Things to do in Paphos

Things to do in  Paphos

Let go and let goddess

Since antiquity, Paphos has been associated with Aphrodite (goddess of love and beauty), and that connection feels fitting today—even if Old Paphos, now present-day Koukalia, is actually a few miles away. With a picturesque harbor capped by the Paphos Castle, a dozen-odd beaches, a walkable Old Town, and proximity to the idyllic Blue Lagoon, there are plenty of things to do in Paphos. Its major highlight—and one of Cyprus’ key landmarks—is the UNESCO-listed Paphos Archeological Park, where the ruins of four Roman villas, an agora, vibrant mosaics, and other sites have been unearthed.

Top 13 attractions in Paphos

Lara Bay Turtle Conservation Station

Set on an isolated beach, the Lara Bay Turtle Conservation Station presides over the shelled creatures who come here every year to nest. Devoted conservationists keep an eye on the green and loggerhead turtles, safeguarding the eggs and young hatchlings and educating the public on the turtles’ plight.More

Adonis Baths

According to Greek legend, Aphrodite, the goddess of fertility and love, watched her lover, Adonis, die in her arms here in this freshwater natural pool. Set beneath a tumbling waterfall and surrounded by verdant greenery, the site also features a statue of the two mythical lovers, which is said to boost the fertility of those who touch it.More

Rock of Aphrodite (Petra tou Romiou)

A looming stack of rocks standing proud off the southwest coast of Cyprus, the UNESCO-listed Rock of Aphrodite, or Petra Tou Romiou (Rock of the Greek), is one of the island’s most famous landmarks and the birthplace of Aphrodite, the goddess of love, according to Greek mythology.More

Super Aphrodite Waterpark

With slides, drops, and a wave pool, Paphos Aphrodite Waterpark is among the city’s top attractions. Even the names of the rides hint at adventure—try the Free Fall, Kamikaze, or Cannon Drop before relaxing on the Lazy River. Visitors with small kids will find plenty of fun at the family-friendly Mini Volcano and Mini Bubble.More

Tombs of the Kings

Spread along the southwestern coast of Cyprus, the sprawling Tombs of the Kings are eight excavated tombs dating back to the third century BC. Around 100 Ptolemaic aristocrats are estimated to have been buried there, along with a substantial trove of jewels and personal effects, long since pillaged by grave robbers.More

Paphos Archaeological Park

A top attraction in Paphos, Paphos Archaeological Park is home to some of Cyprus’ most important historic ruins. Visit this sprawling open-air museum—a UNESCO World Heritage Site that stretches along the coast near Paphos Harbor—to see a number of ruins dating to the late Roman period, plus a few that are even older.More

Agios Neophytos Monastery

Founded in 1159 by Cypriot saint and writer Neophytos, the Agios Neophytos Monastery is among Cyprus’s most striking religious buildings, carved into a mountain rock just north of Paphos. Though a small number of monks live here, the main attraction for visitors is the museum, full of religious manuscripts, garments, and other artifacts.More

Pafos Zoo

Opened in 2003, the Pafos Zoo, outside Paphos (or Páfos), Cyprus, is a sprawling, 25-acre center for wildlife conservation. Spend a day here seeing animals from around the world, from giraffes and lemurs to bats and water monitors. The zoo is particularly well known for its extensive collection of birds.More

St Paul’s Pillar

Pilgrims flock to this 2,000-year-old pillar, where St. Paul was said to have been tied up and whipped as punishment for preaching Christianity. Despite initial resistance from the Romans, Governor Sergius Paulus was eventually won over by the apostle, making Cyprus one of the world’s early adopters of Christianity.More

House of Dionysos

A highlight of Paphos Archaeological Park, the House of Dionysos is the largest of four Roman villas, nicknamed the Mosaic Houses for their elaborate floor mosaics. The mosaics, painstakingly crafted from limestone tiles, date back to the second and third centuries AD and remained hidden until a local farmer discovered them in 1962.More

Yeroskipou (Geroskipou)

Once famous for its sacred gardens, dedicated to the Goddess Aphrodite, these days the sleepy village of Geroskipou is best known for its production of lokum, the age-old Cyprian sweet known elsewhere as Turkish delight. It’s also a great place to soak up some local atmosphere, with interesting old sites and a lovely beach.More
Panagia Chrysopolitissa Church (Agia Kyriaki Chrysopolitissa)

