Paphos is one of the premier destinations on Cyprus. Located on the southwestern tip of the island, you will never be far away from an ocean view.

Renowned for its archaeological and historic significance, Paphos is cultured, friendly, and beautiful. As the legendary birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, Paphos is romantic and serene, and the perfect destination for a holiday away.

There are ample lodging options in Paphos, and there is something for every travel taste and budget level. Many accommodations feature ocean views and very reasonable rates.

For a little bit of luxury, the Elysium Hotel wins rave reviews. Well-known for its outstanding service, the Elysium offers excellent food, a perfect pool, and large and comfortable guest rooms.

The sea view guest rooms at the Alexander the Great Beach Hotel offer arguably the best views in Paphos. The staff at this award-winning hotel goes put of its way to make every guest feel welcome and comfortable. Featuring wonderful amenities, delicious food in the onsite restaurant, and lots of little extras, it’s not wonder why many guests are repeat customers.

The Atlantica Golden Beach Hotel has won awards for its excellent rates. Don’t let the low rates fool you; your stay will include a clean and modern guest room, excellent food, and exemplary service.

There are plenty of excellent dining options in Paphos. Dine on delicious Greek favourites and fresh seafood right out of the Mediterranean, along with plenty of international cuisines such as Japanese, Chinese, British, and Indian.

Enjoy a varied Middle Eastern menu at Syrian Restaurant. Rated highly for its healthy and delicious portions of such favourites as falafel, dips, and meze, the staff is very helpful if you can’t decided on your meal. The normally quiet atmosphere becomes a little wilder on Saturday nights, when belly dancers and music entertain the guests.

Taverns are a staple in Greek villages, and are often friendly, lively, and fun. The Letymbou Tavern fits this bill and then some. The owners are warm and welcoming, and will do everything to make your meal perfect.

The menu is traditional, the prices are reasonable, and the atmosphere is family-friendly. Laona serves up traditional Cypriot cuisine in a friendly atmosphere and with a warm smile. The food is simple, but it is prepared and served with great care.

Paphos itself comes from legendary beginnings, as the mythical birthplaces of Aphrodite. You can even visit Aphrodite’s Rock, the legendary spot where she sprung forth from the sea. Archaeology and history buffs will have a great time exploring the many ruins, religious, and archaeological sites in Paphos.

Visit the Kato Paphos Archaeological Park, home to both the House of Dionysus and the House of Theseus, ancient Roman villas renowned for their intricate mosaics. Also in the archaeological park, visit the Odeon, a classical Greek amphitheatre. You might get lucky and stumble upon a live musical performance or play being performed there.

The Tombs of the Kings is a rather large burial complex dating back to the fourth century BCE that home to (now plundered) tombs of high-ranking citizens. Etched into the native rock, many of the tombs look like homes, and are incredibly well-preserved.

Also worth visiting is the Paphos Fort, built by the Turks in 1586, used as a fort and a prison. And the beautiful Paphos Harbor Castle shouldn’t be missed, either.

There are plenty of religious sites to visit in Paphos. Ayios Neophytos Monastery, Chrysorrogiatissa Monastery, and Panayia Chrysopolitissa Church all have historical significance and are beautifully adorned.

If you crave some outdoor adventure, go horseback riding, hiking, or cycling through the gorgeous countryside. Enjoy water sports like speedboating, or relax on the beaches of Coral Bay or the Paphos Municipal Beach. There are also three golf courses to enjoy.

The weather in Paphos is beautiful year-round. The summers are hot and dry, and also the most crowded with visitors.

The winters are still beautiful, with milder temperatures and only a little bit of rain to deal with.