Why You Should Visit Stunning Paphos Cyprus

  July 14, 2016 travel posts 🕑 3 minutes read

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BFP Location – Paphos, Cyprus

 

Roman Abramovich. He’s all that was missing from here in beautiful Paphos, Cyprus. Toss in a Russian oligarch or 2 and you’d have a full and proper Mediterranean playground for the well-heeled in this peaceful, glam, drop dead gorgeous beach town in western Cyprus.

 

From the eats, to the yachts, to the castle, the hallowed antiquity of 2 heritage sites and the crystal clear, jaw-dropping, refreshing waters, Paphos checks all boxes on the Blogging From Paradise board.

 

Kelli and I are wrapping up our trip shortly so it’s time to share why I feel you should visit Paphos.

 

Hallowed Antiquity

 

I can’t stop using this word. I’ve seen guys speaking in pleasant British accents using the phrase “hallowed antiquity” repeatedly in movies. Movies depicting Romans, or Greeks, or whatever. Anyway, after visiting the Paphos Archaeological Site and Tomb of the Kings I assure ya the place is well worth the trip.

 

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I stepped back hundreds to thousands of years after dropping a few Euros to enjoy each heritage site. Picture an enchanting, postcard-perfect backdrop of the Mediterranean Sea as you learn about how Paphos looked before KFC and McDonald’s dotted the main drag in town. Still trying to discern whether tomb builders sloppily worked over chicken drumsticks while on the job (No; KFC was not part of hallowed antiquity). Anyway, I may have sweated like Patrick Ewing when he stepped to the free throw line (Youtube it) in each park but I loved the places.

 

The Water

 

Note; Paphos Harbor has no real beach. No sand. Limited areas for laying out. One climbs down a ladder to enter the refreshing, crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea. I was delightfully refreshed, invigorated and recharged by the kinda cool but supremely pleasant waters.

 

The water drops off immediately in some spots but during high season it’s bath calm. No waves in Paphos Harbor. Meaning, super safe.

 

The Views

 

Kelli and I ate ice cream by a castle moat here. A smallish castle. OK, twas a fort. Once a salt house. Hell, 342 different peoples used it 423 different ways. As is usually the case for this oft-conquered little island not too far from the Middle East.

 

Castles. Yachts. Clear waters shore side. Deep blue sea on the horizon. Beautiful restaurants. Palm trees. Tastefully done. The designers did their homework. Nothing sticks out like a sore thumb in Paphos. Save the woefully tall KFC sign one spots from the Tomb of the Kings. Even then, there’s something reassuring about seeing the Colonel’s grille while enjoying hallowed antiquity (there goes that phrase again).

 

The Eats

 

Greek foody freaks would love it. British pensioners have their choice of spots offering 3 to 4 Euro full English breakfasts. I even feasted on bangers, fried bread, marmalade and back bacon at Tea for Two (sausage, fried bread, jam and smoked ham for my American readers).

 

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We had fabulous Chinese in town too at that Imperial Chinese joint. Reminded me of the restaurant in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Similar motif. One can grab whatever they want in Paphos: traditional Cyprus Meze, Greek, Italian, Thai, Chinese, British fare, whatever. Western too, you fast food junkies.

 

The Verdict

 

Visit the place. Paphos, Cyprus is a wonderful little slice of paradise in the Mediterranean.

  1. Ryan Biddulph says:
    at 10:11 am

    Have you visited Paphos?

    • Anthony John Allen says:
      at 9:15 am

      Lived there for many years.

      • Ryan Biddulph says:
        at 10:46 am

        Beautiful Anthony. Seems like you liked it. From prior comments 🙂

        Ryan

  2. Chrysoula says:
    at 4:54 pm

    Hello Ryan,

    Cyprus looks good. I am a Greek and I am ashamed to say that I haven’t made it to Cyprus yet. I am happy you found some English breakfast but Greek, Cypriot food is amazing. Did you try any haloumi cheese?

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 5:08 pm

      Hi Chrysoula,

      We loved in there! No worries; I know you’ll make it 😉 Yes we had haloumi almost daily LOL! We got addicted to it. I bought halloumi style pastries every few days and we always found ourselves snacking on the stuff when we went out to eat. Thanks for commenting!

      Ryan

      • Anthony John Allen says:
        at 9:14 am

        Halloumi is OK as long as it is cooked correctly, it can be extremely rubbery, ought to be OK for bike tyres though.

      • Ryan Biddulph says:
        at 10:44 am

        Hehehehe yes, gotta get the consistency down to make it enjoyable.

        We consumed halloumi in baked goods. Local bakery served it up fresh. Soft and delicate fare. Delicious. But poor for bike tires 🙂

        Ryan

    • Anthony John Allen says:
      at 9:13 am

      I haven’t tried Greek food, but the Cypriot food is mostly terrible I found, try an Italian Taverna much nicer.

      • Ryan Biddulph says:
        at 10:43 am

        Really? I loved it. Mad tasty. Especially Halloumi. Different strokes of course 😉

        My wife and I went wild at the Cypriot buffet, located in the local supermarket. Roasted taters were divine.

        Ryan

  3. Jo says:
    at 12:56 pm

    No beaches? Thats a bummer for me.. still the water looks crystal clear and Paphos is def a top bucket list spot 🙂 Are you still living near Phuket though, Ryan?

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 3:22 pm

      Hi Jo,

      Yep, crazy, right? At least by the harbor in Paphos. Farther up the coast you’ve classic beaches. But really, the water was the clearest I’d seen since Fiji and the scene super glam. Like a little Mediterranean playground. Actually Jo, back in New Jersey for a while now. But SE Asia is on the list. Where are you now?

      Thanks for the comment!

      Ryan

      • Anthony John Allen says:
        at 9:12 am

        Pissouri have a very nice beach area, I have enjoyed many strolls along the beach there and then had a meal in a beachside Taverna, wonderful.

      • Ryan Biddulph says:
        at 10:42 am

        We will definitely check out Pissouri on our next stop.

        Ryan

  4. Anthony John Allen says:
    at 9:10 am

    It is not safe to bathe in Cyprus, so use a swimming pool,, there is a beach in Coral bay, but it is poor quality. The views are nice higher up from Tala and above, the summers are stinking hot but the springtime and autumn are superb., with only a short winter usually after christmas for about 6 or seven weeks, it can snow higher up. The Cypriot people are friendly especially if they are taking money from you, otherwise underneath they are the same as anybody. Since adopting the Euro and joining the EU, prices have rocketed upwards, it used to be very reasonable but not anymore also there is a lot more crime on the Island since free movement of people from the EU started, it used to be so good.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 10:41 am

      Hi Anthony,

      Cool recount buddy. Loved Cyprus. Compared to the rest of Europe it seemed pretty cheap/reasonable but I did hear pre-EU how prices were lower. Thanks for the comment.

      Ryan

  5. snorters says:
    at 3:24 am

    Zzz