The ancient town of Paphos on the South West Coast of Cyprus is one of the most beautiful destinations the Med has to offer. The area is steeped in myths and legends dating back to the Greek and Roman empires.
Nowadays the town is a thriving tourist destination with a wealth of attractions to cater for every taste.
The area boasts 12 ‘Blue Flag’ certified beaches, which means that the shoreline is guaranteed to be clean, safe and well-staffed. There’s also 3 golf courses and several water-parks, ensuring there’s something to keep all the family entertained.
As you sit on a glistening golden beach and sip on a cool cocktail against the backdrop of the stunning Troodos mountains, you’ll understand why Paphos is said to be the birthplace of Aphrodite herself.
South Cyprian cuisine is closely related to that of Greece, with a great emphasis put on fresh ingredients and simple, bold flavours.
Obviously the best way to seek out truly authentic food and drink is to head away from the usual tourist areas. Whilst hotel restaurants in the area are of a good standard, it’s best to talk to locals to try to find those places a little off the beaten track. Don’t be put off by a lack of English menus as staff are famously friendly and will happily help explain the dishes and even cook special food to cater for your tastes.
Generally speaking a pint of the local ‘Keo’ lager will cost under €3 and considerably less if you take advantage of drinks deals and happy hours. Cocktails are a huge tourist favourite and are a great way to cool off after a day of baking on the beach.
For those looking for something away from the glorious sunny beaches, you will have to try heading out of town by bus or hire car.
One hidden gem of Paphos is the Chrysorrogiatissa Monastery. This isolated mountain retreat is run by just one monk, who spends his days picking grapes and olives in the grounds. The buildings that make up the site are truly beautiful and have made the retreat a favourite for those seeking ultimate peace and serenity.
Another great way to explore the stunning scenery around Paphos is on four legs. Take a horseback tour into the mountains and see Cyprus like you never have before.
History buffs will love the Kato Paphos Archaeological Park which brings together some of the most important Greco-Roman artefacts from around the area and hosts colourful music and dance events in its amazing amphitheatre