Paphos

The charming west coast town of Paphos (or Pafos) focuses around an attractive little harbour whose picturesque open air fish restaurants line a quayside of bright fishing boats and pleasure craft.

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With a population of just 28.000 Pafos nestles In the lee of the Western Troodos Mountains, which add another dimension to this area of scenic beauty. The recent addition of its own international airport nearby has opened up the Pafos area, and the resort is graced with some luxury hotels along the coastline.

Troodos waterfalls
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Pafos has an air of holiday charm combined with history, and olden-day elegance is lent to the town by its classical style buildings in the upper part of town which leads to the shopping area. The lower part of the town – known as Kato Pafos has a life of its own albeit so close by, down near the sea -home of the harbour, the fish taverns, souvenir shops and several beautiful hotels with important archaeological sites around them.

Pafos is entwined with Greek mythology, and the legendary birth of Aphrodite on her shores brought fame and worshippers there to follow the cult of the Goddess. Landmarks associated with Aphrodite are the chunky, rugged rocks of her beautiful birth shore known as the Aphrodite Rocks or “Petra tou Romiou”, the evocative sanctuary of Aphrodite at KoukliaVillage, one-time shrine and scene of pagan festivals for thousands, the Baths of Aphrodite at Polis, supposed source of fertility and the Fountain of Love, or Fontana Amorosa, a few miles further into the Akamas Peninsula. Aphrodites_birth_place
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Even the town’s name is linked to the Goddess, for Pafos was the name of the mythological daughter of Venus and Pygmalion.

Pafos became the capital of Cyprus under the successors of Alexander the Great – the Ptolemies and in those days its harbour was a busy, thriving port. It continued as the island’s first city for more than seven centuries, retaining its importance under Roman rule Its most famous Governor Sergius Paulus, was converted to Christianity by St Paul in 45 AD.

But Pafos history dates back a great deal further. In fact the whole area abounds in historical and archaeological treasures.

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