Located in the southwest of the country, the stunning ancient coastal city of Paphos was once Cyprus's capital city and is currently listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are many cheap hotels in Paphos city, ideal for those on a budget. The delightful sandy beaches and subtropical climate, along with the charming fishing harbour, intriguing history and ancient architecture make this city both a cultural and natural treasure of the world.
Near Old Paphos is the popular seaside site of Petra-tou-Romiou, known as the mythical birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of beauty and love. Today, there are still remains relating to this legend, including Venus Rock and the Baths of Aphrodite, making this an extremely popular beach area. Kato Paphos surrounds the medieval port and contains most of the luxury Paphos hotels and entertainment facilities. This charming fishing port is lined with outdoor cafes and tavernas, serving local delicacies and fresh fish.
Temperatures soar in mid-summer, with early and late summer, spring and autumn all being popular months to visit the island. Paphos is also an ideal destination to catch some winter sun, benefitting from a Mediterranean climate. Visiting Paphos at any time of year will allow you to enjoy the intriguing mythology, ancient history, charming outdoor eateries, breathtaking views and stunning beaches that the area is so well known for.
The region hosts many festivals throughout the year, including the Anthestiria Flower Festival that heralds spring's arrival with magnificent flower floats parading the streets to the old harbour, where festivities continue. The Aphrodite Festival is held every September, with open-air celebrations and opera in the castle square.
There is so much to do and explore in and around this historic city. Its museums, vineyards, local art, beautiful coastlines, idyllic beaches and extraordinary gorges are all waiting to be discovered and enjoyed.