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A sun-soaked idyll on the southwest Mediterranean coast of Cyprus, Paphos is a charming meld of Blue Flag beaches, classical antiquity and upbeat nightlife. Thanks to its warm climate and crystal-clear waters, this Cypriot gem is a beautiful place for a family summer holiday, late-summer sunshine or an early season getaway. While balmy temperatures kick in late spring, the best time to visit Paphos is during summer, stretching from June till September, when the mercury touches 30°C. With boundless activities, lively resorts and buzzing water sports around the bay, Paphos holidays are pretty hard to beat when it comes to fun in the sun and sea.

 

Superb for families and couples, holidays to Paphos include loads of sights to see and beaches to lounge on. Head to the Blue Flag beach of Coral Bay, or take a dip in the turquoise waters of Petra Tou Romiou. History lovers can explore the UNESCO-listed archaeological site of Kato Paphos, while family travellers can take their kids out to the Aphrodite Waterpark - the biggest in Paphos. The resort waterfronts are full of bars and shops selling tourist trinkets, and family-friendly restaurants abound. Paphos is a great place to try Cypriot-style seafood, souvlaki and the traditional Cypriot coffee, which can be savoured best at the harbour-front restaurants. In the evening, the resort transforms into a rocking party venue with buzzing beach bars, nightclubs and pubs. So, whether you want to relax and soak up the rays or hit the party scene, Paphos holidays tick all boxes.

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Places to go and things to do in Paphos

Sensational Snorkelling

Sensational Snorkelling

Cyprus has hundreds of amazing bays to explore. Grab your flippers and a snorkel and discover the underwater world solo or take a snorkelling boat excursion along the coastline. There are even a few companies on the island who offer underwater helmets so you can go for a stroll along the floor of the Med, feeding fish and spotting coral as you go. A good compromise for those who aren't ready for the full scuba diving experience.

Head Off On Horseback

Whether you’ve rode a horse before or not, it's a magical way to see moe of the fabulous beaches near Paphos. Several companies run stables and you can choose from beach rides or trekking through the verdant countryside. Either way you'll get to enjoy panoramic views – our tip, head off to the beach at sunset!

Be a Beach Babe

Cyprus is a beach babe's paradise! Alykes Beach, also known as Sopab Beach, is a popular spot for families and is fringed by the Deck Cafe & Bar and the Alexander the Great hotel. Other fantastic beaches include the Petra Tou Romiou, famous for its crystal-clear turquoise waters, the laid-back Pissouri Bay or the Blue Flag-awarded Coral Bay.

Check out the Cliff Paths

From the coastal paths and coves to the amazing mountains and forests, Paphos and its surrounding countryside has so much to offer nature lovers and those who love to enjoy the great outdoors. Feast your eyes on the gorgeous orchids at the Petra tou Romiou National Forest Park, located 10km from Paphos. Follow the nature trail to spot partridges, ravens and seagulls and head along the cliff paths for some mesmerising sea views.

Sea, Sun, Fun

Paphos is a great family holiday destination as there is so much to do for all ages. Why not head along the coast on mountain bikes, take an exhilarating jeep safari, try your hand at kayaking or snorkel at the Coral Bay beach. Kids big and small will love a day of fun at the Fasouri waterpark, where they can enjoy thrilling rides while you indulge in a fish pedicure! There’s also a go-karting centre, where the entire family can pick their challenges on a 1,600 metre track, complete with a bridge and tunnel.

Dance the Night Away

Find bars, cafés, clubs and pubs scattered across the shore and city. Live DJs play here during the peak summer months and clubbers can dance till the wee hours of the morning in a variety of the region's top clubs. Every resort has its own fun factor and there are popular bars with colourful cocktails that will be perfect for couples and groups alike.

Aphrodite's Rock

Petra tou Romiou is one of the famous beaches of Cyprus. Petra tou Romiou, also known as Aphrodite's Rock, is supposed to be the birthplace of Aphrodite, the Goddess of love, and it is believed that she emerged from the sea at this bay. Tourists flock to this little corner of Paphos, but the waters are still beautiful.

Ride a Donkey in Kelokedara

Half an hour inland you’ll find the sleepy village of Kelokedara. Ride a donkey to the nearby Sindi Monastery, where you can take part in some traditional dancing and taste local delicacies including Zivania firewater.

Places to go and things to do in Paphos

Sensational Snorkelling

Sensational Snorkelling


Cyprus has hundreds of amazing bays to explore. Grab your flippers and a snorkel and discover the underwater world solo or take a snorkelling boat excursion along the coastline. There are even a few companies on the island who offer underwater helmets so you can go for a stroll along the floor of the Med, feeding fish and spotting coral as you go. A good compromise for those who aren't ready for the full scuba diving experience.

Read More
Head Off On Horseback

Head Off On Horseback


Whether you’ve rode a horse before or not, it's a magical way to see moe of the fabulous beaches near Paphos. Several companies run stables and you can choose from beach rides or trekking through the verdant countryside. Either way you'll get to enjoy panoramic views – our tip, head off to the beach at sunset!

Read More
Be a Beach Babe

Be a Beach Babe


Cyprus is a beach babe's paradise! Alykes Beach, also known as Sopab Beach, is a popular spot for families and is fringed by the Deck Cafe & Bar and the Alexander the Great hotel. Other fantastic beaches include the Petra Tou Romiou, famous for its crystal-clear turquoise waters, the laid-back Pissouri Bay or the Blue Flag-awarded Coral Bay.

Read More
Check out the Cliff Paths

Check out the Cliff Paths


From the coastal paths and coves to the amazing mountains and forests, Paphos and its surrounding countryside has so much to offer nature lovers and those who love to enjoy the great outdoors. Feast your eyes on the gorgeous orchids at the Petra tou Romiou National Forest Park, located 10km from Paphos. Follow the nature trail to spot partridges, ravens and seagulls and head along the cliff paths for some mesmerising sea views.

Read More
Sea, Sun, Fun

Sea, Sun, Fun


Paphos is a great family holiday destination as there is so much to do for all ages. Why not head along the coast on mountain bikes, take an exhilarating jeep safari, try your hand at kayaking or snorkel at the Coral Bay beach. Kids big and small will love a day of fun at the Fasouri waterpark, where they can enjoy thrilling rides while you indulge in a fish pedicure! There’s also a go-karting centre, where the entire family can pick their challenges on a 1,600 metre track, complete with a bridge and tunnel.

Read More
Dance the Night Away

Dance the Night Away


Find bars, cafés, clubs and pubs scattered across the shore and city. Live DJs play here during the peak summer months and clubbers can dance till the wee hours of the morning in a variety of the region's top clubs. Every resort has its own fun factor and there are popular bars with colourful cocktails that will be perfect for couples and groups alike.

Read More
Aphrodite's Rock

Aphrodite's Rock


Petra tou Romiou is one of the famous beaches of Cyprus. Petra tou Romiou, also known as Aphrodite's Rock, is supposed to be the birthplace of Aphrodite, the Goddess of love, and it is believed that she emerged from the sea at this bay. Tourists flock to this little corner of Paphos, but the waters are still beautiful.

Read More
Ride a Donkey in Kelokedara

Ride a Donkey in Kelokedara


Half an hour inland you’ll find the sleepy village of Kelokedara. Ride a donkey to the nearby Sindi Monastery, where you can take part in some traditional dancing and taste local delicacies including Zivania firewater.

Read More
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