Paphos is a town that’s managed to hold on to its traditional roots while embracing all that comes with modern life. Kato Paphos – the newest part of town – comes with a pretty harbour that’s packed with bars and restaurants that are perfect for taking in sweeping sea views and stunning Cyprus sunsets. There’s a sandy beach here, too, as well as an archaeological park filled with crumbling ruins of Roman places and villas.
Head to the old town – known as Ktima – and you’ll be met with cutesy cobbled streets, pavement cafes and pocket-sized boutiques selling handmade jewellery, lace and pottery. It’s where you’ll find the authentic Cypriot food, too. You’ll know the taverna is highly-rated if it’s full of locals at lunch and dinnertime.
Paphos is within day tripping distance of some of the region’s best sights, too. Everything from sleepy mountain villages and off-the-beaten-track beaches to ancient amphitheaters and Aphrodite’s baths is within easy reach.
Get a snapshot of Paphos’ past
Visit the Tomb of the Kings – here you’ll find Egyptian catacombs carved from soft sandstone. You can also ogle intricate mosaics at the House of Dionysos.
Bask in the sun on the beach
Paphos’ in-town beach is the definition of small but perfectly formed. This sandy patch is only 150-metres long but means you can go from shops to sand in minutes.
Take a tour of the Medieval castle
This castle was once a Byzantine fortress that protected the city. Nowadays it sits pretty, using Mediterranean Sea as a backdrop.