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.
Head to the harbour for the Epiphany march. Taking place in the morning of 6 January, the parade wends its way from a nearby church to the seaside where brave youths jump into cold water to retrieve the cross cast into the water by the Bishop. Afterwards, enjoy a hot drink in one of the many local cafes.
From the end of April to the beginning of May, the island celebrates its most important holiday: Easter. On the eve of Ester Sunday, join locals at a midnight church celebration or simply enjoy the festivities on Easter Monday when many towns put on games and entertainment.
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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