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Paphos was the mythical birthplace of Aphrodite so you can be sure that you’ll have a lot of ancient archaeology on the agenda in this town in western Cyprus. Kato Paphos on the water’s edge is the ancient city where the mosaics of Roman villas are as vibrant now as the day they were laid.
It’s a guarantee that you’ll eat and drink well in Paphos, where you can feast on meze and sample the range of wines that are grown in the hills to the east of the town. And for the little ones: A water park, zoo and an almost endless array of beaches. Let’s have a look at the best things to do in Paphos!
The perfect way to recuperate from your adventures to ancient monuments and monasteries is a lazy day by the sea.
The Paphos district has more than 50 kilometres of coastline, where there are 27 beaches, 12 of which have been awarded the Blue Flag for their cleanliness and facilities.
The best ones for tourists are between Paphos Town and Cape Drepanon.
Beyond this point, on the way to Lara, there are some superb protected natural beaches that stretch out for a kilometre or more.
So visitors willing to travel a little further will find perfect seclusion in unspoiled bays.
This attraction was once the private menagerie and aviary of a local businessman and animal collector, Christos Christoforou.
At the turn of this century Christoforou decided to open his zoo up to the public with the aim of showing off his collection and educating visitors about animal conservation.
The zoo is situated in a landscaped environment of gardens and ponds, and houses monkeys, giraffes, tigers, white lions, kangaroos, meerkats and more.
The bird area is possibly the most interesting, with more than 200 species including a wide range of birds of prey.
A family-favourite for those long summer days, Aphrodite Waterpark is the largest attraction of its kind on this side of Cyprus.
In all it has 17 rides and attractions with something for both the big kids and toddlers.
There are four high-speed plunges for people who want to get the adrenaline pumping, including Racer, in which you face off against your friends to see who can get to the bottom of this tube ride first.
More sedate is Lazy River, a mile-long float beneath waterfalls and fountains that drops you right back at your sun lounger!
If you’re visiting Paphos with kids and want to get away from the beach for a while then there’s no shortage of things to do.
One option that will go down well is a horseback ride or pony trek. There are stables just outside the town, like the Eagle Mountain Ranch with a range of trips into the lovely Mediterranean scenery just outside Paphos.
You could even saddle up for an overnight trip and camp out in the aromatic pine scrub and olive groves, while couples could take a twilight ride to see the sun go down off the western coast of the island.
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