Panagia Chrysopolitissa Church (Agia Kyriaki Chrysopolitissa)

Originally built in the fourth century, this early Christian basilica was destroyed during Arab attacks in the seventh century, and another church was built on the site in the 13th century. Though only remnants of the original survive, the foundations and scattered columns give an impression of scale, while mosaics showcase the artistry involved.More
Fabrica Hill

Fabrica Hill

Often overlooked by ruin-hungry travelers, Fabrica Hill is strewn with ancient remnants, including a Hellenistic pebble mosaic, a network of quarry caves, and a Roman theater carved into its southern slope. The summit provides stunning views out across Kato Paphos, Paphos Archaeological Park, and the Mediterranean beyond.More

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All about Paphos

When to visit

Paphos is a sunseeker’s dream, and its prime position on the Mediterranean makes it a popular destination throughout summer. Visit in July for almost cloudless skies, and in August for highs that heat up to 90°F (32°C). However, if you prefer cheaper prices and fewer crowds, consider the shoulder season: It helps that Paphos’ beaches are comfortable for swimming and sunbathing from June through November, while the Paphos Aphrodite Festival is held every September.

Getting around

Paphos is widely served by public buses, which provide an affordable and generally convenient way to travel. Various bus routes connect the Paphos City Center with sightseeing destinations such as the Archaeological Site of the Tombs of the Kings, as well Paphos International Airport. Intercity buses also link it to Limassol, Larnaca, and Nicosia. Otherwise, taxis and rental cars provide greater flexibility.

Traveler tips

Many traditional "Greek" dishes and ingredients are actually Cypriot, and you shouldn’t miss the chance to sample widely as you go. Seek out kleftiko (marinated, roasted lamb), moussaka (a layered, baked minced meat and eggplant dish), halloumi cheese, souvlaki skewers, stifado (beef stewed in red wine), and the fresh seafood that is the island’s bounty. Don’t miss the local wine, made from grape varietals like xynisteri and maratheftiko.

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People Also Ask

Is Paphos worth visiting?

Yes, Paphos is worth visiting. Great beaches line the coastal resort, and Paphos Aphrodite Waterpark is a top family attraction in Cyprus. Paphos is also home to some of the island’s best-preserved ancient sites, from the Roman mosaics of Kato Paphos Archaeological Park to UNESCO-listed Tombs of the Kings.

What is Paphos known for?

Paphos is known for beachy fun and history. Resorts line the shoreline of this west coast resort, where sunset draws crowds to the palm-lined seaside promenade. Ancient Roman mosaics at the UNESCO-listed Kato Paphos Archaeological Park and Tombs of the Kings are among the island’s top historical finds.

Is Paphos good for nightlife?

Nightlife in Paphos is low-key compared with the all-night club scenes that draw international crowds to Ayia Napa and Larnaca. Still, Paphos likes a party: The inland area is home to lively local tavernas, while stylish bars, British-inspired pubs, and clubs line the waterfront and Agiou Antoniou Street.

How do I spend a day in Paphos?

With one day in Paphos, start with ancient history—in particular, the UNESCO-listed Roman mosaics at its Kato Paphos Archaeological Park and Tombs of the Kings. Then, head for the water, whether you’re playing at family-friendly Aphrodite Waterpark, strolling the seaside promenade in Paphos harbor, or lounging at a beachfront club.

Why should I visit Paphos?

Paphos is a seaside town with a side of history. Beachfront clubs and gorgeous scenery draw summer vacationers here, but Paphos is also famed for well-preserved ancient Roman ruins. Intricate, UNESCO-listed mosaics in Kato Paphos Archaeological Park and Tombs of the Kings are among the top historical sites in Cyprus.

Does Paphos have an old town?

Yes, Paphos has an old town. In the compact Ktima, or old town of Paphos, modern storefronts abut Ottoman baths, neoclassical hotels, and the century-old Municipal Market. Narrow lanes and weathered buildings make this an atmospheric place, and chic boutiques lining Makarios Avenue are popular with visitors and locals.

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