WELCOME TO Paphos
Paphos - from the Greek πάθος - inspiration, passion! It is exactly those feelings and emotions that you'll find here, on the picturesque coast, very close to the Rock of Aphrodite where, according to the legend, the Goddess of Love Aphrodite emerged from the sea foam. It's one of the most romantic and fashionable destinations in the world where thousands of weddings are held annually, vows of love are pronounced in the name of Aphrodite, and the sunset preserves the best honeymoon memories of those who come back here again and again to see the extraordinary sea with bright aquamarine shades and fall in love with his / her spouse again and feel a real taste of life!
It is not surprising that this point on the map, witnessing the flourishing of Hellenism, attracted attention of the first Christians, and in 45 AD, the three most significant apostles, Barnabas, Paul and Mark, came and preached the word of God here!
The surroundings of Paphos are literally full of sights with more than 4000 years of the city’s history. They are like diamonds framed by beautiful sea landscapes that will surprise you with their intimate mythes.
We recommend you to take at least one excursion in the company of a professional guide who will make you see every pebble in a new light in the city protected by UNESCO World Heritage!
What to see
Travelers have little time to see much in one trip, that's why we advise you to visit the Royal Tombs, carved in Rock, they impress by their grandeur and beauty. At least, take a look at a real treasure - the ancient mosaic in the villa of the ancient God Dionysus depicting scenes from the ancient Greek mythology.
The legendary St.Paul's Pillar rises in the territory where the five-nave temple of Panagia Chrysopolitis of the 13th century is erected on the ruins of Byzantine Basilica built in 325, just where the holy apostle was flagellated for teaching the “New Demons”!
Don't forget to take a tour to the Paphos Archaeological Park accessible for everyone to fully experience and enjoy the atmosphere of the ancient city surrounded by the fortifying walls, listen to the echo of the actors acting in the ancient theater, practically see the ancient priests in numerous temples and feel like the ruler and master of one of the palaces. And then, try the most tender Lukum in the surroundings of Geroskipou! To top it off, visit the unique Conservation Area for rare endangered sea turtles known as Caretta caretta. It is located at Lara Beach, the most beautiful and secluded place for romantic unforgettable dates!
Speaking of beaches and the sea!
Paphos, unlike Ayia Napa, Limassol and Larnaca, lies to the west and therefore the gentle sea waves accelerated by the wind create a beautiful surf, literally captivating you with its magnetism. Due to its location, the depth of the sea on the coast of Paphos gives the effect of bright tones with all kinds of shades of turquoise.
The beaches are mostly rocky and sandy. Access to the sea is always convenient for everyone and many beaches have facilities for the elderly and people with disabilities to descent.
Numerous travelers call Coral Bay the best beach in Paphos! Apart from this place, the most famous beaches are Banya, Alikes, Vrisudia and Pachyammos.
Water temperature: May - 20°C, June - 23°C, July - 25°C, August - 26°C, September - 26°C, October - 24°C, November - 21°C.
The average temperature between May and November is about 29.9°C.
The maximum air temperature reaches 35 °C.
How to get there
Paphos has its own accessible for everyone (including elderly and disabled people) airport (Paphos International Airport). The airport connects the city with almost all the corners of the world, including Israel, Germany and Russia. Both charter and regular flights are at your service. Nevertheless, many travelers prefer to fly to Larnaca because it is cheaper.
To get from the airport of Paphos to the city center, you can use either the accessible Bus 612 with a low-floor ramp that stops next to the tourist area where most of the hotels are located or Bus 613 that stops in the historical area, a fare is only 1.5 euros.
Tourists can also use a taxi service, the fare is about 25-35 euros, it is quite affordable if you travel in a big company. On our website, in the Travel Services section, you can find transfer services, including those that are accessible for people with limited mobility; also, here, you can find a local guide, a companion or a travel companion, or you can become the one yourself.
If the airport of your destination is Larnaca International Airport, you can get to Paphos by taxi, it will cost you at least 110 euros, or you can use public transport. First, you'll need to take an hour ride to Limassol and pay about 10 euros, then you'll need to take the bus to Paphos at the final stop of Limassol called Agios Georgios. This part of the journey will take you another hour and cost you about 5 euros. Having got to the center of Paphos, you can get to your final place of destination by a city bus for 1.5 euros or by taxi for 5-20 euros.
Where to stay
Larnaca can offer you the whole spectrum of the most convenient accommodations: luxury hotels at the seaside with everything you need for happiness, including SPA, swimming pools with sea and fresh water, conference rooms and charming exotic gardens, as well as a large selection of apartments.
On our website, you'll find a list of accessible hotels verified by our community. Also we would appreciate if you join and leave your review about the pros and cons of your hotel on this page, and most importantly, note its accessibility for everyone, including seniors and people with disabilities. The concept of our community is social tourism, accessible for all.
Accessible Environment in Larnaca
Both Larnaca Airport and Paphos Airport are accessible for tourists of all the categories. There are accessible toilets, charging points for mobility scooters and electric wheelchairs, convenient ramps and and ambulifts for wheelchair users.
The most of Larnaca is accessible for those who travel in a wheelchair and mobility scooter. However, there are still areas that need to be improved because local authorities recommend disabled people to travel with an accompanying person or a travel companion! By the way, on our website you can find or become a local guide or a travel companion here.
Transport in Larnaca is designed with a focus on accessibility for all; the elderly and people with disabilities have priority. Low-floor buses are accessible: equipped with seat belts and wheelchair spaces. There are affordable accessible taxis as well.
The European Blue Icon standard for specially designed parking spaces for people with disabilities allows a free parking all over the island of Cyprus. If you need any additional information or assistance with printing out the icon, you can contact the Department for Social Inclusion of People with Disabilities by phone: +357 22815015 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Those who use the EU Disability Card are entitled to some discounts for entering certain attractions, such as museums, archaeological sites, festivals and other events and services.
Here you can find the most comprehensive guide in English on the accessibility in Cyprus.