The city of Aphrodite
Paphos is on the island of Cyprus that holds ten thousand years of Mediterranean history and where, according to legend, the goddess Aphrodite was born in Paphos, high in the sky, Orion, the hunter, shines and tirelessly pursues the Pleiades, accompanied by his two inseparable dogs. It’s a mythological sky that accompanies the legends that are the essence of Cyprus.
Cyprus is well known around the world as the island where the goddess Aphrodite, for the Greeks, and Venus, for the Romans, emerged from the sea. The Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli depicted her in a painting on display in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. She is not only the goddess of beauty, but also Mother Earth, a legend that dominated the countries of the Middle East.
Paphos, on the extreme western tip of the island of Cyprus, holds years of Mediterranean history
The old Nea Paphos
was founded in the twelfth century BC and was spread over 950 square metres, in 58 BC it was annexed to Rome
and made money by trading with Alexandria
. It was the capital of Cyprus at the time of the Greeks and Romans, and its importance is demonstrated by the riches it has preserved. Villas
adorned with splendid mosaics
, carefully restored in 1962, brought to light the house of Dionysus
, the god of wine, and Theseus
, the hero who, with his club, fights the Minotaur, the monster of Crete
These scenes from Greek mythology are depicted on the floors of patrician villas from the third and fifth centuries AD, considered among the finest in the Mediterranean. The oldest mosaic dates back to the Hellenistic period. It is made of black and white tiles and depicts Scylla (fish-dog-woman) with a trident and dolphins. Countless are the well-preserved archaeological sites of great beauty.
In Paphos there are different archaeological sites declared World Heritage by UNESCO
The region of Paphos is home of many archaeological sites are historically invaluable, with Katos Paphos declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Kato Paphos archaeological Park includes sites and monuments from prehistory to the Middle Ages, and remains of the Roman period as the mosaic floors of four Roman villas.
The complex also includes the monuments of Asklipieion, Odeion, Agora, “Saranta Kolones” (Forty Columns) Fortress, “Limeniotissa” Ruins of the first Christian Basilica and the “Tombs of the Kings”.
The historical centre of Paphos, dominated by the castle fortress of Lusignan, has a beautiful coastal pedestrian street adorned with tall palm trees and lined with luxury hotels and lavish restaurants. Follow it until you reach Paphos marina and look for the ideal tavern to enjoy a hearty fish dinner, preceded by hors d’oeuvres on large communal platters with sauces made from organic vegetables grown on the island. The port is the nerve centre for tourists, where you can dine the whole year round on the sea, which by night reveals its moods - from the gentle lapping of calm waters to the thunderous roar of a storm.
In Paphos the air is perfumed with a thousand essences, including rosemary and frangipani, and accompanied by the rustle of palm and olive trees. The itineraries between history, culture, nature and fun are interesting. From Paphos you can enjoy different itineraries to visit the island of Cyprus in a fast and smart way, either by car rental (left-hand drive) or by public transport, including the Archaeological itinerary of Aphrodite, itineraries to Byzantine churches and locations where Christian saints lived, itineraries involving wines, botany, bird watching, horse-riding, cycling, running, sailing, scuba diving, safari in the nature reserves and finally golf with elegant clubhouses and excellent restaurants on a hills surrounded by emerald green fields.
Where to sleep in Paphos
Paphos is a welcoming city and offers various possibilities for accommodation.
To find the ideal hotel and the best offers you can do a search for the stars but also for districts or landmarks.
Hotels for stars, differentiated by type of services:
Hotels in the districts
Hotels in tourist areas
Hotels near the airports
Hotels in other cities of Cyprus