A mix of old and new
The ancient city is split in two these days. There’s Kato Paphos, the newer part right on the coast, which has a cluster of beaches backed by a wide promenade. Then there’s the old town, a few kilometres inland. Here’s where you’ll find winding, cobbled streets, traditional tavernas and pretty sun-soaked markets.
Lots of golden beaches
Paphos’ beach is a wide, sandy stretch topped with sunbeds and a gentle slope into the sea that makes it really safe for paddling. It also comes with a few cafés and a stellar view of the sunset. Further afield, there are secluded beach havens and little sandy coves to explore.
Paphos is known as the birthplace of the Goddess Aphrodite – and the original city is a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend a day or two exploring ancient ruins, like the 12th-century BC temple or the Tombs of the Kings – staggering mausoleums carved out of solid rock.