Things to do on holiday in Cyprus


European Capital of Culture Pafos 2017


For the year our city becomes the official representative of Cypriot culture for the whole of Europe. At the same time, it becomes the city that expresses and reflects European culture all over the world. The Cypriot city of Pafos will be the centre of European cultural activity. And in 2017 -together with Aarhus of Denmark- it will become a showcase of contemporary European culture. 
The vision and goal is to make Pafos a European Capital of Culture worthy of the history, the reputation and range of this great institution.
Several music, cultural and history events will be taking place throughout Pafos this year, so there will be lots to do and see!

'As the spotlight shines bright on the rich cultural heritage of the seaside town, visitors will soon be able to enjoy an endless source of inspiration round every turn as Paphos prepares to wow anyone and everyone who touches down on its golden shores.'

Golf

Minthis Hills
The course enjoys a historical location, situated in the grounds of a twelfth century monastery, from which the resort took its name. Its tranquil setting and mesmerising mountain views provide the perfect backdrop for a challenging game with its fairways swathing through mature trees and water features. At an altitude of 550m above sea level it’s a course for all seasons, enjoying cool breezes even during the summer. 

Aphrodite Hills
All Year Round Golf at Aphrodite Hills, the first ever leisure and golf development of its kind in Cyprus, Aphrodite Hills Golf Resort is home to a magnificent 18-hole championship golf course, dedicated 3-hole Golf Academy and magnificent Clubhouse, designed for golfers of all standards and ages.
Spreading out over 6,299 metres and overlooking the site where Aphrodite, the goddess of love, is said to have emerged from the sea, our golf course is truly a unique location in which to test your skills with friends.

Secret Valley
The Secret Valley Golf Course, is a highly prestigious golf course located by the renowned area of "Petra tou Romiou", the legendary birthplace of Aphrodite, the Goddess of love. It is set in a scenic valley surrounded by mature trees and beautiful natural rock formations. Consistently appearing as the preferred course amongst the island's visiting players in terms of sheer playability and enjoyment.
 

Aphrodite Waterpark

Set within 35,000 square meters of natural landscaped grounds, the park is situated at the far eastern end of the Kato Paphos coastal road. A day out at the Aphrodite Water Park is a great way to spend quality time with your family or friends. The place offers entertainment and appeal to every generation. Packed with variety of attractions, the park has a snacks bar and a varied selection of rides among which the rafting ride is the biggest family rafting ride in Europe.

Beaches 
Paphos has a total of 27 beaches in the district open to the public. Paphos is perfect for swimming, diving and snorkeling all year round. Coral Bay is one of the most beautiful and sandy beaches in Paphos. Its sparkling clear waters are excellent for swimming and for water sports! You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches and everyone has their favourite. Mostly, all the beaches are well equipped with up-to-date facilities and lifeguards for protection. More than 12 beaches in the region have been awarded with the coveted ‘blue flag’ which makes it all the more promising. So what are you waiting for?

Tomb of the Kings
The Tombs of the Kings, a Unesco World Heritage Site, contains a set of well-preserved underground tombs and chambers used by residents of Nea Pafos during the Hellenistic and Roman periods, from the 3rd century BC to the 3rd century AD. Despite the name, the tombs were not actually used by royalty; they earned the title from their grand appearance.

Kings Avenue Mall
The largest shopping mall in the Cyprus opened here in Paphos in 2013 with around 125 stores, restaurants, coffee shops and a cineplex cinema. 

Aphrodite's Rock
This famous landmark is located between Limassol and Paphos and is something not to be missed. Cyprus is extremely proud of its ancient pass and this includes the fact that it is the birthplace of the Greek Goddess Aphrodite who was the Goddess of love and beauty.  Legend has it that Aphrodite emerged from the sea in a surge of amazing sea foam in 1200 BC at this point and it is believed that she herself choose Aphrodite’s rock as the ideal location to begin her life as a mortal. Aphrodite’s Rock is located just a few kilometers away from Pissouri Village and is said to be an amazing site at sunset and its beauty is something you will never forget.  

Paphos Harbour
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 parlours 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.

Paphos Zoo
Situated near Agios Georgios/Coral Bay, Paphos Zoo is set in a natural setting with lakes, ponds and gardens. It is unique in Cyprus that it houses the third largest bird collection in Europe. The zoo is open to the public and has a tremendous variety of birds and animals from around the world. From ponies, giraffes, monkeys, tortoises and exotic parrots to emus, ostriches and swans, this park also have a children's farm where children can interact with cute bunny rabbits, guinea pigs, chicks and goats. The amphitheatre of the zoo daily arranges acrobatic owl and parrot show which is educational as well entertaining. 

Troodos Mountains
Troodos is the largest mountain range in Cyprus, located in roughly the centre of the island. Troodos' highest peak is Mount Olympus at 1,952 meters, which hosts four ski slopes. The Troodos mountain range stretches across most of the western side of Cyprus. There are many famous mountain resorts, Byzantine monasteries and churches on mountain peaks, and nestling in its valleys and picturesque mountains are villages clinging to terraced hill slopes. The area has been known since antiquity for its mines, which for centuries supplied copper to the entire Mediterranean. In the Byzantine period it became a great centre of Byzantine art, as churches and monasteries were built in the mountains, away from the threatened coastline.