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Pafos Medieval Castle and Harbour

Pafos Medieval Castle and Harbour

The harbour area of town is a busy bustling centre of activity, here visitors can either sit and enjoy snacks and drinks, or tuck into delicious freshly caught fish at one of the many seafood restaurants. Here one can also book direct for the many fun water sport activities, also day boat trips etc. Dominating the area is the medieval castle which has been a solid presence here since the 13th century. During its long history it has acted as a protector of the town with men having been stationed there to watch for potential sea faring marauders, it has also been used as a prison and during British rule was the main storage area for salt supplies. Now it performs an important role as a stunning backdrop for the many cultural music, dance, and pop concerts that take place during the summer months.
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Pafos UNESCO Archaeological Park

Pafos UNESCO Archaeological Park

Ancient temples, rock-cut tombs and Roman villas with elaborate mosaic floors all reflect the highly sophisticated societies which inhabited Pafos in the past. With a history dating back more than eight thousand years, the town offers a wealth of treasures to the visitor. From the Stone Age, through Hellenistic and Roman times to the Byzantine era, many of Pafos’ ancient monuments are included in UNESCO’s Global Heritage List. Monuments of the Archaeological Park The House of Dionysos: This rich building belongs to the Greco-Roman type where the rooms are arranged around a central court, which functioned as the core of the house. It seems that the house was built at the end of the 2nd century A.D. and was destroyed and abandoned after the earthquakes of the 4th century A.D. The House of Dionysus occupies 2000sq. metres of which 556 are covered with mosaic floors decorated with mythological, vintage and hunting scenes. At the House's entrance these is a pebble mosaic representing the mythical sea-monster Scylla that belonged to a Hellenistic building found below the later Roman one. The House of Orpheus: It belongs to the type of the wealthy Greco-Roman Houses with a central court similar to the House of Dionysus. It dates to the late 2nd /early 3rd century A.D. The building´s main room, the reception hall, is decorated with a mosaic floor depicting Orpheus among the beasts. The next room´s mosaic floor bears two panels, one representing Hercules and the Lion of Nemea, and the other an Amazon with her horse. The Villa of Theseus: The villa was built in the second half of the 2nd century A.D. over the ruins of earlier houses of the Hellenistic and early Roman periods and was in use until the 7th century AD. The villa's large size, it consisted of more than 100 rooms, suggests that the building was the residence of the governor of Cyprus. Many of the rooms and three of the four porticos around the central court are covered with mosaic floors with geometric motifs. Three rooms in the south wing of the building are embellished with mosaic floors with human representations, all belonging to different phases. The oldest one is the mosaic representing Theseus and the Minotaur, dating to the very end of the 3rd or beginning of the 4th century A.D. with obvious later restorations, probably made after the earthquakes of the middle of the 4th century. At the end of the 4th century A.D. a new mosaic depicting Poseidon and Amphitrite was added to a room, which probably served as a bedroom. Finally, at the beginning of the 5th century, a mosaic floor was laid in the reception room, of which only a part is preserved today and depicts Achilles´ first bath. The House of Aion: On the floor of an apsidal room, lies the most spectacular mosaic of Pafos dated from the middle of the 4th century A.D. The mosaic, which is of excellent quality, consists of five figural panels depicting the newborn Dionysos, Leda and the Swan, the beauty contest between Cassiopeia and the Nereids, Apollon and Marsyas, and finally the Triumph of Dionysos. The Agora: The Agora, has the form of a court surrounded by four porticos. Parts of the agora porticoes constitute the Odeon/Bouleuterion and the building known as ‘Asklepieion’. The whole complex dates from the 2nd century BC to the 2nd century A.D. The Lighthouse: It is the most impressive of all light-houses known on the island. It is situated on a peninsula known as Paphos point. Built in 1888, when Cyprus was under British administration, the light acted as a landfall marker for shipping destined for Paphos harbour from Britain . With a focal height of 36m above the sea, its light can be seen for 17 nautical miles, and consists of a long flash of white light every fifteen seconds. The Castle of 'Saranda Kolones': The castle known as 'Saranda Kolones' ('Forty Columns') due to the great number of granite columns preserved on the site, is located near the port, south of the agora. The castle was built in the 7th century A.D. to protect the port and the city of Nea Pafos from the Arab raids and it remained in use until 1223 when it was destroyed by an earthquake. The Odeon: It is a small 2nd-century theatre, which has been extensively restored after its discovery. Today it is used in the summer for musical and theatrical performances. The Asklepieion: The building situated to the south of the Odeon was identified as an ‘Asklepieion’, sanctuary and healing centre, an identification today contested. It is a large building complex with several rooms and a square courtyard. Toumpallos – The Sanctuary of Apollo In this area lies an underground complex carved into the natural rock. The complex consists of halls and corridors. Initially, the area had been identified with a Ptolemaic army camp whereas more recently it is believed that it functioned as a temple dedicated to god Apollo. The area is currently being systematically excavated by an Italian archaeological mission from the University of Catania. Walls (The city’s fortifications) Nea Pafos was protected by fortification walls that surrounded the city. The precise dating of the walls remains unknown although many of its parts may be dated to the Roman period. Some parts have always been visible whereas others have been uncovered through archaeological excavations. In many parts of the wall the natural rock was carved and used as a foundation trench. Thus, whereas the upper levels of the wall have been entirely destroyed, the wall’s exact course may be followed in some parts of the city thanks to the carved natural rock. The best preserved parts of the walls are its north and northwestern side where some of its built parts have also been preserved. A section of the walls has also been revealed on the eastern side of the city, comprising the foundations of a rectangular tower. It seems that the walls had three gates, the better preserved being the one in the northwestern side. This gate had a tower on either side and a bridge, carved in the natural rock, led to the external side of the fortification.
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The Tombs of the Kings

