Paphos (Pafos) Town, Cyprus is a popular resort for both luxury and last minute holidays. Paphos holidays can be extremely diverse. There is a cultural heritage stretching from the prehistoric era, happily merged with a bustling seaside resort. With the variety of interests and activities available, the independence and flexibility of a self-catering holiday villa in Paphos provides the extra ability to explore the area and relax exactly as you intended to!
The mythological birthplace of Aphrodite is marked by Aphrodite's Rock (Petra tou Romiou), a large boulder which has been the call of pilgrims for centuries. Also to be found in Paphos are the ruins of the Temple of Aphrodite, the Turkish fortress which overlooks the harbour, the baths, and magnificent tombs carved into the rocks at the Toombs of the kings, and the World Heritage Listed archeological site at Kato-Paphos, where large Roman mosaic floors have been discovered.
On the other hand, there are fantastic beaches and sheltered bays for safe swimming. Coral Bay is considered one of the best beaches in western Cyprus, and is just North of Paphos. Here, the glassy waters mean that conditions are perfect for scuba diving or snorkeling, or simply having a swim. Golf courses, tennis centres and health spas are also easily available.
Aphrodite Hills is an exclusive golf resort in Paphos, with the added luxury of being located near the beach. It has developed into an all inclusive holiday resort with luxury villas for rent, and every facility required to relax, including a health spa, driving range, tennis academy and an impressive 18 hole golf course.
Chlorakas (Khlorakas) is a quiet coastal village hidden in the rocks between Paphos and Coral Bay. It has not been developed during the tourism increases along the Paphos coast, but remains close to the bustling resorts. Chlorakas has a sandy beach and magnificent views, and is a perfect spot to rent a private self-catering villa in Paphos' suburbs.
Talais also still highly traditional, with tavernas and coffee shops providing spectacular views of the coast. The twelfth century Monastery of St Neophytos is found here, and the town is no more than 5 minutes away from some of western Cyprus' best golf courses.
This are is warm all year down, and boasts 330 days of sunshine a year. The summer is hot, with temperatures of 38°C in August, and the winter months remain above 10°C.
There are a large number of flights going to Paphos Airport (PFO) from 18 UK airports. British Airways fly direct to Paphos, but cheap flights are available on many providers.