So, even though this page is about Cyprus, in reality it's more about Paphos, with a bit of the surrounding area and towns thrown in.

While it used to be the Capital of Cyprus (up until about 200AD), Paphos is not a big town. It has a population of approximately 33,000, and can be found in the South West region of Cyprus. It's location on the coast makes it a very popular tourist destination, especially British and (lately) Russian visitors.

Although not a large town, it has more history than most Cities, with several archaeological sites dotted about the town and region. It is also easily accessibly, having it's own airport and, as public transport is so good, it's conveniently located to explore the whole South Western region of Cyprus.


We spent a week in Paphos, staying in a very comfortable apartment not far from the centre of town, but definitely closer to the beach, and right next door to Kings Avenue Mall. This was booked separately from our flights, and actually resulted in a pretty big cost saving vs paying for an all-inclusive holiday!

We'd planned on hiring a car for a couple of days while on holiday, but decided to do it straight after landing, as it meant we wouldn't have to wait for the next airport bus - having missed the one we wanted. We ended up with a Nissan Micra from a local company, costing us €90 for 2 days. This is pretty dear, in my book, but at short notice it was the cheapest option available. Anyway, the car itself was pleasantly surprising - besides a truly shitty automatic gearbox, it wasn't a bad drive at all.

Paphos Town Centre
Paphos Forest
Agios Neophytos Monastery

Having the car gave us the opportunity us to explore the region outside of Paphos, and we made good use of it! Our first day on the Island was spent travelling East - first to Petra tou Romiou (Rock of Aphrodite), which is only a 25 minute drive from Paphos, and then on to Lemesos for a visit to the Marina and lunch - you can see more information on each attraction in the posts at the bottom of the page.

The weather on day 2 was atrocious - it was absolutely chucking it down. As it was our last day with the car though, we were determined to make the most of it anyway. We travelled up into Paphos Forest, and ended up loving it.

Sofia at the beach

The route up and down is spectacular, full of windy, curvy, s-bendy & blind corners. Around each corner is a new panorama, a new excuse to stop and take a picture. A word of warning - the roadsides are steep and rocky, and there are many small rockfalls that happen, especially when it's wet.

Towards the top of the route you reach the mountain cafe, which is a very basic self-service room with a view. They do serve traditional coffee though, which is a must!

Over the course of the next few days, we managed to see several of Paphos' own attractions while exploring the town in greater depth. it's a wonderful town; very clean, very friendly, and it does feel very safe walking around. There's plenty to do in Paphos itself, including the Archaeological site, Old Town & Coral beach.

We spent a lot of time on the beach as well (Several of them) - mostly they're rocky, or covered in seaweed, but a closer look reveals an amazing fossil record in almost every rocky outcrop, which in itself is quite astonishing.

Looking back, it's one of the nicest holidays we've had in years, and we'll definitely be returning to Cyprus at some point in the future.

Date of last visit : March 2019

Cyprus Attractions

Lemesos (Limassol)

Petra tou Romiou (Rock of Aphrodite)

Paphos Archaeological Park

Marina Boat Tour

Coral Beach