Are you visiting the beautiful city of Paphos in Cyprus? Here are 7 things you must see including Tombs of the Kings, the harbour and Archaeological Park.
Paphos is located on the beautiful island of Cyprus. It overlooks the Mediterranean Sea and is one of my favourite cities in Europe.
Not only is it a great place to enjoy a relaxing holiday but there is so much culture and history to discover. Here are 7 things you must see.
Tombs of the Kings
Tombs of the Kings is a large necropolis and is located about a mile north of Paphos harbour. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
I’ve been lucky enough to visit Tombs of the Kings many times over the years. I used to imagine it as something out of the film ‘Indiana Jones’ when I was a child.
In total there are seven magnificent tombs of aristocrats and officials to see or walk into.
The site is exposed to the sun with little shade. Therefore take plenty of sun cream, water and good footwear!
Paphos Harbour is pictured in most tourist material that publicises the destination. You can have a nice walk next to the harbour and cool off with with an ice-cold drink in a bar. Or even try some delicious seafood in many of its restaurants.
There are lots of souvenir shops and boat trips on offer too. It’s also a great place to watch the sunset in the evening.
Medieval Fort of Paphos
The Medieval fort of Paphos dominates the harbour area and most of the postcards on sale in shops nearby feature it.
It’s had many uses over the years and has been rebuilt or destroyed many times.
For a small entry fee you can enter the fort and you are able to get amazing photos from the very top.
Paphos Archaeological Park
Near Paphos Harbour is the fascinating Paphos Archaeological Park (Nea Pafos) which is also a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site.
First head to see the five houses of well-preserved mosaics in five houses including Dionysos, Theseus and Orpheus.
A short walk away from the mosaics is Paphos Odeon. Now used for musical and theatrical performances, it was built entirely from limestone blocks. Paphos lighthouse rises above the Odeon in the background.
Next, you can see the ruins of the ancient castle of Saranta Kolones. It takes its name from a large number of granite columns found here. This ruined medieval fortress is definitely worth a visit.
Saint Paul’s Pillar, Paphos
Saint Paul’s Pillar is right next to Ayia Kyriaki Chrysopolitissa Church. It was built in 1,500 AD where a small church was previously destroyed by an earthquake.
In 45 AD, St Paul visited Cyprus to spread Christianity. However, his job was not easy. Saint Paul was tied to this column and lashed 39 times before he succeeded in his task.
St Solomon’s Catacombs
On the road that leads to Paphos Mall, you will find St Solomon’s Catacombs, which are also known as Agia Solomoni Church.
Right above the catacombs is a tree that is covered by colourful sheets, clothing and rags left as offerings to St Solomon. Walk down the stairs to a small courtyard and explore the rock-cut chambers surrounding it.
Old town of Paphos
The attractions we’ve covered so far are in an area of Paphos called Kato Paphos. Don’t miss Ktima Paphos, also called the old town.
Renovated quite significantly in local years, it has a municipal market, shops, nice cafes and restaurants. You can also visit the art gallery, Byzantine Museum, Town Hall and Ottoman Baths too.
You can also get great views of lower Paphos from the bus stops on the south side of the old town.