Pafos Archaeological Park
Take a trip back in time to the wonders of Ancient Greece and marvel at Greek theatres, market places and a number of Roman villas in this UNESCO listed site. Check out the remarkably preserved mosaics, which give you a real taste of ancient life.
The Tombs of the Kings
This vast burial ground houses the tombs of some of the leading nobility and citizens of Ancient Greece. The tombs, which are hewn into the island bedrock, are quite a sight.
No visit to Pafos would be complete without stopping by the Odeon, an original Greek amphitheatre. Marvel at the construction and the acoustics and, if you’re lucky, maybe catch a modern production – a once in a lifetime experience, we promise you.
Early Christian Basilica-St Paul’s Pillar
The church was built in the 13th century over the ruins of the largest Early Byzantine basilica on the island. St Paul’s pillar is situated in the church courtyard, where according to the legend the Apostle was flogged before converting the Roman governor Sergius Paulus to Christianity.
The Akamas Peninsula
This peninsula is in the westernmost tip of Cyprus and Pafos is its nearest city. It’s a region of untouched natural beauty made up of wild landscapes, deep gorges and beautiful deserted beaches. The perfect place to explore and unwind.
Ideal sea temperatures, clear waters and rich coastal reefs
Paphos is located in the west of Cyprus and is one of the main diving hubs of the country. Cyprus lies in the crossroads of three continents which gives the country its unique atmosphere of east meets west.
Clear seas and warm waters make Pafos ideal for diving. Sea temperatures around the island range from 27 to 16 ºC, resulting in one of the longest diving seasons in the Mediterranean, while the absence of plankton makes for great visibility.
The underwater coastal reefs teem with a wide variety of colourful fish, sponges, coral, sea anemones, octopus, mussels and the ubiquitous sea urchin providing a spectacular picture. Sea turtles can be spotted regularly, thanks to a turtle conservation project that has increased their numbers around the island considerably.
Spectacular underwater caves and tunnels and a number of interesting paths are just waiting to be explored, while the remains of ancient amphora and stone anchors make it a veritable adventure.
Akamas National Park lies 12km west of Paphos and is home to some excellent dive sites with lots of marine life. The whole area is a marine park so is a protected area from fishing which is why the marine life here is so abundant compared to the Cyprus reefs just a short distance away. St Georges Island in the Akamas is one of the only deep wall dives in the area and caters for all levels of experience. As you are swimming along the wall its worth taking time to explore any recesses and overhangs for the marine life hiding there and see if you can find a hidden octopus or tiny critters such as colourful nudibranches. Another site in the Akamas is Lara Valley which offers overhangs, crevasses and if you are lucky there is a chance of even spotting a turtle around here during the breeding season.
Nearer to Paphos one relatively easy but stunning underwater geological feature is the Amphitheatre which is a naturally formed amphitheatre at the shallow 9-12m. The shallow depth and rock formation create some very pretty light effects and is a great spot for photographs.
Open water (OW) qualification required. Access is from the shore just past the headland at Coral Bay, a short walk down the rocks.
This is a particularly popular dive, ranging from 4 metres to some 12 metres. It takes its name from the natural formation resembling an amphitheatre that was cut out of the rock by sea currents.
Besides the magnificent rock formations, there is an abundance of marine life to admire, including groupers, eels and cuttlefish.
Last but not list divers can experience the unique Amphorae Caves. A famous dive to a depth up to 12 meters. There are some caves to explore, including one with the top-encrusted amphorae. A team of American archaeologists who investigated this region feel that this was created by movements in the sea over the past two thousand years
Golf Courses in Paphos
With par facilities in beautiful surroundings, Pafos is the latest destination on the golfing map, a place where you can play the game all year round.
There are five top class golf courses in the Pafos region, while a few others currently under construction. Situated in peaceful surroundings amidst landscaped hills with spectacular views, these offer luxury villas or apartments for rent or sale, clubhouses, shops, hotels and all the necessary facilities. They are far from the hustle and bustle of the main tourist resorts, yet near enough for easy access
Pafos is where Aphrodite emerged from the gentle waves on the island’s southwestern coast, and made her home in this region. Pafos itself is a leading cultural centre of the Mediterranean, with fascinating archaeological sites, museums and more. In the nearby Akamas Peninsula and inland region there are beautiful monasteries, picturesque villages such as Neo Chorio and nature trails.
