I’ve been to Paphos twice in two years and I love the place. It has excellent weather almost all throughout the year and it has some spectacular history behind it. This history has given us ruins so precious and well-preserved that the entire city has been included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
So where exactly is Paphos and why is it important? Paphos is a coastal city in the southwest of Cyprus. During the Greco-Roman times, the city used to be the capital of the island and today holds some fine mosaics that date back to the 2nd-4th Century AD. It also lies close to the Petra tou Romiou aka Aphrodite’s rock, which according to ancient Greek mythology is the birthplace of Aphrodite (Venus, the Greek Goddess of Love).
During our visit to Cyprus this year, we visited the mosaics at the Paphos Archeological Park, the Tomb of The Kings and St. Paul’s Church where the King of Denmark (1095-1103), Eric the Good is buried. To be honest, the photographs don’t do justice to the place but it’s harder to explain the feeling in words, so here you go.
If you visit the Paphos Archeological Park during the winter, chances are that, like us, you’ll miss out on seeing most of the mosaics as they’re covered to protect them from harsh weather. Best time of year to visit would be April – May.
Entrance Fee for Paphos Archeological Park : €4.50 each
Entrance Fee for Tomb of the Kings: €2.50 each
Entrance Fee for St. Paul’s Church : Free
Read more on points of interest in Paphos here
Read more on St. Paul’s Church here
Have you ever visited Paphos? What were your impressions?