Self Catering Holiday Accommodation Paphos

Cyprus - Warm and friendly

Cyprus is an island of outstanding beauty and endless variety. Golden beaches and a rugged coastline are complimented by a backdrop of striking mountains. Somewhere to holiday all year round.

If you've never been to Cyprus before you are in for a real treat! If you have, then you don't need reminding that with 340 days of sun per year, snow in the Troodos Mountains from January - March, water parks, numerous archaeological sites, go-karting, water-sports, golden sandy beaches, horse riding and 3 championship golf courses there is something for everyone of any age all year round.


Golden beaches and a rugged coastline are complemented by a backdrop of striking mountains. Greek temples, Roman remains, Byzantine churches and Crusader castles lead to fascinating excursions.

It has sophisticated cities and yet, a short distance away, you feel as if you are in a previous century when people pursued simpler pleasures. Drop into almost any country taverna or town market and you will find yourself in a way of life that has remained essentially the same for centuries. Visitors and tourists that travel to Cyprus have an overwhelming choice of ancient monuments and archaeological sites to visit. This is particularly so in Paphos, which has been included in UNESCO’s list of World Cultural Heritage sites.


Aphrodite Water Park -

With several slides,two main pools, team rides and many other attractions for the smaller visitors, you can spend hours here. No need to leave when you get hungry either, as the Kyrenia Restaurant and International Fast Food area cater for all, as well as kiosks selling ice cream, drinks and snacks. For those less adventurous there are free sun beds and umbrellas, so you can just top up your tan whist the kids have fun.
There are spacious changing rooms, secure locker rooms and showers, and facilities for the disabled visitor. As a member of the European Waterpark Association the highest levels of health, safety and water hygiene are guaranteed.
www.aphroditewaterpark.com


GOLF

Aphrodite Hills Golf Course
Situated in a stunning location near Paphos overlooking the Mediterranean, the magnificent Aphrodite Hills Golf Course takes its name from the birthplace of Aphrodite which it overlooks. The Aphrodite Hills resort itself spans a vast area and the golf course weaves in and out around the development. The golf course was designed by Cabell Robinson and was officially opened on 2nd November 2002. Surrounded by protected forest, the golf course comprises 2 plateaus separated by a dramatic ravine, which gives players the unique opportunity to tee off across it at certain points. An award-winning 18 hole championship standard golf course

Secret Valley Golf Club
This is a fairly new course which lies in a scenic valley with beautiful trees which add maturity. The strikingly colourful natural rock formations offer panoramic views to the golfers.


Practice facilities include putting greens, chipping areas, fairway bunkers and a large driving range, Tuition can be tailored to suit the individual.

Tsada Golf Club
The Tsada Golf Club, the first grass course to be built in Cyprus, was completed in April 1994. Located just 20 minutes from Paphos Town, is located in an elevated position which ensures cool breezes during the summer months. Set in the grounds of a 12th century monastery which lies in a gentle picturesque valley, it was created by Donald Steel. This is an 18 hole course. It offers superb variety as no two holes are the same and is suitable for players of all abilities.


Some of the many Archaeological sites to visit

The Mosaics-
Situated close to the harbour, the amazing mosaic floors of these 3rd century AD noblemen's villas are considered to be amongst the finest of the Eastern Mediterranean. Scenes of Greek Mythology come remarkably alive in a graphic way!
Also nearby is the Paphos Odeon, a small 2nd century Odeon entirely built of limestone blocks ! Discovered by the Cyprus Department of Antiquities in 1973/74 it is now regularly used for musical and theatrical peformances.

The Castle in the harbour was originally built as a Byzantine Fort to protect the harbour, and rebuilt in the 13th century only to be dismantled by the Venetians in 1570.
Since 1935 it has been declared an ancient monument and is now considered as one of the hallmarks of the Paphos region.

Tombs of the Kings
Situated, of course, on the Tomb of the Kings Road.
The name suggests that Kings were buried in these graveyards. There is much to see here.The ornate tombs, numbering around 100, were hewn from the rock between the 3rd century BC and the 3rd century AD . Persecuted Christians later sheltered in the underground chambers. The site is strewn with clover and many species of wild flowers and presents a pleasant and informative place to wander around, soaking up the culture and the atmosphere. The view over the blue mediterranean sea is magnificent.

Petra Tou Romiou (Aphrodite's Rock)
Situated around 24km east of Paphos

Petra Tou Romiou is a massive chunk of rock just off the beach at this location. It is reputedly where Aphrodite, daughter of Zeus and Goddess of Beauty emerged from the sea at her birth.
Folk-lore has it that if you swim around the rock three times the love of your life will be revealed! The beach here is quite nice, peaceful when not crowded with tourists!

Kourion (Curium) Archaeological Site
One of the most important archaelogical and cultural sites in Cyprus.

An important ancient city-kingdom, and one of the most spectacular archaelogical sites on the island where excavations still bring new treasures to light. The magnificent Graeco-Roman Theatre was originally built in the 2nd century BC and is now fully restored and used for musical and theatrical performances.The House of Eustalios, originally a private Roman villa, became a public recreation centre during the Early Christian period. It consists of a complex of baths and a number of rooms with beautiful 5th century AD mosaic floors. The Early Christian basilica dates to the 5th century, was probably the Cathedral of Kourion with a baptistry attached to the north face. The House of Achilles and the House of the Gladiators have beautiful mosaic floors. The Nymphaeum, dedicated to the water nymphs, is an elegant Roman structure. The Stadium lies 1km to the west on the right side of the road to Paphos and is dated to the 2nd century AD.


Shopping

There are many shops to suit all tastes. These range from designer clothes to lace shops - good buys are hand made lace items and leather goods. Jewelery shops and opticians are plentiful with prices lower than the UK in most instances. Spectacles can be prescribed within a few days. Some familiar store names are Next, M&S, Debenhams and Carrefour. The larger supermarkets all stock those familiar items such as Nescafe, PG Tips, Heinz Baked Beans to name but a few. The fresh fruit and vegetables are plentiful and of very good quality.


Eating and Drinking

There are too many restaurants, tavernas and bars to mention. The harbourside restaurants are not to be missed, especially if you have a liking for fresh sea food. Village Tavernas are also excellent value for money. Various take-a-way shops are also available including traditional English fish and chips which come highly recommended.


Beaches

The beaches in Pafos area are great and there are a number of blue flagged ones, including the renowned Coral Beach, Faros Beach, Geroskipou Beach and Lara Beach(turtle sanctuary).
Anyone going to Paphos should definately invest in a visit to Laatchi, fabulous beach, amazing fresh seafood and truly relaxed old fashioned holiday atmosphere
In Cyprus all beaches are open for public use, you can use the hotel beaches but not the facilities.


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