Paphos tourist attractions:
There are all sorts of activities to amuse children in
and around Paphos. Close to the seafront is the Aphrodite Waterpark
which has plenty of rides and attractions, including the world's largest
family rafting ride. Young animal lovers will enjoy the Bird Park which
has a bus service to and from Paphos seafront.
Whether you are a follower of archaeology, folklore culture, the history
of Cyprus and Greek mythology, you will find something to interest you
in one of Paphos museums. Beyond Paphos harbour and coastline you will
find the Tombs of the Kings, a Unesco World Heritage Site. For sports
enthusiasts, Paphos offers a variety of water sports from its seafront
and castle fortress harbour. Sea fishing trips, snorkelling trips and
speed boats can be booked. Paphos has four golf courses golf clubs and
golf courses. There is the Elea Golf Club designed by Sir Nick Faldo,
Minthis Hills, Secret Valley and Aphrodite Golf Clubs. You can go horse
riding, cycling or hiking in the nearby countryside. Coarse fishing in
the local dams. Skiing in the Troodos mountains during the winter
season. Why not take a trip outside of Paphos, either to the Donkey Farm
or the Ostrich Farm which are both near Kelokedara village. Paphos
resort and district is the perfect place for your annual summer holidays.
Villages around the Paphos District Region well worth a visit:
Paphos district region has many local villages. Some have
become modernised. Some are still the quaint Cypriot old style and daily routine way of life.
There have been many developments over the past twenty five years producing large hotels,
villas, retirement homes, family holiday apartments and some developments have not been kind to the
scenic history of the Island of Cyprus and in particular, some parts of Paphos.
Koloni - Geroskpiou - Emba - Chloraka - Lemba - Kissonerga - Peyia - Timi - Anarita - Mandria - Kouklia - Secret Valley - Aphrodite Hills - Pissouri -
Marathounda - Armou - Episkopi - Mesa Chorio - Mesogi - Tremithousa - Tsada - Koili - Polemi - Drousia - Kathikas - Polis - Latchi
Below we have put together a list of the most popular villages to visit, by name so you can either visit them whilst on holiday or learn more
about them for future holiday vacations in Paphos.
Spelt also locally as Yeroskipou,is a coastal village in Paphos, Cyprus, just east of Paphos seafront resort.
Its current population is approximately 7,000 and is the second largest municipality in the Paphos District
Region on the island of Cyprus. Yeroskipou - Geroskipou means the "Garden of Aphrodite" and has the remarkable rare five-domed Byzantine
church of Agia Paraskevi, It also has the historic Folk Art Museum, a very popular tourist destination. The village
is known especially for the production of the Cyprus Delight, known locally as loukoumia or lukum which derives from the Turkish Delight.
The town is the only place in the world which has the protected geographical indication for this very popular dessert.
Agia Paraskevi Church
The 5 domed church built in the form of a basilica with five cupolas
placed in the shape of a cross, is one of the most important churches in Cyprus. Of a similar type is the basilica of the Saints Barnabas and Hilarion in the
village of Peristerona in Lefkosia (Nicosia), but this is of a later period. The church of Agia Paraskevi was built in the 9th century A.D. and is preserved
almost intact in its initial form apart from the western wall which was demolished in the 19th century in order to build an extension. Its uniqueness
lies in the frescoes, some of which date back to the 9th century A.D. and are of the oldest in the whole of Cyprus. The 15th-16th century frescoes are also in
relatively good condition.
Folk Art Museum
Situated in a 19 century traditional house of both architectural and historical
importance, called The House of Hadjismith. It is stone built with rooms
accessible through two paved courtyards and a covered terrace. On the
upper floor there is a long room ('makrynari') and a verandah reached by
an outside staircase. The two-storey museum building forms the nucleus
of a larger complex which once comprised the mansion of Andreas
Zimboulakis' family. This house was connected with the name of the British commodore and
later admiral Sir Sidney Smith (1764-1840), famous for his success
against Bonaparte at the siege of Acre in May 1799. Soon afterwards,
Smith landed at Paphos and stayed at the house of Andreas Zimboulakis,
an immigrant from the Ionian islands who had settled in Geroskipou, also
spelt Yeroskipou. Their house was considered a mansion in those times
and from 1800 to 1864 it served as the residence of the British
Consular agents at Paphos.
Smith appointed him British Consular agent at Paphos principally
responsible for the provisioning of the British men-of-war that were
patrolling the eastern Mediterranean. Since Sir Sidney Smith visited the
house frequently, it came to be known as 'Smith's house' and, in honour
of the British admiral, Zimboulakis' son, who succeeded his father as
Consular agent in 1826, was named Smith Zimboulakis.
