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Paphos: Charm, Style & History

Among all tourist resorts in Cyprus, Paphos stands out as a jewel—a magnificent blend of breathtaking scenery, rich historical sites, a picturesque fishing boat-dotted port, an ancient castle, charming taverns, and captivating archaeological wonders that will enchant every visitor.
Explore the rich tapestry of Cyprus's history, where the influence of Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Venetians, and other rulers has left enduring landmarks. Paphos, a charming and colorful small town, is romantically associated with the legendary birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty. Homer's Odyssey describes her emergence from the soft foam of the Paphian Sea.

Perched on a rocky escarpment with panoramic views of the sea and the historic harbor of Kato (Lower) Paphos, the town served as the capital city during Roman times. Notable figures like orator Cicero and Sergius Paulus, the first Governor of the entire empire converted to Christianity by St. Paul in 45 AD, resided here.

Discover ancient treasures in Paphos, including the early Christian Basilica of St. Paul from the 4th Century AD, the mosaics from the Houses of Dionysos and Theseus, the Byzantine Castle of 40 pillars, the theater, the gymnasium, and the Odeon. The area of New Paphos is rich in historic remains, from castle defenses to the fascinating Tombs of the Kings.

Uncover the past in the interesting little museum of Paphos, housing objects from the district, and the Byzantine museum at the Episcopal Palace. A journey along the coast to Old Paphos (now Kouklia) reveals the remains of the temple of Aphrodite. Further east lies the birthplace of Aphrodite near the rocks known as 'Petra tou Romiou,' sung about by Euripides.

Heading north of Paphos, discover the famous St. Neophytos Monastery with its evocative frescoes and icons. A northeast drive through charming vineyards leads to the forest of Paphos, where the old monasteries Chrysoroyatissa and Agia Moni stand 2000 feet above sea level. The northeast Paphos region offers unique cedar-lined valleys, such as the Cedar Valley.

On the north-western corner near Polis, find the legendary Spring of Love or the Baths of Aphrodite, celebrated by Ariosto in Orlando Furioso. Legend has it that bathing in its magical waters rejuvenates youthful strength. Immerse yourself in the captivating history, mythology, and natural wonders that define the enchanting region of Paphos.