The ancient capital of Cyprus lies in the southwest coast of Cyprus, around 50 km west from Limassol with population around 50.000. With its beautiful fishing marina, harbour and medieval fort combines the historical sites, picturesque countryside and cosmopolitan holiday resort. Because of city’s historical value UNESCO added the whole city to World Cultural Heritage List. Paphos International Airport is second largest airport in Cyprus and maintains around 2 mln customers a year.
Paphos city is the capital of Paphos district and the fourth largest town of Cyprus. The upper part of town hosts all governmental services, schools, hospitals, and big shopping centres.
Kato Pafos, the lower part of Pafos is the main tourist area. It focuses around the picturesque fishing harbor and medieval fort. Restaurants, fish tavernas, cafeterias, souvenir shops, beautiful hotels with important archaeological sites around them make this part of Pafos one of the hottest tourist destinations not only in Cyprus, but in Mediterranean as well.
In Paphos we can find a wide selection of accommodation from luxury hotels with all amenities to low budget apartments and enjoy excellent local and international cuisine in many restaurants.
The most important place to see in Paphos and whole Cyprus as well is Byzantine Mosaics dated from 2nd through 5thcentury which are located next to the harbour. These intricate floor mosaics in Roman villas describing mostly scenes from Greek mythology are still in very good condition and must be seen. Next to the mosaics we can admire carved out of solid rock underground Tombs of The Kings ornamented with Doric pillars. Its offers many other historical places worth to discover such as an legendary pillar to which St Paul was tied and whipped, Byzantine Museum and Archaeological Museum where we can find a marvellous collection of Cypriot antiquities from Paphos area and Folk Museum.
Do not forget to visit one of the most important sites in Cyprus – The Rock’s of Aphrodite, legendary place where the goddess of love, Aphrodite rose from the waves which is just a few miles away from Paphos city. There also the famous Aphrodite Hills Resort, multi award winning resort which Forbes Magazine commissioned to the world’s most desirable five resorts list. The Resort includes 5* de luxe Intercontinental Htl, holidays villas, apartments, town houses, fitness facilities, competition tennis court and 18 hole standard championship golf course where you can play golf whole year. In that area we can find another 2 golf courses – Tsada and Secret Valley.
Paphos has a Subtropical Mediterranean climate with hot and dry summers and cool rainy winters. Summer season begins in May and finishes in October or sometimes in early November and weather during this period is sunny every day and rain is uncommon.