The Tombs of the Kings

Just off the Tomb of the Kings road lies a huge area which dates back to 300 BC here was the last resting place for top officials and members of Paphian aristocracy, each would have been laid in burial niches along with jewellery and other artefacts relating to their life etc but these tombs were looted many many years ago leaving behind only an echoing and very powerful sense of stillness and a certain mystery. The tombs were carved out of solid rock and with frescoed walls, and looming Doric columns line the 100 tombs which have been unearthed. This site is well worth a visit and best examples can be seen if you visit the atrium area.
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Early Christian Basilica-St Paul’s Pillar

Early Christian Basilica-St Paul’s Pillar

A few minutes’ walk from the harbour is the Ayia Kyriaki Chrysopolitissa, in the grounds of this lovely old church is the pillar which during his visit to Pafos in 45 AD in company with Barnabas as Christian missionaries, Paul was dragged to the church tied to a pillar and received forty lashes. The pillar is there today for pilgrims to view and despite the lashings Paul received, the then Roman proconsul Sergius Paulus after meeting with Paul was indeed converted to the Christian faith.
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A visit to Pafos Old Town

A visit to Pafos Old Town

Wear comfortable shoes, a sun hat and bring your camera; you are ready to adventure into the vibrant heart of the old town and meet the locals! This is a hugely enjoyable outing which is best done on foot, here you can wander the local market where everything is sold from fruit and vegetables, fish and jewellery, scarves, lace to designer labels. Not forgetting to also pop into several places to appreciate our local arts and crafts. This is a guaranteed sensory adventure one that titillate all of the five senses, from then aromas of fresh herbs, fruits, spices and bees wax candles the opportunity to savour the taste of our award winning wines and local delicacies
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Rural Pafos

Rural Pafos

Pafos is where Aphrodite emerged from the gentle waves on the island’s south western 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 water sports 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 first hand 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. Follow the link for more information: https://www.visitpafos.org.cy/the-real-thing/rural-pafos/
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Wine in Cyprus

Wine in Cyprus

Pafos produces many quality wines which can and do compete very favourably on the international wine stage, and we also lay claim to being the oldest country in the world when it comes to the art of wine making with production here going back as far as 6,000 years. This also means we have the oldest grape varieties, and we have also brought in foreign varieties adapted to suit the ever changing tastes of wine drinkers such as Chardonnay, Semillon, Grenache, and Cabernet Sauvignon. The wineries here are mainly family run and they do welcome visitors to come and have a sampling of their wines and you can also buy wines direct from the winery. Our restaurants and hotels make every effort to promote our local wines so look out on menus for wines made by the following local wine families. Tsangarides winery, Vouni Panagia winery, Fikardos winery, Ezousa winery, Vasilikon winery.
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Explore Pafos on pedal

