10 Ways For You To Explore Paphos, Cyprus
It was a short but sweet getaway, it definitely left me wanting more! If you are in Europe and looking for a destination which is relatively close by, has warm temps perfect to recharge with just before winter hits, consider Cyprus!
We spent last week in Paphos, we had warm temps and pleasant surprises throughout. I have been to Cyprus many years ago, then I spent 10 days in the area of Larnaca, Limassol and Ayia Napa which was nice, and that’s it..I honestly never thought I would return. This time around we had great fun, lovely landscape and I was impressed with all this beautiful area had to offer.
The season is quite long here, however June to August are extremely hot and busy so just before or after is a wise choice for most people. Being from the Middle East myself, I love high temps, I’m also very used to it.
Accomodation: Paphos has many hotels, resorts and holiday apartments to choose from. I chose Louis Phaethon Beach Hotel and it was right on the money! Right on the beach with access to water sports, two big outdoor pools, a water park (YAY!), indoor pool, sauna, and Jacuzzi. It also has a spa offering a large assortment of treatments for more than fair prices, restaurants and bars and an entertainment team which normally I’m not a fan of, however these guys were good! Many activities throughout the day and a main show every night. Very talented, easy going and more importantly not imposing on anyone. We took an all inclusive stay and was very surprised at how much variety it had! Food was very good and the menu changed daily. I’ve been to other resorts offering all-inclusive stays but it always had limitations, always key items not included in the deal or gaps in time when you couldn’t get any food..Not here! Food was non stop! Drinks were all-included and poured very generously. Service was phenomenal! The rooms are less luxurious than I expected but they were very clean and super comfortable. Besides, if you’re anything like me, the time spent in the room is mainly sleeping so to me it’s less important. More info on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/LouisPhaethonBeach/about/
Paphos has so much to offer food & wine-wise. You will find veggies, fish, seafood and meat dishes in many forms. The Halloumi cheese is a mixture of goat and sheep milk and is a must try! Two favorites of mine are the Tzatziki & Koupepia, stuffed vine leaves. Dishes my grandmother used to make for me. Try the Souvla, meat on skewers which are very popular. To get the full experience of this kitchen you can also order the Mezedes. This is a large selection of dishes served in small portions of varied foods, showcasing the different flavors and textures.
Enjoy the water. You can get serious vitamineSEA here. Apart from tanning that is, there are many activities available on the water such as jet skis, banana rides, fishing, diving, snorkeling and of course cruising! TIP: Check out the Wave Dancer cruise going out to the amazingly beautiful Blue Lagoon. There are also evening cruises going out offering dinner and even fireworks!
Great ways to discover this province is either by 4*4, quads or buggies. Don’t miss out on discovering the Akamas nature reserve! Beautiful nature, home to 160 different bird types, it’s a great viewing point from above and is just plain good off-road fun.
Visit Lara bay. This is a protected beach where turtles come to lay their eggs. It is a magical beach and when in season, a phenomenal experience watching the little turtles hatch and head to the water.
Visit the Bath of Aphrodite. This the spot where the goddess Aphrodite together with Adonis used to bath. The water is considered not only blessed, but it also promises those who wash here to come out looking younger, more beautiful. Hence my excitement :) You can also visit the rock of Aphrodite in Petra tou Romiou.
Have lunch in Latchi. A small and very cozy fishing village.
Spend a couple of hours in Paphos the town. There’s the old city, the harbor, the Roman theater and a nice boardwalk where you can enjoy drinks and traditional food.
Explore the treasures of the Troodos mountains. Nature trails, forests, waterfalls, and relaxation while admiring mother nature.
Visit Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus. The city is divided into two parts- The Greek side and the Turkish side. For visitors, this is quite an extraordinary feeling. What is called the green line is the border going from East to West. You’ll find churches, mosques and interesting museums here.
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