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How to Spend 3 Days in Paphos

How to Spend 3 Days in Paphos

With beaches, ancient ruins, secluded monasteries, and wild mountain landscapes within easy reach, it can be hard to know where to spend your time in Paphos. But in three days you can cover a lot of ground with coastal cruises, tours of historical sites, and trips to Cyprus’ Troodos Mountains and Akamas Peninsula. Here’s how to do it.

Day 1: Beaches and Bays

The scenic coastline of west Cyprus is among Paphos’ biggest draws and is deserving of a full day’s exploration. You could head to the easy-to-reach beaches of Pachyammos, Vrisoudia, or Paphos Municipal Beach to soak up the Mediterranean rays for the day. But if you’re willing to venture a little farther afield with a half-day cruise, you’ll find even more spectacular stretches of sand such as Coral Bay, a crescent-shaped sweep of golden sand. For a more active experience, join a snorkeling or scuba diving tour that will allow you to take the plunge and observe firsthand the marine life beneath the Mediterranean’s surface.

That evening, hop in the driving seat of an all-terrain vehicle and venture out to Aphrodite’s Rock, the legendary birthplace of the Greek goddess of love and beauty. For a romantic experience, pack a picnic to enjoy at the site. 

Day 2: Escape into Nature

Leave Pathos behind for a half-day or full-day tour out to the Akamas Peninsula on Cyprus’ northwestern tip. Forested hiking trails, beautiful beaches with loggerhead turtles, and the crystal-clear Blue Lagoon make it an attractive day-trip option for travelers based in Paphos. Road access is limited, so if you do want to explore, consider embarking on an ATV tour along the peninsula’s dirt tracks, or—for a more comfortable alternative—a guided cruise. You can also rent a boat and steer your own adventure. 

Other popular day-trip options include guided tours to Turkish-occupied Northern Cyprus, where you can cross the Green Line of divided Nicosia (the border between the Greek and Turkish halves of the city) and visit monasteries, abbeys, and castles in the Kyrenia Mountains. Upon return, head inland to the Ktima Paphos neighborhood for dinner in one of the atmospheric tavernas of the Turkish Quarter. 

Day 3: Peer into the Past

Paphos is littered with historical gems, from medieval baths to centuries-old churches—though the city’s standout historical attraction is Kato Paphos Archaeological Park. Take a guided tour around this sprawling UNESCO World Heritage–listed site, viewing Roman villas with well-preserved ancient mosaics, and the Tombs of the Kings necropolis. If you’d prefer to explore independently, use a hop-on hop-off tour bus to travel efficiently between key historic sites, such as the Odeon amphitheater of Fabrica Hill and St. Paul’s Pillar, where St. Paul was said to have been whipped for spreading the word of Christianity. 

Alternatively, take a day tour to the nearby Troodos Mountains. Here, scattered among the valleys are frescoed Byzantine monasteries and churches, quaint villages, and picturesque vineyards.

Back in Paphos, toast the end of your trip on a dinner cruise around the harbor that includes onboard entertainment and a fireworks display. 

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Troodos and Kykkos Day Tour from Paphos

Troodos and Kykkos Day Tour from Paphos

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Explore an intriguing swath of Cyprus with this guided day trip, taking in some of the most memorable sights the island has to offer, from Chrysorrogiatissa Monastery to Kykkos Monastery to the enchanting village of Omodos. See a special holy relic: the holy rope, the piece of rope that allegedly held Christ's hands on the cross. Enjoy free time to go shopping or sip a coffee, as well as seamless round-trip transportation.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Sea Star Half-Day Cruise from Paphos

Sea Star Half-Day Cruise from Paphos

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Escape the bustle of Paphos and bask in Cyprus’ waters and scenery on this half-day cruise. Aboard a comfortable boat, savor the sunshine and breezes as you cruise along the island’s west coast, taking in sea caves, Coral Bay, and other beauty spots on route. Stop to swim, snorkel, or sunbathe; savor a buffet lunch; and enjoy unlimited drinks from the open bar. Live onboard commentary and selected hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$60.45
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Sea Star Blue Lagoon Cruise from Paphos

Sea Star Blue Lagoon Cruise from Paphos

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Explore the natural wonders of Cyprus’ Akamas Peninsula on this full-day cruise from Paphos. Set sail from Latchi Harbour and cruise around St. George Island, the Baths of Aphrodite, and Cape Arnaoutil; dive in to swim and snorkel in Coral Bay and the Blue Lagoon; and tuck into a delicious buffet lunch on-board.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$92.52
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Luxury 70HP Self-drive boat hire in Latchi €146 Per Boat

Luxury 70HP Self-drive boat hire in Latchi €146 Per Boat

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Drive your own 70-horsepower boat through the waters around Paphos during this half-day boat hire. Select the rental time that suits your schedule and set out to explore independently from the Latchi Watersports Centre. Head for Akamas National Park or the famous Blue Lagoon to anchor up and explore; upgrade your rental with a set of waterskis or an towable dinghy to make it easier to reach the shore.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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quad safari Akamas incl. Adonis falls and Lunch approx . 5 hours

quad safari Akamas incl. Adonis falls and Lunch approx . 5 hours

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Explore Cyprus by quad with a half-day tour including the Adonis Waterfalls. Get picked up at your hotel in Paphos and learn about how to operate the quad safely. Don a helmet and set out for a sightseeing tour including a stop for a swim at Lara Bay. Visit the Sea Caves shipwreck, St. George, and finally the Adonis Waterfalls.
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  • 3 to 5 hours
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2 Hrs UTV 4x4 & Buggy Safari at Aphrodite's Rock in Paphos

2 Hrs UTV 4x4 & Buggy Safari at Aphrodite's Rock in Paphos

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On the southern Coast of Cyprus, just off the shore, sits Aphrodite's Rock, the alleged birthplace of the goddess of love. With this experience, you'll get to explore the area by a quad or buggy you drive yourself, with plenty of time left over to hang out on the beach or go for a swim.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$104.86
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