Paphos and nearby Coral bay are upmarket & lively resorts in the West of Cyprus. They offer a wealth of things to do, from rustic Tavernas to classy cocktail bars, sandy beaches to ancient monuments, and activities from Scuba to Golf (The 18-hole championship golf course at Aphroditi Hills is especially good)
Coral Bay offers a Blue Flag beach backed by limestone cliffs. There are many Villas in this area if the idea of a home-from-home appeals. Shuttle buses run every 15 minutes to the quieter Potima Bay, which has a large expanse of beach with sunloungers, umbrellas and a couple of beach bars. Great if you want to sunbathe and swim somewhere a bit more quiet (nb Don’t swim at Venus beach between the two as there are often strong currents) The coast line walk is great way to exercise or cycle and has recently been re-paved.
Just 15 minutes drive away is Paphos itself which has a great range of Top Hotels and a wealth of sites to visit such as Kato Paphos Archeological Park, Paphos Castle, The fascinating Tomb of the Kings, and for an evening stroll try Agiou Antoniou Street.
There is a great boat trip from Paphos harbour. Drinks and lunch are included then you sail to Coral Bay and drop anchor. You can use the kayaks snorkelling equipment, have a swim, or stay on the boat. Then you sail back to Paphos harbour with live acts and music on board. It’s a great family day out
Events and festivals
Green Monday (The 1st Monday in Lent, usually February time) is an official holiday in Cyprus. There is a Kite flying competitio9n near the Lighthouse in Paphos and locals wear traditional dress and there is music and dancing. The food served is vegetarian as the Cypriots traditionally don’t eat meat during Lent.
During July and August Ancient Greek Dramas are put on - They take place at Kourion Ancient Theatre in Limassol, Ancient Odeon in Paphos and Makarios III Amphitheater in Nicosia. Some of the great Greek Myths and Tragedies by Sophocles, Euripides and others are re-enacted and people travel from all over the world for this unique event.
Popular things to do and see and unmissable experiences
If you hire a car then a great day out is a visit to the Troodos Mountains and Kykkos Monastery – make sure you don’t miss Omodos Village, which is one of the most beautiful villages in Cyprus famous for its wine tradition. If you’d rather not drive then this can be organised as an excursion – speak to your Personal Travel Agent for details.
Restaurants we recommend in Paphos - "Mothers" authentic Cypriot specialities - located behind Debenhams - Theo's down by the harbour for fish Meze – and our favourite “Muse” (Andrea Loannou Street) – say hi to Constantinos if you visit.
Averaging 18 to 20 degrees in the Winter up to 35 degrees average in July/August.
- Best time of year to travel: Cyprus is an all year round destination but Spring and Autumn are great times to visit for balmy sunny days
- Currency: Euro
- Flight time from UK: Approx 4 Hours
- Visa and passport information: A visa is not required for Cyprus
Getting out and about
City Tour from £13 per person
Hop on Hop Off...Enjoy panoramic views of Paphos from the top deck of an open top bus! Hop off at the archaeological site, an immense site showcasing the stunning mosaics of Paphos.
Troodos Mountains and Kykkos from £26 per person
On the way to the Troodos Mountains our first stop is at Chrysorroyiatissa Monastery, driving through Pafos forest we will reach Kykkos Monastery.