Smooth sands and clear waters
Paphos has a wide coastline that includes several golden beaches along its shores. Clear waters, smooth sands and dazzling sunsets are included as standard with all of the beaches in Paphos.
St George's Beach is a bit out of town but is praised for its peaceful and clean settings. There is a beach bar behind and calm waters in front, meaning that it's an ideal place to go for a dip.
It's a little out of the way but go in search of Turtle Beach or Lara Bay where you can often see some of the shelled animals slinking to shore. At Lara Bay Conservation Station, workers preserve the area for wildlife and help the eggs hatch and raise them until their parents return.
History comes alive
There are dozens of marvellous sights in Paphos but some of the historic ruins and relics are absolute must-sees.
Just outside of the city is the Ayios Neophytos Monastery. Exploring the church, caves and museum of this area will amaze you as you leisurely tour the peaceful surroundings. There is also a quaint café on site for when you've finished.
Another interesting day out can be spent at the Kato Paphos Archaeological Park. Ruins of an amphitheatre, unearthed mosaics and art work are on display to broaden everyone's horizons.
Other highlights include the Tomb of the Kings, Aphrodite's Rock, Saint Paul's Pillar, and the Panagia Chrysopolitissa Church and Monastery.
Aside from walking history tours, other ways to get around include quadbikes, horseback and white-knuckle water sports to inject some animation into your holiday. There is also a zoo, waterpark, castle and waterfalls so your options are seemingly endless.
Fun pubs and bars
Evenings are just as enjoyable as the days as Paphos's many pubs, cocktail and beach bars provide wonderful surroundings to spend a sociable night.
Among the selection are Friends Bar, Different Bar, Flintstones Bar, The First and Last Pub, and Robin Hood Pub. If you are ready to start shaking it on a dance floor, the city's sole nightclub is Decades on Coral Bay Avenue.
Markets, malls and magic
There is a wide array of shopping opportunities in Paphos with a number of markets, boutiques and malls. Some brand named clothing can be picked up in several places while jewellery shops are plentiful too. There is dozens of retail options within the King's Avenue Mall, in the heart of the city.
A popular experience is found at the Tophat Magic Store where the owner is happy to demonstrate many tricks and illusions for customers. It's a great place where even adults are amazed and offers great holiday gift ideas for kids (or big kids).
Aphrodite's influence can be felt in the many romantic restaurants of Paphos. Evening meals provide softly lit surroundings, delicious cuisine and sumptuous wine. Many venues are ocean facing off the harbour too adding to the dreamy ambience of the city.
For the days where you're just not feeling the romance, there is also some western culture present in the forms of fast food and takeaways.
Stroll around Paphos Harbour
Paphos International Airport is a small airport just 20 minutes away from the city but some holidays may see you fly into Larnaca International Airport which is almost an hour and a half away.
Both the modern and the old town of Paphos are easily navigated by foot although there is a bus which can take you up the hill from the harbour to the shopping area.
To travel to neighbouring towns and villages, or even to discover the massive Troodos Mountain region then bikes, quadbikes and cars are easy to hire.
Best time of year to visit
Paphos is at its hottest during the summer when temperatures reach an average of 26C while the winters are much milder at 13C.
Peak season is during the school summer holidays so travelling either side of these weeks will provide you with a good balance of weather and tourism numbers.
Being such a big city, there are often festivals held throughout the year. Some of the highlights include: The Flower Festival in May, Ancient Greek Drama in July and August, and the Aphrodite Festival in September.
Location of Paphos