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Best Places To Stay In Cyprus: Paphos Holiday Guide

Welcome to the No.1 website for renting luxury villas in Paphos, Cyprus.

Situated on the rocky, south west coast of Cyprus, the ancient town of Paphos is steeped in history, with beautiful coastline and a stunning collection of UNESCO World Heritage Sites to keep everyone entertained.

Some might say, Paphos is the more grown up side of the island. Nightlife here is sophisticated and chilled, whilst the rocky coastline and cliffs create serene bays and coves where you can relax undisturbed during the day.

If you're wondering what there is to do in Paphos, how suitable it is for families or how the nightlife compares to other parts of the island, here's a complete guide to your holiday in Paphos, Cyprus.


Discover the best places to stay, top attractions to visit, all the must-see historical sites, the best beaches and more.


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Why choose Paphos, Cyprus?

     Said to be the birthplace of Aphrodite the goddess of love, Paphos is a picturesque harbour town, packed with a rich range of things to see and do.

      You'll find lots of restaurants, bars, clubs, shops and beaches in town but it is also possible to escape into the hills and enjoy a more tranquil setting as you explore the vineyards, historical sights, Byzantine churches and traditional villages from on high.

     Paphos has many famous mentions in history, with everyone from Marc Anthony to Richard the Lionheart falling in love with its breathtaking vistas - it is a city with many sides.

     Lower Paphos is home to the famous harbour lined with palm trees, restaurants, shops and bars. Yet, if you head further into town and up into Upper Pathos, you'll find all manner of impressive ancient ruins, archaeological sites, stately buildings and museums marking the town's ancient past as a bustling port city.

      Paphos is well served by buses and taxis, bike rentals and car hire, so it is easy to get around. The town is also located close to the airport so transfers are straightforward and hassle-free.

      For places to stay, you'll find a huge array of stunning, luxury private villas with pools. Head to villas in the hills if you want to make the most of the tranquil heights of Paphos, which are also home to many of its residents.

     If you want a relaxing holiday by the coast, with plenty of interesting things to see and do, Paphos will suit you perfectly.

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Best things to do in Paphos, Cyprus

Once the capital of Cyprus in ancient Greek and Roman times, Paphos is brimming with a diverse range of things to see and do. Away from the miles of enviable coastline, you'll find lots of history, romance and natural phenomena to enjoy.

Here's our pick of the top attractions, restaurants, bars, nightclubs and beaches in Paphos.

Best things to do in Paphos:

Top watersports: There are lots of ways to explore the warm, crystal-clear waters of Paphos' idyllic shores. Diving here is rewarding, with shipwrecks, caves, turtles and other marine life to discover.

Above water, you can enjoy all manner of watersports, including jet skiing, canoeing, pedalos and parasailing. Boat tours from the harbour are a great way to explore some of the tiny bays dotted along the coast, you'll speed boats, sea cruises, glass-bottomed boats and more are all easily available.

Best beaches in Paphos :

Paphos is home to the longest stretch of coastline in Cyprus so there are lots of beaches to choose from, a few are sandy whilst most are a mixture of pebble and sand.

Two of the most popular beaches in Paphos are Paphos Municipal Beach and Alykes Beach.

Easily accessible in the centre of town, Paphos Municipal Beach is positioned next to the promenade. It is not a conventional beach. Pathos Municipal Beach has a concrete surface and wooden deck, furnished with sunbeds, parasols and ladders for easy entry into the sea. Its convenient location in town makes it a much-visited spot.

However there is a far bigger range of beautiful beaches and coves if you travel a little further out of town.

For a quiet beach in a picturesque setting, head to Faros Beach or Coral Bay. Coral Bay is a pretty, sandy cove hidden by the cliffs that surround. Its calm, shallow waters, beachside bars and restaurants, as well as its close proximity to town, make it a particular favourite with families.

Other notable beaches and bays include the Blue Lagoon – a jewel blue inlet of water, perfect for diving, tucked into the cliffs and rocks on the outskirts of Latchi.

Take a boat tour from Pathos up to the Blue Lagoon for easy access to this breathtaking spot where you can dive off the cliffs, swim to its shallow edges and relax in the warm waters of the Mediterranean.