Explore Pafos on pedal

You can explore via bike rentals, cycling along the promenade area with the scent of sea water giving you that extra boost, or if less active we also have the mono electric bikes with safety helmets for those who wish to expel less energy. Renting a mountain bike, a buggy, or a motorbike is also an excellent way to adventure out of town and explore the countryside and the many quaint sleepy villages. See below some of the cycling routes in the region of Pafos: Panorama & Beautiful countryside route Technical description The whole route is on a very good asphalt road.. After Pegeia to Kathika village, the route is mainly uphill but without great slopes at its longest. The circular path formed from Kathika to Droushia and return to Kathika is a relatively flat route with small uphill and downhill. From Kathika to Tsada there are continuously small uphill and downhill, while from Tsada to Paphos the route is continuously downhill. • Distance: 77km • Pavement condition: Asphalt road • Total altitude difference: + 1260m • Bicycle type: Road bike with 20 speeds Short description The route begins over the Coral Bay area , one of the most beautiful coastal areas of Pafos. Very close to the starting point you will find the well known sea caves. Great views of the crystal sea. Nice place for photo taking, one of the most mesmerizing sunsets all year round Immediately after climbing to Kathika you will pass through the dense pine forest before entering the vineyards of the area where the wonderful wine of Laona region is made. The scenic small passages above the Akamas peninsula is always welcoming and worthy to stop for a drink and taste local dishes. The route is like a panorama of the Akamas area and the northern side of the Paphos province. The last downhill to the bay “Potima” gives a wonderful picture that will make you soon want to go back to the area. On the return especially during the months of February until May, when nature is adorned with the colors and perfumes of the spring, the journey is wonderful and no cyclist should miss the opportunity. Diarizos Valley, Unspoilt villages and Great scenery route Pafos-Achelia-Ag. Varvara -Timi- Αnarita-Nikoklia-Diarizos Valley-Ag. Nicolaos-Arsos-Dora-Kouklia-Pafos Moderate to Challenging level of difficulty. Distance 105 km Technical description The whole route is on a very good asphalt road. From Pafos till Timi the route is relatively flat. After the village of Agios Georgios till the village of Arsos the route is mainly uphill with some downhill. On return after Dora village, the route is downhill and in several places the road is narrow with some steep turns. It needs extra attention • Distance: 105km • Pavement condition: Asphalt road • Total altitude difference: + 1560m • Bicycle type: Road bike with 20 speeds Short description The route starts by the Medieval Castle of k. Pafos and the Unesco archaeological park. Within a few kilometres you will soon be cycling in one of the most beautiful areas of Cyprus alongside the Diorizos River. The path to the valley will take your breath away. Especially during the months of February until May, when nature is adorned with the colors and perfumes of the spring, the journey is wonderful and no cyclist should miss the opportunity to ride it. The Diarizos valley is rich in citrus plantations, which you can taste if you cycle in the area during autumn or even winter months. Also in the Diarizos Valley you will pass between the two unique tall Rocks called “Hasamboulia” The valley across the river offers great scenery, fruitful trees and small villages, small churches and ruins of villages from the old times. Beautiful nature, Vineyards and Olive Groves route Pafos-Achelia, Ag. Varbara, Panayia, Statos-Ayios Fotios-Choulou-Letymbou-Tsada-Pafos Challenging level, 80 km Technical description The whole route is on a good to very good asphalt road. After the Villages of Acheleia towards Panagia the route is mainly uphill with some downhill, rated challenging in terms of difficulty. On the return after the Village of Agios Fotios-Statos, the route is downhill and in several places the road is narrow with some steep turns. It needs extra attention. • Distance: 80km • Pavement condition: Asphalt road • Total altitude difference: + 1760m • Bicycle type: Road bike with 20 speeds Short description The route begins by the Medieval Castle in K. Pafos and the Unesco archaeological park. On your way you will pass from small, quiet village in the Cypriot countryside, through vineyards and olive groves. Soon you will find yourself at the edge of the Troodos mountain range, heading towards the Paphos forest and the historical community of Panagia. Before you reach the highest point of the route you will be able to enjoy the magnificent view of the Euzousa valley and the Xeros river. Particularly during the months of February until May, when nature is adorned with the colors and perfumes of the spring, the journey is wonderful and no cyclist should miss the opportunity. Birth Place of Aphrodite- Goddess of Love and Beauty route Pafos-Achelia- Ag. Varvara-Timi-Anarita- Birth Place of Aphrodite -Pafos Easy to moderate level of difficulty. Distance 64 klm Technical Description The whole route is on a very good asphalt road. In the first and last 7 km the ride can also be enjoyed on a bicycle path. After the Acheleia village and till you reach “Petra tou Romiou” area the route is mainly flat with short uphill which is rated easy to moderate in terms of difficulty. • Distance: 64km • Road condition: Asphalt road • Total altitude difference: + 620m • Bicycle type: Road bike and trekking bike with 18 speeds Short description This route takes you to the place where Aphrodite- Goddess of Love