Why go to Paphos?
Paphos is a coastal city on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. The island is popular with tourists thanks to its climate, its cuisine, and its 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 Rock of Aphrodite marks the spot where the goddess is said to have risen from the sea, while 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.
Four large resorts around Paphos offer accommodation and facilities to suit every taste, from sandy beaches to golf courses. In the town, the picturesque disctrict 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.
Which airlines fly to Paphos?
Paphos International Airport is the second largest airport on Cyprus, serving mainly European and Russian destinations. The airport was modernised in 2008, and is capable of processing 2.7 million passengers a year. British Airways flies to Paphos from Gatwick, while flights on budget airlines like Ryanair and EasyJet are available from London's Gatwick, Luton or Stansted airports. Other airports within the UK which offer flights to Paphos include Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham, and Bristol.
How far is the airport from the city and how to reach city centre from the airport?
The city is just four miles away from the airport, and 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.
What are the visa requirements for UK and non-EU nationals?
As Cyprus is a member state of the European Union, nationals of EU countries, like the United Kingdom, will not need a visa to enter the country. Citizens of countries outside the EU may need a short-stay or travel visa to visit Cyprus, and should check in advance through the government website of either their own country or Cyprus.
How to get around the city?
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.
When is the best time to visit Paphos?
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.