Points of Interest and Things to Do
Expect a memorable vacation in Paphos. Our distinctive blend of heritage, contemporary lifestyles, spectacular recreational opportunities, attractions and events bring more than a million visitors a year for vacations that are always too short!
Kato Paphos Archeological Park
The inclusion of the Kato Pafos archaeological site in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list in 1980 was the starting point for the creation of a General Plan whose aim would be primarily to protect and maintain the archaeological remains, as well as to promote them and provide comprehensive information to visitors. Kato Pafos archaeological Park includes sites and monuments from prehistoric times to the Middle Ages, while most remains date to the Roman period. The complex includes important monuments, such as the Asklipieion, the Odeion, and the marvellous mosaic floors of four Roman villas from the impressive epicentre of the finds.
Tombs of the Kings
The Tomb of the Kings is located in Kato Paphos and although there are actually no kings buried here it is one of the popular Paphos Attractions !. It is believed to have been constructed in 4th century for the burial of about 100 Ptolemaic aristocrats. Considered to be an archeological wonder, carved out of solid rock, amazing embellishments and Doric pillars this place was named as Tomb of the Kings. What makes you admire their workmanship is the fact that these chambers have been crafted out of solid rock. Archaeological excavations are ongoing at the site, which also features a church known as Paleoekklisia, which sports traces of Byzantine frescoes.
Medieval Castle of Paphos
Pafos castle was originally a Byzantine fort built to protect the harbour. It was rebuilt by the Lusignans in the 13th century, dismantled by the Venetians in 1570 during the Ottoman invasion and rebuilt by the Ottomans after they captured the island in the 16th century. In 1935 it was declared an ancient monument and today is considered as one of the hallmarks of the Pafos region. Many cultural events take place in the square just in front of the castle, while during September each year the Pafos Aphrodite Festival which presents a different opera every year staged here by world famous artists with the castle building usually acting as part of the scenery.
The Panagia Chrysopolitissa church was built in the 13th century over the ruins of the largest Early Byzantine basilica on the island. Within the compound one can see St. Paul's Pillar, where according to tradition Saint Paul was flogged before the Roman Governor Sergius Paulus was converted to Christianity. Originally the church was seven–aisled, but later was reduced to five aisles. The floor of the basilica was covered with colourful mosaics, some of which are still preserved.
Ancient Theatre in Paphos
The theatre at Pafos in western Cyprus lies in the north-eastern corner of the ancient town, diagonally opposite the harbour. It seems to have been built early in the life of the town, in the last years of the fourth century BC. It seems to show close links with the architecture of Alexandria, as one would expect given that Pafos was the Ptolemaic capital of the island, and there is every chance that it reflects the style of the theatre of Alexandria, which is no longer preserved. It seems to show several features that are important to the evolution of ancient theatre design, not least its semicircular form. The theatre is only partially built into a hill and the rest was built up with an artificial earthen embankment on which stone seating was placed. To the south of the theatre a paved road was constructed parallel to the stage building in the third century AD. Excavations through part of it have revealed a series of closely-dated deposits which are proving to have far-reaching importance for the chronology of pottery and glass of the 3rd and 4th centuries.
The catacombs themselves were carved into Fabrica hill, below the ancient Roman city wall, in the 4th century BC, and later became chapels for the early Christians. The underground chapels feature some interesting frescoes and graffiti left by 13th century Crusaders. A large pistachio tree marks the entrance to the underground catacombs of Agia Solomoni in Kato Paphos... which is believed that cures various ailments.
One of the most beautiful beaches on the island of Cyprus is located in Coral Bay. It is famed for the soft white sand and its sparkling glassy waters. Coral Bay beach is safe swimming where you can also find every conceivable activity from boat rides to jet skis for hire. Coral Bay is a great base for exploring the pristine coastline to the north, where a jigsaw of coves and inlets hide some of the best (and most isolated) beaches on the island.
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