and Beauty was born. Passing between small villages along the route you will have the chance to get to know the locals and the way of life in the Cypriot countryside. Beyond the birthplace place of Aphrodite, you can visit the Archaeological site of Palaipaphos in Kouklia village just a few kilometres away. The ruins of a temple dedicated to Venus are also found on the site. Along the way, you can find traditional cafes and taverns to enjoy a drink as well as a Cypriot sweet to retrieve your strength and continue your cycling tour back to Pafos. Polis - Neo Chorio - Fontana Amorosa - Polis route The route is aimed at cyclists with little or no experience in mountain bike, and also for visitors who would like to enjoy some sport activities during their vacations. The route is of medium difficulty with spectacular views of the Akamas forest and the Mediterranean Sea. During the route, cyclists can make some stops for rest and photography. Technical description The longest part of the route is on dirt roads without much technical difficulty except for some points between the 16th and 20th km where cyclists must be careful on the downhills. At the beginning after Latsi up to Neo Chorio village the slope of the road is big in some places which makes it quite difficult for cyclists. After the Neo Chorio village the route is very friendly. Distance: 36.5 km Road condition: Dirt roads route except at the beginning and at the end where the route has asphalt surface. • Total altitude difference: + 590m • Bicycle type: Mountainbike with good suspension Short Description One of the most interesting routes of the area! Starting with a difficult uphill to the Neo Chorio Village, you will soon reach the heart of the Akama forest and to an altitude of over 400m. The view and the beauty of the landscape often invites you to get off the bike to enjoy this uniqueness. Once you reach the top and before you start descending, you will soon realize that in front of you lies the most beautiful blue sea you have ever seen. Fontana Amorosa beach is world famous for its crystal clear waters which in combination with the golden sand give a wonderful spectacle and a delightful feeling! Leaving Fontana Amorosa, the route is magnificent since on the one side is the sea and on the other the green mountains and the rich vegetation that spreads along the cost. Points of interest - Neo Chorio Village - Sea views - Fontana Amorosa - Baths of Aphrodite Useful suggestions - Have enough water and some snacks with you - Most part of the route is non-shady, protect yourself from the sun - Always have your mobile phone with you in case of emergency, after the Neo Chorio Village you are in nature without much movement from other people - At Fontana Amorosa beach you can swim, so take a swimsuit and a bicycle lock with you! Parking facilities - Polis Chrysochous - Smigies area- Picnic site - Neo Chorio village - Fontana Amorosa - Aphrodite Baths Pegeia - Akamas - Fontana Amorosa - Polis route The Route is described as difficult and is aimed for experienced cyclists. Due to its difficulty, cyclists must be well prepared since there are no providers for water or food throughout the route. Technical description The longest part of the route is on dirt roads without much technical difficulty except in some points between the 34th and 38th km where cyclists must be careful on downhills. Distance: 53.6 km Road condition: Dirt route while at the beginning and at the end it is on asphalt roads • Total altitude difference: + 720m • Bicycle type: Mountainbike with good suspension Brief description Starting from Coral Bay you will soon find yourself in the Akamas National Forest Park known for its unique beauty. Along the way you will enjoy cycling by the seaside and the sea caves area, while a photo of the shipwreck EDRO III is a must. The route to Akamas offers the opportunity to cycle near wildlife, visit the gorge of Avakas and enjoy cycling both on the mountain and over the wild beaches with wonderful sea views. At Lara beach (when is hatching season) you will be able to see the unique spectacle of life offered by the turtles that come out on the beach to give birth to their young. The route slowly ascends to the highest point passing near the “Pyrgos tis Rigenas” before descending to one of the most beautiful locations of Akamas peninsular, the beach of Fontana Amorosa. Fontana Amorosa beach is world famous for its crystal clear waters that in combination with the golden sand give a wonderful spectacle and a delightful feeling! Based on the Myth associated with Aphrodite here the goddess met her lovers away from the crowd. Leaving Fontana Amorosa, the route is enchanting since on the one hand is the sea and on the other the green mountains and the rich vegetation that spreads along the coast. Points of interest - Sea caves in Pegeia - Avakas Gorge - Lara Beach, Turtles - Fontana Amorosa - Baths of Aphrodite Useful suggestions - Have enough water and some snacks with you - Most part of the route is non-shady, protect yourself from the sun - Always have your mobile phone with you in case of emergency, after the beach of Lara you are in nature without much movement from other people - At Fontana Amorosa beach you can swim, so take a swimsuit and a bicycle lock with you! Parking facilities - Polis Chrysochous - Smigies area-Picnic site - New Chorio village - Fontana Amorosa - Aphrodite Baths Polis - Argaka - Pomos - Gialia - Polis route The route as described in the title is suitable for cycling for inexperienced cyclists but not for families with children under 9 years of age. The reason this route is not suitable for families with children is because there are parts of the route with high traffic. Great option for visitors