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Paphos Holidays

Paphos Holidays

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With a vibrant blue lagoon, a lively bar scene and the soaring Troodos Mountains as your backdrop, holidays to Paphos never disappoint.

Destination Highlights

  • So much sun and sand
  • Fresh Mediterranean delicacies
  • Rich cultural history
  • Fantastic music festivals
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    Beaches | Hotels | Nightlife | Food | Events | Things to do | Weather | Important information | Reviews |


    What are the best beaches in Paphos?

    Paphos is a beach-lover's dream come true. Electric-blue bays line the long sandy stretch of coast here. Find hidden coves, popular sports spots, and everything in between. Be sure to tick these gems off the to-do list on beach holidays to Paphos:

    • Blue Lagoon - This secluded swimming spot has calm, clear waters only reachable by boat or 4x4.
    • Latchi - Golden sands, calm waters, and plenty of water sports activities on offer.
    • Petra tou Romiou - Or Aphrodite’s rock, as it’s commonly known. Legend has it the Greek goddess rose from the ocean and came ashore here. Also, a great spot to catch the sunset!
    • Polis - A serene crescent of sand that looks out at the Akamas Peninsula.
    • Coral Bay - With safe waters and a border of restaurants and bars, this sheltered horseshoe bay is a family favourite.
    • Lara Bay - This untouched spot is a nesting area for loggerhead and green turtles. Visitors mustn't disturb the wildlife here but check out the Conservation Station to see rescued hatchlings!
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    What are the top hotels in Paphos?

    Whether you’re looking for family-friendly, adult-only, or peaceful and romantic, Paphos has you covered. Check out these winners:

    • Venus Beach - A stylish, five-star hotel with indoor and outdoor pools, a spa, and plenty of other entertainment. Perfect for those wanting to add a little extra luxury to their break.
    • Dionysos Centra Hotel - Cypriot hospitality at its best in a homely hotel that won’t break the bank.
    • Eleni Holiday Village - Relaxed beachfront accommodation with a sauna, Jacuzzi and a tempting all-inclusive programme on offer.
    • Alexander The Great Hotel - With an incredible selection of upscale restaurants within, this elegant hotel is one for the foodies.
    • Avlida - A modern establishment in a popular tourist spot with plenty of activities for little ones, ideal for family holidays to Paphos.
    • Leonardo Plaza Cypria Maris Beach Hotel & Spa - Located right on the beach, this stunning complex is for adults only.

    What's the food like in Paphos?

    With a similar cuisine to the Greeks and other Middle Eastern neighbours, Cypriot food is comforting and delicious, and the Mediterranean climate of Cyprus means you’ll find their traditional, flavoursome dishes fresh all over Paphos. Keep an eye out for these tasty bites:

    • Halloumi - This delicious cheese made from goat’s and sheep’s milk is the country’s most well-known traditional food. A must try.
    • Souvlaki - Barbecued meat found in local restaurants all over, and in family gardens on special occasions.
    • Stifado - A hearty beef stew cooked in red wine and flavoured with cinnamon sticks and cloves to give it a sweet kick.
    • Louvi - Black eyed beans take centre stage here, often with courgettes or chard, and flavoured with generous helpings of olive oil, salt, and lemon.
    • Glyko tou koutaliou - Small sweets made from various fruits and vegetables that have been boiled and sugared. Most lunch meals end with these!

    Here are some top spots to grab some Cypriot grub:

    • Viklari The Last Castle - High up in the mountains, this restaurant serves delicious traditional Souvla with a ‘gram-worthy view.
    • Pelican Restaurant - Indulge in some of the freshest seafood around, right on the picturesque harbour of Paphos.
    • The Bunch of Grapes Inn - Serving a combination of Cypriot, English, and French food in a beautiful building that was once the village manor house.
    • Anesi - This authentic, family-run place with friendly, chatty staff is popular with tourists and locals alike.
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    Where’s the best nightlife in Paphos?

    The bars in Paphos are lively, the clubs are never short on style or atmosphere, and other late-night hotspots are great for chilled-out sunsets, and traditional Cypriot friendliness.

    • Loft Club - Dance the night away to RnB, pop, and electro in Paphos’s answer to Ibiza.
    • Green Hill Tavern - Head up into the hills to end your evening with a breath-taking view and a meze platter.
    • The Wooden Pub - Try local ales and gin alongside familiar favourites in this aesthetically pleasing tipple spot.
    • The Dome - Fresh sushi and experimental cocktails that make for a solid Insta shot.
    • Flintstones - Stills from the show line the walls of this retro family-run bar, popular especially with Brits for the banterous staff.
    • Different Bar - Paphos’ only gay bar. Relax, unwind, and feel fabulous in a bar that manages to keep the prices down and the vibes up.

    What events can I go to in Paphos?

