Paphos - Holiday facts and Information

Holiday facts and information about Paphos

General facts

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The city Paphos is a city in Cyprus in the southwest of the Mediterranean island. It is divided in two parts - Old Paphos and New Paphos. The new part of the city is the one that is inhabited by its residents, whereas the Old Paphos is an old village which the ancient Greeks believed to be the birthplace of the goddess Aphrodite. Facts Paphos has a population of more than 47,000 and because of the growing economy and property market, the number is increasing. The city comprises of four districts. With close to 200 square miles, Paphos is fourth largest city in Cyprus, after Nicosia, Limassol and Larnaca. The standard currency used in the city is Euro and is accepted everywhere. Best time to travel Due to its location at the sea, Paphos has a subtropical semi-arid climate. The precipitation levels are usually high during the months from November to March. However, there is hardly any rainfall during summer or snowfall in winter. Heat waves tend to occur in July and August. The average temperature in the summer between June and September is 73°F to 78°F minimum. At the same time, the water temperature of the Mediterranean Sea reaches a peak of more than 80°F.

General information

By plane The airport is called Paphos International Airport and is located about 6.2 miles from the city toward the southeast direction near the village Timi. Tourists can reach the city center by using the local bus services operated by OSYPA Ltd. The bus 613 connects the airport to the city center, but it only departs twice a day. There is, however, a bus to the popular tourist area Kato Paphos that departs every hour; it has the number 612.

Country and People

Country and People

History

According to a local myth, the name Paphos stems from Paphos. He was the son of Pygmalion and his statue Galatea who came alive thanks to the Greek goddess Aphrodite. The region has been inhabited from the Neolithic period until today and visitors can see traces of the Roman, Hellenistic and Classical periods. Visitor can also visit a Byzantine fortress near the harbor. In the Middle Ages, it was used to protect the kingdom from sea attacks.

Landscape

Paphos is located by the side of the Mediterranean Sea and worthwhile sights include Coral Bay, Akamas Peninsula, Diarizos River Valley and Ezouza Valley. Tourists can rent catamarans or yachts to spend time at the Mediterranean Sea or sunbathe on the sandy, white crescent of Coral Bay.

Getting around

Getting around

Arriving

A common way to reach Paphos is either by plane, motorway or through the port. There are no train connections on the island. Tourists who arrive via plane land at Paphos International Airport. Visitors, who drive by car, can go along the A6 from Limassol in order to reach Paphos. The Limassol Port, which is about 37 miles from the town, is a stop on the routes of numerous cruise ships. Furthermore, there is a marina where 300 boats can be harbored simultaneously. Limassol Port is the principal seaport in Cyprus.

Discover and Enjoy

Discover and Enjoy

Sights

Some of the most recommended places to see in Paphos are the Kato Paphos Archeological Park, the Ayios Neophytos Monastery, Chrysorrogiatissa Monastery and Panagia Chrysopolitissa Church. The Mosaics at the House of Dionysos, an artistic and cultural heritage, are the biggest attraction at Kato Paphos Archeological Park. Interestingly, parts of Ayios Neophytos Monastery are carved into the mountain and the monastery’s location offers a panoramic view of Paphos and the surrounding region.

Theaters

One of the most important theaters in the city is the Odeon Theater. This ancient amphitheater dates back to the second century AD. In the summer, the Odeon Theater is used as a venue for events like Jazz Festivals. What is more, there are also performances of classic Greek tragedies like in ancient times during the international Festival of ancient Greek drama. Although built such a long time ago, the theater can hold an audience of up to 1,200 people.

Food

Paphos is filled with eateries and restaurants ranging from American fast food outlets to places serving local cuisine. The recommended specialty is Cypriot Meze. The traditional dish Cypriot Meze is the local version of Tapas or Greek Mezze. Visitors can also try typical dishes such as moussaka, olives in coriander seed dressing, red mullet with fresh vegetables and Lamb Stifado. Pork Afelia with cumin and coriander provides a further delicacy. As a dessert, visitors should order the sweet local specialty Glyko, which is a type of preserved fruit dish and a very special and delightful dish.