Paphos

The town of Paphos is located in the south-western corner of the island of Cyprus. Paphos has a picturesque harbour that is busy with daily boat trips and scuba diving schools selling their experiences.

Just behind the harbour is the archaeological site of Kato Paphos. Kato Paphos is a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE site and famous for it´s magnificent mosaics from the 2nd century AD. These mosaics are unique for the island of Cyprus and  only discovered in the 20th century.

 

We Recommend

 

  • Visit the mosaics of Kato Paphos
  • Visit the wine villages around Kathikas north of Paphos
  • Take a bath at Petra tou Romiou to gain eternal beauty and youth – just like Aphrodite!

 

According to the legend, the Ancient Greek Goddess of Love and Beauty - Aphrodite - was born of the sea foam here. Legend says that she rose from the waves and was escorted on a shell to this particular beach.

The giant rock formations, which are seen at the same location are linked with another - more recent - legend which tells that the Byzantine hero Digenis Akritas heaved them there to keep the Saracens Arabs (7th-10th centuries) at bay. The name of Petra tou Romiou (‘rock of the Greek’ in Greek) comes from the hero.

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