5 Things To Do In Paphos Cyprus

Cyprus is an island in the Meditteranean known for its superb weather, gorgeous beaches, wonderful wine and fabulous food. It's a popular destination for the British who love its unique mix of history, diverse flora and fauna, and subtropical climate. 

One of the most popular destinations in Cyprus is Paphos. Paphos is an area on the southwest coast of the island, with the city of Paphos at its heart. We visited a few years ago and enjoyed our stay there. 

Many of us around the world, can't travel at the moment but if you are planning a trip and want to know what to do in Paphos and where to stay in Cyprus then check out my post.  Here are some of my top attractions in Paphos Cyprus for when you can visit next.

Soak up the history of the Tomb Of The Kings

The Tomb Of The Kings is a UNESCO world heritage site, part of the Archaeological Park of Kato Pafos (Paphos). It has underground tombs and chambers dating from the 3rd century BC to the 3rd century AD. They earned their name because of their grand appearance but weren't used for royalty. If you love history, it's a place you should definitely visit. Look out for the wonderful mosaics too. 

Hike the Avakas Gorge

Avakas Gorge

The Avakas Gorge can be found North of Paphos and Coral Bay and is a beautiful green gorge worth exploring. The gorge was carved out by the river that flowed over the limestone over a thousand years ago. There are some facilities there, a car park and toilets as well as a restaurant, and don't forget to watch out for the goats. Take good walking shoes to explore and some water and a hat. Cyprus is hot!

Check out the church of Agia Kyriaki Chrysopolitissa

Agia Kyriaki Chrysopolitissa

Another great site for history lovers is Agia Kyriaki Chrysopolitissa. Located in Kato Pafos (Paphos), the church was built in the 13th century over the ruins of the largest Early Byzantine basilica on the island. The floor of the basilica was covered with colourful mosaics, some of which are still preserved. The church is guarded by the many cats that roam the area.

Visit the beautiful beaches

beach cyprus

There are many beautiful and interesting beaches in the Paphos area. Some are golden sand, and some are rocky with lots of coves to explore. The best for swimming is the Blue Lagoon beach with gorgeous azure waters and Coral Bay is also another beach popular with families, whilst Lara Bay is great for wildlife spotting, especially turtles and seals. 

Drive to the Troodos Mountains

If you have a hire car, considering driving to the Troodos Mountains for a change of scenery and a cooler climate. We took the hour and a quarter drive and were rewarded with beautiful vistas. Stop for a coffee and a piece of cake in a cafe and take in the views. Be aware though, it is much colder in the mountains and it actually started raining when we were up there so pack a hoody and leave your shorts back in the accommodation. 

Other Information

The best time to visit is when the weather isn't too hot, May and June is a good time or late September or October. August can be scorching hot and humidity can be high so unless you have to go then avoid it if possible.

Cyprus has a good range of holiday accommodation from 5 star hotels to more simple self-catering apartments. We loved our stay in a villa in Paphos, as it's always nice to have a pool to yourself and the ability to self cater if you wish to. 

Saying that we ate out most of the time. Typical Cypriot food which is similar to Greek food consists of dolmades (stuffed vine leaves), souvlaki (kebabs) Kleftiko (slow-cooked lamb stew) and Cypriot fried Halloumi. 

Let me know, have you been to Cyprus? Do you have any recommendations on what to do?


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