Your next holiday destination?
Wondering where you should go on your next holiday in Europe? I know it’s a tough decision, but I got you covered so here’s the ultimate travel guide to Paphos, Cyprus; best things to do, finding cheap holiday package deals and some tips.
About Paphos, Cyprus
Cyprus is an island country, located between south Turkey and southeast Greece. The official languages are Greek and Turkish as well as English being predominately spoken, mainly because of the tourism industry and previous British rule. Cyprus is well known for being the Birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, exotic beaches and also for being one of the safest European countries to live. Since I last visited the country, I was in awestruck of everything about Paphos, Cyprus. The country had so much to offer in beauty, culture, incredible food, wine tasting and exotic beaches. I hope this site inspires you to chase your own adventure of Paphos. For the perfect trip, I recommend these top pick of seven things to do in Paphos.
- Tomb of the Kings
If you wish to visit an architectural history site, then Tomb of the Kings is a must. The ancient monuments date back to the 4th century BC which was primarily sculpted out of rocks and is one Paphos’s most famous historical sites. If you wish to pay a visit, the Pafos Buses 615 route to Coral Bay takes off every 15 minutes from the Harbour Bus Station which stops right outside the entrance. However, biking your way around is also great fun but make sure you take plenty of water to be hydrated and not pass out.
- Day trip to The Blue Lagoon
I enjoyed my cruise to the blue lagoon to the fullest, and it was probably the most beautiful place I visited in Paphos. I was in awe of the area for the longest time, and it was defiantly one of my highlights of the trip. I booked my trip from TripAdvisor, and they provided transport from our hotel as well as complimentary food and beverages while on board. While cruising along the Akamas coast, English and Greek speakers were giving information about the coast, rock formation and famous bays. We were also told the water was clear of sharks because it was not deep enough which was a bonus for us – haha. Initially, I was afraid to swim, but I took the opportunity to take a dip in the crystal clear water and snorkel and soon after my fears were unfounded. The water was warm yet refreshing, and life jackets and snorkelling tools were also provided by the cruise ship. Ironically, because I had forgotten my swimwear, one of the lifeguards gave his spare swimming clothes as you can see in the picture.
- First-timers guide to parasailing
If you’re someone who lives on the edge like me, then parasailing should be on the top of your bucket list. Here’s a first- timer’s guide to parasailing. Firstly, you don’t need any experience to go parasailing because the instructors on the day will teach you everything beforehand. But the weather is the biggest concern when it comes to parasailing so make sure you check the weather and ideally, earlier morning time is less windy and perfect to go parasailing. You’ll get your life jackets and harness provided but make sure you wear suitable tight swimwear. Also, take my advice and try to take a GoPro with you to take that perfect shot while at the view. It’ll be worth it – trust me.
- Go underwater
Cyprus has the best diving destinations in Europe, and diving companies in Paphos offer world-class dive sites to first-timers, experts and everyone in between. Water temperatures range between 16 and 27 degrees which, is just about perfect to go underwater. Sea life off the coast, offers vivid sea creatures, tons of historical shipwrecks and underwater cliffs and ravines to explore.
- Aphrodite Water Park
I love summer and sunshine, but MAN it was too hot sometimes – almost 34 degrees and on a hot, humid day what better than to enjoy free time in a water park. Well, Aphrodite water park offers seventeen different rides and attractions with something for both kids, toddlers and adults. This was a family favourite for us while in Cyprus, and it’s always full so book your ticket prior and enjoy your time.
- Wine tasting
On your next trip to Paphos, book a wine tour to take you on an unforgettable journey to discover local vineyards and taste world-class wines. Cyprus has been making wine for over 6000 years, and it just shows how great they are at producing wine. Here are some suggestions of wineries and Vineyards in Paphos which, you can book from TripAdvisor including Vouni Panayia Winery, Tsangarides Winery and Fikardos Winery.
- Hit the Beach
Paphos beaches are best-known for being awarded Blue Flag status which certifies that not only are the beaches clean but also safe to swim. To unwind, sunbathe, and for the peace of mind, we often found ourselves on the beach right outside our hotel and visiting in August, we made the most out of the humid weather. Opposite the beach, there were serval restaurants, catering all sorts of cuisines and refreshment drinks which, not to forget had a beautiful scenic view of the ocean.
Finding a cheap holiday package deal
When it comes to finding an affordable holiday package during peak time summer, I’d recommend booking your ticket at least two months in advance to save you money. Another tip is to keep your search top secret because after searching a few times in your web browser the prices change and increase. Always search your flights in private browsing mode to find the lowest prices. Here are some great travel websites:
Have you ever been to Cyprus or would like to go? Let me know in the comment below – I want to hear from you guys!