We spent a week in the Paphos area on the west coast of Cyprus staying in three different 4 star hotels, Theo Sunset Bay Holiday Village, Crown Resorts Horizon and Capital Coast Resort in March 2011. Here are my tips for things to do in Paphos.
Paphos Harbour with the Castle in the background
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Walk Along the Coastal Path
You can head north on the coastal path starting at Paphos harbour. Dusk is a good time to take a short stroll here to admire the sunset but I wouldn’t advise you to walk on the path after dark as it’s quite rough.
The coastal path north from Paphos Harbour
Enter the Tombs of the Kings
This Greek burial site was hewn out of solid rock around 3BC, probably not even for Kings but for aristocrats but hey Kings sound much more lofty. The site lies at the northern coastal fringes of Paphos.
The Tombs of the Kings by lhourahane
Have a Coffee/Meal at Paphos Harbour
There’s a good selection of cafes and restaurants at Paphos Harbour. If you’re lucky, you may even catch a rising full moon reflected on the sea at dusk.
Full moon rising over Paphos Bay
Swim at Coral Bay Beach
There’s a frequent bus service between Paphos and Coral Bay to the north. Coral Bay is beautiful sheltered beach with golden sand. We went swimming here a couple of times.
Visit Paphos Castle
Paphos Castle was first constructed in the 13th century and has been used by Byzantines, Venetians, Ottomans and British occupying forces.
Admire the colourful artwork at Paphos Airport
Just outside the entrance to Paphos Airport there are several metal sculptures. There’s plenty of outdoor seating and we ate sandwiches and drank the last of our water before going through security here, much more pleasant than sitting in the airport.
Colourful artwork by the entrance of Paphos Airport
Marvel at the Roman Mosaics
These remarkably well preserved Roman mosaics dating from the 2nd to the 5th century are must visit in Paphos. Some of the mosaics adorned the floor of the Roman Governor’s residence. Do visit early as it can get very hot under the roofing used to protect the mosaics from the sunlight. You’ll find the mosaics close to Paphos Harbour.
Paphos mosaic by Christian Stock
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