The City and Region
Paphos is a thriving coastal city in the southwest of the island and the top tourist destination within the Republic of Cyprus. Paphos is allegedly the location where the Goddess of Love, Aphrodite, landed when she rose from the sea. Famed for its climate, charm and relaxed life style, the city has for decades attracted tourists and house buyers who all come here to experience it’s ambience and inherent beauty.
As Cyprus’s ancient capital, Paphos is steeped in a long and rich history. For those seeking a taste of authentic culture, museums and ancient sites abound, whilst off the beaten track the more adventurous can explore rustic villages, Byzantine churches and long stretches of beautiful beaches.
Paphos is also known for its sensational sea food which is caught fresh from the ocean on a daily basis and served in a mouth watering fusion of Cypriot herbs and spices.
Paphos town, with its beautiful harbour and medieval fort, combines a cosmopolitan tourist resort, spectacular countryside and historical sites. The region offers the possibility of combining sea and mountains as well as getting a taste of culture with the many archaeological sites in the area. Tourists often swim in the sea by the rocks known as Petra tou Romiou where Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love was believed to have risen from the waves, make a pilgrimage to her sanctuary at Kouklia.
Lying next to the island's beautiful Mediterranean coastline, the popular town of Paphos is typically Greek in character and rich in Cypriot history, however, it is not a quiet area, instead offering tourists a multitude of bars, restaurants, tavernas and nightclubs to accommodate all ages and tastes
Paphos enjoys a Subtropical-Mediterranean climate, with the mildest temperatures on the island. The greatest amounts of precipitation occur mainly from mid-November to March. It practically never rains in the summer, (with an average of 0.1). In July and August, humidity measurements can go up to 85%.
Heat waves in July and August are relatively common, when hot air masses from the Sahara Desert drift over to Cyprus causing temperatures to rise.
Paphos offers an excellent array of educational facilities for all age groups including Universities, Elementary Schools, Secondary Schools and 2 Private English schools
Paphos offers an extremely high standard of healthcare support. The Royal Artemis Hospital has been providing first-class medical care in to both locals and visitors for more than 25 years. All the doctors are English speaking, and the hospital employs multilingual staff encompassing German, Russian and other European languages.
There is an abundance of shopping opportunities in Paphos which reflect its status as a leading tourist destination, and you won't find it difficult to purchase everything from famous Lefkara lace and silver handicrafts, to groceries, designer items and stylish beachwear. There are several shopping malls and European outlets providing well known brands combined with leisure activities encompassing fashion outlets, full service restaurant, self-service fast food chains and cafes, cinema complexes, indoor and outdoor play areas, toy stores, home ware, supermarkets and electronics and home entertainment shops.