Kato Paphos is the tourist centre, where revellers and sun-seekers won’t be disappointed by the abundant beaches, bars and sunshine. Ktima, or Upper Paphos, is for the culture vulture and has escaped the development of Kato to remain a lovely getaway filled with cultural history and colonial buildings. The diversity offered within Paphos holidays is quite unlike anywhere else and whatever your Cyprus holiday intentions, you can guarantee Paphos has got you sorted.
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As popular with locals as it is with tourists, Paphos Municipal Beach is a lovely, clean beach in the heart of Kato Paphos. The beach also has a wooden deck that acts as both a walkway and sunbathing terrace for anyone not wanting to feel the sand on their skin, but still enjoy the atmosphere. With plenty of nearby hotels, bars, restaurants and shops, as well as extremely clean toilet and changing facilities, your day at the Municipal Beach is one you’re likely to repeat on your cheap Paphos holidays.
Paphos is supposedly the birthplace of Aphrodite - the Greek goddess of love, beauty, pleasure and procreation. It’s claimed the goddess was born on the rock formation that now bears her name. This mythology has resulted in visiting Aphrodite’s Rock becoming a must-do in Paphos. The myth purports that swimming in the waters around the rock will result in eternal youth, though take if you do because the surrounding waters are quite choppy.
Paphos Bird and Animal Park
Originally a personal project designed to house Christos Christoforou’s extensive collection of birds, the Paphos Bird and Animal Park is open to the public and offers fun and learning for the family all year round. The park is spread across a big area and besides the exhibits and enclosures, has impressive shows starring some of its birds. The park also aims to educate visitors on caring for the animals and its conservation efforts.
Paphos Archaeological Park
A designated UNESCO World Heritage site, Paphos Archaeological Park is a protected site of ruins from former Roman occupation. The House of Dionysos and House of Theseus were once large Roman villas that boast impressive mosaics. The impressive Odeon still stands relatively intact, while the nearby Valley of the Kings – though not a part of the Archaeological Park – can easily be visited on the same day.
See deserted Turkish villages, mountains and valleys, gorges and plains and oceans of both sea and forest by horseback, in this offbeat activity. Located in wooden stables above the Paphos Forest, horse riding in Cyprus offers you the opportunity to see this unique country in a very unique way. It doesn’t matter how experienced you are or how long you want to ride, there are plenty of options to satisfy your needs. Family Cyprus holidays don’t just have to consist of a routine of sunbathing and drinking!
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