Holiday in Paphos, Cyprus
ABOUT PAPHOS Situated in the South-west of Cyprus, Paphos has an interesting harbour with lots of fishing and pleasure boats and the Saturday market in the old town should not be missed. Just inland are three championship golf courses, where slightly cooler temperatures mean that you can tee off comfortably throughout the year. Other sights include the Tomb of the Kings and the Paphos mosaics. A few kilometres to the north, Coral Bay has an excellent beach, while Peyia is a firm favourite with many visitors. For a quiet, low-key holiday you could head a little further north to the Akamas peninsula, famous for its turtles, and the very pleasant fishing village of Latchi. KATO PAPHOS - HARBOUR AREA Situated 2 miles south of Paphos town, Kato Paphos was an important port during the 4th Century BC.
The whole area is scattered with remains of the past and is an archaeological paradise for any visitor. The tourist area of Kato Paphos stretches along a shoreline boulevard from the large hotels to the east of the resort to the harbour, and then from the harbour along the coast on the Kings Road to the Tomb of the Kings. The distance from one end to the other takes just over an hour to walk, which has resulted in the formation of two distinguishable tourist areas namely the harbour area and the Tomb of the Kings area. The majority of the holiday accommodation in the harbour area is situated in Universal Gardens, a 10-15 minute walk inland. There is a beach within walking distance of the harbour and Universal Gardens.
Places of Interest The Harbour Full of colourful fishing boats and yachts from all over Europe. St Paul’s Pillar Situated to the west of Ayia Kyriaki Church, the pillars were named after St Pauls visit to Paphos in 45 AD Paphos Museum Attractive collection of Cypriot antiquities from the Paphos area, dating from the Neolithic Age to 1700 AD. The Mosaics of Paphos House of Dionysos, House of Theseus and the recently excavated House of Aion. The amazing mosaic floors, of these 3rd century AD noblemen's villas, are considered among the finest in the Eastern Mediterranean. They mostly depict scenes from Greek mythology and are beautifully executed. Paphos Medieval Castle Originally built as a Byzantine fort to protect the harbour, it was rebuilt by the Lusignans in the 13th century, then dismantled by the Venetians in 1570, who found themselves unable to defend it against the Ottomans, who in their turn restored and strengthened it after they captured the island. Paphos Odeon A small 2nd century Odeon entirely built of limestone blocks. It was uncovered by the Cyprus Department of Antiquities in 1973 and is now regularly used for musical and theatrical performances. Theoskepasti Church Theoskepasti means 'Veiled by God' and according to tradition, God sent down a fog to protect the original church during the Arab raids. The modern church was built in 1923.
Restaurant Recommendations Pavarotti’s Close to the Alexander the Great Hotel. This is probably the best restaurant in Pafos and you must book in advance. It is the ideal place for a special occasion and prices are similar to top restaurants in the UK. Tel: 00357 26912588 Grazie Situated opposite Theoskepastis church, just off Bar Street. A quality Italian restaurant with good service. Apomero One of the best meze houses and great food at reasonable prices. They also offer all of the local main courses as starters so it is a great place to experiment. Closed on Monday and only open in the evenings. Demokritos A traditional Cypriot restaurant with Greek dancers. The 18-course meze is very good value and food from the grill is also good.
Opposite the Robin Hood on Bar Street. Koh-I-Noor A quality curry house opposite the Alexander the Great Hotel Eidleweiss A traditional Cypriot restaurant with friendly service Plaka varied menu with reasonable prices. Near the Amathus Beach hotel Napoleon Excellent French restaurant but can be expensive. Near the Avanti hotel Rendezvous Varied menu and often have 3-course offers. Near the Avanti hotel Gabor Classy French restaurant but expensive. Near the Amathus Beach hotel Oleastra Classy modern European. Near the Amathus Beach hotel Deep Blue Excellent fish restaurant La Spaghetteria A popular Italian Restaurant with a varied selection of dishes Chloe’s One of the best Chinese restaurants in Paphos. Same road as Alexander the Great on left from harbour. KATO PAPHOS - TOMB OF THE KINGS AREA Situated 2 miles south of Paphos town, Kato Paphos was an important port during the 4th Century BC. The whole area is scattered with remains of the past and is an archaeological paradise for any visitor.
The tourist area of Kato Paphos stretches along a shoreline boulevard from the large hotels to the east of the resort to the harbour, and then from the harbour along the coast on the Kings Road to the Tomb of the Kings. The distance from one end to the other takes just over an hour to walk, which has resulted in the formation of two distinguishable tourist areas namely the harbour area and the Tomb of the Kings area. Stretching for two miles from the Catacombs to the Tomb of the Kings the holiday accommodation is on either side of the costal road. Walking distance to the harbour is from 15-30 minutes and this area is very close to the beach. Places of Interest Tombs of the Kings Wide area containing underground tombs carved out of solid rock dating to 4th century BC, many decorated with Doric pillars. Whether Kings were buried here or not, the magnificence of the tombs gave the locality its name. Restaurant Recommendations Fat Mama’s The fillet steak is superb and the portions are massive. The restaurant offers “entertainment” throughout your meal. You can’t book so just turn up.
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