Cheap Flights to Paphos, Republic of Cyprus
- Area Code : (+357) 6
- Currency : Euro (EUR) & Turkish lira (TRY)
- Population City/Urban : 32,892 / 61,986 (2011)
- Official Language : Greek
- Time Zone : EET (UTC+2) Summer (DST) EST (UTC+3)
- Airport s : Paphos International Airport (PFO)
‘PFO’ around 45km from the city is a combined civil-military public airport. Passengers can take a bus, rental vehicle or taxi from ‘PFO’. Bus 612 departs hourly (April to November) for Harbour Bus Station in Kato Paphos, taking around 30 minutes. Bus 613 to Karavella Bus Station in the city centre is cheaper but takes longer and only operates four times a day. Car rentals are available from ‘Europcar’, ‘Budget’, ‘Sixt’, ‘Astra’ & ‘Petsas’. Taxi operators at ‘PFO’ include ‘Paphos Airport Taxi’ and ‘Paphos Taxi Airport Taxi’. Airport shuttles can also be arranged online via private companies.
From Cape Town International travellers can fly to Paphos with the following airlines, with one plus stops:
- KLM, Finnair (via Amsterdam, Helsinki) 20h 25m+
- Air Namibia, Condor (via Windhoek, Frankfurt) 23h 0m+
- Turkish, British (via Istanbul, London) 23h 35m+
- Qatar, S7 (via Doha, Moscow) 1d 2h+
- Transavia (via Amsterdam) 1d 19h+
Additional airlines flying to Paphos include:
- Air Berlin
- Jat Airways
- Easy Jet
- Tus Airways
Reasons to Visit:
- Located southwest of Cyprus, Paphos is a romantic harbour town soaked in ancient mythology and capital of the ‘Paphos District’. Lying off the Mediterranean coast, it’s around 50km west of the island’s largest port, ‘Limassol’ and is filled with fascinating history and amazing treasures. Stroll through ancient ruins of fortresses, villas and tombs; take in the wreck of the ‘M/V Demetrios II’; immerse yourself amidst pine and cedar forests on Troodos mountain also home to olden churches with amazing Byzantine frescoes; take a scenic drives to isolated mountain villages; go back in time at ‘Kourion’, an ancient 2000-seat amphitheatre; view mosaics in the ruins of ‘Kourion’ showing depictions of Achilles; bask under the sun on one of many fabulous beaches; appreciate a sunset vista at ‘Aphrodite’s Rock’ or get great bargains at ‘Paphos Town Market’.
- In ancient times two areas made up ‘Old Paphos’ but today ‘Old Paphos’ is called Kouklia and the other, ‘New Paphos’ that’s located on a hill not far from the ocean. Paphos with impressive ancient remains is a ‘UNESCO’ listed city and was nominated in 2017, as a ‘European Capital of Culture’ (together with Aarhus).
- Hotels include upmarket, mid-range and budget establishments. Splurge out at ‘Aphrodite Hills Resort’ spanning acres of lush forest and styled in a traditional Cypriot village design, with extras of tennis, golf and a luxurious spa; mid-range affords ‘Vasilias Nikoklis Inn’, located outside the city at the bottom of the Troodos mountains that’s a charming family-run inn with lush lemon and olive groves around it; budget affords ‘Axiothea’, a 2-Star hotel with pleasing vistas of the town and coast, friendly service and located on the old acropolis of ‘Moussalas Hill’. ‘Hostel facilities include ‘King’s Hotel’, a down-to-earth 2-Star family run hotel with a pool. Camping sites are also available.
- Experience dining in the villages or at one of many great eateries in the city. When in Omodos village pop into ‘Yianni’s’ restaurant and wine bar that’s pleasantly affordable and for a great Argentinian steak, the concealed ‘Tziellari’s’ in Kakopetria is a must including their homemade cheesecake. For a superb fare of fresh seafood, ‘Theos’ in the harbour with a waterfront setting is most pleasant.
