Paphos Resort Guide

If you're looking for some quality time under the blue sky, while learning a lot about archaeology, history and heritage, Paphos is the ideal travel destination. Being the main town of Cyprus during the Roma times, Paphos is the Sanctuary of Aphrodite. The city consists of Kato Paphos (Lower Paphos) where most of the sites are gathered and the modern town. The entire town of Paphos is a Unesco World Heritage Site due to its cultural and natural treasures.

Main Attractions

Odeon is a very significant archaeological site in Lower Paphos (Kato Paphos). Built of limestone and partly restored, the theatre is used in the summer for theatrical and musical performances. In the southern part, there are the remains of the Roman Agora and the Roman temple of Asclepius, while on the northern part there are the remains of the ancient town walls. The rocky hill next to the New Paphos Lighthouse is believed to be the Acropolis of the town. Every year, the Paphos Choir festival and Rhythms of Light festival perform in the Odeon offering magnificent dance performances.

Built in 1159 at an isolated location on the top of a valley, the Agios Neofytos Monastery is a unique site that should not be missed. You can get there by climbing up through Emba, one of Paphos' largest villages, or Tala, a smaller village, and feel the atmosphere of eight and a half centuries. The setting is fascinating and the monastery itself consists of the church, the cloisters, the residential building, a wonderful garden and an ample terrace from where you can enjoy a wonderful view to the valley. At the Enkleistra, Neofytos's cell, you can admire some of the best Byzantine frescoes of the 12th to the 15th century, whereas the church and the museum of the Monastery host exceptional Byzantine icons of the 16th century. Just 40km from Paphos town you will see the Chrysoroyiatissa Monastery. Built in 1152 by monk Ignatius, the monastery offers a magnificent view over the sea and is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. In its interior, you can admire magnificent icons, a rich collection of the Holy Books and religious objects.

The Christian catacombs of Agia Solomoni were built in the 12th century and belong to the Agia Solomoni Church, which is located close to Kato Paphos port. Although some archaeologists claim that the catacombs belong to the Hellenistic Period, Agia Solomoni was the first church to embrace Christianity. In the catacombs you will some magnificent frescoes and graffiti from the time of the Crusaders, whereas if you hang a handkerchief at the terebinth tree standing on the rock above the church, it is believed that your illnesses will be cured.

At the Kato Paphos port stands the Medieval Castle of Paphos, a Byzantine fortress made of large, heavy stones, which was built and rebuilt several times until it took its current shape in the 16th century by the Ottomans. Connected to the port through an arched bridge, the Castle was used to protect the port, but also as prison cells and as a storage area for goods during the British Rule. Since 1935, the Castle has been declared a Unesco World Heritage Site and is one of Paphos's landmarks. If you visit Paphos in September, you will be able to attend the Aphrodite Festival with unique operas each year staged at the Castle by world famous artists.

Other interesting sites are the Paphos District Archaeological Museum, the Tombs of the Kings and the Baths of Aphrodite.

Paphos International Airport

All flights to Paphos are handled by the Paphos International Airport, the second largest airport in Cyprus after Larnaca. The airport handles regular flights, charter flights and cargo flights from European airlines as well as airlines from Israel. You can fly directly to Paphos from London-Gatwick with British Airways as well as with EasyJet from London-Gatwick, London-Luton, and Manchester.

Getting to Gatwick

There are several ways to get to Gatwick using public transportation or your own car.

The Gatwick Express connects London Victoria Station to Gatwick in 30 minutes. Trains leave every fifteen minutes and the service runs from 3:30am to 00.30am.

Gatwick offers luxury shuttle services and airport transfer options.

If you drive your own car, you can use Gatwick's parking services as well as Meet & Greet facilities.