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Paphos Airport

The single terminal of Paphos International airport has an annual capacity of 1,500,000. It is 10km from Paphos town, and there are 150 short-term parking spaces. There is a bank, plus several restaurants, bars and cafes, a Duty Free shop and a gift shop, a First Aid room and a tourist help desk. Dedicated facilities are provided for the disabled and parents and babies, and the airport has good disabled access.

About Paphos

Paphos is a beautiful holiday town on Cyprus's west coast. Originally the island's capital, Paphos has many interesting historical and archaeological sites, and is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage area. The old town, Lower Paphos (Kato Paphos), has the harbour, the archaeological sites, the port, hotels and restaurants. Newer Kitima (Upper Paphos, or Ano Paphos), lies 3km up the hill. There are also some great beaches!

Must See in Paphos

The famous Mosaics of Paphos lie near the harbour. They were laid in the 3rd century as the floors for the houses of Roman noblemen, Dionysos, Theseus and Aion, covering an area of about 300 square metres. They depict beautiful scenes from Greek mythology, including Dionysus offering grapes to King Ikarios, Zeus abducting Ganymede and Orpheus playing his lyre.

The Tombs of the Kings date from the 4th century BC. The rocky cliff is carved with a complex maze of magnificent tombs, decorated with Doric pillars.

Paphos Castle was built in Byzantine times to protect the harbour, and was rebuilt in the 13th century by the Lusignans. St Paul is said to have built Khrysopolitissa, a seven-aisled basilica, in the 4th century, and today you can visit the remains.

25km east of Paphos is the Birthplace of Aphrodite, where the goddess of love and beauty rose from the sea. The place is also known as The Rock of the Greek after Dighenis Akritas, a legendary Byzantine frontier guard, who used his great strength to fight off the Saracens.

Walk along the Akamas Peninsula for nature, wildlife and amazing views, and visit the Baths of Aphrodite where she restored her virginity after nights with her admirers.

Dates for Your Diary

The first Sunday in Lent is celebrated with a carnival, and 50 days after this is Easter, Cyprus's biggest annual festival. Paphos throws a major party, with firework displays, feasting and candle-lit processions.

August sees the Festival of Ancient Greek Drama, with performances of Greek tragedies and comedies by international theatre companies, at the Ancient Odeon of Paphos. Chrysorrogiatissa Monastery celebrates the Assumption on August 15th, when 14 days of fasting by the Greek Orthodox church is broken and people celebrate the ascension into Heaven of the Virgin Mary.

September sees the Paphos Aphrodite Festival, with a heart-rending performance by the National Opera of Poland, of Verdi's La Traviata, and the Paradise Jazz Festival, when some of London's best young jazz musicians perform in the town.