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About Paphos

Brief History

Pafos, situated on the south-west coast of Cyprus is capital of the district, and historically one of the most important centers on the island. Together with Palai-Paphos (modern Kouklia) they illustrate some of the most glorious moments of the island's history from the times of the Trojan Wars. The Roman capital of Cyprus, Pafos was famous throughout antiquity, for two main reasons: its association with the cult of Aphrodite and the spread of Christianity. In fact, such was the role of Pafos and such is the importance of its ancient remains, that, in 1981, the sites of Palai-Paphos and Nea Pafos, were put on the World Cultural Heritage List of UNESCO.

Paphos – Cyprus

The moment you begin to explore Pafos (or Paphos or Pathos as is sometimes writen by mistake) from the furthest outskirts at Petra tou Romiou - where it is said that Aphrodite was born from the foam of the sea - you understand the reason for its existence on earth. Pafos is a place specially created for holidays. Throughout Pafos area, Pafos town, Yeroskipou, Peyia, Polis Chrysohous and the entire countryside with all its colorful tradition,the visitor is enchanted by the wonders of nature's special gifts. This part of the island possesses all the elements of a perfect holiday location, small sandy beaches that rank high on the list of some of Europe's best, lush natural surroundings, accommodation facilities for all budgets, entertainment to suit all tastes and infinite sporting activities for all ages.

 Add to this a lovely subtropical climate, where the changes of season are miraculously distinct. Springtime signals colorful splashes of flowers, fruit and fauna. In the summertime the wondrous Pafos beaches invite sunning and swimming in the clear Mediterranean waters. Autumn is the perfect time to experience the sheer, natural beauty of the Akamas Peninsula where the delicate balance of nature is kept intact. Winter is subtly cooler and within half an hour of Pafos the Troodos Mountains offer the opportunity for excellent skiing. Here in Pafos the purest traditions of Cyprus live on.

But it is also a land of striking contrasts. Everywhere you turn, the past mingles with the present. The Dionysos “wine” mosaics, the intriguing Tombs of the Kings, the 16th century Fortress in the picturesque fishing harbor, Byzantine painted churches, cathedrals and museums are just some of the splendid attractions that have been celebrated for centuries.
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