Further north near the Akamas peninsula and the Baths of Aphrodite lies the resort-town of Polis, overlooking the beautiful Chrysochou Bay with its charming fishing refuge of Latsi. The relatively unspoilt state of the countryside and villages make the area a real delight for the walker and naturalist. East of Polis you come across such villages as Pomos and Pyrgos that lie on beautiful rocky cliffs and rocky beaches.
Rural Pafos is a destination that combines ideal weather conditions, diverse accommodation and catering facilities that are in operation all year round, beautiful country side, historical sights, cultural activities, Byzantine treasures, natural wilderness, picturesque village and more. The region is easily accessible from other local cities with good road network as well as good air connections from many European cities.
The long and stormy history of Pafos is as interesting as its scenery. The natural beauties, the rich flora, the fertile land, the picturesque mountain and hill villages, the living legends, the traditional products, the folk art and handicraft and above all the simple, warm and hospitable people. All these compose the portrait of Pafos, a region with “a good reason for all seasons”.
Spring and Summer are ideal times of the year to visit archaeological sites, relax in the countryside, experience unique cultural events such as fairs associated with local products, taste traditional food with seasonal produce, or explore nature. Pafos is a paradise for nature lovers, birdwatchers and botanist. In addition this time of the year is perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and a whole range of watersports from scuba diving to sailing.
Fall and winter bring the possibility of rain but still an average of six hours bright sunshine a day. At this time, the countryside changes colour and the vineyards take on gold. Inland excursions, visits heritage sites, museums and handicrafts, practice cycling, trekking, hiking or explore and experience firsthand the village life is what is highly recommended and not to be missed.
Diverse accommodation and catering facilities that are in operation all year round, easy accessibility from other local cities, good road network as well as good air connections with the most European cities, all contributing to a unique destination with distinctive characteristics and an ideal region to experience all year round.
Wine in Cyprus
The history of winemaking in Cyprus is very old, one of the oldest in the world. Recent excavations by Italian archaeologists have revealed the sensational truth that in this small island the production of wine dates back some 6000 years.This cultural heritage is the oldest in the whole Mediterranean basin and leads to the assumption that Cyprus triggered the spread of winemaking to Greece, Italy, France and other regions.
There is an abundance of archaeological findings which provide ample evidence that viticulture activities in Cyprus date back to the depths of time. There are unique ancient mosaics portraying god Dionysus (Bacchus), very old wine-presses at the villages of Omodos, Lania and elsewhere and amphorae and other wine-related pots crowding the island's archaeological museums. They are all tangible proof of Cyprus' viticultural history through the centuries, testaments of an awe-inspiring heritage in winemaking.
Studies indicate that the grape varieties in Cyprus are some of the oldest in the world. Fashions change however and Cyprus has had to adapt its wine industry. Foreign varieties, like Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Carignan Noir, Chardonnay and Semillon, have been successfully introduced in the past 20 years and are used for blending with the local varieties, as well as producing small quantities of "varietal" wines.
Pafos Wine routes
Laona - Akamas Wine Route
Evocative region with rugged coastlines and charming little villages, oozing with culture and lush vines, with rustic and contemporary elements nesting side by side.
Situated in the western shores of Cyprus, villages such as Drouseia, Ineia, Kathikas, Pano and Kato Arodes invite you to visit their windswept vineyards. To get to know the Xynisteri, an indigenous grape variety that grows in a climate tempered by the sea breeze, offering cool yet solid wines with a fine aroma, most probably among the best white wines produced in Cyprus.
These and othe destinations of the route also invite you to sample the rare Maratheftiko, one of the best red wine varieties of Cyprus.
Kilada Diarizou Wine Route
A fascinating journey along the Diarizos river, through beautifully unspoiled green surroundings, decked with picturesque vineyards and attractive scenery.
The Diarizos valley is the least known wine producing region in Cyprus. Its altitude, at a lower level compared to the other wine growing areas, and the dominance of the local Mavro grape variety, have kept it for years away from the wine scene. However, with the creation of many small wine making units and the introduction of modern vine cultivation, the Diarizos region has transformed into a competitive wine producing area of great promise. Get to know the region and enjoy its striking tranquil scenery, the genuine hospitality of the local people and the pleasurable delights of its expanding wine trade.
Vouni Panagias - Ambelitis A Wine Route
Panoramic excursion into a glorious inland landscape, accompanied by the delights of the locally produced wines.
In the western part of the island, in the district of Pafos (Paphos), at an altiutude over 800 metres, the route Vouni Panagias - Ambelitis offers an unparalled wine experience. The wineries are numerous, the diverse pleasures of equal magnitude. The local Xynisteri grape variety stands out once more, offering white wines of particular finesse in smell and lightness in body.
