Paphos lies on the Aphrodite trail on the Western Part of the magnificent island of Cyprus. Eastern Cyprus is where people go to find a fun party, and Eastern Cyprus is where they go to find themselves. Paphos offers beautiful countryside views and lots of history for its visitors to take back with them. The city has a lot more to offer travelers. No wonder that it was bestowed with the title of 2017’s ‘European Capital of Culture’.
So, if you are planning on visiting the breathtaking city of Paphos, here are the top 10 things you must do.
1. Aphrodite Nature Trail
If you are a fan of incredible sights combined with a mildly challenging trail, then Aphrodite Nature Trail is the answer. It is the walk along the picturesque Akamas Peninsula. It is one of the most beautiful trails on the whole island. You cannot leave Cyprus without walking on this trail. However, do remember that it is easily a 7km trail, so do not attempt it during the summer months.
2. Baths of Aphrodite
This lovely and calming oasis is a part of the Aphrodite Nature Trail. But, its celebrity-status earns it a separate place on the list. This spot is the bathing spot for Aphrodite, Goddess of Love & Beauty. A spring supplies water to the pool, where Aphrodite is believed to spend time with Adonis and Akamas. With the shade of the trees and an area cordoned off by the rocks, this is a cool and cozy romantic spot for sure. It’s must-visit for Polis tourists.
3. Smigies Nature Trail
If you want more nature trails, then Polis won’t disappoint. Smigies Nature Trail offers quite a steep and easily recognizable path. But, once you do the climb, there are a lot of excellent views to enjoy. You can see the beautiful sites of the Lara beach, Polis, Latchi, and more. The trail starts at the Smigies Picnic Site and has lots of signs along the way.
4. Avakas Gorge
Paphos will make the adventurer in you extremely happy. If the nature trails do not impress you, it also has a fantastic hike at the Avakas Gorge for you. The canyon offers everything a hiker can ask for – diverse wildlife, interesting rock formations, and unique flora all around.
5. Steni Museum & Market
Steni is situated near Polis Chrysochous and home to the eclectic Steni Museum of Village Life. It portrays an outstanding display of the history of the local area complete with old tools, household items, costumes, photographs, and more. Apart from this, Steni also hosts a farmer’s market right outside the Museum filled with fresh produce and local handicrafts.
6. Blue Lagoon
Blue Lagoon is at the north-western end of the island of Cyprus and is a part of the Akamas Peninsula National Park. The crystal clear blue water shimmers under the sun, and it makes for a stunning view. It looks almost unreal. The best way to reach the blue lagoon is by boat. Many companies offer the boat ride here. Depending on the boat owner and the package you choose, you can also enjoy a barbecue and other perks on the boat.
7. Tombs of the Kings
About 2kms from the Paphos harbor lies the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Tombs of Kings. It is a vast network of underground tombs, and the oldest among them are from the 4th century BC. These tombs are believed to belong to the royalty and nobility from the Paphos region. The notable fact about the site is that they have been carved out of a single rock.
8. Paphos Archaeological Park
Belonging to the Middle Ages, Paphos Archaeological Park is the site of a historic, ancient Roman & Greek city. The site has proved to be incredibly interesting for the archeologists with its well-preserved theaters, Roman Villas, mosaic floors, and more. If you are interested in history, then this is the place to be in Cyprus.
9. Saint Neophytos Monastery
This is the most famous monastery in Cyprus and lies roughly 15 km from Paphos. It dates back to the 12th century and was founded by the well-known Saint Neophytos of Cyprus. It has been converted into a museum. The structure consists of a monastery and small chapel in a natural cave called Engleistra.
10. Ayia Kyriaki Chrysopolitissa
Standing tall in Paphos since 1500AD, Ayia Kyriaki Chrysopolitissa is built on the ruins of another church that came down in 5AD. After the Turks invaded the area, the church turned to the Byzantine Cathedral of Kato. The church is an integral part of the history of the island and Christianity and a must-visit.