Kato Paphos Area Guide

By January 28, 2016Area Guides, Cyprus Taxi

Cyprus Taxi arrange taxi and mini bus transfers from both Paphos and Larnaca airports to Kato Paphos.

The lower part of Paphos town, located close to the sea is known as Kato Paphos. Situated approximately 15 minutes drive from Paphos Airport, Kato Paphos is the life and soul of Paphos and no matter what you are looking for you will find it here. The town offers all amenities and around the harbour area you will find plenty of restaurants, hotels, fish taverns and bars to choose from.

A walk around the harbour is an excellent way to enjoy your time and explore Kato Paphos. You may wish to do some window shopping here, or stop at one of the many harbour side restaurants and bars for a cold drink or taste the traditional Cypriot coffee.

The archaeological area of Kato Paphos includes sites from prehistoric times, and most remains date back to the Roman period. Historical places definitely worth a visit in Kato Paphos include The Mosaics of Paphos, The Odeon, The Agora, and The Fort of Saranta Kolones.

The site of The Cyprus Mosaics, or more commonly ‘Paphos Mosaics’, are a series of mosaic floors in villas of ancient Roman noblemen. The site where the villas are still being excavated can be found about 300 metres from the Paphos harbour. The mosaics feature mythological characters and scenes, and were constructed from small cubes of marble and stone, called tesserae, with glass paste added to widen the range of colour.

Also to be found in the harbour area is the famous castle of Paphos. Originally built as a Byzantine fort to protect the harbour from invaders, Paphos Castle was rebuilt by the Lusignans in the 13th century AD, destroyed by the Venetians in 1570 during the Ottoman invasion and rebuilt by the Ottomans after they captured the island in the 16th century AD. During the time of Ottomans, Paphos Castle was restored, expanded, and strengthened to what it is today.

The castle itself is a stunning example of stone architecture. The Castle is connected to the harbour through an arched battle way bridge. Once inside the castle there is not much to see or do, but once you reach the top platform you can enjoy the breath taking views of Paphos Marina. Paphos Castle is also used by many people as a backdrop for memorable Paphos holiday pictures.

During its long history, the Paphos Castle has been used as a fort, a prison cell, and even as a storage area for salt when the island was a British colony. In 1935 it was declared an ancient monument and today is considered as one of the hallmarks of the Paphos region. Paphos Castle is also listed in the UNESCO list of world heritage sites.

For those interested in culture, Paphos Castle is a definite must see during your trip to Cyprus. Many cultural events take place at Paphos Castle square; there is an international opera ‘Aphrodite Opera’ performed in September each year at the square, where artists from all over the world take part.

A large part of Kato Paphos has been named after the famous monuments of Tombs of the Kings.

The “Tombs of the Kings” owe their name to their size and splendour. Some of these probably belonged to the Pafian aristocracy. They are rock cut and date to the Hellenistic and early Roman periods. They are similar to tombs found in Alexandria, demonstrating the close relations between the two cities during the Hellenistic period.

Today the Tomb of the Kings area of Kato Paphos offers you a wide range of restaurants, bars and cafes.

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