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The Paphos area guide

Sights and attractions

Paphos is a diverse, lively city divided into two main sections. This includes Kato Paphos, or Lower, as well Ktima Paphos, or Upper. The two sections are divided by a central highway and offer vastly different vibes.

Kato Paphos is the prime area for local tourism, based around a palm-fringed seafront. Here you’ll find many of the city’s top resorts, bars and restaurants, along with quieter backstreets and historical sites from the Roman to medieval eras.

Kato Paphos is also home to one of the city’s star attractions, the Paphos Archaeological Park, which offers unrivalled access to ancient Roman ruins. Ktima Paphos, by contrast, is the modern commercial centre, with shops, museums and colonial buildings.

Situated in Cyprus, Paphos offers a convenient home base to further travel throughout the picturesque island. Known as the birthplace of Aphrodite, you’ll see sea and mountain landscapes that seem straight out of myth.

Paphos caters to all ages and interests, whether you’re interested in exploring Cyprus’ fascinating heritage and culture or simply relaxing on the beach. Wine tasting, golfing and sailing are just a few activities to enjoy here. Get outdoors and visit the Aphrodite Water Park with its heart-pounding attractions, or spot colourful plumage at the Pafos Zoo. There are a number of pleasant walks in the area, including the coastal path which extends from Geroskipou Beach to the Tombs of the Kings historical site.

In addition to the Tombs of the Kings, a highlight of any time spent in Paphos is exploring the Archaeological Park. Its entrance is near the main harbour and it holds a very impressive collection of Roman villas and artefacts. Some of these can be dated to the 2nd century BC, including intricate mosaics and an Odeon constructed from limestone bricks.

Restaurants and cafes

Whether you are craving traditional Cypriot cuisine or an Indian takeaway, you’ll be well-served with the extensive selection of internationally-influenced restaurants in Paphos.

For a local dining experience, visit one of the city’s traditional tavernas. These offer a full meze spread, usually sourced from fresh fish and seasonal produce, along with dry, light local wine. One restaurant particularly well known amongst locals is Tyrimos Seafood Restaurant. The chefs in this old world restaurant put an emphasis on freshly caught seafood, and you’ll find everything from squid to grilled fish served in attractively presented platters.

Seven St Georges is a popular option for seasonal meze. They also offer a variety of meatless meze for those wishing to sample vegetarian Cypriot cuisine.

Shops

Fashion and artisan goods can be found in Paphos’ diverse shops. For international brand names and a modern retail experience, visit the city’s main shopping malls. These include the Kings Avenue and Paphos Mall, which are both air-conditioned for your comfort.

There’s a branch of the British department store Debenhams in Paphos, as well as large supermarkets such as Papantonious, Carrefour and Orphanides Express. Nikodimou Mylona Street is lined with designer boutiques, making it a great option for local fashionistas.

If you’re after smaller, more specialized boutiques, venture near the harbour to find independent shops selling fine lace, pottery, embroidery, and leather goods.

Travel

Travel links can vary slightly depending on the season. During the summer months, when tourism is in high gear, there are regular charter flights into Paphos International Airport and hourly bus services connecting the airport with Kato Paphos. The frequency of flights and buses lessens slightly during the winter.

Within Paphos, it’s possible to explore the city on foot for the most part, though bus services are available to connect Ktima and Kato Paphos. The local transport authority is OSYPA.

There is a bus station near the central harbour, which provides connecting services to major attractions, including Aphrodite’s Rock and all nearby suburbs. Taxis are plentiful and donkey rides provide a unique way to get around the city.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact editor@primelocation.com

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.



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