The coastal town of Pafos (also spelled as Paphos) with its medieval fort and quaint harbour is harmonious combination of historical sites, tourist resort and wonderful countryside. It is a region where it combines mountainous areas and the sea. It harmoniously joins culture, contemporary life and historic archaeological sites.
Further out, the monastery of Agios Neofytos is located in a secluded valley, and was founded by the Cypriot ascetic Saint Neofytos around 1200. The monastery of Panagia Chrysorogiatissa, next to Panagia village, is also significant for its well-preserved buildings dating back to 18th century.
The Maa-Paleokastro site near Coral Bay holds an admirable view. It is where the Mycenaean Greeks first landed in Cyprus during the Bronze Age. Travel further inland and go on a wine village tour, make sure to visit the Chrysorrogiatissa Monastery and admire its beautiful icons, and, taste the wine there- the Monastery produces wine from its own winery.
Enjoy any of the numerous activities on offer in the Paphos district, from sea sports, golf, diving, swimming, snorkelling, visit traditional villages- especially round the Polis area whilst sampling the long standing Cyprus cuisine and being charmed by the traditional architecture of the houses, explore the countryside, check out the water park, go carting; the list goes on.
Whilst visiting the area, pass by the Baths of Aphrodite, which is located near Polis. Greek mythology tells that the Goddess of Love and Beauty bathed here, and it is one of the enticing sites in the region that trace her story. Her connection with Cyprus begins at the landmark rock formation of Petra tou Romiou (Aphrodite’s Rock/birthplace), where she rose from the waves. From there, make a pilgrimage to her sanctuary at Kouklia.
The Akamas peninsula is a nationally protected area of untamed wilderness with awe-inspiring coastlines and sandy bays. Take in the panoramic views from the top. One of the last nesting grounds in the Mediterranean Sea for the Green-Back and Loggerhead turtles is located here; on Lara Beach.
Walk on one of the numerous nature trails and explore the rare endemic plants and spot different migratory birds. A thoroughly memorable experience would be a boat trip along the awesome coastline which includes the famous Aphrodite’s Rock.
A myriad of outdoor pursuits can also be enjoyed, further enhanced by religious monuments, wineries and museums, making the Pafos region a haven of nature and culture.