A beautiful area on the South-West coast of Cyrpus, Paphos epitomises everything that is wonderful about Cyprus. It’s the perfect place to go if you have a family, or are looking for a romantic get away – sparkling seas, beautiful beaches, mountains within an easy drive and some of the most delicious food you can imagine. There are hotels situated on their own private beaches (you could even splash out with all inclusive holidays for 2019), and plenty of villas to choose from, nearly all with their own pools if you fancy something a little more secluded. Having been to Paphos for many many years, I can’t say enough about how fab it is. But….there is SO much more to Paphos than the sea, sand and sun! If you venture out of the town centre, and off of the beach, there are some unusual places to visit in Paphos which will get the culture and heritage running through your veins.
3 Unusual Places To Visit In Paphos
Tomb Of The Kings
Situated only a few kilometres outside of Paphos town centre, the Tomb Of The Kings is a large cemetery which has around 9 tombs, mostly cut into the rock face and entered via quite steep and uneven steps. Dating from around the 4th century BC, it is believed that many aristocratic people were buried here, but oddly no kings! It is called Tomb of The Kings purely because of the sheer magnificence of the tombs!
Being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Tombs cost very little to get into (at last visit it was only a couple of euros), which is well worth it for a visit to somewhere with such historic significance. Even better, on a super hot Cypriot day (of which there are many), visiting the Tombs gives you plenty of shade and some respite from the sun. Sadly there isn’t a huge amount of documentation on the site, but you can buy a guide book at the entrance if you are interested in finding out more.
A visit to Paphos harbour is an absolute must when you are there. In fact, you can’t fail to visit it as so it sits right along the beach. Right along the harbour are some incredibly fish restaurants that may be a little pricey, but well worth it for the view, especially in the evening as the sun sets. But the one thing that many people miss out on is visiting Paphos Castle which is only a short walk from the main harbour area and can be seen right from the far end of the harbour – you can’t miss it!
Another super cheap visit (again only a few euros), it might be small but it’s perfectly formed! There’s some good information boards in the entrance hall and as you go throughout, but the best part has to be the views from the top. On a clear day you can see for miles and miles, and you can take some stunning photographs of the surrounding area. It’s well worth a visit, and as you are guaranteed to be in the harbour at some point on your trip, it’s an unusual place to visit in Paphos.
Kato Paphos Archaeological Park
Literally only a few hundred metres from the bustling main harbour, Kato Paphos Archaeological Park is one of the best kept most unusual places to visit in Paphos – and it’s a must see! For about 4 euros, you have the chance to see mosaics that have been uncovered and are still in their original places. The mosaics originally formed the floors of beautiful villas from around the 2nd or 3rd century AD, and have been retained where they were found. Lots of them are exposed to the elements, so make sure you cover up on hot days, but the most impressive have been put under cover, which makes it a lovely cool place to go in the heat of the day!
If you do manage to go and visit, be sure to take plenty of water (there are vending machines on site however) and some good footwear as it can be quite uneven underfoot. Don’t be put off by Google maps when trying to find it – you only have to walk out of the harbour, past the castle and keep walking and you’re bound to find it! Also, it’s a HUGE site, so do explore the whole area – it’s absolutely worth it.
If you do visit, I’d love to know what you thought of these unusual tourist spots, and if you’ve got any recommendations for other, off the beaten track, unusual places to visit in Paphos, do drop me a note in the comments below.
Disclosure: This was a collaborative post.