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Welcome to Paphos

Since antiquity, Paphos has been associated with Aphrodite (goddess of love and beauty), and that connection feels fitting today—even if Old Paphos, now present-day Koukalia, is actually a few miles away. With a picturesque harbor capped by the Paphos Castle, a dozen-odd beaches, a walkable Old Town, and proximity to the idyllic Blue Lagoon, there are plenty of things to do in Paphos. Its major highlight—and one of Cyprus’ key landmarks—is the UNESCO-listed Paphos Archeological Park, where the ruins of four Roman villas, an agora, vibrant mosaics, and other sites have been unearthed.

Top 13 attractions in Paphos

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Lara Bay Turtle Conservation Station

Lara Bay Turtle Conservation Station

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Set on an isolated beach, the Lara Bay Turtle Conservation Station presides over the shelled creatures who come here every year to nest. Devoted conservationists keep an eye on the green and loggerhead turtles, safeguarding the eggs and young hatchlings and educating the public on the turtles’ plight.More
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Adonis Baths

Adonis Baths

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According to Greek legend, Aphrodite, the goddess of fertility and love, watched her lover, Adonis, die in her arms here in this freshwater natural pool. Set beneath a tumbling waterfall and surrounded by verdant greenery, the site also features a statue of the two mythical lovers, which is said to boost the fertility of those who touch it.More
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Super Aphrodite Waterpark

Super Aphrodite Waterpark

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With slides, drops, and a wave pool, Paphos Aphrodite Waterpark is among the city’s top attractions. Even the names of the rides hint at adventure—try the Free Fall, Kamikaze, or Cannon Drop before relaxing on the Lazy River. Visitors with small kids will find plenty of fun at the family-friendly Mini Volcano and Mini Bubble.More
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Rock of Aphrodite (Petra tou Romiou)

Rock of Aphrodite (Petra tou Romiou)

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A looming stack of rocks standing proud off the southwest coast of Cyprus, the UNESCO-listed Rock of Aphrodite, or Petra Tou Romiou (Rock of the Greek), is one of the island’s most famous landmarks and the birthplace of Aphrodite, the goddess of love, according to Greek mythology.More
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Paphos Archaeological Park

Paphos Archaeological Park

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A top attraction in Paphos, Paphos Archaeological Park is home to some of Cyprus’ most important historic ruins. Visit this sprawling open-air museum—a UNESCO World Heritage Site that stretches along the coast near Paphos Harbor—to see a number of ruins dating to the late Roman period, plus a few that are even older.More
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Tombs of the Kings

Tombs of the Kings

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Spread along the southwestern coast of Cyprus, the sprawling Tombs of the Kings are eight excavated tombs dating back to the third century BC. Around 100 Ptolemaic aristocrats are estimated to have been buried there, along with a substantial trove of jewels and personal effects, long since pillaged by grave robbers.More
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Pafos Zoo

Pafos Zoo

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Opened in 2003, the Pafos Zoo, outside Paphos (or Páfos), Cyprus, is a sprawling, 25-acre center for wildlife conservation. Spend a day here seeing animals from around the world, from giraffes and lemurs to bats and water monitors. The zoo is particularly well known for its extensive collection of birds.More
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Agios Neophytos Monastery

Agios Neophytos Monastery

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Founded in 1159 by Cypriot saint and writer Neophytos, the Agios Neophytos Monastery is among Cyprus’s most striking religious buildings, carved into a mountain rock just north of Paphos. Though a small number of monks live here, the main attraction for visitors is the museum, full of religious manuscripts, garments, and other artifacts.More
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House of Dionysos

House of Dionysos

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A highlight of Paphos Archaeological Park, the House of Dionysos is the largest of four Roman villas, nicknamed the Mosaic Houses for their elaborate floor mosaics. The mosaics, painstakingly crafted from limestone tiles, date back to the second and third centuries AD and remained hidden until a local farmer discovered them in 1962.More
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Yeroskipou (Geroskipou)

Yeroskipou (Geroskipou)

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Once famous for its sacred gardens, dedicated to the Goddess Aphrodite, these days the sleepy village of Geroskipou is best known for its production of lokum, the age-old Cyprian sweet known elsewhere as Turkish delight. It’s also a great place to soak up some local atmosphere, with interesting old sites and a lovely beach.More
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St Paul’s Pillar

St Paul’s Pillar

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Pilgrims flock to this 2,000-year-old pillar, where St. Paul was said to have been tied up and whipped as punishment for preaching Christianity. Despite initial resistance from the Romans, Governor Sergius Paulus was eventually won over by the apostle, making Cyprus one of the world’s early adopters of Christianity.More
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Fabrica Hill

Fabrica Hill

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Often overlooked by ruin-hungry travelers, Fabrica Hill is strewn with ancient remnants, including a Hellenistic pebble mosaic, a network of quarry caves, and a Roman theater carved into its southern slope. The summit provides stunning views out across Kato Paphos, Paphos Archaeological Park, and the Mediterranean beyond.More
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Panagia Chrysopolitissa Church (Agia Kyriaki Chrysopolitissa)

Panagia Chrysopolitissa Church (Agia Kyriaki Chrysopolitissa)

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Originally built in the fourth century, this early Christian basilica was destroyed during Arab attacks in the seventh century, and another church was built on the site in the 13th century. Though only remnants of the original survive, the foundations and scattered columns give an impression of scale, while mosaics showcase the artistry involved.More

Top activities in Paphos

Excursion at Blue Lagoon from Paphos
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Discover Scuba Diving

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Jolly Roger Boat Cruise from Paphos
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All about Paphos

Currency
Euro (€)
Time Zone
EEST (UTC +2)
Country Code
+357
Language(s)
Welsh
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