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Paphos

Paphos holidays

A city of ancient myths and modern fun, Paphos holidays mix culture and Cypriot hospitality into an unforgettable trip. There's shopping, sunbathing and adventure to be found, so prepare that sunscreen and ready yourself for some of the best cuisine and culture in the Med.

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In the footsteps of a goddess

Not many places could define Cyprus and its long history quite as well as Paphos, which is located on the southwest coast of the island.

A rich thread of history is woven into every part of Paphos, and it shows in the architecture and outlook of the city's people. It's said that the Greek goddess of love and beauty, Aphrodite, once called the city home. Her mythic touch can also be felt in nearby sites like Amathus Bay, where a temple still stands in her honour.

There are places all around that demonstrate why the city's been chosen as European Capital of Culture 2017. Such as Paphos Castle and the Randi Gorge in Aphrodite Hills, where Aphrodite is said to have risen from the sea. These landmarks of a bygone era have to be seen to be believed.

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  • Greek Orthodox
  • Euro
  • Greek
  • Approx 38,000
  • GMT + 2hrs

Basking in sunshine

Cyprus enjoys a hot climate, where summer temperatures frequently peak above 30°C. Package holidays to Paphos are a great choice for families as a laid-back lifestyle is very much the order of the day here. You'll find tranquil beaches surrounding the city, together with more tourist-focused resorts like Coral Bay.

The city has access to some of the best beaches on the island, with its own Municipal Beach joined by sublime sights like Petra Tou Romiou Beach. And if the city hubbub gets a little much, there are acres of countryside to explore via guided tours or the possibility to hire a vehicle.

Family days out

Pafos Zoo is home to some of the most popular furry friends this side of Limassol, and kids will definitely enjoy meeting the locals. On top of that, the zoo also has some of the best kept gardens of any part of Cyprus.

If a little more adventure is on your agenda, take a trip to Aphrodite Water Park, where soaking slides and gallons of fun can be had by all.

Tasting the tradition

Cyprus takes its cues from Greece, Turkey and the Middle East for its cuisine, and that makes for a fantastic selection of foods to try, such as halloumi, moussaka, mezzes, feta cheese and smoked meats.

Look around and you'll see plenty of other options on the city's menu, including Italian, French and good old fashioned English fare. That's before we even get to the wines, for which Cyprus has an excellent reputation, from the richest reds to crisp whites.

Sample some nightlife

Paphos isn't as wild as Ayia Napa, but it doesn't need to be. Instead it has a reputation for warm hospitality and fantastic entertainment.

Make sure you take part, be it in the karaoke and classic dance parties of Boogies Club or the selection of drinks at the popular Robin Hood Pub, through to the modern nightclubs like Decades. There are tons of cocktails to try, as well as a range of traditional places of both Cypriot and British heritage.

Shopping in style

Retail therapy reigns supreme in Paphos, so make sure you get your shop on while you're here. Every kind of product and budget is catered for in this diverse city.

You've got traditional and handmade souvenirs over in the old town's bazaar-style marketplace, or massive shopping malls where the best designer labels tempt you from the windows.

Art and craftsmanship are celebrated in Cypriot culture, so there'll be lots to choose from, including jewellery, handmade bowls, ornaments and more besides.

When to visit

Paphos is growing to embrace tourism more and more, and that means there are festivals and events across the calendar, although most of them fall in spring and summer, when temperatures hover around 30°C.

A winter break will see you enjoying a comfortable 15 to 20°C daily and it'll be less crowded too, making it easier to find cheap holidays to Paphos at this time. The decision really hinges on what you want from your Cyprus experience.