Harbour Area, Paphos
The Castle of Paphos is one of the most famous landmarks of the City.
There is no way to visit Paphos and not come to the harbour.
A number of archaeologists have taken an interest in excavating and investigating the castle as it dates back to the Roman era.
The Byzantine fort, was originally built to protect the harbor but was destroyed due of an earthquake in the year 1222.
The Castle was rebuilt by the Lusignans in the 13th century.
Since then it had a few more reconstructions and it used to be a prison as well.
These days, it serves as a background for the annual open-air Paphos cultural festival, which takes place in September.
The view from up there is breathtaking.
Entrance Fee: €2.50.
Visiting Paphos Harbour will offer you a wonderful but sometimes confusing array of both eateries and bars but dont be bullied into the first place you pass. Take your time and walk the length of the Harbour terraces and decide on the place of your choice when you return along the wonderful walls of the harbour
I have taken all my foreign friends that came visiting to the archaeolical park of Kato Paphos. Inside it, if you are prepared for the heat and walking you can see the remains of 4 roman villas,the remains of Asklipieion,the ancient odeon,the Agora, the remains of a fortress called "Saranda kolones" (40 columns) and the ruins of "Limeniotissa",an early Christian Basilica Church.
Tip no1: in some sites, you will be told that the "tombs of the kings" are also included in the park.Well,the site is included in the park but can be accessed from another place and not the entrance near the Paphos Medieval Castle.
What i love there: I like the odeon best, because it's still used every year for concerts and the the International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama that takes place there. I also love the Dionysus Villa,the mosaics are so many and the mythology behind each and every one of them is so interesting!And here comes..
Tip no2: if you visit the park without a guide,you will have to buy "The guide to paphos mosaics"in the giftshop for 3euros,if you want to know what you are seeing.
Tip no3: Weather in Paphos and Cyprus in general is hot. Wear hats,bring WaTeR,wear sneakers and put on sunscreen.Most of the way has no shade.
Saranta Kolones is the ruin of an ancient castle located just north of Paphos harbour. In Greek it means the 40 columns.
Saranta Kolones was built by the Lusignans in 1192 but thirty years later the castle was destroyed by an earthquake.
What you see today are the ruins of Saranta Kolones and some of the magnificent arches and columns that were used in its construction.
Paphos harbour, I discovered, is described as a "very popular and atmospheric, with lots to do. There are loads of shops around the place for those postcards and souvenirs. In the evening the harbour is very lively with the tavernas in full swing".
The truth is that the harbour is a very popular place indeed, but only with a) retired and very old drunk brits, b) very young and drunk rugby-heads. Basically people gather there to drink beer and shop a little in between, mostly sad-looking souvenir and clothes - all china-made. As you can guss, it's not atmospheric at all.
At night it is slightly better, in the sense that you may not notice the uglyness of the place... however do forget about the "tavernas"... there are just joints where you can mostly sample local delicacies such as bacon, cabbage, sausages, omelettes. And drink more beer.
The Harbour, area was improved during the early 1990, with the quay pedestrianized and the old customs house restored. The diminutive castle guarding the harbour entrance is reached by a small stone bridge across a narrow moat. The stump base of the easterly tower is still visible about 70 metres along the modern mole, itself pointing towards the ancient breakwater, now half submerged.
The harbour of Paphos is a place full of bustling activites going on all day and night long. It is filled with bars, cafe, restaurants, ice cream palours and souvenir shops. You can past time by simply chilling by the harbour and having your cup of coffee in one of the fine cafes or bars. At the end of the harbour is the Paphos Castle. This castle was built at the beginning of the 13th Century on the site of a previous Byzantine castle which was destroyed by an earthquake in 1222.
The Harbour is great. There are Restaurants, Boat Trips, The Castle, a bird museum, shops, EVERYTHING. Very close to the Airport and just a short drive from the hotel we stayed at (see hotel tips).
The people around the Harbour are great. The people who do the Safari's and high speed wave hopping boat trips are English and are lovely, go and see them.