    There are plenty of events to look out for when in Paphos. There’s art, history, and a top selection of music festivals to enjoy, so check out our favourites for 2022 holidays to Paphos.

    • Cyprus Marathon (March) - Starting at the legendary birthplace of Aphrodite and finishing with a long section of seafront, runners flock from all over the world to participate in this picturesque marathon.
    • Pharos International Chamber Music Festival (May) - This world-renowned event provides a week of top-notch classical music for you.
    • Arkadia Festival (August) - An event to celebrate the exquisite beauty of the area. Locals and foreigners alike come together to enjoy live music, traditional dancing, and obviously, great food.
    • Agia Paraskevi Traditional Fair (August) - Agia Paraskevi Day is celebrated in all churches in Cyprus, but Paphos takes it a step further and makes a fair out of it. Bring the family to check out the local handicrafts and performances.
    • Dionysia Festival (September) - A festival celebrating the Greek god of wine. Join the festivities by having a tipple and admiring the local art and flower displays. Don’t miss the dance-off on the last night!
    • Aphrodite Festival (September) - Now one of the most popular events in Cyprus, each year a well-known opera troupe takes the city by storm, performing a full open-air opera in front of the medieval castle of Paphos.
    • Paradise Jazz Festival (September) - In 1999, the jazz-loving owners of a local bar decided that they would bring the best of London’s young jazz musicians to Paphos. It went so well they’ve carried on the tradition each year since.
    • Apollon International Chamber Music Festival (November) - Another for the classical music fans out there. Originally put on to foster a greater appreciation of the genre in the Mediterranean, it continued because it worked!

    Things to do in Paphos

    Go back in time at Kato Paphos Archaeological Park

    Discover relics dating from the Roman Empire to the Middle Ages. Stunningly detailed mosaics depicting scenes from Roman mythology lie in the ruins of four villas here. And don't forget to check out the incredibly preserved Tombs of the Kings, an underground burial complex.

    Take to the Troodos Mountains

    Lace up for a day in the great outdoors. Sleepy villages sit among olive groves and vineyards in the foothills, and higher up you’ll find peaks with pine trees and panoramic views. Keep your eyes peeled for the UNESCO-listed Byzantine monasteries and churches found here. The most gorgeous murals are found within these modest buildings.

    Explore the region with a tipple in hand

    Discovering new areas, plus wine? Yes please. The Mediterranean climate here is ideal for growing wine grapes, so there are many local vineyards and wineries keen to show off their homegrown goods. A wine tour is the perfect way to immerse yourself in local produce and culture, and to check out the area.

    Make a splash at Aphrodite Water Park

    With rides to suit both big kids and toddlers—those who want to get their adrenaline pumping, and those that’d prefer a leisurely float down Lazy River—there’s something for everyone at this family-favourite attraction.



    Take a look at our top things to do in Paphos for more inspiration!

    What's the weather like in Paphos?

    The weather in Paphos is, in a word, stunning. Long, sunny summers, short, mild winters, and irresistable sea temperatures mean any time of year is the perfect time for holidays to Paphos.

    Month

    Average temp.

    Sea temp.

    Hours of sunshine per day

    Jan 13 °c 18 °c 5 h
    Feb 13 °c 17 °c 7 h
    Mar 14 °c 17 °c 7 h
    Apr 17 °c 18 °c 9 h
    May 20 °c 20 °c 11 h
    Jun 23 °c 24 °c 13 h
    Jul 25 °c 26 °c 13 h
    Aug 26 °c 27 °c 12 h
    Sep 24 °c 26 °c 11 h
    Oct 22 °c 24 °c 9 h
    Nov 18 °c 22 °c 7 h
    Dec 15 °c 19 °c 5 h

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    Important Information about travelling to Paphos

    How long does it take to fly to Paphos?

    It takes about 5 hours to fly to Paphos from the UK.

    What’s the time difference between the UK and Paphos?

    Paphos is 2 hours ahead of the UK.

    What currency do they use in Paphos?

    The local currency in Paphos is the Euro.

    What language do they speak in Paphos?

    The official language spoken in Paphos is Greek.

    Do I need any vaccinations to visit Paphos?

    Please check with your healthcare provider for all up to date vaccination advice before booking your holiday.

    Do I need to pay tax on my holiday to Paphos?

    There is currently no tourist tax in Paphos.

    Do I need a visa to travel to Paphos?

    British passport holders don’t need a visa for holidays to Paphos. Holders of other passports are advised to check with their national embassy for any visa requirements.

    Will Covid-19 affect my holiday to Paphos?

    We are currently closely following the Covid-19 situation and how it affects travel. You can find out the most up to date information about travel to Paphos on the FCO website.

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    Customer reviews

    At On the Beach, we’ve sent many satisfied customers to Paphos for a bit of sunshine. But don't just take our word for it, read some of their 5-star reviews below.

