After six months of living in the Paphos district, I’ve experienced a lot and discovered what there is to do here which is actually worth your time. The standard must do in Paphos lists include things like Aphrodite’s Rock (which is literally just a rock in the sea) and Paphos Archaeological Site (a couple of old mosaic floors), among others. Although Paphos is famous for these places, they’re massively overrated and you could absolutely spend your time more wisely. So, I present to you, the Paphos bucket list…
Best encountered on a relaxing boat trip, the blue lagoon is the clearest water off the coast of Cyprus and a beautiful area to see. The swim stops are Insta-worthy with crystal clear waters and although, you generally won’t see a lot, the tranquil location is worth a visit. Some people, however, get lucky and see a turtle or a dolphin.
SUNSET AT MUSE
Whilst the service at this hill-top restaurant can be a little slow, the view up there is worth it. Pop up there at sunset for amazing panoramic views over Paphos whilst you’re sipping on a cocktail.
Top of my bucket list for a long time, the waterfalls were a cute little place I got to tick off. Although man-made, it’s a picturesque little water-hole which deserves a visit.
WANDER BY THE HARBOUR
There’s a lot on offer down by the harbour and it’s a particularly nice place to pop down to on an evening. With a vast choice of restaurants, the highlighted silhouette of the castle and the possibility of a turtle sighting all make this a great little area to stroll around.
You will learn that there are several shipwrecks in the Paphos distrct but the most easily accessible one is Edro III. Shipwrecked right on the coast line at a 12 degree angle, Edro III is pretty cool to see.
Lara Bay is one of a few beaches in Cyprus dedicated to turtle conservation. For the protection of nesting turtles, no sunbeds or parasols are allowed and the area is also pretty difficult to get to. You can access the beach and learn about the project any time of year, visiting after May you will see cages protecting the nests but the best time to visit is late August to early October. During this time, the turtle nests are hatching and newborn hatchlings are released into the sea every few days.
BRUNCH AT OMIKRON
Gorgeous brunch spot with a banging menu and some delicious food. Just go!
TOMB OF THE KINGS
If you’re after archaeology and ruins, you’re better off giving the archaeological park a miss and visiting Tomb of the Kings instead. Cheaper to get in and a more charming location, you can wander around the tombs and take in the ancient ruins.
A bit of a novelty and something that won’t take up too much of your time but I thought it was super cool. The optical illusion of this road makes it look like you’re travelling downhill but put your car in neutral and you will start rolling backwards. There are apparently only a handful of this type of road across the world.
Whilst the most popular beach in Paphos is Coral Bay, it is very busy with both tourists and locals. For a more chilled out beach, head to Timi located not too far from the airport. A relaxing vibe and not overpopulated, it’s a great place to get some quality vitamin sea.
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