The best known town on Cyprus’ west coast, Paphos is believed to be the birthplace of the Greek Goddess of love and beauty Aphrodite. As one of the most beautiful destinations in the Mediterranean Sea, its vast mixture of history, culture, long sandy beaches and fantastic nightlife, makes it a place to please everybody.
Although the whole city is bursting with history and culture, Paphos is divided into two distinct areas. Kato Paphos, or Lower Paphos, the tourist centre of the city, is listed in the UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites and draws attention to archaeological points of interests such as Paphos Archaeological Site as well as other historic gems like medieval baths, catacombs, the picturesque Paphos harbour and Paphos Castle. The majority of the hotels can also be found here. On the other hand, Ktima (Upper Paphos) is the old centre of Paphos, which is filled with handsome colonial buildings and many of the town’s museums.
Sun seekers and clubbers will find more than enough to do when arriving in Paphos. At night, the suitably named Bar Street will keep you entertained until the wee hours, while during the day, you can relax on one of the 12 Blue Flag awarded beaches located in close vicinity to the city. Alternatively Limassol not only boasts a beautiful mountain background but a fantastic promenade and equally impressive nightlife.
Cyprus really has something to offer everyone, no matter what you are looking for. Coral Bay is a quieter and more peaceful resort on the island and proves popular with families and those who simply want to get away from it all. What’s more Ayia Napa is less than two hours from the airport, some savvy tourists grab a great deal on flights here before hiring a car and heading to the island’s party capital.