When is the best time to visit?
The peak season is summer, especially June, July, and August. This is when most travellers take flights to Paphos. Several events make the summer months an even more desirable time to visit.
Dionysia Festival, named after Dionysus - the famed Greek God of Wine, is the festival to visit if you're after a tipple or two. Initially focused around a jig in the village square, known as the 'Dance of the Grape', the Dionysia Festival now plays host to crafts stalls, dance performances, music and wine exhibits. Stroumbi, in Paphos, where the festival is held, has an excellent wine making reputation, so expect to try some of the region's finest. This event usually takes place at the end of summer.
During the months of July and August, the Ancient Odeon in Paphos hosts great historical and mythological stories which are re-enacted in classic Greek tradition. Locals and individuals from all over the world travel to this festival to watch a spectacular performance in a setting to match.
Spring and autumn are great times to fly out when it is warm enough to swim but not uncomfortably hot. As well as being the most likely time to find good deals on flights, September is also host to the Paphos Aphrodite Festival. Every year since 1999, the popular festival showcased an opera performance by a well-known opera troupe. The open-air square in front of the medieval castle of Paphos creates the perfect atmosphere and environment for this event. Organised by the Company Pafos Aphrodite Festival Cyprus, the event hopes to promote the rich cultural qualities of Paphos.
In general, November to March is the rainy season and therefore the low season, but rain falls an average of just eight or nine days per month. The Troodos mountains are also busy with skiers in winter.
Flights in the off season tend to be cheaper making November to March more attractive to some travellers.
Why visit Paphos?
Paphos is a beautiful resort town located on the south-west coast of Cyprus. The island is popular with tourists thanks to its climate, cuisine, and many natural and manmade attractions. Paphos itself has been designated as a UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site.
Ancient sites in the area include the Odeon amphitheatre, the Tombs of the Kings, and Roman villas decorated with beautiful mosaics. Out to sea, the harbour is guarded by a pretty lighthouse and by the ancient fort called Paphos Castle. The densely forested Akamas Peninsula is a haven for wildlife. Most famously perhaps, this part of Cyprus is where Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty, is said to have emerged from the briny surf. Petra tou Romiou (Aprhodite's Rock) is 15 miles (25km) east of Paphos and was a tourist draw with Greek pilgrims in ancient times. Today, to guarantee eternal love, couples should swim around the rocky outcrop.
Four large resorts around Paphos offer accommodation and facilities to suit every taste, from sandy beaches to golf courses. In the town, the picturesque district around the mediaeval port is the best place to find hotels and restaurants. Take time to explore, and enjoy the culinary specialities of the region, which include seafood and halloumi cheese, washed down with a glass of local wine.
With plenty of cheap flights to Paphos, experience the history of the major civilisations who ruled throughout ancient Europe, whilst also sampling some fine foods in excellent weather.
There is no bad time to seek cheap flights to Paphos as Cyprus, like most Mediterranean countries, has mild winters and long, hot summers. August is the driest month, and also the hottest, with temperatures reaching 40 degrees centigrade. January and February are the coldest months, with an average temperature of around 12 °C to 13 °C, and January tends to be the wettest time of year. Although the climate is usually pleasant, those who prefer slightly cooler days for walking and sightseeing may wish to visit in late spring and early summer, April and May.Getting from the Airport to the CityThe city is just four miles away from Paphos airport (PFO), and is easily reached by road. Hire cars can be booked in advance and collected at the airport. Both a local bus service and a dedicated airport shuttle link Paphos with the airport, and taxi hire is also available.
Getting around Paphos
The city of Paphos was not built with cars in mind, and it can be tricky to navigate the streets. However, the centre is compact, and easy to explore on foot. There is a bus service to many nearby towns and tourist destinations. Some local sites can be reached by sea, while jeep and camel tours of the region are also available.