With year-round sunshine, sandy beaches, first-class resort facilities and several UNESCO World Heritage-listed attractions, it’s not surprising that Paphos is one of Cyprus’s most popular holiday and honeymoon destinations.
With a choice of luxury hotels, fine-dinning restaurants, relaxing spas and lively nightlife scene, Paphos offers all the ingredients you need for a relaxing honeymoon or romantic getaway.
Unwind on a choice of sandy beaches set in front of the waterfront hotels or head to Coral Bay, a golden-sand beach located around 13km north of Paphos, which is easily accessible by bus. Facilities include a variety of watersports from pedalos to windsurfers and parasailing.
Nearby lie some of the finest Greek relics and Roman mosaics anywhere in the world as well as stunning natural attractions, including the Tomb of the Kings, Paphos Forest, the Akamas Peninsula and the Troodos Mountains. Paphos is located on the west coast of Cyprus.
Check out the white-knuckle waterslides, wave pools and fast rivers at the Paphos Aphrodite Waterpark, which boasts one of the biggest family rafting rides in Europe.
Admire ruins that date back to the 12th century BC, including the impressive mosaics of Nea Paphos, the splendid rock-cut Tombs of the Kings and the Archaeological Museum, which reveals centuries of intriguing history.
Take a jeep safari or hike a trail through lush forest in the Troodos Mountains, located just an hour’s drive northeast of Paphos.
In winter and early spring from November to March much of the area is blanketed in snow, perfect for downhill skiing and cross-country runs from the Troodos Ski Centre - the most southerly in Europe.
Further north of Paphos sits the Akamas peninsula, another great spot for summer hikes.
Paphos offers a good selection of beaches, including…
This narrow sandy beach is sits in front of the hotels on Poseidonos Avenue.
Facilities include lifeguards, watersports, sun beds and umbrellas with a wide range of bars, restaurants and telephones nearby.
The quality of the water is tested frequently and the beachfront is cleaned everyday.
Relax on the golden sands of this popular beach, located around 13km north of Paphos. The beach is easily accessible by bus.
Facilities include a variety of watersports from pedalos to windsurfers and parasailing.
Although covered in pebbles, Latchi Beach offers the best conditions in the region for diving or snorkelling.
The nearby laid back Cypriot village of Latchi provides some of the best fish tavernas in Cyprus.
Pick your own secluded spot on this quiet and unspoilt beach, located just north of Paphos.
The beach is the site where endangered green and loggerhead turtles come to lay their eggs. You may also be able lucky enough to see endangered monk seals here.
Long considered to be the legendary birthplace of Aphrodite, Greek Goddess of Love, and ancient patron goddess of Cyprus, Petra tou Romiou Beach offers stunning sunsets from a rocky coastline.
It's also a great spot for a swim and a picnic. Located along the road from Lemesos to Pafos.
This popular pebble and sand beach is just a couple of kilometres from the harbour at Paphos.
Facilities include nearby accommodation options, beachside restaurant, volleyball court and various water sports as well as sun bed and umbrella hire. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer season.
Paphos offers an excellent choice of honeymoon accommodation options to suit all budgets, including the following hotels…
Prices: from AUD515 per double room
Description: The 5-star Elysium hotel is situated on the Paphos beachfront, adjacent to the Tombs of the Kings. It features ornate furnishings and sunset views across the Mediterranean from the terrace. All accommodations include a balcony or terrace with picturesque views of the lush grounds or the Mediterranean Sea. Every room has a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, and an en-suite bathroom. Elysium’s range of restaurants allows guests to savor Italian, Japanese or other international cuisine. Outdoor dining provides views of the gardens and the sea. The Elysium features a stunning multi-level outdoor pool, including a hydro-massage area. Guests can enjoy the adults-only Royal Pool, or relax with a drink at the swim-up bar. The Opium Health Spa provides a wide choice of treatments with elements of aromatherapy and hydrotherapy. Elysium has 2 tennis courts, a scuba diving center and a gym. Elysium is 30 minutes’ drive from Paphos Airport. Free on-site car parking is available.
Constantinou Bros Asimina Suites Hotel
Location: Yeroskipou, Paphos
Prices: from AUD595 per double room
Description: Asimina Suites Hotel is a luxury, 5-star hotel for guests older than 16 years old, with 2 outdoor fresh-water swimming pools. The hotel is 3 km from the Paphos fishing harbour and only 4 km from the town centre. Most air-conditioned suites have a separate seating area while each is equipped with satellite TV, DVD player and mini bar. They all open up to balconies, while some of them include a private pool with wooden decks. Facilities include 2 outdoor fresh water pools, an indoor heated pool, a tennis court and a spa centre. Guests can make use of the fully equipped gym and of the hair salon. Breakfast buffet, lunch and dinner are served daily in the hotel’s restaurants and bars. The Asimina Suites Hotel is 500 m from the nearest shops, bars and restaurants. Paphos International Airport is a 20-minute drive away. Yeroskipou is a great choice for travellers interested in relaxation, food and beaches.
King Jason Paphos
Prices: from AUD301 per double room
Description: Enjoying a peaceful location, 950 metres from the sea and just a short walk from the fishing harbor and the ancient fort, the King Jason Paphos features 5 pools, 4 bars and a restaurant. Free WiFi is available in public areas. Each of the spacious studios, suites and apartments is well-appointed with modern kitchen and fully renovated bathrooms. A variety of meal packages are available should you prefer meals to be prepared for you. Piatakia restaurant is the main restaurant with extensive buffets and show cooking area. The 4 bars of the hotel include the Lobby Bar, the Library Reading Lounge, the Deck Lounge and The Elegancia Adults-Only Lounge. Guests can take a refreshing swim in one of the pools including an outdoor swimming pool, a childrens pool, an indoor pool with hot tub, a hydropool with a swimming area and series of hot tub islands, and the adults-only Elegancia pool. King’s Avenue mall, Cyprus’ biggest shopping mall, is situated only a short walk away. Paphos International Airport is 7 km away.
The best time to visit Paphos for a beach holiday is from early-June through to late-September, when you can expect hot, sunny weather with clear blue skies and little or no rainfall.
To explore the nearby Greco-Roman ruins and Byzantine monasteries, or hike trails through forest in the Troodos Mountains, the best time is spring and early summer, from mid-April to late-June, and during autumn, from late-September to late-October, thereby avoiding the intense summer heat and high season crowds.
For more climate info: Paphos weather guide…
Paphos, sometimes spelled Pafos, is located on the southwest coast of Cyprus, about 50km (31mi) west of Limassol.
The most convenient route to Paphos is by air into Paphos International Airport (PFO), located about 16km (10mi) southeast of the city, near Timi.
Alternatively, fly into Larnaca International Airport – Glafcos Clerides (LCA), located about 4km (2.5mi) southwest of Larnaca on the southeast coast, and around 132km (82mi) from Paphos. An intercity express bus takes around 2 hours, with a change of bus in Limassol.
Information on how to get to Paphos…
Latest update: Honeymoon guide to Paphos, Cyprus: 7 September, 2023