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Paphos is a beautiful coastal city on the southwestern side of Cyprus. The city, which was once the capital of Cyprus (and is now the capital of the Paphos district), has a long and rich history that’s reflected in the many archaeological sites scattered across the region.

Alongside its historical charm, Paphos offers an excellent blend of activities and experiences. From thrilling water parks to luxurious all-inclusive hotels, authentic taverns, and breathtaking beaches with crystal-clear turquoise waters.

Additionally, you can enjoy boat trips, jeep tours, karting tracks, a zoo, and a Luna Park. During the winter season, you’ll also have the opportunity to experience the snow-covered Troodos Mountains and nearby villages, as well as a small ski resort.

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The weather in Cyprus is one of its standout features. Summers are notably hot and humid, while winters are typically mild and short. The best time to visit Paphos, however, is from mid-April to late October, with the hottest months being June to August, when temperatures can sometimes rise above 31 degrees Celsius.

The official currency of Cyprus is the Euro (EUR). Adopted on January 1, 2008, the Euro replaced the Cypriot pound as part of the country’s integration into the European Union. Although credit cards are widely accepted, it’s recommended to carry small change, especially for transportation such as buses and taxis.

In Cyprus, driving is on the left side of the road, so it’s important to be extra cautious when navigating squares, intersections, and crossing streets. Even though renting a car is a great option for exploring Paphos and nearby areas, those who prefer not to drive will find that public transport in the city is both convenient and affordable.

The second most commonly spoken language in Cyprus is English. Despite Greek being the official language, English is introduced in schools at a young age, used in government offices, and understood by a significant portion of the population. In fact, approximately 76% of residents have varying degrees of proficiency in English.

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A Bit of History

Paphos has a history of over 2,000 years! The city was previously considered the heart of ancient Greek mythology and has been continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period. Today, it remains a fascinating destination, seamlessly blending its ancient past with modern charm, and proudly holds the prestigious title of a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Archaeology fans can visit Paphos Castle, built during the Byzantine period, explore the Archaeological Museum of Paphos, featuring detailed mosaic floors and well-preserved Roman villas, or tour the Tombs of the Kings site, which despite its name, was mainly used by aristocrats and high officials.

According to legend, Paphos was also the birthplace of Aphrodite — the goddess of love, beauty, and fertility, who emerged from the sea foam near the city’s coast. This place is known as Aphrodite’s Rock or Petra tou Romiou and tends to attract many tourists.

The Greeks also believed that several temples dedicated to Aphrodite were built across Paphos. One particularly notable temple, which became one of the most significant religious centers in the ancient Greek world, was the Aphrodite Temple located in the village of Kouklia in the Paphos district.


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