Paphos

Travel Guide
Aphrodite\'s Rock showing a pebble beach

On the west coast of Cyprus is a popular resort town with broadly appealing attractions. Find history, culture, watersports, nature and all-night revelry.

Paphos is a popular seaside destination with a historic past. Many visitors come for the beaches and nightlife and discover magnificent architectural treasures as well.

The Paphos area features more than 30 miles (50 kilometers) of coastline, with many beaches earning Blue Flag status for environmental quality. Vrisoudia, Municipal and Alikes beaches are closest to the town and popular with families. Snorkel and dive at Coral Bay or surf and windsurf at Laourou Beach. In summer, see loggerhead turtles nesting at Lara Beach or cool off at the Aphrodite Water Park.

Most of the town’s archeological sites are located near the harbor. Paphos Archaeological Park houses remains dating from prehistoric times to the Middle Ages. Admire the beauty and detail of elaborate mosaic floors in four Roman villas including the House of Dionysos and the House of Orpheus. Walk through the Tombs of the Kings, underground burial places carved out of rock, where aristocrats were interred. Explore the ruins of Saranta Kolones, a Byzantine fort. Sit on one of the limestone blocks in the 2nd-century Odeon, a large amphitheater that hosts musical and theatrical performances in the summer.

Paphos has a rich biodiversity. Throughout the region follow nature trails that take you past waterfalls, through fields of crocuses and near farms, medieval ruins and caves.

Enjoy the loud and colorful nightlife. Karaoke bars, nightclubs and discos in the center of town and at the beach draw in crowds of young people from across Europe. The aptly named Bar Street is an entire avenue of clubs and bars. For those who want a quieter stay, find plenty of tavernas and international restaurants in the harbor area.

Visitors will be easily understood in Paphos. Although the official languages are Greek and Turkish, many locals have a good command of English. There is also a large British expat community.

Reach Paphos by flying into its international airport, 5 miles (8 kilometers) outside the town. Get around by bus, rental car or on foot.

Where to stay in Paphos

Elysium
Elysium
5 out of 5
Queen Verenikis Street, Paphos
The price is AU$228 per night from 3 Dec. to 3 Dec.
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! (566 reviews)
"Lovely hotel, our second visit. Most of the staff were lovely however a small few let the others down on our first day. Some facilities were closed if unavailable, I’m assuming due to the time of year we visited (November) but would have been better if all available. Pool was absolutely freezing ..."

Reviewed on 29 Nov. 2021

Elysium
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! (57 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
Olympic Lagoon Resort Paphos
Olympic Lagoon Resort Paphos
5 out of 5
Poseidon Avenue, Paphos
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$300 per night from 6 Dec. to 6 Dec.
Offering direct access to the beach, this Paphos resort is in the city centre and within 1 mi (2 km) of Alykes Beach and Paphos Harbour. Tombs of the Kings is ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (238 reviews)
"Very relaxing; fine quality food and drinks; luxurious setting and polite and helpful staff. Could have communicated better about the facilities, as we sometimes had to find out about all that was on offer for ourselves. Cocktail lists, menus, entertainment etc"

Reviewed on 13 Nov. 2021

Olympic Lagoon Resort Paphos
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.
Sirena Sunrise
Sirena Sunrise
3.5 out of 5
Palaipafou Avenue, Paphos
Located in Universal, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Agioi Anargyroi Church and Paphos Harbour. Tombs of the Kings is 1.9 mi (3 km) away.
4.7/5 Exceptional! (18 reviews)
"The property was in a good quiet location only 15 min walk to the harbour, theres on site parking and a pool. There's fast wi fi, sky tv/movies/sports plus they supply a fan, iron, hair dryer, blankets etc. Theres a nice balcony to sit on and overlook the pool. Airport is only 20 mins away and the ..."

Reviewed on 1 Jan. 2020

Sirena Sunrise
Elysia Park
Elysia Park
4 out of 5
22 Sotiraki Markidi Street, Kato Paphos, Paphos
Located in Universal, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kings Avenue Mall, Alykes Beach and Paphos Archaeological Park. Paphos Harbour and Paphos Lighthouse ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (120 reviews)
"Luxury block and the staff were so helpful"

Reviewed on 21 Jul. 2021

Elysia Park
Artemis Cynthia Complex
Artemis Cynthia Complex
3 out of 5
Agiou Fotiou 2, Paphos
Located in Universal, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Agioi Anargyroi Church, Kings Avenue Mall and Paphos Archaeological Park. Paphos Harbour ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (114 reviews)
"The best vfm"

Reviewed on 6 Nov. 2021

Artemis Cynthia Complex
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.

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