Paphos (Greek: Πάφος, also Pafos; Turkish: Baf) is a town at the southwestern tip of Cyprus, between the coast and the Troodos Mountains. The city is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Paphos is renowned as the birthplace of Greek goddess Aphrodite. Modern-day Paphos is divided in two, with the upper section up the hill being the commercial center, and lower Kato Paphos containing the main archaeological points of interest, as well as most hotels and tavernas.
The local government has improved the lower Kato Paphos area which combines hotels, bars and restaurants along a coastal strip a few km long. There is a front leading round to the marina and a long coastal path with amazing views - perfect for a morning or evening stroll.
Paphos was the European Capital of Culture for 2017, together with Aarhus in Denmark.
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- 1 Paphos Airport (PFO IATA). The small airport serves mostly charter flights. Flights to Paphos are widely available from charter flight companies from many of the UK's regional airports, from Exeter in the South-west to Glasgow and Edinburgh in the North. Many tour operators including First Choice and Thomson fly regularly. Flights to Paphos are also available using the scheduled services from British Airways and Cyprus Airways. This can be one busy airport, particularly departures on Wednesdays. The airport is relatively small and can have 6 or 7 flights taking off around the same time, it can be murder! Once you have managed to check in and make your way into the departure lounge, you will need to keep your eyes and ears open to listen to the rather 'muted' announcements. If the thought of a busy Paphos airport puts you off then why not head off to Larnaca - and have the same problems on a bigger scale - really though the problems appear no worse than any other airport in the world on a busy day! A highway connects to Limassol (68 km) and from there onward to the rest of Cyprus, and shared taxis (€5-10) run reasonably often. Ryanair also has flights from Paphos int. airport to many European airports for example to Budapest,to Thessaloniki, to Kaunas, etc.
Paphos town is small enough to navigate on foot however the travelling around the region of Paphos will require motorised assistance! Local bus services are available however hiring a vehicle (bike/quad/car) is common place and allows for going off the beaten track to find small villages in the hills. It gets hot and humid in summer (33 °C and 90% humidity) from between late June through to early September. The rest of the year is relatively mild, with colder spells in January & February.
Warning: As of Nov 2022, Karavella Bus Station is closed. You should go to the Municipal Market bus station instead. The Paphos website bus site has outdated info.
- 1 Paphos Archaeological Park, ☏ +357 26 306217. Houses a number of attractions, including the House of Dionysos and the House of Theseus, both ruins of large Roman villas famous for their mosaics.
- 2 The Tombs of the Kings, ☏ +357 26 306295. Whilst not actually the burial place of ancient royalty, is worthy of the name nonetheless. Within this vast expanse of land, instead of the kings, would have instead been other high officials and rich citizens. Although all of the tombs have been plundered, what is left is still a very impressive impression of life (after-life?), back in the fourth century. The larger tombs in this "complex" are awesome, carved out of solid rock and with a view for the inhabitants that would make anyone among the living jealous!
- 3 Paphos Fort. open daily to 18:00 (in summer). At the tip of the marina, is a squat box with a colourful history as a fort and prison under many administrators. The present incarnation was built by the Turks in 1586 and was last actively used by the British. entry €1.70.
- 1 Paphos Zoo. A large animal park in Pegeia (Πέγεια), north-west of Paphos. Adult: €16.50, child older than 2: €8.50 (April 2022).
- 2 The Odeon. A classic Greek amphitheatre within the archaeological park, occasionally holds plays and musical performances.
- 3 Aphrodite Water Park, ☏ +357 26 913638. A large, impressive, and very nicely themed, water park. Plenty of slides to keep all ages amused, as well as lazy river rides, wave machines, and everything else you've come to expect from the best water parks. Adult €31 Child €18.
- Cyprus Taste Tours. Several food tours available. 100€.
