Paphos is a true gem of the Mediterranean. Many of its beaches have been awarded Blue Flag status while the resort itself is full to the brim of historic charm. Lots of these amazing locations are free to access! Meaning apart from sampling some of the islands delicious food, you really need not shed out more money for other activities. We know your holiday already costs a buck or two, so we’ve rounded up an amazing selection of FREE things to do in Paphos.
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One of the most famous of Cyprus’ beaches, Aphrodite’s Rock comes with its very own magical history. The birth place of the legend surrounding the mythical Greek goddess of love and beauty, she supposedly rose from these waters in 1200 B.C. The legend states Aphrodite blesses those who swim around the rock for three turns with true love, eternal beauty, eternal youth and fertility.
It’s a beautiful piece of nature found along the road from Paphos to Limasol. Unfortunately the waters around this area are a little rough, so swimming is prohibited and prevents people testing out the power of the legend, however the view from the top of the beach is reason enough for a visit!
After visiting Aphrodite’s rock you can pop along to the nearby pebbled beach, an idyllic spot for capturing some stunning Greek sunsets.
St Pauls Pillar
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The St Paul’s Pillar archaeological site is a beauty to behold. Situated near the Agia Kyriaki Church, and the Panagia Chrysopolitissa Basilica Ruins in Paphos, it’s a truly fascinating piece of history. If you’re into your culture, this small site has a stunning church, mosaics and a bath house as well as the famous pillar where it’s believed St Paul was actually tied up and whipped 39 times.
It’s completely free to enter and open between 8am and 5pm in the summer months. It’s a bit of a hidden gem but easy enough to find once you know the way. St Paul’s Tavern restaurant is located close by and only a few minutes walk away from the column and less than ten from the main ruins!
Hit the beach
Spending days at the beach are an ideal way to get out and about without having to dish out the cash. Paphos has an excellent choice of sandy shores for you to relax upon! Whether you want a lively atmosphere with close by bars, restaurants and water sports or a hidden cove to escape the crowds, there’s beaches suited to all.
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Located right in the heart of Paphos, you can simply roll out of bed and soon be on this stunning beach. You may need to pay a couple euros for the use of a lounger but with sand this sumptuous, it’s the perfect cushion to place your beach towel on!
Alykes Beach is cleaned daily and its waters stay shallow for around the first 20 meters, making it great for those with children. There’s water sports available if you’d like to partake and lots of bars and restaurants nearby for refreshments. However, if you really want to save your pennies, ask your hotel if they can provide a packed lunch before you leave for the day.
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Slightly off the beaten track but well worth making the journey, this unspoiled beach found in Cape Lara is not only a beautiful sight, but populated by green and leather-back turtles! For a beach experience that’s more than catching rays, you may be lucky enough to see the turtles laying their eggs or even the new babies scrambling to get to the sea!
This area is protected and there are no facilities on site but as long as you can bring your own towels, food and drinks, it’s a stunning beach well worth visiting. It’s beautifully secluded as not many tourists choose to venture this way and it’s waters are some of the warmest on the island. – Idyllic for splashing around in the sea or a going for nice swim.
No matter if you’re looking for a relaxing couple’s day out or you’re a family wanting some beach fun, Lara Beach is a fabulous spot to head to. There are also numerous info-graphics around the area explaining facts relating to the turtles which you may find there.
Walk around the Old Town
Going for a nice walk is part of many holidaymakers plans and it’s another fabulous free thing to do in Cyprus. Paphos has a lovely town centre which recently went through a bit of a revamp. You can marvel over the beautiful white washed architecture before window shopping around many local stores. You may also come across some cool pieces of street art whilst wandering around. Some may overlook these as graffiti, but the talent of these artists is undeniable and they add some amazing pops of colour into the Old Town.
The Old Town area surrounds the popular Kennedy Square and the Municipal Gardens. There are many delicious restaurants and bars situation around the square if you would like to stop for a spot of lunch or dinner. The square has quite a modern feel since its refurbishment but the interiors of it’s bars and the roman government buildings still situated there fully encompass the traditional charm.
If you arrive here on an evening, the fountains around the gardens are delightful to witness. Then why not treat yourself to a tantalising cocktail before making your way back to your hotel.
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You can find even more things to do in Paphos right here, although some of these do come with a charge.