Throughout 2017, Paphos plans on being a happening capital with loads going on. You can expect free theatre performances, concerts, art exhibitions, food tastings and more. Over the whole year, the open-air ‘Travelling Stage’ will present music concerts and street shows from around the world, while the Cyprus Tourism Organisation have arranged for special walks and adventurous excursions to take place around the city. During the summer months, there will be a free open-air cinema on the beach, a ‘Garden of Taste’ gastronomic festival featuring Cypriot dishes, and a special fireworks display and boat show on the 1st of July featuring underwater surprises, fire in the sea and jaw-dropping light shows.
Keep an eye on the Paphos 2017 programme of events schedule to keep up with what’s going on in the month you’re visiting. There’s guaranteed to be something for every kind of traveller, from families and foodies to couples and culture vultures.
Paphos has undergone years of regeneration work in the old town squares and parks, and now it’s ready to welcome lots of tourists. The old town is pedestrian-friendly, and there’s traditional architecture and charming alleyways to wander through. You’ll find hidden attractions to explore like quaint bars, cafes and boutique shops, too. Be sure to pop down to the morning market which is usually open everyday from 9am till 2pm, except on Sundays. Here you can pick up authentic snacks and sweets, handmade lace, souvenirs and jewellery.
One of the reasons Paphos was chosen as European Capital of Culture is because it’s a year-round destination boasting 300 days of sunshine a year, plus mild, sunny winters and warm, dry summers – perfect for city exploring. Even in January, temperatures sometimes peak at 20°C so you can plan a short winter break to escape the British weather if you fancy. There are plenty of beaches in Paphos where you can top up that tan, including a Blue Flag number, Coral Bay, which is right in the town centre, making it easy for you to switch up sightseeing and sunbathing as you please.
If you’re after a luxurious couples’ escape, stay at the Sensimar Pioneer Beach Hotel – the adults-only accommodation enjoys a prime spot on the beach and has a candlelit spa and three à la carte restaurants. Or, pick the Hotel Louis Phaethon Beach Club if you’re travelling with the kids in tow. This place enjoys a quiet setting just outside of Paphos and includes a waterpark, two big pools and a kids’ club run by TUI Family Life. Finally, for a self-catered budget break, the Basilica Holiday Resort is the hotel for you. It’s centrally located with access to all the bars, restaurants and beaches in just five minutes.
Paphos is packed full of UNESCO-listed sites where you can soak up the city’s ancient culture. You’ve got Aphrodite’s Rock – the island’s most famous tourist attraction – which is said to be where the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite, rose from the sea. If you swim around it three times, legend says you’ll find true love, so don’t forget to bring a swimsuit for your visit. There’s also Tombs of the Kings, a magnificent necropolis filled with fresco walls and majestic crumbling columns that date back to the 4th century, and House of Dionysos where you’ll see some spectacular Greek mosaics.
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Author: Selina Akhtar
The Louis Phaethon Beach boasts a pair of huge pools and a waterpark in summer. It’s located near the beach and in a quiet spot just outside of Paphos.
The Hotel Louis Imperial Beach is located right next to a Blue Flag beach. It’s surrounded by gardens and close to a clutch of bars and restaurants.
The centrally-located Dionysos Central Hotel showcases the best of Cypriot hospitality, and puts you in a prime spot for exploring Aphrodite’s Rock, and Paphos old town.
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