Legends of love, magnificent mosaics, archaeological awes and captivating coasts make the small town of Pafos (Paphos) enlightening to explore, and beautiful to behold.
Pafos was originally the island’s capital some centuries ago, but can now instead call itself the capital of culture, thanks to its significant historical sites and monuments - many of which are linked to the Ancient Greek Goddess of Love and Beauty - Aphrodite. It is no wonder then that due to its sheer wealth of ancient remnants, Katos Pafos as a whole has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Pafos is comprised of its old and new towns, with its harbour and Medieval Castle forming the focal point. The region also has quaint resorts further afield, including that of Polis Chrysochou and its fishing port of Latchi, and is home to areas of stunning natural splendour, including the Akamas Peninsula and its Avakas Gorge, Lara beach (where Green Turtles nest), and Petra tou Romiou (Aphrodite’s Rock/birthplace).
Although small in size, Pafos is big on the experiences it offers; a fascinating tapestry of modern tourist accommodation, shopping options and entertainment, woven with aspects that are immersed in antiquity and myth… which is why it was Aphrodite’s sanctuary then, and that of visitors the world over now.