Paphos is one of the most culturally significant cities on the entire island of Cyprus. It is also one of the fastest growing tourism destinations along the southern coast and plays home to some of the most unique and historically influential sites in the Eastern Mediterranean. Throw in a healthy dose of picturesque characteristic pebble stone beaches and a lively nightlife and you've got the makings of quite a vacation spot. Follow these steps to plan your visit and find out exactly what all the talk is about before the secret gets out.
How To Arrive
There are two main options for arriving in Paphos. The airport is the second largest on the island recently expanding to include a new terminal. There are numerous inbound flights available from Europe and the Ukraine. The second option is to take the scenic route and arrive directly in the port of Paphos by ship. Several cruise companies offer port into Paphos including a pirate themed sailing adventure based on the island offered by the Jolly Roger company.
Where To Stay
Seaside hotels are plentiful in all coastal beach towns. However the Louis King Jason luxury hotel apartments is a welcome twist on that theme. Located within a quiet residential neighborhood your visit will feel more like a home away from home than a pricey vacation rental. They offer suites and condos with amazing sea views and encompassing Mediterranean themes. Surrounded by red tiled Grecian rooftops and manicured gardens all within easy walking distance of most local attractions.
Where To Eat
For something slightly different Seven St. George’s is a completely different type of experience. The menu at George’s does not technically exist. The restaurant serves a daily selection of fresh seafood, homegrown vegetables and organic ingredients. George also makes his own wines. The portions here aren’t just plentiful, the staff will continue to bring you food until you are finished. George is renowned for his innovation in recipe preparation which revolves mostly around traditional Grecian recipes.
What To See
The list of attractions in the city of Paphos is nearly endless. The many local villages near the city offer a unique insight into the culture that inhabits the island. The wineries produce distinct varieties of wines that are not available anywhere else in the world. The numerous ruins that dot the countryside reveal the religious and cultural evolution of the island.
The old Castle in port saw the entire history of Paphos unfold before it plays central roles in many of the most significant changes. Coral Beach is one of the locals favorite places on the island. The long stretches of pebble strewn coastline are almost entirely undeveloped and accompanied to the west by endless azure and aquamarine seas that stretch far into the distance. For a truly memorable experience find yourself here at sunset and experience one of the true wonders of nature the same way the ancients did.
When To Go
There is no real bad time to visit the island. The warm months last from March into November. The lowest temperatures average near the high 60s Fahrenheit. Tourism is highest during predictable patterns in this area. The best time to visit Paphos is when you have the time to truly explore the city and its magnificent character. There are so many things to see that no matter how long you stay, you will long to return.