Paphos is a port city as well as a district in the South West of Cyprus. Its most popular and beautiful beach is Coral Bay Beach, which lies about 20 minutes outside of the city. The sandy bay is sheltered from the wind, offering calm waters for a relaxing swim. During the summer, the beach’s pubs and bars come alive, and are great for evening entertainment.
|Coral Bay Beach is Paphos' most popular beach.|
The region became famous when a farmer accidently discovered several mosaics beneath his fields. Dating back to a period between the third and fifth century, they display mythological scenes, such as the fight of the Greek hero Theseus against the Minotaur, or Hercules against the Nemean lion.
|The Mosaic Fields display mythological scenes.
During your trip to Paphos, don’t miss out on the Tombs of the Kings, a large cemetery, with around 100 tombs. Don’t let the name mislead you: there is not a single king buried at this site. It is actually the resting place for many Egyptian officials, who died during the Ptolemy Age (3rd to 2nd century B.C.), and the name is based on the ornate nature of the tombstones. The officials didn’t want to miss out on the stunning ocean views in their afterlives, so they were buried in impressive buildings, instead of underground.
From Paphos it is only a short ride to the Troodos mountains. This is the island’s largest mountain range, and includes Mount Olympos, which has a peak of 1,951 meters.
|Some small villages are located in the Troodos Mountains.
Located an hour and a half north of the city is the Akamas peninsula, named after Theseus’ son, Akamas. The peninsula’s park is home to a diverse range of wild birds, reptiles, butterflies, and mammals, as well as valleys, gorges, and sandy bays. Be sure to check out Lara Beach, where hundreds of sea turtles lay their eggs each summer. The Baths of Aphrodite — also located in the park — are well-worth a visit. According to an ancient myth, Aphrodite met her true love, Adonis, whilst bathing there.
If you head out of Paphos in the other direction, you’ll come across another one of Aphrodite’s landmarks: Aphrodite’s Rock, which is located on the waterfront between Paphos and Limassol, and said to be the exact location where the Greek goddess of love rose from the sea. Legend has it that if you swim around the rock three times when there is a full moon, you will find eternal love, but be warned: the water is pretty chilly!
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Calm town located at the coast, interesting Greek mythology and historial sites