Leather goods, Lace, Yeroskipou delights, Beware of stores selling copy DVDs these appear a bargain but are often poor quality and a waste of money. Also check the store's 'returns policy'. Some do not offer refunds or exchanges on faulty goods!
Overall shopping in Paphos is a pleasurable experience, with its shops spread out from the numerous quality furniture stores on the road to Polis to the small independent tourist shops on the harbourside.
There are several supermarkets in Paphos:
- Carrefour (formerly Chris Cash & Carry).
- Lidl. Discounted products.
Paphos offers a wealth of choices to eat from world known Western KFC & McDonalds to five-star dining at Il Classico and Colosseum, and at many of the hotel restaurants. There are limitless choices from Chinese to Mexican and from traditional Cypriot meze to pizza and pasta. You must try traditional Cypriot fare, but if at all possible venture out a little into one of the villages surrounding Paphos town for not just authentic food but great atmosphere, either NE towards the mountains or should you want to travel a little further West call into Kathikas village where there are a multitude of traditional tavernas.
Near the historical center
- 1 Lighthouse Beach Snack Bar. Right on the beach, amazing sea and lighthouse view, quite good coctails and snacks. About €5 (Nov 2022) for a burger or common foods. The Halloumi sandwich is really delicious. Quite secluded and beautiful beach. Ideal for a nice relaxing place to unwind. Fast service.
- 2 Ben's Bar, Tombs of the Kings Ave. Full of expats. Does a decent English Breckie. Friendly service. Small and nice place. Meal to be enjoyed. Very friendly people and nice atmosphere. It’s worth going, grabbing a drink and socialise with cool people.
- 3 The Three Little Pigs Grill House, Tombs of the Kings Ave. Very good food. If you are looking for a place to eat local food on the go, you have come to the right place. Good quality. The portions are big. Food is fresh and well prepared. Delicious meat, lots of variety, very fast.
- 4 Thomas's Jungle Pub, Tombs of the Kings Ave. Great, friendly service, delicious food, a very large selection of cocktails. This little bar is to be loved. A pleasant place to sit, a large selection of local drinks with a decent alcohol content. Average age 50+ and great fun.
- 5 To Kalamaki Tis Polis Pitta, Πάφου Χρυσάνθου 20. Very delicious food, nicely arranged. Very authentic and friendly owner. Super helpful and friendly staff who explain the menu and variety of options - you get skewers, different sizes of pita or a meal with fries and salat. There are options for vegetarians too (grilled haloumi)! You can see locals eat here too.
At the Alykes Beach
- 6 Tea for Two, Poseidonos Ave 6. Kindest staff, delicious food. One of the best breakfast experiences. Large portions. There are several vegetarian options. In addition, it is next to the port and has beautiful views. The owner is very friendly.
- 7 Friends Bar, Constantias. The chicken curry is to be enjoyed. Nice bar to relax. Wonderful friendly atmosphere. The owner is always around for a chat. A variety of entertainment. Quality food. Great little place. Lovely mussels and sea bream. Tasty breakfast.
- 8 Viva Cyprus Restaurant, Poseidonos Ave.. The set menu is well worth it. Very tasty and plentiful meze. Lovely homey restaurant! You might be served by the owner who "gave his life to the place". The portions are large, simple, local, fish and seafood are fresh and very well cooked! Moussaka for 10€ is great! Recommend are taking mussels and shrimp with salad - Very satisfying.
- 9 BUR-GER® - Kato Pafos, 4 Dionysos steet. A little taste of home. Mouthwatering and delicious burgers. Burgers, absolute perfection, juicy, light, perfect balance. Wings, crunchy on the outside, juicy on the inside and sauces were spot on. Ribbs, just right, perfect combination of grilling and glazing.
Some blocks north of the historical center
- 10 Tramps Bar, 52, Tombs of the Kings Ave. Food is delicious. A really friendly atmosphere and great service, the owner Michael makes you very welcome and is good to chat to. Tbone steak is cooked perfectly and the same thing can be said about the Moussaka. Altogether a great experience. Lovely food and good staff.
