Paphos in Cyprus is one of the few tourist areas on the Island that remains open throughout the winter months of the year. It may have something to do with all the places of interest that are either close to Paphos town or within easy rich by coach tour. The Troodas mountains for instance are only about an hour away from the resort. Paphos is also connected to all the other main Cyprus coastal resorts and the capitol Nicosia by a modern motorway network. This may explain why Paphos has seen so much growth over the past few years both in terms of tourism and as a thriving town. There is also little doubt that development will continue at a pace for quite some time to come not just in the town itself but all over the Paphos area.
Visitors are drawn back to Paphos in Cyprus year after year despite the resort having no actual beach. There are some beautiful beaches further along the coast at Coral Bay but apart from some shale Paphos itself has no beach. The resort area is based around the pretty harbor with it’s water front cafe bars and trendy restaurants where you can relax with a drink looking out over the Beautiful Mediterranean Ocean. At the edge of the harbor is a small medieval fort and its well worth the climb to take in the view from the top of the tower. Within a short walk of Paphos lighthouse is the ancient Roman amphitheatre that has been restored and now plays host to summer concerts. Imagine sitting there on a warm summers evening in the exact spot where crowds watched gladiators fight to the death.
Further up the hill are the excavated remains of several villas including the house of Dionysus with their incredible mosaic floors that have survived for around 2000 years. Also of interest and within a couple of miles of Paphos harbor are the tombs of the kings. A burial ground carved out of the bedrock and dating back to around the 岩盤浴 fourth century B.C. There were never any actual kings buried there but they earned the name tombs of the kings because they were considered fit for the purpose. Visitors to the site are free to go into the tombs (they are vacant) and explore as they wish. Closer back towards the town center in a fenced in area on Apostolou Pavlou Avenue (St Pauls Avenue) is the actual pillar where the apostle Paul received 39 lashes for preaching the gospel. Once they had flogged him however the governor was converted to Christianity and Cyprus became the first Christian state in the world.
If you are looking for great food and a lively night out Paphos can offer you both in equal quantities. There is a road that runs parallel to the main street called “bar street” and it is aptly named. There are some great restaurants there offering cuisine for every taste including some fabulous flambe houses where your meat is cooked right at your table. How’s that for fresh cooked food? Once you have eaten your fill there are plenty of trendy bars for a nice relaxing drink or even a few late night clubs if that’s what floats your boat. The shops stay open late too so you could even squeeze in a little retail therapy whilst walking off your dinner. Cyprus enjoys over 320 days of beautiful sunshine every year so you may want to turn in early and recharge your batteries for another hard days sun bathing.
With so much to offer the discerning holiday maker it is no great surprise that people return to Paphos over again. The other great thing about Paphos is golf. In fact Paphos is the golfing centre of Cyprus boasting no less than three excellent clubs and several top notch hotels right on the courses too. With the beautiful Cyprus climate Paphos is a golfers dream come true in more ways than one. No need to worry about the weather ruining your game and you can walk straight out of your hotel onto the green. If you have never been on holiday to the Island before perhaps you should take a look at Paphos Cyprus.