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    Accommodation thrills

    by Assenczo Written Mar 18, 2015

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    Long live the Internet! With some luck and decent ability to surf this vast treasure of information one might end up living in an apartment inclusive of two bathrooms attached to two bedrooms and living room-kitchen box combo for less than 25Euros. Since it is an apartment the only way to get there is to be in contact with the owner through the web-site and then via phone if needed so he can pick the visitor at the point of entry – bus station or airport, which means that this transfer is included in the price too! Moreover the adventurous traveller would be exposed to communal living amongst locals and expats, have access to several grocery stores and when too lazy might order suvlaki from the nearest hole in the wall (huge quantity of great taste). Walking to the beach is a downside but hey, nothing is perfectly perfect!

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    The House of Dionysos

    by greekcypriot Updated Nov 9, 2014

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    The House of Dionysos

    At a restored Roman Villa, visitors can see the mosaic decorations and the mythological compositions dating back to the second century A.D.

    The house is given the name “House of Dionysos” because of the many depictions of Dionysos who was the god of wine.

    The house most probably belonged to a member of the ruling Roman class or a wealthy citizen of Paphos.

    The interior of the house of Dionysos Information about the Mosaics Dionysos mosaics -2nd centrury A.D. Mosaics  -2nd centrury A.D. Mosaics -2nd centrury A.D.
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    Archaelogical Park 1

    by Avieira67 Updated Apr 26, 2014

    The archaeological park in Kato Paphos, a UNESCO heritage, in the Old Harbour, can be visited easily in 2 hours and I strongly recommend you do not miss it, especially if you want to learn more about Cyprus history. It is, in my opinion, one of the most interesting archaeological parks in the whole country. Besides the mosaics, especially those in the house of Dionysios, the Saranda Kolones Castle, the Odeion and the Agora deserve a careful attention.
    Outisde the delimited park, some other interesting archaeological sites, also included in the UNESCO heritage, deserve a visit. These should include the Theatre, the Medieval and Othoman baths, the Gothic chruch, the Basilica of Chrysopolitissa & Church of Agia Kyriaki and Saint Paul Pillar.
    I went to visit this park in the evening, around 03:00 PM. I also was thinking to visit the Tombs of the Kings, but I didn't because it was necessary a lot of time to explore the area.
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    08:30 - 17:00
    Entrance fee
    4.5 EUR

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    Coral Bay

    by Avieira67 Updated Apr 23, 2014

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    It was one of the few places where I have found a real beach with sand. Most of the beaches I have found in the country aren't interesting.
    I didn't come here to swim, but just to take some pictues.
    To go to coral bay, take the bus 615 at the bus station in the Old Harbour. The trip takes about 20 minutes.

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    The Rock of Afrodite

    by Avieira67 Updated Apr 23, 2014

    The Rock of Afrodite, also called Petra tou Romiou, is, according to one legend, the birth place of the goddess of love Afrodite.
    To reach this spot take the bus 631 in the Old Harbour bus Station.
    Unfortunately I had no opportunity to visit this place.

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    Akamas Peninsula

    by Avieira67 Updated Apr 7, 2014

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    When visiting Paphos area, the Baths of Afrodite are considered a must see. Well, to go far away just to see a small pool is really disapointing, but if you decide to make a trekking in the Akamas National Park you will not be disapointed.
    I had the great pleasure to meet a lady who knew the area and, along with her, I discovered part of this park rich in flora and fauna. I also had the opportunity to swim in the clear waters.
    To travel to this National Park, you have to take the bus 645 in Karavella bus station until the last stop, Polis. This trip takes about 50 minutes. Then, you have to change to the bus 622 until the last stop, Baths of Afrodite, more 20 minutes. To save money, you should travel using a day ticket, valid within the whole district until 23:00, for 5.0 EUR.

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    Aphrodite's Rock

    by mickeyboy07 Written Aug 6, 2012

    Located a few km out to sea on the southern coast,seen from the main road into Paphos is a collection of boulders known as 'Aphrodite's Rock.According to legend,Aphrodite:Goddess of Love and Beauty,rose from the waves in this beautiful part of Cyprus.the Greek name'Petra Tou Romiou' meaning 'The Rock of the Greek' is associated with the legendary frontier guard of Byzantine times 'Digenis Akritas',who kept the marauding Saracens at bay with amazing strength.It is said that he heaved these large rocks into the sea destroying the enemies ships.Local legend has it that if a man swims around the rocks three times when the moon is full he will be fully fertile.

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    Bird and Animal Park

    by mickeyboy07 Written Jul 25, 2012

    The project for this park started with 'Mr.Christos Christoforou's' love of Birds and Wildlife when his private collection was decided to be shown to the public of being a unique Zoo in Cyprus.His aim was to educate the local community about the importance of caring and conserving all Bird and Animal life.The Zoo took three years to complete and was finally open to the public in September 2003.The Park is contantly upgrading and adding new features such as the Amphitheatre in 2004 where talks on Animals and the Park take place,this holds up to 350 people at one time.There are also daily Owl and Parrot shows.

    Opening hours,Winter Season:1st Oct till 31st Mar-09.00 till 17.00
    Summer Season:1st April till 30th Sept-09.00 till 18.00
    Prices:Adults-15.00 Euros,Children-8.50 Euros,Annual tickets available.

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    The Mycenean Settlement of Palaiocastro Maa

    by greekcypriot Updated May 5, 2012

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    Visit the Mycenean settlement called Palaiocastro Maa which should not to be missed especially if you are in the area of the Coral Bay. It dates back to 1250 BC.
    It is about an important settlement of the end of the Bronze Age.