who would like to enjoy sports activities during their holidays. The route is relatively easy, and cyclists can make various stops for rest, photo taking or even visiting various nearby places of interest. Technical description Very good asphalt road. In some places cyclist can use the designated bike path. • Distance: 42.6 km • Road condition: Asphalt road • Total altitude difference: + 300m • Bicycle type: Road bike or trekking bike with 27 speeds Brief description A very attractive route for the whole family with children over 9 years old as it does not require very good physical condition while offering quite a few choices for relaxation in restaurants or cafes by the sea. This coastal route offers the opportunity for a family expedition and familiarisation with some of the most beautiful landscapes and villages in the area. The route crosses several beautiful villages such as Gialia and Pomos Villages, while there is also an opportunity for a refreshing drink or snack in one of the restaurants or beach cafes. Points of interest - Beauty of the landscape - Village squares - Restaurants and cafes by the sea Useful suggestions - Have enough water and some snacks with you - Most part of the route is in non-shady places, protect yourself from the sun - Always have your mobile phone with you in case of emergency - Along the way back you may choose to swim, so take with you a swimsuit and a bicycle lock Parking facilities - Polis Chrysochous - Argaka village (village and coastal) - Pomos village (village and coastal) - Gialia village (village and coastal) - Agia Marina Village Polis - Pomos - Stavros tis Psokas - Polis route Route with a high difficulty index for experienced cyclists as it offers several uphill, difficult downhill and long distances. Technical description Asphalt road with a very good surface - Distance: 91.9 km - Road condition: Asphalt road - Total altitude difference: + 1840m - Bicycle type: Road bike with at least 20 speeds. Brief description If you have chosen this route, you must be a qualified cyclist. It is a demanding route, both due to the altitude change and the length. The duration of the ascent to the “Stavros tis Psokas” forest station is long and seems endless but the calm that one feels in the Pafos Forest makes you not wanting the road to end. Beautiful landscapes, wonderful views combined with the very good road make the route pleasant despite its great difficulty. During the uphill you can stop in several places to enjoy the spectacular views of the coastline. Most likely along the way in the Pafos Forest you will meet a small herd of Cypriot Mouflons (wild goats) crossing your path. Stay calm and be fast enough to take a picture. At the “Stavros tis Psokas” forest station you can stop at the only one small snack-cafe for a short break before you start for the final part of your route. Points of interest - View over the Kokkina area to the Sea - Stavros tis Psokas - Pafos Forest Useful suggestions - Have enough water and some snacks with you - Saving effort for the long uphill that starts at the 24th km. - Always have your mobile phone with you in case of emergency Parking facilities - Polis Chrysochous - Stavros tis Psoka forest station - Gialia Village Pegeia - Katathikas - Drousia route Route with medium to high difficulty index for experienced cyclists as it has several uphill, difficult downhill and long distances. For cyclists with less experience, the route can be a challenge. Technical description Asphalt road with a good surface. • Distance: 35.2km • Road condition: Asphalt road • Total altitude difference: + 770m • Bicycle type: Road bike with at least 20 speeds Short Description This is a unique route that crosses the area of Laona villages, where some of the best wines of the region are produced. Along the way you can visit several wineries and enjoy a wine tasting experience. Initially, the route before ascending to Pegeia passes through the well-known Sea Caves while the ascent to Pegeia gives the opportunity to enjoy the view of the entire coastline from Akamas peninsula to Pafos town. At Kathikas village, it is worth passing through the narrow picturesque streets of the community before enjoying a refreshing drink in the village square next to the beautiful church of Panagia Evangelistria. From Kathikas village to Drousia village the route is unique since the view to the Mediterranean Sea merges with the green of Akamas forest. Also in several places you can enjoy the sea view from both sides of the mountain. From Drousia village within a short time from an altitude of 650 meters through a short road you will reach the coastline of Polis Chrysochous where you can enjoy a swim in this wonderful area known for its crystal clear waters. Points of interest - Sea Caves - Kathikas village square - View points before Kathikas village - Views from Inia Village of the Akamas Peninsula. Useful suggestions - Have enough water and some snacks with you - Always have your mobile phone with you in case of emergency - You can enjoy a wine tasting experience at some of the Leona’s area wineries. (always in moderation) Parking facilities - Sea caves - View point (Panorama) - Kathikas Village - Inia Village - Droussia village - Polis Chrysochou You can find us on: https://www.strava.com/athlete/routes?type=1 https://www.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/spatialArtifacts.do , https://www.komoot.com/user/1032290650813/tours , https://my.viewranger.com/user/routes/myroutes , https://www.alltrails.com/members/pafos-region?ref=header , https://www.mapmyhike.com/routes/my_routes/. Useful Information Email: info@visitpafos.org.cy Website: www.visitpafos.org.cy
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Walkies in Pafos