When to Visit:
Choose anytime between the months of March through December, depending on your weather preference. March and April see average highs of between 19 and 21°C with around 31mm and 26mm rain. May and June have highs of between 25 and 29°C, about 4mm rain in June and sea temperatures between 21 and 24°C. July and August afford highs of between 30 and 33°C with virtually no rain and sea temperatures around 26/27°C. Average highs during September and October are around 27°C with September having around 11mm rain and October 33mm. November highs average 23°C with 34mm rain while highs in December are around 19°C with 121mm rainfall.
Note: Dormitian of the Theotokos may affect opening hours of certain attractions.
Places to Visit:
- The ‘Museum of Folk Art of Yeroskipou’ is an 18th century building that displays a large interesting collection of items from all over the island but mainly from the Paphos region.
- The ‘Ethnographical Museum’ is home to a mixed collection of traditional costumes, coins and more. It’s owned by the family of a prominent Paphos archaeologist.
- Listed a ‘UNESCO World Heritage’ site, ‘Paphos Archaeological Park’ has important remains of an ancient Greek and Roman city as well as ‘Saranta Kolones’, ruins of a medieval fortress.
- ‘The ‘Tombs of the Kings’, a burial area for local nobility (not kings) has a number of striking caves and tombs dating back to the 4th century and is best viewed in the early morning.
- Glean the interesting history of ‘Paphos Castle’, once a Byzantine fort built to protect the harbour.
- Founded by Cypriot writer Neophytos in 1159, the ‘Agios Neophytos Monastery’ was his home, carved out of mountain rock that shows off some of the finest Byzantine frescoes of the 12th and 15th centuries and the museum displays a collection of religious jewellery, manuscripts, holy utensils, old books, maps and more.
- The ‘Paphos Odeon’ is a small 2nd century amphitheatre constructed entirely with hewn limestone blocks.
- ‘Mavrokolympos Botanic & Aromatic Gardens’ is located in a protected lush area, beautifully landscaped with gardens, fruit trees, herbs and more.
- Stop for lunch in the picturesque village of ‘Omodos’, about a 45 minute drive from the city, with narrow lanes, bakeries, wine and lace and the church of the ‘Holy Cross’, home to the skull of St. Philip. Just 30 minutes’ north is ‘Kakopetria’, another inviting village and just two miles away, the ‘Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis’ church displays imperative wall paintings from the 11th century.
- Well-known on the island is ‘Paphos Lighthouse’ that opened in 1888 and has a focal height of 36m.
- Avid golfers have ‘Minthis Hills’, a resort near to Tsada village, ‘Aphrodite Hills Resort’ or ‘Golfworld Cyprus’, created by passionate golfers that’s a state-of-the-art indoor golf facility with 30 plus of the world’s top courses.
- Pop into ‘Fikardos Winery’ that’s been producing excellent wine by its owner Theodoros Fikardos since 1990. It’s located in the Mesogi village.
- Unfortunately not to be visited during 2017 is the ‘Byzantine Museum’ (being relocated) that displays imperative exhibits of artefacts from the 7th to the 18th century and the archaeological museum (under renovation).
The city’s bus service is inexpensive and travels to numerous attractions sites and around the city. Bus stations are ‘Harbour Bus Station’ and ‘Karavella Bus Station’. Tickets are purchased on the bus with options of one-way tickets, a daily or weekly pass with the latter offering unlimited trips from 06h00 to 23h00. Intercity buses link the city directly with Limassol and Nicosia. Get further information at www.paphosbus.com.
Rental companies within the city include ‘Sixt’, ‘Budget’, ‘Nippy Turtle’ and ‘Europcar’.
Taxi operators include ‘Sam’s Taxi’, ‘Anthos Taxi’ and ‘Paphos Taxi Airport Taxi’. Confirm the price before getting into the taxi to avoid being overcharged.
Rental companies for bikes include ‘Cypres E-bike’, ‘Ride Easy’ and others.