For holidays in the beautiful climes of Cyprus, Paphos is an ever-popular choice with families, couples and sun-seekers alike. With a natural blend of history, culture and nightlife, there’s no shortage of things to do in this majestic harbour town. Paphos draws influence from a variety of different cultures and settlers all the way back to Neolithic times, meaning there are ancient ruins, fortifications and villas to explore for adventurous visitors.
Beach lovers will love the variety of sun-baked sands in and around Paphos, and with many areas of natural beauty, water sports aplenty and hiking and cycling trails in all directions, you’ll never be short of fun. For those holidaymakers who like to let the sun set before the action starts, you’ll find a vibrant and exciting nightlife in Paphos with beach bars to trendy nightclubs to get you going.
Families will enjoy Paphos for its diverse range of attractions. You can easily nestle into the culture and history of the town, whether you’re interested in the Byzantine Empire, cultural history, the Romans… The list is endless, and that’s even before you mention the famous Tombs of the Kings! And yet, this little town packs a punch when it comes to more traditional family-friendly activities: think mini-golf, go-karting, water parks, a zoo, and more. Families have no fear – there’s plenty to do in Paphos!
So all-in-all, whether you’re planning to be the next Indiana Jones, chill out on the beach, or take the nightlife scene by storm, holidays to Paphos should definitely feature on your bucket list.
Latchi exudes classic Cypriot charm. A small town, it’s a busy fishing harbour with a love of local produce and a quiet way of life. The town is surrounded by olive groves and pistachio trees, rolling landscapes, and an impressive number of ancient ruins. For a relaxing day trip that’s under half an hour from Paphos, you can’t go far wrong in Latchi.
As one of Cyprus’ main tourist destinations, Limassol makes for a refreshingly bustling break from Paphos. Festivals are big in Limassol, and if you can catch Mardi Gras in April, you’re in for a real treat. Limassol also has a fantastic (and huge) beach, and as it’s fairly built-up, loads of good shops, bars and restaurants.
Pissouri shows yet another side to Cyprus’ island life. This small town is picture-perfect, ideal for those who are happy to play on the beach and wander through the hills. Pissouri sits in a natural bay, so the beaches are beautifully sheltered, which also means they’re great for water sports. The land is also mainly used for farming and grape-growing, so get your hands on a glass of local wine, and a local cheese board for pure holiday bliss.
Tombs of the Kings
No visit to Paphos will be complete without visiting the famous Tombs of the Kings – a huge necropolis about 2km outside of the town. A designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, the tombs date as far back as the 4th century BC, and were carved from the solid rock for local nobles and people of high office. Sunset makes for a gorgeous time to visit, although as it gets dark some of the tombs can be a little creepy! As well as the tombs themselves, it’s also fascinating to observe the excavation work still taking place on the site. Enjoy your step back in time!
Coral Bay is a beautiful beach resort just north of Paphos and is well worth a trip during your holiday. Rocky headlands and sea caves make for superb adventure excursions, and they sandwich a superb stretch of over 500m of pure soft white sand that’s just simply perfect for family time and sunbathing. A visit to one of the beach bars will round out your visit to Coral Bay in a delicious way, or an exciting choice of water sports will keep even the most adrenaline-fueled members of your group occupied!
In a scene reminiscent of Pirates of the Caribbean, Paphos Castle sits proudly at the edge of the harbour, where it used to ward off invaders before they even reached the land. Nowadays it carries a mythical intrigue to visitors keen to explore its Byzantine roots and take in the amazing sea views and panorama looking back on the town itself.
Paphos is a spectacular celebration of Cypriot cuisine, with meze menus of beautifully prepared vegetables, cheeses, meats and seafood bursting with flavour and spice. Enjoy a sizzling steak after an action-packed day of water sports or tennis, or perhaps you’re in the mood for something a little lighter – either way, meals in Paphos are sure to be one of the highlights of your holiday.
Notios, Gabor or Amorosa are wonderful places to start if you fancy treating yourself to some fine dining, or Akis Tavern or Sienna Restaurant are perfect shady retreats for a bite of lunch in a great local company. As well as stunning local cuisine, you’ll also find scrumptious spots for all things Thai, Indian and British, with Baan Thai Kitchen and 7 St George’s Tavern particular highlights. Martelli Restaurant is also highly recommended, particularly if you’re starving hungry!
Paphos is a fantastic blend of traditional Cypriot culture and prettiness. It’s also brilliantly placed for daytrips to other resorts. Booking your trip to Paphos couldn’t be easier with easyJet holidays. With one simple booking, you can have flights, hotel, and even transfers sorted – all at a bargain price! Once that’s all sorted, all you have left to do is plan your itinerary, get excited, and pack! Easy.