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Formerly one of the sleepiest cities on the timeless island of Cyprus, Paphos has become relatively energetic and modern of late.
With smart restaurants and trendy bars lining handsome boulevards, you can wine and dine al fresco beneath palm trees in Paphos.
There are Byzantine-era monasteries to explore, as well as the extraordinary ruins of ancient Paphos. The historic highlight of this picturesque harbour town has to be the ruins of Aphrodite's Sacred City; you'll find many treasures within, including Roman mosaics and ancient theatres.
And, of course, there are plenty of idyllic golden beaches to laze away the days on. With Cyprus tipped for reunification in the coming years, there has perhaps never been a more hope-filled time to spend your holidays in Paphos, and you'll find great holiday package deals in 2020.
With its undulating hills, olive groves, rugged Troodos Mountains and gorgeous beaches, Cyprus is an island saturated with romantic vibes.
It's steeped in history too. Throughout there are historic churches filled with mosaics and aged fortresses. Richard the Lionheart held sway here in the Middle Ages, followed by the Knights Templar, while the Roman Marc Antony famously gifted the island to Cleopatra. The island has also been ruled by Byzantines, Venetians, Ottomans and more recently, Brits. In fact, you'll find many British-style pubs and shops in Paphos, and they even drive on the left here - signs of a continuing British presence, which today is largely based upon tourism (although there are still two British military bases on the island).
The Brits love a bargain, and there are all sorts of all-inclusive package deals to Paphos up for grabs.
Thanks to the popularity of the resort, it's easy to bag a cheap holiday in Paphos.
Even beyond the archaeological sites, the historic centre is charming, with local markets and restaurants serving traditional fare. The food here is a lively mix of Mediterranean influences, with plenty of fish on the menu, as well as local wines and liquors.
You will, of course, want to spend plenty of time on the beaches. It's not a phrase we bandy around lightly, but holidays in Paphos really do have something for everyone, whether you're after an all-inclusive family holiday in Paphos, or a cheap holiday in Paphos with a group of friends.
There's more to Cyprus than just gorgeous beaches and a lively nightlife. Step away from the resorts and you'll discover wineries, hiking trails and, up north, a seemingly different world.Read moreabout 9 things you probably didn't know you can do in Cyprus
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