As the birthplace of Greek goddess Aphrodite, you can imagine how beautiful the city of Paphos is. This slice of Cyprus is a sight to behold, so we’ve come up with our pick of the most unexpected things to do in Paphos.
1. Visit the bathing spot of the Goddess of Love
The Baths of Aphrodite are one of the many hidden gems lying in the lands, most of which are dedicated to the legends surrounding Paphos. This is the perfect spot to explore on a couples’ holiday – not only will you have a stunning view of the Bay of Polis but this is also where Aphrodite is said to have first met her love, Adonis. If you’re less into love and more inclined towards nature, this spot also offers stunning views and some of the best hiking trails in the region.
2. Explore the fanciest graves you’ll ever see
Thought to be the burial site of aristocrats and officials up to the third century AD, The Tomb of the Kings can be found just west of Paphos and is definitely worth a visit if you’re after a bit of culture. Take a tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site to see the tombs of monarchs past, or head to the House of Dionysus to gaze at some beautiful Roman mosaics. There are many archaeological sites all over the region for you to explore and learn something from.
3. Discover hidden treasures in the Akamas Penisula
Travel the lengths of the Akamas Peninsula in a 4×4 to explore this intriguing wooded headland. There are plenty of places to rent vehicles from, allowing you to discover this intriguing landscape more closely on an off-road adventure. Make sure you take a trip to Akamas Gorge and the Turtle Conservation Project too – particularly if you’re a nature lover.
5. Watch a Solar Car Challenge
Anyone with a solar power vehicle can enter this race, which is held in Paphos each June. The event was organised to raise awareness of renewable energy sources and makes for a fun, quirky day out. Head online for more information on how to register if your car is run on solar power. Even if it’s not, it’s definitely worth stopping by to watch this enthralling sight.
6. Revel in Cypriot talent at the Open-Air Opera Festival
The first weekend of September sees the start of the Open-Air Opera Festival in Paphos each year. As a part of the Aphrodite Festival, famous singers are invited to perform outside Paphos Medieval Fort, with rich tones belting through the night. This is a romantic and unique celebration known only to Paphos.
Take a stroll in the sea
Forget the leaky snorkels and the hassle of scuba diving, sea walking is the newest sport for underwater explorers and allows you to get up close and personal with a wide array of marine life. Tours are scheduled daily and there’s no special training involved, meaning that the whole family can enjoy their very own underwater adventure.
7. Experience a cave of wonders
Based in the old market, Kivotos Gallery is the perfect place to end your trip to Paphos. This small gallery prides itself on being the best spot for travellers and locals to gather over delicate and unique souvenirs, alongside beautiful jewellery made by local artists. It’s a trove of discoveries that’s definitely worth a visit. They also run their own workshops, should you fancy making a trinket of your own.
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