Paphos Mini Guide
Paphos is in an area of outstanding beauty which is featured as a protected national treasure on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Popoular with tourist from all over the globe, it is however a hotstop for visitors from the UK and Russia, with regular flights from both.
Blessed by the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite as she rose from the waves at Petra Tou Romiou, the district of Paphos is dotted with banana plantations and home to a thriving port. Visitors to Paphos will often have a view of both the coastline and the Troodos Mountains and this is the perfect place to enjoy wonderful weather in the great outdoors.
Extensive renovation work has been done along the seafront of Paphos town to maintain the upkeep of buildings old and new including hotels and the Paphos castle, which was built as a Byzantine fort to defend the harbour. In August/September it hosts the Paphos Opera Festival which in 2019 performed Giuseppe Verdi's Macbeth outdoors.
Nature lovers will fall for Paphos as it is close to the Akamas Peninsula. Among the many first class beaches in the area are Lara Bay, home to the rare Monk seal and an area where Loggerhead and Greenback turtles clamber ashore to lay their eggs. A large number of properties are planned to be built in the exclusive Sea Caves region near to Paphos and they will have luxurious features such as landscaped gardens and private pools. Paphos also boasts some of the finest archaeological sites in Europe, such as the Tombs of the Kings
which dates back to 400 BC.
Despite a small population of fewer than 50,000 people and so many areas of antiquity, there are opportunities to rent accommodation or even buy and invest throughout Paphos. These include the town of Polis where the Kingdom of Marion, an ancient city, was located.
Hiring a Jeep in Paphos
Jeep rentals are very popular across Cyprus, no moreso than here in Paphos. Many visitors look to rent a jeep for a few days to explore where a regular rental car simply cannot reach. Take on the Troodos Mountains or the Akamas National Park, the most westerly point of the island. There are many smaller daily rental jeep and quad bike safari's on offer in Paphos, however we recommend that you rent via one of the international agents rather than a local road side outfit.
If you do want to rent a jeep in Paphos, it makes sense to rent a quality vehicle for your entire stay rather than a regular car for daily driving, then an extra vehicle for your more adventurous days. Check with the rental agent for terms around taking your rental jeep in Paphos off road.