Paphos - What We Know
"Public transport is reliable and reasonably priced, with buses running through the city most of the day to take people to other areas along the coast.."
You may be wondering what to expect from a holiday in Paphos - great weather and fantastic scenery come top of the list.
Paphos, a coastal city situated along the south west of Cyprus attracts visitors from the UK year after year due to its relaxed surroundings and warm, sunny climate.
Regardless of where you're staying, the transfer from Paphos International Airport will be very swift, taking no longer than an hour to reach your accommodation. Just fifteen minutes away from Paphos city centre, the drive is pleasant and if you are travelling further afield to Limassol for example, you can capture the idyllic scenery from the winding coastal roads.
If the quality of your accommodation contributes largely to the enjoyment of your holiday, then you have plenty of options to choose from. You'll find various Paphos hotels are rated at 5 stars for a luxurious stay, or there are mixed options if you're looking for self-catering and half board services. Paphos holiday villas and apartments are also available and they offer value for money and home comforts.
With regards to getting around, public transport is reliable and reasonably priced, with buses running through the city most of the day to take people to other areas along the coast. Taxis are also on offer throughout the day however, travel will become more expensive this way.
Things to do in Paphos
"Aphrodite Water Park makes a great day out and is the perfect place for families to enjoy rides and slides.."
If you're looking for some fun in the sun, head to Muncipal beach. It's centrally located and very popular, so try Faros beach if you'd prefer a quieter option.
Both beaches have been awarded an EU blue flag for cleanliness, so rest assured your children can play safely whilst you soak up the sun.
Coral Beach is also very popular. With windsurfing and jetskiing available, the beach activities on offer will not disappoint the more active holidaymaker.
A trip to Aphrodite Water Park makes a great day out and is the perfect place for families to enjoy rides and slides alternatively to the beach.
Away from the sandy coastline, you will find the Tomb of the Kings close by, which overlooks the beach and is the final resting place of ancient members of high society. The tomb is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and as such attracts many tourists. If history and culture are high on your list of things to do whilst visiting Paphos, the ruins of Roman villas are a must-see. They are famous for their mosaics down at Paphos Archaeological Park.
If you are a fan of walking holidays, or simply want to take in some of Paphos’ natural surroundings, take a hike through the countryside and uncover the vast and scenic landscape on offer. Paphos is known as the birthplace of Aphrodite who was the goddess of love and beauty according to mythology, something which the locals think is evident in the town’s natural attributes and a high contributor to the popularity of holidays in Paphos.
Eating & Going Out in Paphos
"Restaurants serve top class cuisine for tourists to enjoy the food Cyprus is most famous for - fresh meze dishes, kebabs, fish and cheese.."
Paphos is perfect for those looking for a place to enjoy fine dining.
There is a wide range of restaurants serving top class cuisine for tourists to enjoy the food Cyprus is most famous for - fresh meze dishes, kebabs, fish and cheese.
For dessert, sample kourabiedes, almond cakes with icing sugar, or loukoumades - small donuts with honey.
In Cyprus, no dinner is complete without afters.
You will be able to find a tourist-friendly menu in many of the hotels in Paphos. Out and about in town you will find fine restaurants offering traditional dishes as well as seafood, which is very popular with the locals. Making sure everyone is catered for, you will also be able to choose for European and Asian dining.
When it comes to nightlife, the town doesn’t disappoint. The hotels in Paphos once again provide very well for tourists and over summer you can expect various live shows to be on offer. Around the town itself there are plenty of bars and pubs to choose from where you can enjoy a cocktail or two whilst listening to live music. With a couple of nightclubs in town too, you can enjoy a late night out should you wish.
Weather in Paphos
"During summer, temperatures soar and you can expect to see things get as hot as 40°C at times.."
The summer in Paphos can get extremely hot and is one of the main reasons people are attracted to Cyprus.
During summer, temperatures soar and you can expect the peak months of July and August to see things get as hot as 40°C at times.
That heat coupled with 12 hours of sunshine every day makes Paphos an ideal summer holiday destination.
One thing that doesn’t last very long in Cyprus are the winters, but even then they remain very mild. Temperatures over the winter months average around 15°C so you can expect things to be fairly warm as there is still around 5 hours of sunshine too, making Paphos the perfect holiday destination at any time of the year.