Paphos is a hugely popular tourist destination, drawing in hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. In the UK numerous airports now offer direct flights to the Cyprus town, flying in Brits for sun, sea and relaxation.
If you’d like to enjoy the area, but prefer somewhere a little quieter, here are some of the top places to stay near Paphos:
Pissouri is a village and beautiful bay 30 minutes south of Paphos and in the Limassol region of Cyprus. The bay area is popular for diving, with several established companies operating in the area. If you like to dive you can enjoy crystal clear and mostly clam waters at Pissouri.
The town has a numerous restaurants, taverns, a delightful market square and a beautiful blue-flag beach. Pissouri is popular at peak times, but has nowhere near the crowds you’d see in Paphos; for one the population is little over 1000 residents.
For people considering a stay in this quaint town, there’s a wide variety of accommodation to choose from: resorts, hotels, private apartments and villas.
Pano Panagia / Panayia
Panagia is part of the Cypriot movement of agrotourism (rural tourism) which has gained popularity in recent years.
Hidden in the mountainous area just 30 minutes from Paphos, Pano Panagia offers an authentic Cypriot village experience. Tourists can stay in traditional village houses, thoughtfully renovated with modern kitchens, bathrooms but not neglecting traditional rustic furnishings. Panagia village and the surrounding area is home to numerous churches, picturesque monasteries and ancient chapels. A visit to the Chrysoroyiatissa is recommended, it’s free to enter, just dress moderately. The area is also home to numerous wineries and vineyards which you can visit.
The name Panagia refers to the virgin Mary.
Peyia is a lovely seaside town 14km west of Paphos. People from across the region visit for the popular beach coral bay. A little drive (although adventurous) further up the coast is the magical turtle sanctuary Lara beach. A quiet, unspoilt stretch of sand which receives few visitors but on rare occasions rewards them with glimpses of hatching turtles.
Peyia is home to Pafos Zoo, worth a day visit if you have young children. Pafos Zoo is home to 210 different animal species, 165 of which are birds, a feature of the zoo. There;s also the usual big cats, primates, elephants and marsupials.
If you like hiking you’ll be mesmerised by the breathtaking avakas gorge, a 15-20 minute drive from Peyia (4×4 recommended). The 3km gorge is rich in local flora, fauna and wildlife. Be aware it can get hot in the gorge in the summer months.
Aphrodite Hills Resort
Many tourists from northern Europe head to Cyprus for it’s perfect golf weather year-round. Arguably the best course and indeed holiday resort near Paphos is Aphrodite Hills.
Aphrodite Hills has won numerous awards for its championship golf course, spa and facilities. The sprawling resort houses hundreds of apartments and luxury private villas including villa Eleaina.
The resort receives golfer and non-golfer visitors year round, with a range of restaurants, tennis academy, cycling and of course the incredible spa. Aphrodite Hills receives its name for being located near the legendary site of Aphrodite’s Rock where it is alleged the Greek goddess arose form the sea. It’s a special place worth a visit if your in the area. Legend also says if you swim around the rock you will have eternal youth.