Home of the mythical Greek goddess of love and beauty, Aphrodite, Paphos is one of the oldest cities in the world. With almost 30 known beaches (some of which are Blue Flag), and countless churches, museums and monasteries, there’s plenty to explore in this area of Cyprus.
Kids will love the splashtastic Aphrodite Waterpark and Paphos Zoo, while adults can unwind with great local nightlife and relaxed beaches. Here are some of the top attractions in Paphos…
An easy family-friendly choice is Coral Bay, a coastal town in Pegeia just 12km north of Paphos town. It has a curved Blue Flag beach offering shallow waters and soft sand. In the summer season, this place gets busy but with plenty of umbrellas for shade, showers, beach bars and a sociable family atmosphere, it’s a winner all round.
For endless fun and adventure, Paphos Waterpark ticks every box. Situated in Kato Paphos on the coastal road, it’s easily accessible by car or the local bus which drops you right outside. The park features high-speed water slides, a lazy river, wave surge pool, and lots of swimming areas. There are also useful extras like parking, secure lockers, free Wi-Fi and disabled access.
Agia Kyriaki Church
Discover the ruins of Ayia Kyriaki Chrysopolitissa Church, next to St. Paul’s Pillar where the Apostle Paul was whipped 39 times by Roman soldiers. It was built around 1500 AD as a Latin Church on the site of a small church which was destroyed in 59 AD by an earthquake. It is one of the greatest early Christian basilicas in Cyprus, known for its colourful mosaic floor some of which are still preserved.
This popular attraction located between Limassol and Paphos is believed to be sacred to local people. Legend has it that this is the point where Aphrodite emerged from the sea in a surge of amazing sea foam in 1200 BC. She chose this rock also known as Petra tou Romiou as the location to begin her life as a mortal. It’s a fascinating place to take photos, capture the sunset and walk along the shore.
Tombs of Kings
Located two kilometres north of the Kato Paphos Archaeological Park, you can explore an underground maze of tomb chambers that are carved out of solid rock dating back to the fourth century BC. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kato Paphos Archaeological Park in Paphos town features amazing preserved mosaic floors of Roman villas and other important monuments, such as the Odeon and the Agora.