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What to see in Paphos

Paphos Attractions


Paphos is one of the most popular sightseeing destinations in Cyprus and it continues to attract more and more tourists who come to enjoy its beautiful setting and archaeological treasures. Visitors will find that there is a lot to see and do in Paphos, when they can tear themselves from the stunning beaches.

The Cypriot Acropolis, near the Paphos lighthouse, offers numerous archaeological attractions including the restored Roman Odeon and the remains of a Roman temple. Possibly the greatest attraction of Paphos is the collection of ancient mosaics to be found at sites around the city and visitors can see some examples of these ancient works of art at the Acropolis. It is definitely also worth making time to visit the Roman noblemen's villas where the best examples of mosaics can be admired.

Paphos also has a lot to offer those who enjoy the thrills of burial sites: The Tombs of the Kings, carved into the seaside cliffs, are very impressive, and the Agia Solomoni Catacombs, below the ancient Roman city wall, are enjoyably creepy and interesting.

There are two special monasteries close to Paphos, which are popular as quick excursions out of the city, or as stopovers when seeking out one or another of the gorgeous beaches in the area. The Ayios Neophytos Monastery is a great spot to enjoy some peace and tranquility away from the bustle of the city, and the Chrysorrogiatissa Monastery has the added attraction of producing its own wine, made on site by the monks.

There are a number of attractions in Paphos, like the famous Baths of Aphrodite, that capitalise on the mythical significance of the area, but some of these spots can be tourist traps. Having said that, Paphos is surrounded by genuinely lovely landscapes and attractions like the Rock of Aphrodite can be great fun if you go expecting only to enjoy a beautiful swim.


Acropolis

Near the modern Paphos lighthouse is the Cypriot Acropolis: a complex of ancient buildings, including a Roman Odeon,…

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Agia Solomoni Catacombs

A large pistachio tree marks the entrance to the underground catacombs of Agia Solomoni in Kato Paphos. The tree is a…

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Baths of Aphrodite

A famous romantic side trip from Paphos is a visit to the natural grotto on the Akamas Peninsula near Polis, 30 miles…

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The Mosaics of Paphos

The striking mosaic floors in a series of ancient Roman noblemen's villas, dating from the 3rd to the 5th century, are…

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Tombs of the Kings

There are actually no kings buried here. Rather, the site known as the Tombs of the Kings, one mile (2km) northwest of…

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