Because of its architectural and historical importance, the 'House of
Hadjismith' is one of the first buildings of Folk Architecture to have
been declared 'Ancient Monument' by law. The Department of Antiquities
acquired half of the house in 1947/48 and the other half in 1974. After
systematic restoration the building was converted into a Folk Art
Museum, which has been open to the public since 1978. A new room with
a covered verandah in front was constructed to form the main entrance to
the Museum. The spacious courtyard on this side has been laid out as a
garden, which includes a water-raising wheel ('alakati') and an olive
press. The collection of the Museum has been considerably enriched with
embroideries, costumes, agricultural implements, a hand-turned cotton
de-seeder, a weaving loom, silk, manufacture, rope-making and mule
trappings. A smaller room opening onto the back yard houses the
apparatus for processing hemp and flax and for the manufacture of
rope. The machinery for the reeling of the silk, called anapinistiri has been installed in
an outhouse in the yard of the Museum. In the spring months visitors
have the opportunity to watch the silkworms feeding on mulberry leaves
in a shadowy place and at a later stage the newly spun cocoons on
branches of thyme.
Not every holiday makers cup of tea as it is very busy and can be very boisterous at night, and although the resort is 25k out of
Paphos and 35k from the airport, holidays in Coral Bay are all about chilling out. This is a friendly resort and is most definitely
tuned into relaxation. What better place to start
than on the man made sandy golden beach, melting into the shallow turquoise
waters, there are plenty of beach bars on hand to keep you refreshed and
a good selection of water sports here too. When you're not soaking up
the sunshine, stroll around the charming shops, pull up a pew at one
of the enticing restaurants or book a round of golf at one of the
beautifully landscaped courses that are further a field.
Further north from Coral Bay is the small sandy beach and harbour haven at Agios Georgios in a beautiful setting below steep cliffs.
The small sandy beach is sheltered from the sea by a large enclosed harbour. It looks good for swimming but beware of any signs to the
contrary. To the south of the harbour is an expanse of flat rock and to the north, for those seeking solitude, there are cliffs and coves
to explore. The rocky islet of Geronisos adds offshore interest and a taverna overlooks the whole lot on the cliffs above next to the
splendid Agios Georgios chapel.
North of Agios Georgios are the road turns onto a dirt track and onward to Lara Bay which signals the entrance to the wild
park region on the Akamas peninsular. The beach of sand and shingle
is long and narrow with wide flatlands behind.
This is a major turtle nesting site and visitors are asked to take extra care when on the beach. There are no tourist facilities here,
no sun beds but there is a large taverna at the southern end of the bay that serves up fantastic bbq lunches and they also put out brollies
in a small cove over the headland. Its ideal for those looking to escape the tourist resorts and crowds.
Travelling further on from Lara Bay you come to the main resort on the north coast of Paphos
Polis has been spared the rampant tourist development of the south
and caters more for the independent holiday traveller, although
there are plenty of tour operators here also. It has a very
pleasant, genteel laid back feel about the place that relaxes
The compact picturesque village has a traffic-free centre,
packed full of very fine taverns, restaurants and cafes. The
number of pavement tables testifies to the popularity of the
place with day trippers. The long sandy/shale beach at Polis is backed by pine woods and in the
shade is are large beach cantina, showers, toilets and a few
sun beds scattered over the beach of mostly soft sand and a
few pebbles. There is a large campsite nearby for the more
adventurous. There are
more beaches to the east but they can be uncared for, scruffy
and isolated. Further a field are the villages of Pomos, where
there are a couple of very good restaurants behind a sheltered
pebble beach and at Kalinoussa, Here just over the headland, there
is far better swimming area and some beach sun beds and umbrellas.
To the west of Polis, along a new coastal road, is the beach resort
and marina of Latchi, also called and pronounced Latsi or Lakki. It is not much more than a
string of shops and taverns on the roadside adjacent to the beach and
marina with two very long beaches stretching out into the distance on either side of
It's a pleasant enough spot with deep, flat sand on the western side and a narrower and stonier strip to the east. There are plenty of facilities
here. A large car park indicates the resort's popularity with day
trippers, many of them come to see the much-touted but slightly disappointing Baths of Aphrodite that lie
just a short drive up the road from Latchi.
Latchi is very popular with divers and there is a scuba centre in Latchi
with diving takeing place along the seas of the Akamas peninsula. The pretty village of Polis is only 5km away. The scenic beauty of the area is spectacular, with coastal cliffs
at Cape Pomos and pine and cedar forests carpeting the mountains behind. There are any number of deserted beaches just a short drive away and interesting
smaller villages nestle in the surrounding hillsides.