What not to miss during your weekend in Pafos, Cyprus
July 11, 2019
by Lusine Mirzoyan
Pafos used to be an ancient capital of Cyprus. Located on the west of the island, this place preserves Cyprus historical and cultural monuments. In 2017 the city was announced a cultural European capital and held a number of events attracting tourists from all over the world. Let’s have a look at places which you shouldn’t miss when spending a weekend in Pafos.
Top attractions of Pafos
If you are interested not only in beautiful beaches and hotels, Pafos is a place where you can learn about Cyprus history, art and culture by visiting numerous interesting sights, most of which are under UNESCO protection.
Tombs of the kings
This place goes back to third century BC and used to bury people of high class. Massive pillars, frescoes, stone carvings – some of the things you can see in those tombs. Today it is one of the main points of attractions of the tourists.
They were discovered not so long time ago by a farmer who was working on the field. Now mosaics are preserved in the archaeological park and impress with their beauty. The house of Dyonisos has one of the best mosaics reflecting life scenes of ancient Greek gods.
Before entering Pafos city you can visit one of the symbols of Cyprus: the Afrodite’s rock. According to the legend, it is a birthplace of Aphoridte –a goddess of love and beauty. If you visit it during sunset times, you will get a chance to take amazing photos.
Best beach bars to enjoy sunset in Cyprus
Pafos is a city where you can enjoy breathtaking views of sunsets in Cyprus. Here are my two favorite beach bars that I recommend to visit to have a glass of wine and enjoy the view.
“Sea you” beach bar
To get there you will need to drive towards Coral Bay area in Pafos. The bar is situated right on the beach and romantic couples often choose it as a wedding location. It is not surprising since the sunsets views are spectacular. Check out the program of the bar on their FB page , because on specific days they have also live music performed by talented artists. Just be very careful if you plan to swim since the beach is famous with its strong waves and swimming is quite dangerous.
“Oniro” beach bar
This place was discovered by chance. I have visited the old shipwreck in Peyia village outside Pafos (10-15 minutes’ drive) and noticed a café right on the beach. By 8 pm in summer it gets really busy since a lot of locals and tourists come to see the sunset. If you go around 5-6, there is no need to make a reservation. The place serves nice food and drinks as well.
Geronisos (Yeronisos): a desert island in Pafos area
If you want to see the island from the island head to Peyia. There is a small harbor from where you can see a small island, which had inhabitants until 15th century. Today it is just an attraction site with beautiful scenery. Don’t try to swim towards the island. It seems small but in fact it is really rocky and to get there you will need a boat. In any case there is no much to do on Geronisos, therefore, better to admire it from the distance.