Beautiful countryside, a cosmopolitan resort, historic sites as well as sporting activities, the Pafos region has something for everyone at any time of year. Whether you are looking for activity, rest, good food, fine wine, spas, walking, golf, culture, nature, birdwatching – the Pafos region offers it all.
Pafos is a combination of many things: a cosmopolitan holiday resort with spectacular countryside nearby, and many fascinating historical sites. The region offers the possibility of enjoying both the sea and the mountains, as well as giving a taste of the island’s cultural heritage with its many archaeological sites.
You can feel the romance in the air as you walk where Aphrodite, the ancient Greek goddess of love and beauty, once roamed. Swim in the sea by the rocks known as Petra tou Romiou, where she is believed to have risen from the waves, make a pilgrimage to her sanctuary at Kouklia, or visit the grotto near Polis where she supposedly bathed. Undoubtedly these are just some of the reasons that make Pafos such a favourite with couples getting married or honeymooning.
Pafos: A Good Reason For All Seasons
Pafos lies on the southwest coast of the island and is sheltered from the north by the Troodos mountains. It has a temperate climate, one of the healthiest in the whole Mediterranean.
In the Pafos region, you can bask in sunshine all year round and feel the warmth of a welcoming people with a reputation for hospitality. Splash about in the sparkling warm waters of the Mediterranean in the summer; marvel at the splendours of nature as the fields are carpeted in wildflowers in the spring; explore ancient sites in perfect temperatures in the autumn; and in the mild winter keep fit with a round or two of golf or an invigorating game of tennis.
Pafos town: A cosmopolitan resort
There is a wide selection of accommodation in Pafos town, ranging from luxury beachside hotels with every amenity, such as business centres, salt-water pools, exotic gardens and health spas, to a variety of hotel apartments for the budget-conscious. Relish mouth-watering delicacies at the numerous restaurants serving both local and international cuisine and offering exceptional value.
Living the good life – in Pafos town you can eat good food, drink fine wine and dance the night away.
Enjoy classical opera under the stars in the romantic setting of the medieval castle overlooking Pafos harbour during the numerous summer festivals. Or jive to the latest dance tunes at a plethora of entertainment spots, part of the modern town’s varied nightlife.
Geroskipou: The Sacred Garden
Not too far from the mythological birthplace of Aphrodite lies the Municipality of Geroskipou. The name comes from the ancient “Hieros Kipos”, or Sacred Garden, dedicated to the goddess.
Browse the many roadside stalls selling handicrafts such as the basketry and pottery for which Geroskipou is known nowadays, as well as the popular confection called Geroskipou Loukoumi. While you are there, visit the Folk-Art Museum for a striking representation of traditional Cypriot life.
Pegeia: Byzantine Marvels
Pegeia, perched on a hillside overlooking the sea, is known for the fountains in its picturesque village square, a beautiful construction with typical arches, where women used to meet in days gone by to wash their clothes and fetch water. The village itself is renowned for its spectacular views, while the coastline below has one of the best sandy beaches in the Pafos region at Coral Bay, which each year is awarded with a Blue Flag for its bathing water quality.
If you love culture and history, stop off at the church of Agios Georgios and admire some superb examples of Byzantine art in the form of a 6th century basilica complex with extensive mosaic floors depicting geometric patterns and animals. Or visit Maa-Paleokastro, the site, on a peninsula near Coral Bay, where the Mycenaean Greeks first landed in Cyprus in the Bronze Age.
Polis: Nature at its Best
Experience the meaning of real relaxation in the “Polis tis Chrysochous” area, the least developed coastline of Cyprus. The Akamas National Park will appeal to nature lovers or those in search of peace and quiet. It is an area of exceptional beauty with rocky promontories, sandy coves and “The Baths of Aphrodite”. This is where, according to mythology, the goddess Aphrodite frolicked with her lovers, bathing in a fresh-water grotto shaded by a wild fig tree.
This rural region is probably one of the best-kept secrets of the Mediterranean.
It contains one of the last nesting grounds for green and loggerhead turtles, whose numbers have been greatly increased thanks to a successful conservation project on the sandy beaches of Lara. The area is criss-crossed by many beautiful nature trails where you can spot rare endemic plants like the Cyprus orchid, tulip, and crocus that grow here, or watch migrating birds fly by overhead
Pafos Regional Board of Tourism
The Pafos Regional Board of Tourism is the official body representing under one umbrella all sectors involved in the tourism industry at a regional level.
The Board consists of 13 members including the four Municipalities represented through the mayors of the region, the chairman of the Union of Pafos communities, the CTO (Cyprus Tourism Organisation) and representatives of all associations related to the travel industry, chaired by the chairman of the Pafos Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
•To develop and coordinate activities in the region
• To promote the region of Pafos as a quality tourist destination
• To coordinate activities between the private and government sectors especially for
problem solving related to the tourism industry
• To increase flights to and from Pafos airport
• To act as a coοrdinator for the implementation of tourist and other infrastructure projects towards the further development of the industry
7, Athinon & Alexandrou Papagou Avenue, Tolmi Court 101
P.O. Box 60082, 8100 Pafos, Cyprus
Tel. +357 26811500 Fax. +357 35726811501