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Welcome to Paphos

Paphos is a delightful seaport town and tourist destination in the south-west of Cyprus, around 30 miles west of Limassol. As the mythical birthplace of Aphrodite, the ancient Greek goddess of love and beauty, Paphos possesses a beauty and magic all of its own, and its delightful seaside location makes it a favourite destination for promenading, people-watching and enjoying excellent local food and drink. It is the location for one of Cyprus's best luxury holiday destinations, the excellent Aphrodite Hills Resort, as well as the luxury Elysium hotel and the Annabelle.

Paphos Polis
Aphrodite Hills Resort Villas

Aphrodite Hills Resort Villas

Paphos, Cyrpus, Europe
Almyra Resort

Almyra Resort

Paphos, Cyprus, Europe
Annabelle Hotel

Annabelle Hotel

Paphos, Cyprus, Europe

Historically, its associations with Aphrodite made Paphos exceptionally important in Greco-Roman times – in fact it was once the island's capital, and its former glories can be seen in the remains of the Roman Governor's palace, which features mosaics of exceptional beauty. Paphos is also said to have been visited by St Paul the Apostle, giving the town an even greater resonance. Its continued significance in the island's history is also demonstrated by the presence of the splendid medieval Paphos Castle, situated at the harbour, which is always alive with small vessels, fishing boats and pleasure vessels. The fort is Byzantine in origin, and during its colourful history it was re-built by the Venetians to defend the town (unsuccessfully) against the Ottoman Turks. It is well worth a visit, and perfectly demonstrates Paphos's connections with past and present.

Paphos Holiday Highlights

Kato Paphos Archaeological Park - on UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites

Aphrodite's Rock – the alleged birthplace of the goddess Aphrodite

Paphos Aphrodite Water Park - on the coastal road at Kato Paphos, close to Aphrodite's Rock. This fun-packed destination is full of family attractions and exciting rides that bring in over 100,000 visitors annually

Paphos Zoo - beautiful lakes, ponds and gardens and the world's largest private collection of birds, plus giraffes, tortoises, monkeys, meercats and ponies

Beaches: Coral Bay, Peyia, a Blue Flag beach between two headlands; Latchi, another Blue Flag beach with excellent swimming and scuba diving Yeroskipou Beach, just 3km from Paphos, ideal for small children

Troodos Mountains – beautiful 'wine villages' and lovely views; follow the cycling route through the mountains

Kourion archaeological site – magnificent Greco-Roman theatre

Ayios Neophytos – a magnificent 12th century monastery 20 minutes from Paphos

Panagia Tou SInti – 16th century monastery in the village of Pantalia near Paphos

Paphos Castle – Byzantine, Venetian and Ottoman;

Lemesos Castle, Paphos Old Town – where Richard the Lionheart married in 1191

Luxury resorts including the stunning, centrally located Annabelle Hotel