Paphos is the capital of western Cyprus and a popular tourist centre. The settlement dates back as far as 1400BC and there are still many places where the Roman influence is visible. According to Greek mythology, Paphos is also the birthplace of Aphrodite, the goddess of beauty and love, so it's perfect for a romantic break. Get a closer look at this ancient side of the resort by visiting in 2014 or 2015 for the Ancient Greek Drama Festival which brings the Kourion amphitheatre to life.
Head for Kato Paphos, which is centred around a harbour and has a wide selection of hotels, restaurants and tavernas. It's the easiest place to find hotels in Paphos.
Paphos International Airport is easy to reach from the UK, with plenty of flights flying daily. As an alternative you can fly into Larnaca, which may be cheaper depending on when you go, but is a lot further away so will add to your travelling time.
Cyprus Airport website
You can travel the short distance from the airport to Paphos by shuttle bus, which serves a variety of destinations throughout the town, or by taxi, which is a quick and reasonably cheap way to travel if you are sharing between a few people. There is also car hire available if you want to make your own way to your accommodation.
Paphos buses are good for shuttle transfers from the airport
Paphos is quite small and it's perfectly possible to explore the entirety on foot. If you want to travel further afield there are some local bus services and some attractions even offer their own shuttle bus. Taxis are everywhere and are very reasonably priced so make a good option for a short-ish trip. If you want to explore some more remote places, hiring a car, moped or bike is the best way to get around.
Cyprus has a pretty good bus network that offers travel between the major towns and cities. Otherwise, hiring a car is probably the best option.
The climate in Paphos makes it perfect for visiting all year round. The summers are quite humid and the temperatures hover just below 30°C for most of the time, though heatwaves are becoming more common. Rain is rare in the summer and even during the winter rain is normally confined to an afternoon storm, with good weather in the morning and evening. Temperatures in winter are around 18°C with some days good enough for sunbathing.
There is no distinct tourist season in Paphos, although some of the attractions do close for the winter, like the water park. Prices in Paphos are lower than average in December and January and then remain fairly constant for the rest of the year. Package holiday deals are generally the best way to save money.
Cheap flights to Paphos give you many options, you can visit the famous mosaics or the resort's other ancient sites, which include the Tomb of the Kings, dating back to the third century BC and the fourth century Basilica of St Paul. For beach lovers Coral Bay is an exquisite beach just northwest of the town.
€ Euros. Cash and travellers cheques can be exchanged at banks in Paphos town and you can get cash 24-hours a day from ATMs. The best exchange rates can be found at Paphos harbour rather than inland.
The national language is Greek, but plenty of people speak English in Paphos, particularly in the main tourist areas.
+357 for Cyprus then 26 for Paphos.
UK travellers will only need their valid UK passport to enter Cyprus.
Paphos Castle sits by the harbour and the beaches
Mosaic in the House of Dionysos, one of the highlights at the Paphos Archaeological Park
The Tomb of the Kings is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
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