Remote Lara Bay is another special spot. Home to the Lara Bay Turtle Conservation Station this is the famous place where the island's loggerhead and green turtles come to nest. A visit to Lara Bay means a trip to the conservation centre because you don't want to alarm the turtles in their natural habitat.

In the conservation centre you can find out lots of interesting information about the turtles and see rescue turtles up close.

Best local attractions in Paphos :

The many magnificent ancient ruins and World Heritage Sites in Paphos are a must for any visitor.

See the remains of the ancient city of Nea Paphos at the Nea Paphos Archaeological Site in Lower Paphos. From the House of Dionysos to the Hrysopolitissa Basilica, Tombs of the Kings and Paphos Castle, Lower Paphos offers are a spectacular view into the city's history, harking all the way back to the fourth century.

In Upper Paphos, you'll find a number of museums where you can uncover how this fascinating city has evolved over the centuries.

The most visited of these are: the Paphos Archaeological Museum, the Byzantine Museum and the Paphos Ethnographical Museum. Another notable museum just outside Paphos, is the Steni Museum of Village Life, charting the history of ordinary Cypriot on the island.

Head into the hills to hike, cycle or drive through the Troodos Mountains and experience the most authentic side of Cyprus.

The Troodos National Forest covers the mountains with over 750 species of plants and rare wildlife. Dotted throughout this natural habitat, you'll find beautiful Byzantine churches, lush vineyards, traditional villages and Cypriot tavernas.

Alternatively, you can uncover the phenomenal valleys, gorges and bays that make up Akamas Peninsula National Park. Akamas National Park is home to over 200 species of exotic wildlife, including rare birds, reptiles, butterflies and animals.

Situated along the western coastline of Cyprus, you'll find lots of natural wonders inside the park including: nature trails, Avakas Gorge and the magical Baths Of Aphrodite - a picture-perfect spring, hidden inside a majestic cavern, said to be the place where the goddess Aphrodite liked to bathe.

For family days out, Aphrodite Waterpark is a hit with all ages. High-speed water slides, children's play areas, a wave pool, a lazy river, restaurants and lots more, make the Aphrodite Waterpark one of the best attractions in the area.

Best restaurants in Paphos:

As a prominent harbour town, Paphos is well-known for its seafood restaurants and beach-side bars. You'll find lots of great restaurants by the promenade serving up grilled steaks, seafood, kebabs, fresh salads, slow cooked meats and traditional dishes.

Some of our top picks include: Leonidas, Estia Greek Restaurant and Tsipouradiko, Melania Restaurant, St Georges Tavern, 3 Little Pigs Traditional Grill and Laona Restaurant.

On the days that you fancy something different, you'll find a wide range of other cuisines to choose from, including: Indian, Italian, French, American fast food and Thai.

Best nightlife in Paphos:

Paphos has a buzzing nightlife centred around its many bars. Bars here offer stylish indoor and outdoor settings where you can enjoy quality drinks and cocktails with friends. You'll find bars of every type, from beach bars to cocktail bars, pubs and shisha bars.

Our top picks are: Flairs Cocktail Bar, Flintstones Bar, The Dome, Baywatch Cocktail Bar, Muse Cafe Kitchen Bar and Different Bar.

Top places to visit near Paphos:

The exclusive golf resort of Aphrodite Hills and the tranquil fishing village of Latchi are both popular resorts close to Paphos that each offer something different. A little further on, you will also find the towns of Polis and Limassol are within easy reach.

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Best places to stay in Paphos, Cyprus

Luxury villas are a popular form of holiday accommodation in Paphos. You can find stunning holiday villas to suit groups and families of all sizes and tastes.

From a private villa with a pool, to a six bedroom villa with sea views or a three bedroom villa in the hills, you'll find a huge choice of fantastic villa rentals, with something to suit everyone.

 
 

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When is the best time to visit Cyprus? It is possible to holiday in Cyprus at almost any time of the year. Temperatures in Cyprus remain above 20°C for an incredible nine months of the year.

The hottest weather in Cyprus comes between June and September when temperatures stay well above 30°C for the entire summer. After that, temperatures drop slowly so you can still holiday in Cyprus from October to November with temperatures of around 26°C in October and 22°C in November.

December to February is rainy season and temperatures fall to around 18°C. These winter months do still see some sun but it is in March that temperatures are back in the twenties and climbing into the thirties by May.

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