Paphos Harbour (and Promenade)

Paphos Harbour is one of the oldest ports in Cyprus. Once a bustling trading center, it has transformed into a popular tourist destination filled with attractions, restaurants, and shops.

The Paphos Promenade, which stretches along the harbour, offers travelers a chance to stroll past the line of hotels, dip their toes in the water, or simply relax on one of the benches, watching fishermen and soaking in the refreshing sea breeze.

Following a significant makeover in 2023, the promenade now extends all the way to the Lighthouse Beach and Tombs of the Kings Avanue.

The harbour also has a new main bus station connecting Paphos to other cities, towns, and villages. Additionally, it provides easy access to Aphrodite Water Park and Kings Avenue Mall.

Top Attractions at Paphos Harbour

Paphos Castle

Paphos Castle is a medieval fortress, steeped in centuries of history, and proudly positioned at the tip of the promenade.

Originally built as a Byzantine stronghold to protect the city from invaders, this structure now serves as a focal point for tourists and hosts various cultural events and concerts.

It also offers breathtaking views of the harbour and the surrounding coastline, making it ideal for capturing breathtaking photos.

Open throughout the year (except on local holidays), visitors can enter the castle for a fee of €2.50 per person.

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The Archaeological Park of Paphos

This open-air museum is one of the most important archaeological landmarks in Cyprus, having earned UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 1980.

Once inside, you’ll discover the ancient Odeon amphitheater (which, by the way, still hosts performances to this day), and the House of Dionysus, famous for its mosaic floors depicting scenes from Greek mythology.

The archaeological park is open all year round (except on local holidays), with admission starting at €4.50 per person.

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The Little Fisherman

The Little Fisherman is a bronze sculpture crafted by local artist Yota Ioannidou. It portrays a young boy holding a fish behind his back.

Ever since it was placed in the harbour, the sculpture has become quite a tourist attraction, with visitors mainly coming to take photos with it.

Fireworks Cruise

If you’re in Paphos during the summer, be sure to catch the nightly fireworks cruise. Departing from Paphos Harbour, the cruise features live music and dancers, a buffet-style dinner, and, of course, a spectacular fireworks display.

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Segway Tours

Segway tours are a fun way to experience Paphos Harbour and the promenade.

These guided tours take you through some of the sites and attractions we’ve mentioned, such as Paphos Castle and the Archaeological Park, offering a glimpse into Cyprus’s rich history and culture.

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Water Sports

Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or looking for some fun, you’ll find stands along the promenade that offer equipment like jet skis, parasailing, pedal boats, windsurfing boards, and more.

However, keep in mind that prices are somewhat high.

Restaurants Along the Promenade

The promenade has a little bit of everything, from traditional Cypriot restaurants to international cuisine.

For those with a sweet tooth, there are also ice cream and donut shops.

Here are some of our favorite places:

  • PizzaExpress – Our first restaurant stop in Paphos, famous for its handcrafted thin-crust pizzas.
  • Gelamo Gelato Cafe – Perhaps the most delicious and reasonably priced ice cream on the promenade. Plus, they also have frozen yogurt and waffles.
  • Ta Mpania – This spot combines a restaurant, café, and bar vibes. We’re big fans of their burgers and spare ribs, but the cocktails were a bit of a letdown.
  • Sabba – A kosher restaurant owned by Chef Meir Adoni, serving shawarma, falafel, hummus, schnitzel, and more.
  • Demokritos Tavern – One of Paphos’s most renowned taverns, loved for its local dishes, folklore shows, and live music.
  • Starbucks – A well-known hangout for coffee lovers, offering a wide range of tasty drinks, though some may be on the pricier side.
  • Estrella – A café-restaurant with special breakfasts and delicious pancakes. Be sure to try the ones topped with toffee cream, Oreos, and berries!
  • Corner Restaurant – An authentic Georgian restaurant. While we haven’t had the chance to try it ourselves yet, we’ve heard excellent reviews.
  • Antasia – A beachfront bar-restaurant near Amavi Hotel. Again, we plan to check this one out, too.

Hotels Near Paphos Harbour

Looking for a place to stay around Paphos Harbour?

While couples can enjoy a romantic getaway at Amavi Hotel, families might prefer Alexander the Great Beach Hotel or the neighboring Almyra Hotel, which offers spacious rooms and activities for children.

For those with a lower budget, Dionysos Hotel is a good option. It’s right in the heart of the promenade and close to Demokritos Tavern and Paphos Bar Street.

Although there are no kosher options, Silver Park Apartment Hotel is located just a short walk from “Jerusalem” restaurant and other kosher restaurants.

How to Get to Paphos Harbour

Bus

In case you’re staying at a hotel a bit further out and planning to use public transportation, these are the routes that will take you directly to the promenade and harbour area:

  • Route 606 – Departing from Yerouskipou
  • Route 610 – Departing from the Municipal Market
  • Route 611 – Departing from Tombs of the Kings Station
  • Route 631 – Departing from Aphrodite’s Rock

Taxi

A taxi ride to Paphos Harbour will cost about 10-12 euros. If you’re coming from Yeroskipou, Peyia, or other nearby villages, expect to pay between 15-25 euros.

Car

Those arriving by car can find free parking within the harbour, and there are usually available spots on the street as well.

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