Walkies in Pafos

Aphrodite Nature trail STARTING POINT The Aphrodite Trail, situated in the Akamas state forest, begins at the famous Baths of Aphrodite. To get there, follow the coastal road of Poli Chrysochous – Neo Chorio and turn right about one kilometre before the village of Neo Chorio following the signs for Baths of Aphrodite. You can leave your vehicle at the Baths of Aphrodite car park. DESCRIPTION The trail is circular and for about 2.5 km coincides with the Adonis Trail, up until the historical location of Pyrgos tis Rigainas (Tower of the Queen). This section of the trail is rocky and on an uphill slope. According to local legend, this is the route that the Cypriot goddess, Paphia Aphrodite, used to follow, after taking her bath, to reach her tower and rest under the huge oak tree that still exists today. The trail then continues in a north-westerly uphill direction until Moutti tis Sotiras, from where it follows a downhill route toward the Baths of Aphrodite. Along the trail you will find interest points relating to local plants, shrubs and trees (e.g. lentisk, wild sage, Cyprus golden-drop, strawberry tree, juniper) and to geological formations, such as limestone layers (kafkalla) and serpentinites. The trail also includes a stone water fountain and drinking water springs (one near the ruins of Pyrgos tis Rigainas and one between Baths of Aphrodite and Kakoskali). It offers an impressive panoramic view of Chrysochou Bay, Pafos forest and the rocky islets of Chamili and Agios Georgios at Baths of Aphrodite. Nature and beauty meet legend and history at Baths of Aphrodite and Pyrgos tis Rigainas! SERVICES There is a café-restaurant and kiosk in the Baths of Aphrodite area, where you can enjoy the Cypriot cuisine, rest and get information about the Akamas Peninsula. You also have the opportunity to walk around the small botanical garden that holds specimens of the peninsula’s rich flora. Flora: The endemic plants you may see include the Cyprus Golden–Drop (Onosma fruticosa), Cyprus sage (Phlomis cypria var. occidentalis). Fauna: The main species of fauna found in the area are: Mammals: Fox, hare, hedgehog. Birds: Wood pigeon, partridge, Cyprus warbler (endemic), Cyprus wheatear (endemic). The forest serves as a resting point for many migratory birds. Reptiles: Cyprus viper, Cyprus lizard, black whip snake. Adonis Nature trail STARTING POINT The Adonis Trail, located in the state forest of the Akamas Peninsula, starts at the Baths of Aphrodite, a beautiful natural pool where according to local legend the goddess of beauty Aphrodite would take her baths and meet her lover, Adonis. To get there, follow the coastal road of Poli Chrysochous – Neo Chorio and turn right about one kilometre before the village of Neo Chorio following the signs for Baths of Aphrodite. You can leave your vehicle at the Baths of Aphrodite car park. DESCRIPTION The trail is circular and for about 2.5 km coincides with the Aphrodite Trail, up until the historic location of Pyrgos tis Rigainas. This section of the trail is rocky and on an uphill slope. According to local legend this is the route that the Great Goddess of Cyprus, Aphrodite, used to follow, after taking her bath, to get to her tower and rest under the huge oak tree that still exists today. The trail then continues southeast, crosses the beautiful area of Kefalovrysia and completes its circular path by returning back to Baths of Aphrodite. At Kefalovrysia, the Adonis Trail connects with the Smigies Trail. Along the route, there are interest points with information regarding endemic and indigenous plants, shrubs and trees like juniper, strawberry tree, myrtle, terebinth, Cyprus bosea, lentisk and the cyclamen, while the area’s most dominant vegetation is maquis shrubland. The view from the trail offers breathtaking views of Chrysochou Bay, Pafos forest and the coast of the Akamas Peninsula. Drinking water springs can be found at Pyrgos tis Rigainas and at Kefalovrysia. SERVICES In close proximity to the Baths of Aphrodite you can find a café-restaurant and