7 Things to do in Paphos, Cyprus

by Julia on February 11, 2019


Paphos has been growing as a tourist destination of choice for several years.  Named European City of
Culture in 2017, the town is full of history, and home to several Greek, Roman and Byzantine
archaeological sites.  It’s also a popular destination for its pristine beaches and safe, family-friendly
atmosphere. There are now direct flights from dozens of European destinations, many in the UK.
If you are thinking of adding Paphos on your destination wishlist , you won’t be disappointed, with a
wide array of places to stay such as this beautiful Aphrodite Hills villa just along the coast from Paphos
town.

Let’s take a look at what this captivating town and surrounding area has to offer whilst you stay:

Tomb of the kings
A Unesco heritage site close to the Paphos beach 2km north of the harbour.  The Tomb Of the Kings is a
large necropolis with tombs carved underground, many of which date back to the 4 th century BC.
Despite its name, you won’t actually find any kings buried here.  Instead it understood that the site was
used to bury wealthy aristocrats and nobles.  The name however does seem fitting for the true
magnificence of the place.

It is possible to spend several hours here exploring the magnificent tombs which have been uncovered
here, carved into the solid rock thousands of years ago.  Many of the tombs here are very well
preserved, however their secret treasures have long since disappeared at the hands of robbers.
The Tomb of the Kings is very accessible, just €2.50 (at time of writing), children can enter for free.
There isn’t a who lot of information once you get there, so it’s best to pick up a booklet or audio guide to
explain the history as you venture round.

Paphos Archaeological Park
For those interested in Greek and Roman archaeology, the park is a great place to indulge in
perfectly preserved mosaics which would have floored three of the large roman villas on the
site.  Some of the mosaics in this area are generally considered to be among the most
magnificent examples of Roman mosaic art in history. The villas range in age from the 2 nd – 4 th
century AD and were deemed to be abandoned after an earthquake swept through the area in the 4 th
century AD.

Avakas Gorge
If you’re a fan of hiking and the great outdoors head for Avakas Gorge, you won’t be disappointed.   A 40
minute drive northwest of Paphos, the gorge is a favourite with hikers and adventure lovers.
It’s a challenging hike, more than 3km and does get narrow in some places.  The walls of the gorge span
up to 30 meters in height, where the limestone was carved from thousands of years of erosion from a
nearby stream.
Avakas Gorge is a charming, dramatic canyon that’s full of wildlife, rare plants and characterizing rock
formations.    You will find natural fig trees, cypresses, junipers and the endangered centuauria
akamandis plant. The best times to visit are in the spring and autumn when the Cyprus heat is less
intense.

Pafos Zoo
In the same direction as Avakas Gorge is Paphos zoo, home to one of the largest collections of exotic
birds in Europe; more than 165 species.  The zoo spans a large area of unspoilt natural beauty and in
addition to the many birds that call it home, so too do hundreds of other mammals and reptiles such as
the Aldabra giant tortoise (one of the largest in the world).
Pafos Zoo is an excellent day out, especially for families with children where they can learn about over
700 different animals.

Aphrodite’s Rock
Aphrodite’s rock, also known as Petra tou Romiou (rock of romans), is not only the so called mythical
birthplace of the Greek goddess Aphrodite, Goddess of love, beauty and pleasure.  It’s fitting that the
area itself is a beauty spot in its own right. Sitting halfway between the towns of Paphos and Limassol
Aphrodite’s Rock is also a 5 minute drive from the aforenamed  Aphrodite Hills golf resort. The winding
roads along the coastline offer an equally stunning experience, as you gaze out over the turquoise rich
Mediterranean waters.

Aphrodite’s Rock Microbrewery
For fans of craft beers, ciders and something a little bit different consider visiting Aphrodite’s Rock
Microbrewery.  The self-proclaimed “first craft microbrewery in Cyprus,”. Cyprus of course is not known
for wine or beers, however there is a fast growing community of craft beer producers on the island
Aphrodite’s Rock Brewery is among the best.
Confusingly it’s not in fact in the same location as Aphrodite’s Rock.  However the brewery is founded on
its own beautiful countryside setting, restored from an old winery.   The journey to the brewery is very
scenic and all part of the experience.
The standout experience perhaps is the tour, quite like any other and if you’re lucky enough you may get
onto one of the free tours available.

Toxeftra Beach
The Paphos coastline is popular with a large number of tourists for its pristine beaches.
If you prefer quiet, uncrowded beaches however, Toxeftra is a true gem which is also close to the Avakas
Gorge.  Away from the many beach resorts in Paphos itself, Toxeftra is very clean and the road to get
there is a little bumpy, and likely a good reason so few people visit.  But don’t let that put you off as it
truly is a lovely beach.

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