    Jen:


    I love this company have booked many many holidays with OTB and they are great! Customer service is excellent and Lewis S you we’re great sorting out changes for us at weekend we really appreciated your expertise and ease of process to change details of our holiday - thank you for helping us - I will continue to book our family holidays with you as I have done for all of the previous holidays

    Ms Amanda Burroughs:


    Always my first choice for booking holidays. Seamless from beginning to end every time. Great locations, accommodations and prices.

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    Top Paphos Hotels

    Leonardo Plaza Cypria Maris Beach Hotel & Spa - Adults Only

    Paphos, Paphos, Cyprus

    Avlida

    Paphos, Paphos, Cyprus

    Azia Resort & Spa

    Chloraka, Paphos, Cyprus

    Theo Sunset Bay

    Coral Bay, Paphos, Cyprus

    King Evelthon Beach Hotel and Resort

    Chloraka, Paphos, Cyprus

    Leonardo Cypria Bay

    Paphos, Paphos, Cyprus

    Olympic Lagoon Resort Paphos

    Paphos, Paphos, Cyprus

    Elysium Beach Resort

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    Queens Bay Hotel

    Coral Bay, Paphos, Cyprus

    Akteon Holiday Village

    Chloraka, Paphos, Cyprus

    Kissos Hotel

    Paphos, Paphos, Cyprus

    The Ivi Mare - Designed for adults

    Paphos, Paphos, Cyprus

    Venus Beach

    Paphos, Paphos, Cyprus

    Coral Beach Hotel and Resort

    Coral Bay, Paphos, Cyprus

    Kefalos Beach Tourist Village

    Paphos, Paphos, Cyprus

    Akti Beach Village Resort

    Chloraka, Paphos, Cyprus

    Louis Ledra Beach

    Paphos, Paphos, Cyprus

    Alexander The Great Hotel

    Paphos, Paphos, Cyprus

    Aqua Sol Holiday Village Water Park Resort

    Coral Bay, Paphos, Cyprus

    Grand Resort

    Limassol, Paphos, Cyprus

    St. George Hotel Spa & Golf Beach Resort

    Chloraka, Paphos, Cyprus

    Paphiessa Hotel and Apartments

    Paphos, Paphos, Cyprus

    Constantinou Bros Athena Beach Hotel

    Paphos, Paphos, Cyprus

    Constantinou Bros Athena Royal Beach Hotel - Adults Only

    Paphos, Paphos, Cyprus

    Mayfair Gardens & Hotel

    Paphos, Paphos, Cyprus

    Aliathon Aegean

    Paphos, Paphos, Cyprus

    Damon Hotel Apartments

    Paphos, Paphos, Cyprus

    Corallia Beach

    Coral Bay, Paphos, Cyprus

    Kefalonitis Hotel Apartments

    Paphos, Paphos, Cyprus

    The King Jason Paphos - Designed for Adults Only

    Paphos, Paphos, Cyprus

    Paphos Weather

    As expected, the weather in Cyprus is delightful and whenever you decide to fly off on your holidays to Cyprus, you are bound to have lots of sun. Summer months are the best with temperatures around 30° Celsius and over and even in the later months it isn't much lower. There can be some unexpected rainfall occasionally over winter so along with your shorts and bikinis, make sure you pack a light jacket just in case!

    Jan 14ºC
    Feb 14ºC
    Mar 18ºC
    Apr 22ºC
    May 25ºC
    Jun 27ºC
    Jul 28ºC
    Aug 28ºC
    Sep 25ºC
    Oct 23ºC
    Nov 19ºC
    Dec 16ºC

    Landscape

    Paphos is full of historical remains which create a stunning scenery which are definitely worth taking photos of. The best views are at the harbour and the rock of Aphrodite's legendary birthplace, which offer an insight into this village's amazing history.

    Things To Do on Paphos Holidays

    Paphos holidays are not complete without indulging in the village's fascinating history. The resort is on the UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage list which means there is plenty to do for those that love sightseeing. Why not visit the ancient forts, old churches or discover some of the world's best preserved mosaics. After visiting a museum, why not cool down by taking a scenic boat trip to Coral Bay and admire its finest beach.

    For a nice day out on your holidays in Paphos, why not visit the historical harbour but also have a meal in one of its open-air restaurants. Shop-a-holics will want to take a look at some of the fantastic homemade goods that are on offer such as pottery and embroidery.

    Culture

    If you plan on going on holidays to Paphos, why not come in July and attend the Concert of the Youth? Or maybe take you Paphos holidays in September and take in the culture by visiting the Aphrodite festival which is an opera festival?

    Book a Paphos Holiday now!

    Paphos is ideal for couples seeking relaxation and who want to discover the history behind Cyprus' villages. On the Beach continue to have some great holidays to Paphos and other destinations in Cyprus, so make sure you book today so you dont miss out!