A taste of green apples, peaches and apricots overflows from the glasses of the Xynisteriots of the area. Additionally, red fruit, violets and roses enrich the other local grape, Maratheftiko, which is also cultivated here. In the villages of this route and especially the Vouni Panagias, Chrysorrogiatissa and Statos - Agios Fotios, you will discover also some the best wines of the indigenous Mavro grape which benefits from the relatively high altitude and a mild climate, offering pleasant dark and rose wines
Vouni Panagias - Ambelitis B Wine Route
Panoramic excursion into a glorious inland landscape, accompanied by the delights of the locally produced wines.
In the western part of the island, in the district of Pafos (Paphos), at an altitude over 800 metres, the route Vouni Panagias - Ambelitis offers an unparalled wine experience. The wineries are numerous, the diverse pleasures of equal magnitude. The local Xynisteri grape variety stands out once more, offering white wines of particular finesse in smell and lightness in body.
A taste of green apples, peaches and apricots overflows from the glasses of the Xynisteriots of the area. Additionally, red fruit, violets and roses enrich the other local grape, Maratheftiko, which is also cultivated here. In the villages of this route and especially the Vouni Panagias, Chrysorrogiatissa and Statos - Agios Fotios, you will discover also some the best wines of the indigenous Mavro grape which benefits from the relatively high altitude and a mild climate, offering pleasant dark and rose wines.
With so much to see in such a compact area, visitors can experience the true Cyprus through a range of exciting tours and activities. Tours and activities are carefully planned and operated with licensed guides or professional escorts.
Spend the day discovering the legends and history of one of the most beautiful parts of Cyprus. Take a visit to the Aphrodite's Rock. According to legend, the goddess of love and beauty was born from the foam of the sea at this spot. Then discover the remarkable history of Paphos, which UNESCO World Heritage has added to it's World Cultural Heritage List. In "Kato" Paphos you will visit the catacombs of St. Solomoni and see the Pillar of St. Paul.
Take a visit at the Archaeological park and explore the house of Dionysos and admire a series of beautifully preserved mosaics depicting scenes from the Greek Mythology, take avisit at the mediavla castle and explore the 9th century Basilica of Ayia Paraskevi. Take a stop at Yeroskipou Village to sample the famous Paphos Delights 'Loukoumia'.
Tens of options to visit every corner of Pafos and Cyprus from the majestic Cypriot countryside to the unique Myths and legends, history and Cypriot culture. Travel more. Worry less
There’s only one way to explore the wild Akamas Peninsula – by four wheel drive. So join this bumpy adventure and go off road down dirt tracks and over potholes. Fun from start to finish, kick things off with a drive through giant limestone walls of the Avagas Gorge, which is a haven for over 168 different species of birds, plants and animals. Next up is Lara Bay, home to a breeding station for the protected Green Back Turtles. You can learn all about the project before can head back through Latchi. Your last stop can be at visit to the Baths of Aphrodite, where legend has it that the waters have magical rejuvenating properties
A unique way to explore and enjoy the crystal waters of the rugged Pafos Coast line.
Full Day Cruise
For that extra tan, leave behind the sand and cruise the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean. Cruise to the West from Paphos Harbour towards the famous and legendary Akamas. You will have the opportunity to see the majestic scenery of the coastline, Coral Bay, The Sea Caves,St. George’s Island, Lara Bay (Turtle Beach) and Geronysos.
Relaxing Half Day Cruise
Treat yourself to a relaxing Mini Cruise and spend a few hours at sea sailing the mediterranean along the West coast of Paphos taking in the views of the rugged coastline. Sailing up to Coral Bay where we will drop anchor for you to enjoy a dip in the crystal waters of this beautiful sheltered bay.
Mid Day Cruise
Treat yourself to a relaxing Mini Cruise and spend a few hours at sea sailing the Mediterranean along the West coast of Paphos taking in the views of the rugged coastline.
Moonlight Wine & Dinner Cruise
Cruise the coastline while the sun is setting beyond the horizon. Then boat weighs anchor and usually a Mediterranean supper is served. Background music will be played throughout your meal. After the meal to get you in the mood for dancing, a live DJ will play 60’s – 80’s music or simply relax on the top deck gazing at the stars.
Other options also available such as Catamaran Cruise, Glass Bottom Boat, Tuna Fishing and Private charters available on request.