Holidays to Paphos line up award-winning beaches, ancient ruins and all-night parties.

A clever mix

Paphos, over on the west coast of Cyprus, is a place that likes to mix things up. At the top end of the resort, you’ve got the hilly old town with its traditional Cypriot restaurants. Moving into downtown, you’ll find a harbour surrounded by cafés and bars – this spot really lights up at night. To embrace that Cypriot sun, head to the nearby beaches, offering soft sand and watersport activities, or book a boat tour and explore the Blue Lagoon cove.

Loved by the Gods

According to ancient mythology, Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty, landed in Paphos when she first rose from the sea. You can embrace your inner god or goddess by chilling on the Blue Flag-awarded beaches around the area – you’ll find aquarium-clear waters and soft sands. Paphos Municipal Beach is the pick of the bunch – it’s based right in town, and is small and sweet at just 150 metres long.

Ancient history

You've got some UNESCO big-hitters in Paphos, such as the archaeological site in town of Kato Paphos. Spare a couple of hours to get round the must-see Tomb of the Kings, where you can duck down stone steps into thousand-year-old tombs. You also get prime examples of Roman architecture, with an amphitheatre and pretty floor mosaics.

At a Glance

  • Soak up the sun on Paphos Municipal Beach
  • Sample local Cypriot food such as sheftalia
  • Dance ‘til the early hours on Bar Street