Holidays in Paphos Castle

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Paphos Castle showing military items

Relish the panoramic view from atop a fort that dates back a millennium. It survived the rule of Byzantine, Ottoman and British empires.

Paphos Castle is one of the city’s most iconic landmarks due to its rich history and striking appearance. Initially, it was built as a Byzantine fortress to protect the harbor, but it was destroyed and rebuilt several times as the centuries passed. It has been a fort, a prison and, most recently, a salt warehouse during British occupation. Admire the imposing look of the castle, which looms over the harbor as a reminder of the city’s complicated past.

Take photos of the large stone castle against a picturesque backdrop of the Mediterranean Sea. Cross the bridge over the water surrounding the castle. Inside the fort, enjoy its cool protection from the outside heat. Listen to the echo of your footsteps as you retrace the paths walked by many others over the centuries.

Learn about all the uses of the castle since its construction about a millennium ago. Byzantine, Lusignan, Venetian, Ottoman and British dynasties are all entwined in its history.

Make your way to the top of the castle for an excellent view of the harbor, the sea and the archaeological park. As you stand on the fort’s roof, imagine fending off an attack in the Byzantine era or being held prisoner in one of the cells.

Attend the cultural events held in the plaza in front of the castle. Come for the Aphrodite Festival that takes place annually for a week in September and enjoy an operatic performance.

Explore several small shops in the area where you can purchase snacks, refreshments and souvenirs. Dine at one of the restaurants and bars, which are lively in the evenings, before taking an after-dinner stroll around the harbor’s boats.

Castle entry requires a small fee. It is open from morning until late in the afternoon. During the summer, the castle stays open several hours later.

You can find Paphos Castle on the city’s main harbor at the most southwestern tip of Cyprus. It is just south of Paphos Archaeological Park and near several beach areas.

2100 Cheap Hotels Near Paphos Castle

Elysium
Elysium
5 out of 5
Queen Verenikis Street, Paphos
The price is AU$227 per night from 27 Jan. to 28 Jan.
Located in Paphos, this beachfront hotel is in the historical district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Kings Avenue Mall and Tombs of the Kings. Paphos Harbour is ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (586 reviews)
"the staff were all so friendly and helpful - they made our stay. The atmosphere is so calm and relaxing. The beds are amazing too!"

Reviewed on 29 Dec. 2021

Elysium
Amavi Hotel, MadeForTwo
Amavi Hotel, MadeForTwo
5 out of 5
Poseidonos Avenue 22, Paphos
The price is AU$246 per night from 27 Jan. to 28 Jan.
Nestled on the beach, this Paphos hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Alykes Beach and Paphos Harbour. Tombs of the Kings is 2 mi (3.3 km) away.
4.8/5 Exceptional! (97 reviews)
"AMAZING! Love everything!"

Reviewed on 10 Jan. 2022

Amavi Hotel, MadeForTwo
Mayfair Hotel
Mayfair Hotel
4 out of 5
1 Paris Street, Kato Paphos, P.O. Box 62459, Paphos
This family-friendly Paphos hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Agioi Anargyroi Church, Paphos Harbour and Tombs of the Kings. Kings Avenue ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (69 reviews)
"Overall the hotel was great, very modern and clean. The variety of food on offer for breakfast, lunch and dinner was really good. So much choice and good quality. The beef Wellington was incredible and the best I’ve ever had. The service from the staff was really great in the reception and the restaurant. ..."

Reviewed on 29 Oct. 2021

Mayfair Hotel
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Top Paphos Castle Hotel & Accommodation Deals

Phaedrus Living Seaview Luxury Marina Court 213
Phaedrus Living Seaview Luxury Marina Court 213
3.5 out of 5
1 Poseidonos Ave & Ap. Pavlou Corner, Kato Paphos, Paphos
The price is AU$171 per night from 10 Feb. to 11 Feb.
Phaedrus Living Seaview Luxury Marina Court 213
Amavi Hotel, MadeForTwo
Amavi Hotel, MadeForTwo
5 out of 5
Poseidonos Avenue 22, Paphos
The price is AU$246 per night from 27 Jan. to 28 Jan.
Amavi Hotel, MadeForTwo
Elysium
Elysium
5 out of 5
Queen Verenikis Street, Paphos
The price is AU$227 per night from 27 Jan. to 28 Jan.
Elysium
Mayfair Hotel
Mayfair Hotel
4 out of 5
1 Paris Street, Kato Paphos, P.O. Box 62459, Paphos
Mayfair Hotel
Annabelle
Annabelle
5 out of 5
Poseidon Ave, Paphos
The price is AU$237 per night from 30 Jan. to 31 Jan.
Annabelle
Almyra
Almyra
5 out of 5
12 Poseidonos Avenue, Paphos
Almyra
Seaside Luxury Flat: Marina Court 213
Seaside Luxury Flat: Marina Court 213
Paphos, Paphos
The price is AU$539 per night from 10 Feb. to 11 Feb.
Seaside Luxury Flat: Marina Court 213
Paphinia Seaview Apartments
Paphinia Seaview Apartments
3.5 out of 5
Poseidon Avenue, Paphos, PA
Paphinia Seaview Apartments
Basilica Holiday Complex Hotel
Basilica Holiday Complex Hotel
3 out of 5
Ledas Street, Paphos
Basilica Holiday Complex Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.