Cheap flights to Paphos
So beautiful that the ancient Greeks believed it to be the birthplace of Aphrodite, the goddess of love, Paphos is still wowing the crowds today with its enchanting mix of unrivalled beaches and cultural treasures.
This elegant city on the south west coast of Cyprus is so packed with history that it is a World Heritage Site in its own right. So if you want to see ancient Greek theatres, Roman villas, Classical temples and some of the world’s best-preserved Roman mosaics, then you know where to come.
But the appeal of Paphos doesn’t end there. Luxury spa hotels, a medieval harbour with a smorgasbord of restaurants serving some tasty Greek cuisine, and a load of lively nightlife complete the lineup of tourist treats on offer at this small, yet perfectly equipped resort.
Of course that’s forgetting to mention the year round sunshine, warm seawaters, and those waterparks that keep the little ones entertained for hours. Sounds like this place has everything you could wish for from that perfect summer holiday – well it does.
The 3rd Apollon International Arts Festival boasts world class chamber music performed by an international group of distinguished musicians. Taking place at The Annabelle Hotel in Paphos, the programe of works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorak and an array of modern composers runs for four nigths from October 26 to 29. Tickets €15. Information: www.apollonconnections.com
Christmas wouldn't feel right without a brass band performing favourite carols. In top festive tradition, the Cyprus Police Band performs popular carols and hymns in central Paphos. The outdoor concert usually takes place on the Saturday before Christmas. For more information on this year's location, go to visitcyprus.com.
August is the month of village festivals in Cyprus when celebrations are held around local traditions and produce. Stroumpi is famous for its wine festivities while other spots celebrate carob, sweet and grape products. For a glimpse into local life, check what's on at the tourist office (8 Agora Street, near the market, www.visitpafos.org.cy).
For a sunbathing session, head out to Aphrodite's Rock (also known as Petra tou Romiou), one of the ancient world's most famous mythological spots. A bus passes by regularly and there's a nearby cafe for refreshments. If you can swim around the rock three times, rumour has it you'll have eternal youth.
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