kiosk where you can rest and get information about the history, mythology, flora and fauna of the area. You can also walk around the small botanical garden and discover the rich flora of the Akamas Peninsula. According to one version of the legend… King Kinyras and his companions arrived in Cyprus from Cilicia. He founded the city of Pafos and married Metharme, the daughter of Pygmalion. He had two sons: Adonis and Oxyporos. Flora: While hiking, you will see many endemic plants: Cyprus Bosea (Bosea cypria), Shrubby knapweed (Ptilostemon chamaepeuce var. cyprius), Entire – Leaved Horehound (Acanthoprasium integrifolium), Sweet Marjoram (Origanum majorana var. tenuifolium), Cyprus Golden ­Drop (Onosma fruticosa), Cyprus sage (Phlomis cypria var. occidentalis). Fauna: The main species of fauna found in the area are: Mammals: Fox, hare, hedgehog. Birds: Wood pigeon, partridge, Cyprus warbler (endemic), Cyprus wheatear (endemic). The forest of Akamas also serves as a resting point for many migratory birds. Reptiles: Cyprus viper, Cyprus lizard, black whip snake. Pissouromoutti Nature trail STARTING POINT The trail is located on the Akamas Peninsula, inside the state forest that is included in Natura 2000, the European network of protected areas. This circular trail begins and ends at Smigies picnic site, where there is also a car park. To get to the starting point, you must cross the village of Neo Chorio and follow the 3 km-long agricultural road that passes by the chapel of Agios Minas and leads to Smigies. DESCRIPTION The trail follows an upward incline until the top of the hill, called Pissouromoutti, which is where the trail gets its name from. A downward circular course around the hill then takes you back to the end of the trail. There are many points of exceptional view along the trail, but the most impressive view is from the top of the hill. Here, you can seamlessly enjoy nature all around you (toward the south coast: Tzioni, Geronisos, Lara, Agios Georgios Pegeias, and toward the north coast: Chrysochou Bay). The trail passes through tall and short shrubby vegetation consisting mainly of juniper, lentisk, terebinths, rockroses, wild thymes, prickly burnets, and gorses. Part of the trail passes through a pine forest that offers shade on warm summer days, making the walk particularly unique and enjoyable. Some parts of the trail pass by areas that were burned in a large fire that occurred in the summer of 2012. SERVICES Smigies picnic site, with a capacity of 600 visitors,has drinking water flowing directly to the area from a spring, and sanitary facilities. Lighting fires is permitted in designated areas. According to mythology… The Akamas Peninsula is characterised by rich archaeology and history, but also by mythology intertwined with tradition and legends, created and developed over the centuries by people’s imagination. According to mythology, this is where the ancient gods Adonis and Aphrodite flirt. Adonis chases after Aphrodite and they end up reaching the top of the mountain at nightfall. Hence the name Pissouromoutti (pissouri = darkness, moutti = tip). The chase is over when Adonis catches up with Aphrodite a bit further down and they ‘unite’ in the area that is now called Smigies (smigo = to unite). Flora: Indigenous plants: Phoenician juniper (Juniperus phoenicea), lentisk (Pistacia lentiscus), terebinths (Pistacia terebinthus), rockroses (Cistus creticus, Cistus monspeliensis etc), wild thyme (Thymus capitatus). Avakas Gorge Nature trail STARTING POINT The Avakas Gorge Trail is located in the homonymous gorge, within Pegeia state forest. You can park your vehicle in the designated parking area. To get there, follow the Agios Georgios Pegeias – Toxeftra road for 2.5 km and, where Toxeftra Bay begins (signposted), head east and follow a narrow unpaved road for about 900 metres. DESCRIPTION The Avakas Gorge Trail follows a linear route of 1,200 m (2,400 m return). The end of the trail is located inside the gorge and follows the course of the Avgas River, from where the gorge gets its