Holidays to Paphos whisk you back to ancient Greece with temples and colourful mosaics – then the lively nightlife brings you right into the 21st century.
West Side Story
Cruise and stay holidays to the Paphos region take you to the west side of Cyprus, in an area that’s fringed by stunning beaches and limestone cliffs. There’s a bit of an old-meets-new theme in this part of the world – whitewashed Amathus Bay nudges up to lively Limassol, while the city of Paphos is made up of a traditional old town and a more modern harbour area.
Cyprus however you like it
Whichever kind of holiday you’re looking to combine with your cruise with, the Paphos region gives you options. Limassol – the biggest resort in Cyprus – gives the island’s cosmopolitan capital, Nicosia, a run for its money. The city of Paphos is a big-hit, too, thanks to its balance of ancient architecture and a 21st-century atmosphere. If quaint and quiet is more your thing, Amathus Bay is all traditional cottages, family-run tavernas and trekking trails.
Blue Flag beaches
You’ve got a pick ‘n’ mix of beaches to try out in the Paphos region, most of which are earmarked with a Blue Flag for quality. Paphos Town’s contender isn’t the biggest, but it’s right in the centre of the city, and is overlooked by a Medieval castle. The long stretch in Limassol, meanwhile, is a blend of sand and pebbles, and benefits from watersports centres and sandside snack bars.
Myths & legends
Ancient Greek mythology names this part of Cyprus as the place where the goddess Aphrodite rose from the ocean. In fact, a cruise and stay holiday to Paphos lets you visit the exact spot, Aphrodite’s Rock, which lies just off the coast near Paphos Town. Limassol has a legendary claim to fame, too. Its Medieval castle is said to be where Richard the Lionheart made Queen Berengaria his wife.