And now for some information about Cyprus……
An area with more than 50 km of coast, total of 27 beaches in the district open to the public, and more than 12 blue flag awarded beaches, making, Paphosthe number one place perfect for swimming, diving or snorkelling all year round.
Blue Flag is a prestigious, international award scheme which acts as a guarantee to tourists that a beach or marina they are visiting is one of the best in the world.
The award of a Blue Flag beach is based on compliance with 29 criteria covering the aspects of: Environmental Education and Information, Water Quality, Environmental Management and Safety and Services
Archaeological sites in Paphos
Ancient temples, rock-cut tombs, Roman villas with elaborate floor mosaics, reflect a highly sophisticated society.
With a history dating back more than eight thousand years, Paphos has a wealth of treasures for the visitor. From the Stone Age, Hellenistic and Roman times, Byzantium through to today, many of the ancient monuments are included in the UNESCO Global heritage List.
Sports & Leisure
With four top class golf courses, a tennis academy and a large variety of water sports Paphos is a sportsman’s paradise.
Guaranteed sunshine almost every day of the year is just one of the reasons why you should choose Paphos to indulge in your favourite sport and leisure activities. Whether you just want to play for fun while relaxing in idyllic surroundings, or are a professional athlete looking for training, there are facilities for everyone, from football and golf to water sports and hiking.
And since leisure activities do not mean the same thing to everyone, Paphos offers other ways for you to indulge yourself. If shopping is your idea of a fun day out, the bustling shopping centres have everything from local handicrafts to designer labels. If a varied nightlife is what it takes, enjoy a drink or a meal at the numerous bars and restaurants, or dance to the latest rhythms at one of the town’s stylish nightclubs.
And after the exertions of the day are done you can put up your feet and relax in your own comfortable accommodation.
There is a myriad of sporting activities available in Paphos. Try your hand at bowling or a game of mini golf. Experience the closest thing to being a Formula 1 driver by zooming round a karting track. Go horse riding into the Pegeia forest, along the beaches and into the beautiful sea caves.The region of Paphos is a great place for hiking and cycling both for the sport and as a means to explore the region.
Indulge in a peaceful rural life in harmony with nature in a region that is one of the best kept secrets of the Mediterranean.
Paphos is one of the most inspiring places for appreciating nature. The variety of plant and animal life and the beautiful unspoilt scenery make it a delight. If you’re a nature lover, or into photography or painting, the Akamas peninsula will enchant you. With its rugged coastline, alternating between rocky shores, promontories and sandy bays, it is an area of breathtaking beauty exuding an aura of ancient peacefulness, while inland there are picturesque little villages nestling in the hills.
Rare endemic plants, such as the Cyprus orchid, tulip and crocus, grow here and in the spring wild anemones can be seen, making it a botanist’s paradise.
The sandy beaches of the Akamas are important breeding grounds for the green and loggerhead turtles, whose numbers have greatly been increased thanks to a successful conservation project at Lara.
With par facilities in beautiful surroundings, Paphos is the latest destination on the golfing map, a place where you can play the game all year round.
There are four top class golf courses in the Paphos region, while a few others currently under construction. Situated in peaceful surroundings amidst landscaped hills with spectacular views, these offer luxury villas or apartments for rent or sale, clubhouses, shops, hotels and all the necessary facilities. They are far from the hustle and bustle of the main tourist resorts, yet near enough for easy access.
Aphrodite Hills, Minthis Hills Golf Club, Secret Valley Golf Club and Elea Golf Club
Paphos is one of the most important centres of civilisation of the whole Mediterranean.
The whole town of Paphos, the ancient capital of Cyprus, is included in the official UNESCO World Heritage list. Wherever one treads in Paphos one comes across its glorious history dating back thousands of years, when the cult of the goddess Aphrodite flourished in this beautiful part of the world attracting many visitors from within the island and abroad and later when it was associated with the spread of Christianity. Paphos was the island’s capital for six centuries.It is the perfect place to combine first class holidays with a walk through history. Immerse yourself in the archaeology, history and culture of Paphos and experience at first hand one of the oldest civisations of the world.
Savour wine from Dionysos’ vineyards and food that is filled with bold, fresh flavours presented in a simple style.
Relax and slip into the Cypriot pace of life. Why not take a seat by the sea, under a vine or mimosa tree and sip your first brandy sour, or ouzo. Nibble on a nut or even better, pass the time with a handful of sunflower seeds or passatempo, as the Cypriots call them. Just sniff Cyprus and you could become intoxicated by the tang of fresh lemons and the delicate citrus blossom, the wholesome smell of freshly baked bread or fermenting grapes from the wine harvest.
Cypriots, as you will soon discover, are a naturally hospitable people and generous to the extreme, in a way that is so much part of the Mediterranean.
Cyprus lies at the crossroads of the Levant, as this eastern end of the Mediterranean is known. Just take a glance at its history and you will see how various empires, invasions, foreign settlers and traders over the past 3,000 years have brought their influence to Cyprus. They have also brought their recipes and many of these have been introduced into Cypriot cooking, with the main influences coming from Greece, Turkey, Armenia, Lebanon, Syria, Italy, France, and latterly Britain.
Time to Visit a Taverna
Eating out to catch some local flavour is always the high spot of the holiday, but where do you start when faced with the Cypriot menu at your local taverna?
In the course of your stay it is quite possible to try everything and taste all the dishes at one sitting.
Meze is short for mezedhes, or little delicacies, and wherever you travel around the Mediterranean they appear in some form or another. Share a meze in Cyprus and you have tasted the true flavours of the island, for you may be served anything up to 30 dishes. It is a complete meal, but beware, don’t be tempted to finish every dish that arrives on the table, or you may feel as though you’ ve eaten for a week by the end. Just take a leaf out of a Cypriot’s book and enjoy your meze ‘sigasiga’ or slowly slowly.
Living the good life – in Paphos Town you can eat good food, drink fine wine and dance the night away.
Guaranteed sunshine almost every day of the year is just one of the seasons why you would choose Paphos to indulge in your favourite sport. Whether you just want to play for fun while relaxing in idyllic surroundings, or are a professional athlete looking for winter training, there are facilities for everyone, from football and golf to water sports and hiking.
And since leisure activities do not mean the same thing for everyone, Paphos offers other ways for you to indulge yourself. If shopping is your idea of a fun day out, the bustling shopping centres have everything from local handicrafts to designer labels. If a varied nightlife is what it takes, enjoy a drink or a meal at the numerous bars and restaurants, or dance to the latest rhythms at one of the town’s stylish nightclubs. And after the exertions of the day are done, you can put your feet up and relax in your own comfortable accommodation.