Mythical Mediterranean town
Holidays to Paphos effortlessly blend unique Cypriot charm and ancient ruins with a harbour full of alfresco eateries, cute cafés and stylish bars overlooking the water. Located on the west coast of Cyprus, Paphos attracts families, couples and groups of friends seeking a fun-filled, adventurous holiday in the sun. There are stunning sand and shingle beaches with top sunbathing spots on offer by day, and swanky bars and clubs by night. History lovers and culture vultures will be spoilt for choice with UNESCO World Heritage Sights at every turn, including the must-see 1000 year old Tomb of the Kings, a stunning amphitheatre and exquisite mosaic floors.
Take a stroll along the palm-lined promenade and stop off for a Cypriot coffee and ouzo before picking your restaurant for dinner that evening. Select from freshly caught seafood and mouth-watering Greek meze. Classically Mediterranean, Paphos has something for everyone, accompanied by warm sunshine and hospitality to match.
At Sovereign we will tailor a holiday to suit your needs, combining our fantastic selection of luxury accommodation with flights, private transfers and excursions. All of our properties offer upmarket touches such as luxury spas, extensive infinity pools and smart a la carte restaurants alongside vine-covered terraces serving exquisite local cuisine.
Paphos is regarded as the cultural hub of Cyprus but if you want to explore the nearby towns, neighbouring Lara Beach is well worth a visit. Home to native loggerhead turtles who lay their eggs on the beach, this is the chance to get up close to the native wildlife. Those who like to keep active will enjoy the spectacular Troodos Mountains which offer hiking adventures, quaint hillside villages and panoramic views of the island.
In addition to the Old Town’s historical delights, the harbour area in Paphos also offers a slice of Cypriot culture with a beautiful display of colourful mosaics. Sophisticated bars overlook the water and are the ideal place to sit and watch the spectacular Paphos sunset. Fairway fans will enjoy the major golf course, while shopaholics may prefer the chic boutiques in the area.
Transfer time from Paphos airport to Paphos is approximately 15 minutes.
Cyprus has Greek island-style summers that warm up quickly, with temperatures sticking in the low 20s around April and May. In the middle of summer, highs are well into the 30s, and you can still get away with great beach weather (in the slightly more comfortable 20s) around September and October. Cyprus doesn’t get particularly cold; things hover in the late teens throughout winter, with the odd rain shower.
Visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Cyprus.
Most restaurants and hotel bills will include a 10% tip, so you don’t have to tip wait staff or bar staff. Even still, extra tips are always appreciated, especially if you received good service. Taxi drivers appreciate a tip; aim for about 10% of the fare.
The official languages of Cyprus are Turkish and Greek. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.