The popular Mediterranean destination of Paphos has plenty to offer, from castles and tombs of ancient nobles to the famous St. Paul’s Pillar and gorgeous sandy beaches. If you wish to take advantage of Paphos’ beautiful beaches and hot climate, then be sure to spend time in the harbour area with its soft sand and deep blue waters which are ideal for water sports. Near the harbour (Stop 1) is the world renowned archaeological site, an immense complex of ruins showcasing the well-preserved mosaics of Paphos.
See the remains of a 7th century castle, the Saranda Kolones. Nearby is the medieval harbourside fort where you can enjoy stunning views and discover more of Paphos’ rich history. Originally built in the 13th century during the island’s Lusignan era and remodelled by the Venetians three centuries later, the castle has a maze of vaulted rooms and cells. The Ottomans used it as dungeons and the British as a warehouse for salt. The harbour offers picturesque quayside walks as well as fish restaurants, cafes and bars to relax in. Take the bus tour to the Archaeological Museum which houses a collection of Cypriot antiquities, covering the Neolithic Age, Middle Ages, Bronze Age and Roman periods.
Discover beautiful beaches and more in Paphos with City Sightseeing
Let City Sightseeing highlight all there is to see and do during your stay, with conveniently located stops along the route which allow you to hop on and off at your leisure. Visit the Tombs of the Kings - a vast burial ground carved out of solid rock which dates back to the fourth century BC. The site is thought to have been the burial ground of Paphitic aristocrats and high officials - the name comes from the magnificence of the tombs; no kings were in fact buried here. Take the bus tour to see the Frankish Baths which is one of the few remaining Frankish sites to have survived the elements and historical wars. The baths were built at the end of the 14th and early 15th century. Nearby you can see St. Paul’s Pillar where the saint is alleged to have been given 39 lashes as punishment for preaching Christianity.
Something for everyone in this vibrant city - let City Sightseeing show you the way
Fun for the whole family can be had at the Luna Amusement Park which boasts a number of fairground attractions including bumper cars and rides for younger children. Hop off here and also make a visit to nearby Aphrodite Water Park which offers swimming as well as thrilling water chutes and slides. For more activities, hop off at the recreational area for a round of mini golf where you can also try your hand at paintballing or go karting. A trip to the town hall will bring you near the Municipal Gardens where you can take time out to relax. Or you may wish to take the bus tour into the Old Town and peruse the market. Paphos is a city very much enjoyed for its beaches and culture during the day and its bars at night. Take your pick from a variety of restaurants and eateries then head for Agiou Antoniou, known locally as either Bar Street or Nightlife Street, which is home to a range of venues offering music, cocktails, dancing, sports bars and a buzzing nightlife.