    There is a museum just behind the Hotel Thalassa Boutique at the Coral Bay. The entrance is 1.70 euros.

    The museum as seen in the distance The ancient walls of the settlement An interesting and informative sign Inside the Museum
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    Winter promenade

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated May 2, 2011

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    Ask a local about the recent redevelopment of the seafront promenade in Paphos and the chances are you'll be told in no uncertain terms it has been less than a success. It's all very shiny and new and the summer crowds no doubt approve of the absence of cars and clutter , there are plenty of shops, restaurants galore and so what if the old seawall is gone and there's nowhere to sit - who wants to sit around when there's shopping to be done and icecreams to eat?

    Winter tells a different tale - especially when a winter gale blows in. That old seawall protected the promenade and the seafront businesses from the waves that can the wind can whip up to a considerable size. Just such a storm blew up on the last night we were there and the town woke to find the seafront awash, with heaps of seaweed piled against plate glass windows, sand and shingle strewn all over the road - what a mess!

    Good as it may look on the plans, not all modernisation is for the better.

    Of course, not every day brings a storm like that and on a sunny winter's day, a walk along the promenade around the harbour to the old fort is popular with visitors and locals alike. A Sunday morning concert adds a charming touch - the wind in the speakers adding a note Mozart never thought of.

    Nothing to stop the waves Sunday concert
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    Aphrodite's Rock - Petra tou Romiou

    by greekcypriot Updated Apr 23, 2011

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    Petra tou Romiou, a rock off the shore along the main road from Paphos to Limassol, has been regarded since ancient times as the birthplace of Aphrodite, goddes of love and fertility.

    According to ancient tradition, Aphrodite was born from the waves on the site off the coast of Cyprus.
    Type of site: Ancient Greek shrine

    During the holiday season, a kiosk sells soft drinks.

    Aphrodite's Rock - Petra tou Romiou
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    Kourion

    by greekcypriot Written Apr 23, 2011

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    The ruins of Kourion are found near Episkopi.
    You will see well preserved mosaics and it is worth visiting.

    Phone: 2593425
    Directions: Opening Hours:08.00 - 19.30
    Admission: 1.70 euro.
    Almost all the site is wheelchair accessible:

    4 km southwest of the village of Episkopi in the District of Limassol

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    Geroskipou Folkloric Museum

    by greekcypriot Written Apr 23, 2011

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    The name of Geroskipou village comes from the Greek phrase "Ieros Kipos" the sacred garden of Aphrodite. A fascinating collection of folk art and craft pieces is exhibited in the beautiful traditional house of Hadjismith.

    September-June
    Monday-Friday: 09:00-14:30
    Thursday 09:00-17:00
    Saturday and Sunday: closed
    July-August
    Monday-Friday: 07:30-14:30
    Saturday and Sunday: closed

    Entrance: €1,28

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    Paphos Archaeological Museum

    by greekcypriot Updated Apr 23, 2011

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    The archaeological Museum of Pafos houses an attractive collection of Cypriot antiquities from the Pafos area, dating from the Neolithic Age to 1700 AD.
    Visit the tombs of the Kings as well.

    All the year round

    Tuesday-Friday: 08:00-15:00
    Saturday: 09:00-15:00
    Sunday & Monday: closed

    The Archaeological Museum in Paphos
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    A hermit's cave

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated Apr 9, 2011

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    You only have to travel 9 kilometres north of Paphos to enter another world - one far removed from both the brash commerciality of the tourist town and the ruins of its Classical past. The Monastery of Agios Neophytos is a haven of calm tranquillity, a cloistered world where for centuries monks have lived out their lives in a routine of prayer and work that has barely changed since the monastery was founded in the last years of the 12th century. Beautifully maintained terraces and gardens surround a 15th century church, the burial place of the saint whose holy relics have mostly long since been dispersed, leaving just his skull behind, encased in a silver reliquary and the focus of pious veneration among the local people. There a small museum near the church with a collection of icons, manuscripts and maps, ecclesiastical garments and religious artifacts as well as a collection of ancient Cypriot pottery .

    Poor Neophytos - all he wanted was a quiet, ascetic life and here, at the head of a remote roccky defile, he thought he'd found just the place to retire to way back in the middle of the 12th century. A little group of shallow inter-connecting caves halfway up the cliff facing the monastery was his choice for his hermitage but there was no way a scholar and holy man of his repute could keep himself isolated and wasn't long before a community of followers established themselves at the base of his cliff. An imposing stone facade fronts, and protects the saint's caves (known as the Enkleistra), a long staircase providing easier access that the ladders of old. It's all very imposing and in no way does it prepare you for the extraordinary impact of passing through the doorway and into the frescoed cell and chapel Neophytos carved out of the rock and made his home.

    Photography is forbidden and , for one, am glad it is. This place is so extraordinary there is no way I would want the distraction of cameras (mine or anyone else's) to come between the visitor and these tiny rooms and their compelling images. A small entry chamber (the narthex) leads into the sacristry where wonderful paintings of scenes of the last days of Christ's life cover the walls and the ceiling. Another tiny passage leads into the saint's cell with its rock platform bed , desk, bench and the sarcophagus he carved for himself. Basic as the "comforts"of this cell are, one of the doors cut into the rock face above this first level leads into the even more ascetic dwelling Neophytos created for himself for the last 20 years of his life - this cave is not open to visitors.

    This way toi Neophytos' cave Ayios Neophytos

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Paphos has it all, peace, beautiful scenery, great beaches but with so much to do for families and the more adventurous.

Must See: The mosaics at the House of Dionysos. They are so vibrant...

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