Paphos, is located on the southwest of the island and the entire town is listed under UNESCO world Heritage site. This destination offers visitors beautiful beaches, archaeological ruins, a large number of museums and amazing flora and fauna in the surrounding luxurious natural environment.
Sanctuary of Aphrodite
14 Kilometres east of Paphos you can visit this mythical place. The Temple of Aphrodite, located in the town of Kouklia, is one of the most important vestiges of the Greek civilization on the island. It is estimated that this religious centre was built in the 12th century BC.
St Pauls Pillar – Basilica of Chrysopolitissa
This basilica is one of the most important in Cyprus. Its construction began in the thirteenth century. In its interior a pillar can be observed, in which the apostle Saint Paul was flogged before the conversion of the Roman Governor Sergius Paulus to Christianity.
The Paphos mosaics are considered among the finest in the Eastern Mediterranean. Many of them can be admired in the different buildings of the city such as the Roman villas, from the 3rd century AD, among which the house of Thescus, Dionysos, Orpheus and Aion stand out. They depict scenes from Greek Mythology and are considered masterpieces of mosaic art.
The Byzantine Museum is also a must to visit, here you can admire a collection of Byzantine icons of great antiquity. Many of them date from the 7th to the 18th century. This collection is one of the most important in Cyprus.
Tombs of the Kings
Without a doubt it is one of the most important archaeological sites in the city. Explore the underground tombs that have been decorated with Doric columns. Its origin dates back to the 4th century BC.
Petra tou Romiou
Paphos has incredible beaches and one of them is Petra tou Romiou (Rock of Aphrodite). According to mythology, Aphrodite rose from the waves in this magical place. This place is perfect to rest and admire wonderful sunsets.
According to archaeologists, this city, known as Marion, was one of the most important commercial centres in the region during the classical and Hellenistic periods. Near Old Polis you will also find several beaches with crystal clear waters.
Paphos was chosen as the European Capital of Culture for the year 2017