Cyprus and particularly Paphos is an all year round holiday destination enjoying on average 340 days of sunshine each year. Some of the smaller bars and restaurants are only open from Easter through to the end of October, however there are still plenty that remain open throughout the milder months which are December through to March although the temperature rarely drops beneath 15c.
Kato Paphos has a lovely harbour dominated by the Old Fort with many bars and restaurants to sit and relax in.
Our favourite bars in Paphos are mikeys, Flintstones and the hogshead..
Our favourite restaurants in Paphos are Pambis, The Agapinor, theAlkion, The Moonlight, Argo and muse.
There are three local 18 hole golf courses all within a 30 minute drive of the apartment:
If mini golf is more your game there is an excellent 18 hole course 3mins drive away and 15 minutes by foot.
There is also a local water park in Paphos www.aphroditewaterpark.com and a local karting circuit which is beside the mini-golf.
Blue flag beaches with watersports facilities within walking distance of the apartment.
The Paphos Bird and Animal Park is a 30 minute drive away and is open 365 days a year www.pafosbirdpark.com
Paphos is also an excellent base for any scuba divers - contact www.cydive.com for further details
There are also several small wineries in the Paphos area which are only a short drive away and offer free tastings.
Leaflets may be available in the apartment
As the capital of Cyprus for 600 years in antiquity, the archaeological legacy of Pafos is such that UNESCO put the whole city on its World Cultural Heritage List.
Admire the intricate floor mosaics in villas dating back to the Roman period depicting scenes from Greek mythology, considered among the finest in the Eastern Mediterranean. Equally impressive are the underground Tombs of the Kings carved out of solid rock and decorated with Doric pillars. Or visit St. Paul’s Pillar where legend has it the Apostle was flogged before converting the Roman governor, Sergius Paulus, to Christianity, and making Cyprus the first country in the world to be governed by a Christian.
Relish mouthwatering delicacies at the numerous restaurants serving both local and international cuisine and offering exceptional value. Enjoy classical opera under the stars in the romantic setting of the medieval castle overlooking Pafos harbour during the various summer festivals. Or jive to the latest dance tunes at a plethora of entertainment spots, part of the modern town’s varied nightlife. Pafos won’t disappoint you.
Tombs of the Kings
The “Tombs of the Kings” are situated close to the sea in the north western necropolis of Pafos. They owe their name to their size and splendour – some probably belonged to the Pafian aristocracy, and not because royalty was buried there. They are rock cut and date to the Hellenistic and early Roman periods. Some of them imitate the houses of the living, with the rooms (here the burial chambers) opening onto a peristyle atrium. They are similar to tombs found in Alexandria, demonstrating the close relations between the two cities during the Hellenistic period.
Operating Hours:Daily: 08:00 - 17:00 (November - March), 08:00 - 18:00 (April - May, September - October), 08:00 - 19:30 (June - August)
Operating Period:All year round
Entrance Fee:1,71 Euro
The mosaic floors of these noblemen's villas dating from the 3rd to the 5th centuries A.D. are considered among the finest in the eastern Mediterranean. Depicting mainly scenes from Greek mythology they were discovered accidentally in 1962 by a farmer ploughing his field. The mosaics at the House of Dionysos depict the god of wine, while the House of Thyseus is named after a mosaic showing the ancient Greek hero brandishing a club against the Minotaur. Many other superb panels can be seen in other houses such as in the House of Aion, the House of Orpheus and the House of the Four Seasons. The mosaics are on the Aphrodite Cultural Route.
Kato Pafos, Pafos
Daily: 08:00 - 17:00 (November - March), 08:00 - 16:00 (April - May, September - October), 08:00 - 19:30 (June - August)
All year round
Petra tou Romiou
This interesting geological formation of huge rocks off the coast in the Pafos district forms one of the most impressive natural sites of Cyprus associated with Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty.
According to legend, this strikingly beautiful spot is where Aphrodite rose from the waves. Its Greek name, Petra tou Romiou, “the Rock of the Greek”, is associated with the legendary Byzantine hero, Digenis Akritas, who kept the marauding Saracens at bay with his amazing strength. It is said that he heaved a huge rock into the sea, destroying the enemy's ships. The site is on the Aphrodite Cultural Route.
Maa - Palaeokastro Settlement
Maa-Palaeokastro, a settlement on the western coast of the island close to Coral Bay, is important for the understanding of the end of the Late Bronze Age in Cyprus. Maa is located a good distance from the nearest main urban centre of the antiquity Palaepafos, some 25 km to the southeast, and 10km northwest of the modern town of Pafos. Its imposing defensive walls were always exposed and gave the site its name of "Palaeokastro” (‘the old castle’). This area was settled by the first Mycenaean Greeks who arrived on the island around 1200 BC, after the fall of the Mycenaean kingdoms in mainland Greece. It is therefore one of the nuclei from which began the Hellenization of Cyprus. Strategic advantages, like the superb natural harbours provided by the sheltered bays and the uninterrupted view of the land and sea approaches, appear to have been dominant in the choice of site.
Operating Period:All year round