west end of Cyprus, between the Troodos Mountains (A must see) and the Mediterranean Sea.
Every year it attracts thousands of tourists. The incredible history of the surrounding areas is well worth indulging.
Aphrodite Rock – the birthplace of the Greek goddess of love. Aphrodite Rock (AKA The Rock of Love) This landmark is well worth a visit with its stunning views and interesting history. A visit here is included in one of the safari jeep tours of the Akamas trail.
When is the best time to visit Paphos?
Any time but this will depend upon your personal preferences, whether it be the baking hot weather (August being the hottest) and amazing beaches or the local history of the Island. There is something to pacify all ages for all seasons.
Scheduled and charter flights go direct to Paphos international airport, which is located around 20/30 minutes away by car from the main town. If you’re not one for hiring a car, then don’t worry as buses run every hour from Paphos airport to the town during the summer months.
Things to do and see in Paphos.
Beaches. There are many beautiful beaches in Paphos as it covers 50KM of coastline with around 27 beaches. Some of these include Faros light house beach, Geroskipou municipal beach, Laourou beach and by far the best beach in my experience Coral bay. Coral Bay is one of the most beautiful beaches with golden sand in Paphos. It can be a starting point to discover other stunning places like the Troodos mountains or the fishing villages of Latchi and Polis. Coral Bay’s blue, warm, crystal clear waters are excellent for swimming, diving and many other water sports as well as perfect photography. Some of the best hotels and restaurants are located here with some truly wonderful Cyprus delicacies to feast up on.
Parks and wildlife.
Paphos has a pleasant subtropical climate which is conductive to a large variety of plant and animal life. It has its fair share of parks and beautiful gardens. Paphos also happens to have the third largest bird collection which includes parrots, emus, ostriches, swans etc. They also have a large collection of domestic and wild animals such as monkeys, giraffes and tortoises etc. Some of the parks include Eleouthkia park with stunning views and gardens and one of the main attractions is Paphos zoo. In a natural setting with lakes, ponds and immaculate gardens, housing a large variety of birds and animals from around the world. There are opportunities for the children to interact with rabbits, guinea pigs, chicks and goats. The zoo also has daily educational and entertaining shows showing off acrobatic owls and the parrot show.
Other amazing things to do in Paphos include visiting Aphrodite waterpark, wine tasting, Tombs of the kings, wildlife diving experiences, ship wreck diving experiences, sea fishing, boat tips to see other stunning views including the sea caves.
If you are after a truly unforgettable experience a must see is the Troodos Mountains via jeep safari. Travel deep inside the islands interior to see and experience villages and forested landscapes not often visited by the average tourist. You will travel on adventurous small asphalt roads and well maintained dirt tracks to bring you close to nature and Cyprus’s culture. Our trip included picking grapes fresh from the vines, pomegranates from the trees and cracking nuts along the roadside.
On this jeep safari expect the following:
4×4 on/off road adventure through diverse and rapidly changing landscapes
Short walks through ethnic villages with narrow streets and amazing stone architecture, spectacular views and the chance to visit Kafeneion for a traditional Cyprus coffee
Light candles in a medieval stone built church
Visit a natural 20M mountain waterfall with ice cold water which relaxes both body and soul
Have the chance to see Lefkara village, renowned over the world for its silverware and handmade lace
Visit the Troodos botanical gardens
Special interests: Traditional architecture, forestry, botany, high altitudes, medieval churches.