Pafos – The perfect blend of tradition and modernity
Pafos, with its pleasant harbour and medieval fort, is a perfect blend of a cosmopolitan holiday resort surrounded by spectacular countryside and historical sites. The region itself provides a flawless environment for those seeking to enjoy both sea and mountains, while savouring a taste of the island’s unique and opulent culture.
Pafos is located on the southwest coast of the island and is sheltered from the north by the Troodos mountain range. It has a temperate climate, one of the healthiest in the Mediterranean. From breath-taking sites to inspiring tourist attractions, the Pafos region is world-renowned by its mythological ambassador Aphrodite – the ancient Greek goddess of love and beauty. Known as “Petra tou Romiou”, this picturesque spot is also believed to have been the birthplace of the goddess. Adjacent to this mythical site is the Venus Rock Golf Resort – Europe’s largest golf-integrated beachfront resort. Further afield, one can explore Aphrodite’s sanctuary at Kouklia, or travel a short distance to visit the grotto near the town of Polis, where the goddess was thought to have bathed. With romance at its forefront, Pafos steps in as the most suitable region on the island of Cyprus to plan a wedding or honeymoon.
The Pafos region has also earned its stripes as one of the most hospitably warm and welcoming places in Cyprus. It’s almost year-round sunshine, friendly people and wide spectrum of activities, make this region an enviable location for the picture-perfect lifestyle. The Kings Avenue Mall, a landmark for this charming town, is a contemporary shopping mall located at the heart of Pafos’ tourist area. Boasting high-street fashion and international retail outlets, the shopping centre also provides the perfect ambiance for quality family entertainment.
From championship, signature golf courses and blue-flag beaches, to fine dining and luxury hotels and wellness resorts, Pafos has it all. The town attracts a plethora of people ranging from high-net worth individuals, retirees, business people and large families. Home to fine educational institutions and universities, Pafos caters for locals and foreigners alike. The International School of Paphos is an exemplary academic private school located in the heart of the town, offering an extensive range of subjects and facilities, all taught in the English language. The school is also affiliated with the UK’s Cambridge University.
Pafos is also home to Cyprus’ second largest airport. The Pafos International Airport is located on the fringe of the town with easy access to and from the city centre and the tourist area. The airport welcomes flights from major international destinations on a daily basis.