Historic ruins in sunny Paphos

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Paphos is gaining in popularity as a holiday hotspot for Brits. It is a sunny city steeped in history and boasts many Greek and Roman buildings, plus there's family fun in the form of Aphrodite Water Park and the beaches stretch as far as the eye can see.

Why go?

Endless sunshine, Cypriot hospitality, safe beaches and, of course, history galore as the island of Aphrodite oozes love and beauty...

The legend of Aphrodite flourishes around the city of Paphos in this lovely corner of Cyprus. The Greek goddess of rather a lot of things, including love and beauty, is reputed to have risen from the sea around this way and legend still lingers around the sea stack known as Aphrodite's Rock.

Whichever version of the story you choose to believe, Aphrodite certainly blessed this region with beauty, and you are bound to fall in love with it.

Flights to Paphos will deliver you right into the lap of the legend, with the much-visited tourist attraction of the rock, also known as Petra Tou Romiou, within easy reach of the resorts around Paphos.

The large tourist resort of Limassol is best reached from Paphos Airport, as opposed to Larnaca Airport in the east. Limassol is livelier and busier than Paphos, though historical significance still abounds in the south coast resort.

Small and charming resorts such as Pissouri, Pomos and Latchi are also emerging on the tourist radar, and established favourites Coral Bay, St Georges and chic Aphrodite Hills (there she is again) continue to lure holidaymakers seeking powdery sand, sparkling seas and just enough energy to keep the pulse pumping.

Spa breaks, water sports adventures, hiking trails in the soaring Troodos Mountains and golfing holidays also ensure that Paphos flights, which take around four hours from UK airports, remain popular throughout the year.

How to get there

With its growing popularity among Brits, flights year round to Paphos are plentiful, especially in the summer...

Expect to be in the air for about four hours 30 minutes when flying from the UK to Paphos. Most major (and some smaller) airports offer regular flights.

Paphos Airport (PFO) serves the western half of Cyprus, generally regarded to be the quieter and more sophisticated side of the island. The growing tourist city of Paphos (also known as Pafos) is around 15 minutes away from the airport.

The winter months are cooler and wetter than the hot summer months and flight prices are often cheaper out of peak season.

The best way to save money on flights to Cyprus is booking early and using price-comparison tools.

Getting to and from the airport

As a busy tourist airport, Paphos offers excellent transfer options so you can start your holiday quickly and safely...

Taxis and buses are available outside the terminal. Car hire is a better bet if you want to make the most of your holiday in the area around Paphos after you've transferred to your resort.

Where to stay?

As one of the most beautiful holiday destinations with great year-round weather, Cyprus has a fantastic variety of places to stay...

British holidaymakers love Cyprus and flock back year after year. Favourite places to stay are mainly in the south-west corner of Cyprus, which has an ambience all of its own: soft breezes, old stone, elusive enchantment and an air of antiquity. The beach is priority and good quality accommodation is widely available.

Some travellers love staying in Paphos itself which can be experienced really as two towns, each with its own character; Ktima on the cliff and Kato Paphos by the sea, two kilometres down the road.

Kato is now growing into a sprawling, cosmopolitan resort and a number of spa and sport-centred hotels have opened here - ideal for the health conscious. Families love the rentals options in Paphos which are of a very good standard.

Feeling tempted? Why not look at some flight deals on our price comparison tool and start packing for some Cypriot sun!