Hugging the western end of Cyprus, Paphos District sprawls across almost 1,400 square kilometres of rugged capes, beaches and islands. It encompasses large tracts of protected landscapes in Akamas Peninsula National Park and the Paphos Forest, which is dotted with ancient monasteries and quaint villages.
Things to do in Paphos
Spend a day exploring the coastal town of Paphos, which is home to a commanding medieval fort and the ruins of several Roman villas that are famed for their mosaics. Wander through the Paphos Archaeological Park and visit the rock-hewn Tombs of the Kings before discovering the town’s links to the goddess Aphrodite.
Nestled in the mountains west of Paphos is the picturesque village of Tala, which is clustered with traditional houses and the 16th-century Agia Katerina Church. It lies adjacent to the beautiful Agios Neophytos Monastery, a 12th-century complex that was built into a natural cave and is adorned with frescoes by Theodore Apsuedes. Visit the church of the True Cross and the cell of Neophytos, together with the monks’ refectory.
To the north of Paphos lies Akamas Peninsula National Park, a protected area of untamed wilderness and picturesque bays that provide nesting grounds for green-back and loggerhead turtles. You can stretch your legs on one of the numerous hiking trails or spot migratory birds on a coastal boat trip to see the famous Aphrodite’s Rock. Hikers will also love exploring Paphos Forest in the rugged Troodos Mountains.
Getting around Paphos
Paphos International Airport is a 20-minute drive from the centre of Paphos and has flights to destinations across Europe. Buses connect towns and villages across the district, although having your own car is a more convenient way of getting around. The centre of Paphos can easily be explored on foot.