The island’s capital for six centuries, Pafos (Paphos) is like an open-air museum. It is so rich in treasures that the whole town has been put on UNESCO’s World Heritage list.
Starting from the Cyprus Tourism Organisation’s Tourist Information Office in Kato Pafos (Kato Paphos) the walk takes you through the main resort part of the town. Then you stroll along the coastal promenade to the little harbour with its medieval fort, testament to Cyprus’s checkered history.
Nowadays, it is a magnificent venue for an opera festival held there every summer. You then enter the archaeological park and admire the exquisite floor mosaics of the villas dating back to the Roman period and considered to be among the best in the eastern Mediterranean. You then cross the busy St Paul’s Avenue to the area known as St Paul’s Pillar. Tradition has it that this is where the apostle was tied and flogged before converting the Roman governor to Christianity. Moving up the road ahead lays the Agia Solomoni Catacomb Church, believed to have once been the synagogue of Roman Pafos. Its huge terebinth tree outside is covered with knotted handkerchiefs as offerings from the faithful.
A short distance away are the impressive under ground Tombs of the Kings, carved out of solid rock and decorated with Doric pillars.
Pafos Old Town
Every single vacation requires walking around the city or town center, and as much as Pafos is a beach city and that summer-cation kind of destination, it is absolutely crucial to not overlook the historical beauty of its town center.
To get to the Old Town, just get to the town’s main intersection, which is the traffic light where the municipalities and the police station are. From here, turn left, and keep going straight. well there will be signs that would point to the Old Town If you’re feeling super energetic, you could even try to walk to the Old Town from where ever your accommodation is. A walk from to this section of town is roughly fifteen to twenty minutes from Tombs of the Kings Road, and I would say around half an hour to forty five minutes from the harbour.
The residents of Pafos would agree that during spring or falls, the weather and temperature are perfect for this sort of walk, and I would recommend this to you if you happen to be in town around those times. If you are driving, then the trip will be less than ten minutes, but that really depends on the traffic and the time of the day.
Polis Chrysochous Region
Stunning natural environment, friendly, laid back people, great hotels, apartments and villas for your accommodation, many restaurants, tavernas and fish restaurants for dining out, wonderful sandy beaches, many things to do, Polis region is the ideal place for those seeking active holidays in the nature.
Located on the north – west part of Cyprus, Polis Region is an area full of green, natural beauties, excellent sea and beaches. Polis still keeps its original Cypriot style, with many tranquil villages waiting to expire. The National Park of Akamas Peninsula is just a few kilometers away. Modern Polis is built on the ruins of two ancient cities, Marion and Arsinoe, dating back almost 3000 years. Evidence of this reach, ancient history are found in the excavations in the region.
Myth of Aphrodite: According to the myth, Aphrodite, the Goddes of beauty and love used to meet her lover, Lighthouse Adonis in this idyllic area. Baths of Aphrodite (Loutra tis Afroditis) are located next to the town of Polis Cape A (Aka and is a very popular place to visit, among locals and visitors Mazaki Islet alike.
Climate: Polis climate is hot and dry during the summer and mild during the short winter. This wonderful climate makes Polis region a year-round holiday destination.
Marion – Arsinoe Archaeological Museum: Built in classic style, the museum opened in 1998 and hosts exhibits from the ancient cities of Marion and Arsinoe. Well worth a visit!
Central square of Polis Chrysochous: A traditional square with many restaurants and cafes. A perfect place to sit and enjoy your food or your drink.
Latchi harbour and Latchi Municipal Beach: The small harbour of Latchi is located about three kilometers from Polis. The area offers a lot of restaurants, but here is the place to taste fresh local fish, in one of many fish restaurants that abound in the area. Just next to the harbour is the organized municipal beach, a wonderful place for your bath. Latchi municipal beach is the Winter & Spring only disabled – friendly beach, with a Agios purposed built ramp which helps persons with mobility problems to enter easily and safely into the sea. Akamas peninsula: The national park of Akamas is just next to Polis Chrysochous. From Polis you are able to explore this unique unspoilt area.
Baths of Aphrodite: On the same way as Akamas penisnula, is the place where Aphrodite met het lover Adonis, the Baths Pyrgos tis Rigainas (Ruins) of Aphrodite, It is a very beautiful area in the nature and a Koppos Kioni short excursion nobody visiting the area should miss.
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