Paphos Holidays – A Brit home from home
Paphos (Páfos in officialese), at the far south western tip of Cyprus, has long been the most popular resort on the island for Brits of a certain age, with also a resident expat population in the district well into five figures. The place is divided into the inland, bluff-top ‘real’ town of Ktíma Páfos, with its elegant neoclassical administrative buildings and lively market, and the purpose-built, post-1974 resort development of Káto Páfos, extending mostly east from the little port with its square medieval castle.
The two in-town must sees are the superb, UNESCO-rated Roman mosaics conveniently by the port, only discovered in 1962, and the eerie, Hellenistic, rock-cut Tombs of the Kings 2km north. Point a car towards the foothill monastery of Áyios Neófytos and the vividly frescoed 12th-century cave hermitage of the saint. Holidays in Paphos are suitable for all tastes and ages, with plenty of organized activities (scuba, paragliding, a water park, nearby golf courses, a bowling alley) and moderate nightlife on a single ‘bar street’ in Káto Páfos.