- 11 Kings Road Cafe Pub Sports Bar, Tomb Of The Kings Road , 51. Bar restaurant. Looks inviting from the outside and really makes you want to go in. Very nice bar snacks. The staff is friendly and helpful. 90% of the clientele is British. Superb ambience. Highly recommended.
- 12 Alfie T's, Tombs of the Kings Ave. Open spaced cafe/restaurant. Excellent breakfast. Small things really matter, the good English bacon all cooked fresh comes hot. Food and drink is excellent. Best breakfast in Paphos, served on hot plates.
- 13 Chef's Garden, 4, Filoktitou & 7. Great food. Great service. The bacon cheese burger is amazing. The staff is friendly, very welcomeing. The best full English breakfast. Great atmosphere. Everything cooked fresh in front of you with beautiful ingredients well sauced. This place is a hidden gem.
- 14 Mar Bianco, Poseidonos Ave. Restaurant on the promenade right next to the sea. Lovely location, great choice of food and drink. Friendly staff. The food is so tasty. The staff takes great care to make you feel wonderful all the time. Good fresh food.
- 15 Leonidas, Poseidonos Ave. A typical tourist attraction. It is famous for its delicious steaks but if you order any seafood you will not be disappointed either. You may fall in love with the delicious tartare. The service is very friendly and helpful. Make sure to order one of the wines. The staff is nice.
- 16 Happy Island Restaurant, 65 Natalia Court, Poseidonos Ave. Complimentary warm breads, fruit and brandy/liqueur to finish off a delicious meal of moussaka and sheftalia. From start to finish, all the staff is friendly, funny, warm and attentive. Moussaka and stifado are excellent and with generous portions. Everything tastes fresh and flavourful throughout the meal.
- 17 Laterna Taverna, Tombs of the Kings Ave 29. Authentic Cyprus/Greek food with pleasant service and local music. Good Moussaka. Great food. Kleftiko to die for. Nice atmospheric restaurant. Really good regional food in Paphos. The best taverna. Very large portions.
- 18 Deloubak Bar n’ Bites, Ippokratous 28. Great food and portions. Personnel very kind. Very nice bar. The place has good food and drinks and very nice atmosphere. The barman is very friendly and so is the rest of the staff. Also very professional. Big portions.
- 19 Antasia Beach Club, Poseidonos Ave 28. Amazing view, amazing cocktails, amazing staff. Very good restaurant. Beautiful place to enjoy sunset. The food is delicious.
Accompany any traditional Cypriot dish with wine from the Nelion Winery, Vasilias Nikoklis inn offers a variety of local wines starting from Cyprus aperitif zivania, the Refreshing rose, the dry white wine the medium sweet white and red, the ofthalmo and the shiraz.
- 1 Palm Tree Oriental House & Homestay, 7 Agiou Georgiou, 8728 Skoulli, ☏ +357 9676 1124, [email protected]. Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 10:00. Stone and marble villa built in the 1680s. Available for long-stay, too. Starting from €24/night.
- Elysium Hotel, 6 Queen Verenikis Street, 8045, [email protected].
- Tala Village - found high up north west of Paphos, Tala is a pretty traditional village, now with a large expat population but with beautiful Agios Neophytos Monastery nearby and a good range of popular restaurants.
- The Akamas Peninsula - in the far west of Cyprus. Paphos is the closest major city to this area of outstanding natural beauty. A day may not be enough to explore the deep gorges the wild landscape and the sandy bays. This is an area of great biodiversity and ecological significance. Home to 530 plant species, a third of the total for Cyprus, 126 of which are endemic to Cyprus. It remains largely unspoilt to date mainly thanks to its inaccessibility.
- The Diarizos river valley an unspoiled paradise for birdwatchers and nature lovers. Drive through Nikoklia village towards Troodos mountains and enjoy the views. Scenic little villages, family-run inns and wineries.