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Paphos


Paphos Castle:
Paphos Castle in Paphos, Cyprus
Paphos (Greek: Παφος - Pafos; Turkish: Baf/Kasaba) is a city on the southwestern coast of Cyprus. The city has an estimated population of 26,530, with 52,800 living in the urban area.

According to legend, Paphos is the birthplace of Aphrodite (the goddess of love and beauty), who rose from the sea (see Rock of Aphrodite). In classical times, Paphos was the center of worship of Aphrodite, not just in Cyprus but for the entire region, and the foundation walls of a large ancient temple of Aphrodite are still discernable.

Other historic sites in the area include the Castle of Paphos in the harbor area, which was originally built by the Byzantines, and then dismantled and rebuilt repeatedly during the periods of the Lusignans, the Venetians and the Ottomans. Additionally in the area, there is the Tombs of the Kings, a burial site used from the 4th century BCE, many early Christian catacomb sites, and numerous Roman ruins - including many beautiful Roman mosaics.

Tourists and visitors to Paphos will also want to be sure to visit the Coral Bay area, which is about 6 kilometers (4 miles) to the North of the town. Coral Bay has many restaurants and bars, and also has a wonderful sandy beach (which many consider to be one of the best beaches in Cyprus).


Key Facts about Paphos


Here are some facts about Paphos:
  1. Paphos (Greek: Παφος - Pafos; Turkish: Baf/Kasaba) is a city on the southwestern coast of Cyprus.

  2. Paphos has an estimated population of 26,530, with 52,800 living in the urban area.

  3. According to Greek mythology, Paphos is the birthplace of the goddess Aphrodite (the goddess of love and beauty), who supposedly rose from the sea near the Rock of Aphrodite. As a result of this, Paphos became one of the most important places for the worship of Aphrodite in the ancient world.

  4. Paphos is supposedly named after a mythical figure, Paphos, who was the son of (or according to Ovid the daughter of) Pygmalion. You will recall that Pygmalion is supposed to have created an ivory image of Aphrodite which was brought to like by the goddess, as Galatea.

  5. During Roman times, Paphos was the capital of island of Cyprus. As a result it is home to the remains of the Roman governor's palace, and many fine Roman mosaics.

  6. Air travellers to Paphos are served by the second largest airport in Cyprus, Paphos International Airport. Paphos International Airport is about 6 miles (10 kilometers) Southeast of the city.

  7. Paphos has been selected to be European Capital of Culture in 2017 along with Århus in Denmark.



Attractions and Places of Interest in Paphos


Here are some attractions and places of interest in the Paphos area:

Weather in Paphos


The climate in Paphos is classified as Mediterranean, or dry-summer subtropical. Most rain falls from mid-November to March, snowfall tends to occur only about once per decade, and it almost never rains during the Summer. In July and August, humidity can sometimes reach as high as 85%. Overall, Paphos enjoys the mildest climate of any location in Cyprus.

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Books about Paphos


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How To Enjoy Cyprus For Less Than 10 Euros Per Day - Larnaca - Paphos (BUDGET TRAVEL GUIDE Book 7)

By Jason Taylor

CYCOPUBLISHING.com
Released: 2012-06-15
Kindle Edition (24 pages)

How To Enjoy Cyprus For Less Than 10 Euros Per Day - Larnaca - Paphos (BUDGET TRAVEL GUIDE Book 7)
 
Product Description:
"I work all night, I work all day
To pay the bills I have to pay

Ain't it sad?

And still there never seems to be
A single penny left for me

......" - who doesnt recognise these lyrics from the song Mamma Mia, by Abba and more recently in the movie Mamma Mia performed by Meryl Streep.

And then there you are drudging your way through the daily grind. Working every hour that god sends, just to pay the bills….sounds familiar doesn’t it?

You’re losing your quality of life and any meaning of happiness. Perhaps you are reading this right now while in between household chores like the ironing or the washing or parenting to your screaming children.

Are you commuting to work, stuck in a never ending sea of brake lights, perhaps your on the train just look up and around you right now are you just another sardine in the can on the way to work a work you hate, are poorly paid and not appreciated.

When you feel you have the same problems, but it is just a different day, then life is really doing you no favours whatsoever. But when you are in this negative and demanding trap it is very difficult to see any true happiness or relaxation.

Close your eyes for a minute and dream the dream. Imagine the gentle sound of the warm seas, lapping up against the perfect sands of the beach. There you are laid out on a soft comfortable sun lounger listening to the gentle flapping of the parasol in the warm welcoming wind, which is cooling you body down on this hot sunny day. Picture sipping slowly on that cool glass of your favourite cocktail, brimming with ice and fresh fruit or perhaps an ice cool beer, with the small pearls of condensation running down the outside of the glass dripping gently on to your skin, offering a welcoming cool tingle on your hot body.

Now open your eyes and you probably think this is an unrealistic dream, something which you have no chance of achieving.

But it honestly is achievable and throughout this book we are going to show you how you can live this dream, this luxurious escape for less than it will cost you to stay at home.

You have absolutely nothing to lose and much more to gain, happiness, relaxation, great food and a suntan will make your life, once again a much more bearable and enjoyable time.

Utilising our many months of research and our experience, you can now benefit by using our budget travel guide as a means to escape your normal daily life.

You think it is impossible to get luxurious accommodation for less than €10 per day – no it is not and this guide shows you how.

You think it is impossible to experience the finest international cuisines for less than €10 per day – no in this guide we will show you exactly how it is possible.

You can have everything you have ever dreamt from a holiday for less than €10 per day….including flight!

Which is considerably less than your water, gas and electric usage per day when you stay at home!

Stop dreaming the dream and start living the dream now in your next holiday destination Cyprus.

250 Things to Do in Cyprus on a Sunny Day*

By Chris Alden

Islebright Books & eBooks
Paperback (146 pages)

250 Things to Do in Cyprus on a Sunny Day*
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Are you planning to travel around Cyprus – and are you looking for a reliable, insider guide?

If so, you need 250 Things to Do in Cyprus on a Sunny Day* - the travel guide by Chris Alden, a writer who has lived in the beautiful Troodos foothills and has been visiting the island since he was a child.

It's full of honest recommendations of things to see and do, on and off the tourist trail - including the best beaches, the best tavernas, the most sublime mountain scenery and the most evocative ancient sites.

It covers the whole island - including Paphos, Limassol, Troodos, Nicosia, Larnaca and the north - and has tips for sporty types and arty types, lovers of wildlife and fans of authentic Cypriot food and drink.

It also includes more than 100 useful web links.

Buy 250 Things to Do in Cyprus on a Sunny Day* - and discover more about the island of Cyprus, today.

Cyprus (island where Venus was born) (pictures & photographs collection in 2004)

By Ken Ando

Yushun Hotta
Released: 2014-01-08
Kindle Edition

Cyprus (island where Venus was born) (pictures & photographs collection in 2004)
 
Product Description:
I went to Cyprus because the fortune-teller with tarot cards recommended me to go to Cyprus.
She said to me, "Aphrodite is calling you."
Aphrodite was born out of the bubble of the sea of Paphos(Petra tou Romiou).
I visited the seashore .
Then, I did mystical experience.
When I offered a prayer to Aphrodite, some wonderful feelings arrested me.
I was wrapped by the tear of joy.

Ken Ando


 
 
 

 
 
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