As the evening sun glints off the water over Paphos harbour, it sets over thousands of years of history. Archaeologists believe that the site of Paphos has been occupied since the Stone Age. Situated on the south western corner of the island (Greek half), the town thrived as a busy port for the ancient Greeks who believed Paphos to be the birthplace of Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty. In modern times it has become a popular tourist town, with people coming from all over the world to soak up the baking sun, awe-inspiring ancient ruins, and lively nightlife. The town is split in two halves: Kato (lower) Paphos on the seafront, and Ano (upper) Paphos.


Paphos itself is listed in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List, and while visiting it is impossible not to be enthralled by the Ancient Greek ruins. Well worth a visit are the two thousand year old villas of Dionysus, Theseus and Aion, which feature some of the most beautiful mosaics to be found in Europe. Petra tou Romiou Aphrodite's Rock), is situated outside the city in a gorgeous, clear water bay, and is believed to be the exact site of Aphrodite’s mythical emergence from the waves. Just around the corner you will find the ruined Temple of Aphrodite, which archaeologists believe to be over four thousand years old.

Paphos is riddled with creepy Catacombs (burial caves), mostly dating back to the early Christian period. The Tombs of the Kings, is a massive, spectacular necropolis (large burial site) hewn out of the sandy rocks 2km north of the town. It is believed that important citizens of Paphos have been entombed here for more than two thousand years.

Among other cultural attractions are the Medieval harbour fort, and St. Paul’s Pillar (the site where, by tradition, the apostle was bound and whipped) located in the centre of Kato Paphos. Two museums, The District Archaeological Museum, and The Byzantine Museum are well worth a visit.

For those who want a break from site seeing, Coral Bay Beach, about 15 minutes drive from the centre of Paphos, is famed for its soft, sandy beaches and blue sea. There are many water-sports facilities here, including Scuba Diving and Parasailing. The beach is ideal for families, and the popular nearby Go-Karting track caters for all ages. The town’s aquarium also provides a fun and interesting outing for adults and children alike.

For the adventurous, the Troödos Mountains in the centre of Cyprus are accessible by car from Paphos, and offer opportunities for hiking, including sign posted nature trails amongst the grand peaks.


Shopping is centred in Makarios III Avenue, in Ano Paphos. A large assortment of shops includes modern supermarkets and clothes shops, alongside vendors specialising in traditional Cypriot arts and crafts. An open market operates at the northern end of the avenue.

Nightlife and Eating Out

Paphos hosts a vibrant collection of bars and clubs that are filled with hedonistic teens and young adults partying into the night. The most popular bars are found on Agiou Antoniou Street, often aptly referred to as ‘Bar Nightlife Street’, located only five minutes away from the sea front.

For families, or those simply seeking a quieter night, Paphos is an excellent place to eat out. Most of the restaurants popular with tourists can be found on the beach promenade. The food is very varied, many establishments offering a mixture of traditional Meze dishes, and more accessible international menus. It is common to find restaurants providing dancers and live music alongside their menus. The staff are generally friendly, and the atmosphere in the cool evening sea breeze is perfect for a relaxed night.

Tourist Information

Tourist Information OfficeGladstonos 3CY 8046 PafosTel: +35(0)726 932 841


Paphos International Airport is located 8km from the town centre, and can be reached by Bus or Taxi.