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Where in the world: Europe  /  Cyprus  /  Paphos District  /  Paphos

Top 15 things to do in Paphos

1. Tombs of the Kings

See Tombs of the Kings, an ancient burial site of Hellenistic and Roman administrative officers and distinguished people, and their families. Just steps from the sea, the site has a typical Eastern Mediterranean feel to it, with small sand dunes, low grass and bushes, and palm trees. Take a self-guided tour among the ruins and enter the atriums carved into natural rock to see niches in the walls that were used for burials. Used between the 3rd century BCE and the 4th century CE, the site features Doric pillars and architectural styles from Alexandria, Delos, Pergamon, and Priene.
Suggested duration: 1 hour
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2. Kato Paphos Archaeological Park

A World Heritage Site, Kato Paphos Archaeological Park features monuments from prehistoric times to the Middle Ages, including some of the finest mosaics in the Eastern Mediterranean. See remnants of Roman villas and fortresses, some of them with floors made of colorful stone, representing scenes from Greek mythology. Take a walk through the arid lands, over dunes, and among ruins, and look for monuments such as Ancient Odeon--a 2nd-century theater built entirely out of limestone blocks--and Saranta Kolones, which features remnants of a Byzantine castle destroyed in a 1222 earthquake. 
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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3. Off-Road & ATV Trails

Suggested duration: 8 hours
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4. Paphos Aphrodite Waterpark

Featuring pools, attractions, and rides from light to extreme, Paphos Aphrodite Waterpark suits all ages. Nestled in 3.5 hectares (8.6 acres) of natural landscape, the park includes a 420 m (1,400 ft) long lazy river, kamikaze slides, rafting, a fast river, and artificial waves. You can plunge down several multiple-story slides, shoot through twisting tubes, or hop in a Jacuzzi and spend time overlooking other rides. Children can climb a slippery bubble, explore caves, and look for a shipwreck in their own special zone. You'll find numerous eateries and beach chairs throughout the site.
Suggested duration: 8 hours
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5. Aphrodite’s Rock Microbrewery & Brewpub

Aphrodite’s Rock Brewing Company is a small-batch craft brewery nestled amongst the hills of Tsada on the beautiful west coast of Cyprus. We are primarily a family business employing a small team of well qualified and highly experienced brewing specialists from around the world who work hand-in-hand together with our local staff.

Despite our stunning location, great restaurant and warm hospitable ambience, Aphrodite’s Rock Microbrewery & Brewpub is still, first-and-foremost, a craft microbrewery. Traditional ‘real ales’, Continental lagers and great fruity ciders are all brewed on site to the highest standards. Many of our Experiences include a highly-informative, educational and entertaining Brewery Tour where you can discover in detail exactly how our beers are brewed. Prepare yourself for a behind-the-scenes look into the incredible world of modern craft brewing where you will discover, up-close-and-personal, the raw materials, machinery and specialised techniques used by today’s brewers and hear the amazing story of how natural biological and chemical processes are harnessed to create the world’s most widely-consumed alcoholic beverage. It’s simply unmissable!

All other usual beverages can be purchased including high-quality bottled wines, spirits, delicious summer cocktails, fresh fruit juices & soft drinks.

Choose your Microbrewery Experience and enjoy either a feast of delicious authentic Mediterranean platters from our well-loved kitchen or the wonderful flavours of our hand-stretched pizzas all freshly baked-to-order in our Italian wood-fired pizza oven with a traditional thin, light and crispy sourdough crust and the perfect amount of ‘char’ for authentic flavours.

This is an outstanding venue for all kinds of get-togethers including wedding parties and other celebrations, group outings, etc with our Microbrewery Experiences packaged for simplicity and with ‘known-in-advance’ costs.

Aphrodite’s Rock Microbrewery & Brewpub is not just for beer & cider lovers but has something to please everyone...
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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6. Pafos Zoo

Starting off as a private collection of birds, Pafos Zoo grew into Cyprus's biggest zoo, housing 1,200 animals that represent 210 species from around the world. Nestled in a lush subtropical forest with lakes and ponds, the zoo features mammals, reptiles, and birds, including one of the largest collections of parrots and venomous snakes in Europe. See large and rare white lions, mandrills (the largest monkeys in the world), and flying foxes, which rank among the largest bats on the globe. Watch macaw and owl performances, and check out the natural history museum at the site, which presents preserved animal fossils and various minerals.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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7. Paphos Harbour Castle

At the edge of Paphos Seafront walkway, the robust, cube-shaped Paphos Harbour Castle served the Byzantine Empire, the Lusignans, the Ottomans, the Greeks, and the English. The medieval castle was rebuilt twice--once after an earthquake in 1222 and again at the end of the 16th century. It also served as a storage area for salt. Enter the castle by crossing an old bridge over a small pond, and then climb the stairs inside to reach the top. From here you'll get some of the best views of the seafront and the Mediterranean Sea.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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9. Boat Tours & Water Sports

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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11. Aphrodite's Rock, Kouklia

Legend says that Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty, rose from the waves at Aphrodite's Rock on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea. Other legends state that if you swim three times around the rock, you'll be rewarded with eternal youth, beauty, luck, or fertility for life. Either way, if you go for it, apply plenty of sunblock beforehand. Nestled between Paphos and Limassol, far from the city, this pebble-and-stone beach presents one of the top photography spots on the island. The water is significantly colder than at most tourist spots, providing a refreshing break during the hottest months.
Suggested duration: 1 hour
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13. Kourion, Limassol City

Wander into Ancient Roman and Byzantine ruins at Kourion for a look at the remains of houses, monuments, markets, baths, and an intact 3,500-seat theater. Although the site had been inhabited in Neolithic times from five millennia BCE, the town is believed to date back to the 13th century BCE. It supported an uprising against Persia in the 4th century BCE and was used by Alexander the Great. See mosaic floors from the 3rd and 4th centuries CE, private residences of the rich dating back to the 4th and 5th centuries CE, and a 5th century CE early Christian basilica at the site.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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15. Coral Bay, Peyia

Located on a golden sandy seafront, Coral Bay features shallow waters, local tavernas, and water sports. Nestled among limestone headlands and surrounded by sea caves, this Blue Flag beach takes up 600 m (0.37 mi) of space. You can rent beach chairs and umbrellas, with small tables for drinks, or just spread out your towel in the heat of soft Mediterranean sands. Lifeguards stroll the beach at all times, and there are restrooms and showers available. Remember, it tends to get quite hot during the day here, so be sure to stay hydrated.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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