name. The trail’s first 700 m have a degree of difficulty of 1 whereas the rest of the trail has a degree of difficulty of 2. There are no significant inclinations, and the small degree of difficulty derives mainly from the crossings of the river and the slippery stepping stones. It is advisable to wear helmets when you are inside the gorge, since in some areas there is a risk of falling rocks, particularly on and after rainy days. At first, the trail follows a dirt road (closed to private vehicles) through an open valley. Then, the trail takes you into the gorge. In its last section, the trail is in the stream, in which water usually flows throughout the year. The route through the gorge is characterised by thick vegetation and a particularly attractive, shady and moist environment. Flora: Indigenous plants: lentisk (Pistacia lentiscus), Phoenician juniper (Juniperus phoenicea), terebinth (Pistacia terebinthus), thorny broom (Calycotome villosa), common smilax (Smilax aspera), oleander (Nerium oleander), storax (Styrax officinalis), and the endemic endangered Akamas centaury (Centaurea akamantis). Fauna: The main species of fauna found in the area are: Mammals: Fox, hare, hedgehog. Birds: Cyprus wheatear (endemic), Cyprus warbler (endemic), Scops owl (endemic), partridge, little owl, kestrel, wild pigeon. Reptiles: Stellion lizard. Amphibians: Marsh frog, iridescent frog, tree frog. Ezousa Nature trail Points of interest: The Environmental Information Centre houses exhibitions as well as showing documentaries about the natural environment and biodiversity of the surrounding area. There are excellent views along the way but the most impressive is from the “Rock” on which the village church, dedicated to Saint Ilarion the Great, is built. Here, you can enjoy uninterrupted views of the Ezousa Valley below. From this particular point, visibility extends to the Pafos forest and the Troodos mountain range. The trail crosses the Ezousa Valley where lush vegetation, especially Oriental plane trees and Oriental alder, offers shade to travellers on hot summer days, making the walk a very pleasant experience. Flora: You will see these indigenous plants: Cyprus cyclamen (Cyclamen cyprium), Bosea (Bosea cypria), Oleander (Nerium oleander), Oriental alder (Alnus orientalis), Oriental plane tree (Platanus orientalis), Oak tree (Quercus infectoria), Locust tree (Ceratonia siliqua), Terebinths (Pistacia Terebinthus), Kermes oak (Quercus coccifera), Spiny broom (Calicotome villosa). You can find us on: https://www.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/spatialArtifacts.do , https://www.komoot.com/user/1032290650813/tours , https://my.viewranger.com/user/routes/myroutes , https://www.alltrails.com/members/pafos-region?ref=header , https://www.mapmyhike.com/routes/my_routes/.
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Pafos Region Apps

Pafos Region Apps

Download our free, user-friendly smart apps and enjoy an amazing experience. Our innovative apps provide a personalised and enhanced exploration of the destination whether you are a culture lover or an explorer. Enjoy! Aphrodite’s Birthplace google play store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.aphroditear&hl=en apple store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/aphrodites-birthplace/id1489046856 Pafos Unesco Park google play store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.unesco.pafos&hl=en apple store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/pafos-unesco-park/id1493919638
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Bus Excursions

Bus Excursions

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 its 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
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Mini Cruises

Mini Cruises

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.
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4x4 Adventure

4x4 Adventure

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
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