Quick Guide to Paphos

Paphos was once the capital of Cyprus and the area is awash with historical sites that are well worth a visit. It has all the amenities you need for a family holiday, while avoiding the crazy nightlife to be found elsewhere. Nearby you'll find Cyprus' second largest city Limassol, which is well worth visiting for shopping and gives you a break from soaking up the sun on the beach!

A good way to get around and explore the surrounding area is by hiring a car. After you've booked your holiday make sure you compare Paphos car hire deals to ensure you get a great price.

Fab holidays for:

Ancient sights, Winter sun, Watersports

Airport:

Paphos International Airport

Did you know?

Cyprus has been known to be called the 'playground of the gods'. Legends have it Aphrodite was born in the water near Paphos on Aphrodite's Beach.

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Top 5 Reasons to Visit Paphos in Spring

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While tourists flock to Paphos for the hot summer weather, there are plenty of reasons why you should opt for an out-of-season trip to this charming city.

It's at its most colourful
Many a Cypriot will tell you that spring is when their island looks its best. From March onwards the whole island is awash with yellow flowers, wild orchids and blossom-filled trees.
You'll avoid the crowds
Some of Cyprus's biggest draws are the Roman ruins. Go to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Paphos Archeological Park and you'll practically get the place all to yourself. Imagine; just you, a village of grand Roman villas and intricate 1,800-year-old mosaics.
You can still visit the beach
Paphos is Aphrodite country. The goddess of love was said to have risen out of the sea near Paphos, and the Petra tou Romiou rock which marks the spot is another popular attraction which is just as good with the cooler weather.
It doesn't quiet down
Paphos' superb climate means fewer bars and restaurants close down for the winter compared to other Mediterranean resorts. And by spring they're in full swing again!
See the flamingos
Go in early March and you might spot some of Cyprus' long-legged visitors. The flamingos gather at Larnaca Salt Lake and a few other spots on the island, usually from October to March each year.

When to go to Paphos

For those looking to book a summer break during the school holidays, Paphos can be tricky. You will definitely find the hottest weather in July and August but it would be very hard to find a very cheap holiday unless you've booked well in advance. For the best of the weather and kinder prices try the months either side of summer (September, October, May and June). Winter definitely offers the best chance of cheap holidays in Paphos, however, the weather can be very variable so be careful of booking if you're looking for a beach holiday. If you're feeling lucky you could chance your luck and try to bag a bargain by hunting out a last minute holiday deal.

How to get to Paphos

Plenty of the biggest names in travel offer holidays to Paphos - it has been a favourite destination for the British for years after all! All that competition means you shouldn't struggle to find a good deal on a package holiday in Paphos - whether you're looking for a complete all inclusive experience or a private self catered villa.

It takes just 5 hours to fly direct to Paphos International Airport and it's served by all the major tour operators from London and regional airports. Thomson, Thomas Cook and First Choice all provide a wide range of package holidays in Paphos from Gatwick, Manchester, Glasgow, Stansted and Belfast. However, you can make your own arrangements and book a flight and hotel separately too. Try our search for flights to Paphos if you want to compare prices between all the different airlines.

What to do in Paphos

Paphos is divided into the old and new town. Kato, the old town, has most of the historical sites and a cute little harbour. The area has been the focus of much of the tourist development so you have a good chance of finding cheap Paphos holidays in this area, especially outside the main tourist season. Neo Paphos, or the new town, is about a kilometre inland and much less crowded. There are fewer accommodation options but if you hunt around you should find a bargain.

Paphos has a plentiful supply of bars and restaurants and the food is generally excellent and offers great value for money. However if you were after some hardcore nightlife then you need to head into Cyprus's clubbing mecca; Ayia Napa.

There are many historical sites to check out around Paphos - we recommend the 3rd century Tombs of the Kings to get you started. Another idea for a day away from the beach is to hire a car and drive out to the Troodos Mountains. This dramatic mountain range rises to 6,500 feet and is covered with lush pine and cedar forests.

Alternatively, if you fancy a bit of retail therapy then jump on one of the regular buses to Limassol. Cyprus' second city has high street stores and upmarket boutiques. If you're after unique souvenirs head to the Fasouri Flea Market, which takes place every weekend in Asomatos village.