The Greek goddess of love and beauty is also known as the Lady of Cyprus and she’s still doing her bit for Cypriot tourism all these years later. If you fancy following in her footsteps then head Paphos, the mythical birthplace of Aphrodite – Greeks seem to agree that this is wear she landed and rose out of the sea. So much of the myth is interwoven with this area that Paphos has became the most famous place for worshipping the Greek Goddess. Today Paphos is a popular summer destination with guaranteed sunshine, beautiful beaches, culture, night-life, friendly locals and of course plenty of ancient history.
Flights head over to Paphos regularly throughout the summer months, with many budget air fares on offer, meaning a cheaper holiday all-round. A great way to really make your break begin with a bang is by treating yourself to a night in one of the many nationwide airport hotels. I tend to do this regularly whenever I travel, as I find it a great way to start my holiday early, and as I have to travel a fair distance to whichever airport I fly from, I find it a great way to cut down on tiredness. Most large UK airports have a range of hotels available, with something to suit every budget, so you’ll find something to fit your needs easily. I have stayed at many of the Manchester Airport hotels, and can vouch for them myself.
Once you land in Paphos, you don’t have to dread a long transfer to resort, as you’re just over half an hour’s drive away. You’ll probably be quite grateful of that fact in the soaring summer temperatures! Getting around resort is easy, thanks to a good public transport network, and it’s around a 15 minutes’ drive to the beach, so if you can hire a car this would give you much more freedom.
One of the best beaches in the region is nearby Coral Bay and you shouldn’t leave it off your itinerary. You’ll find white sand, good facilities and a really beautiful place to watch the sunset. If you enjoy a bit of retail therapy, then Paphos’ old town is a great place to head, with a maze of narrow streets, hiding quaint stores with plenty of bargains to be had.
If you do hire a car make sure you include a drive into the Troodos Mountains. For a breath of fresh air, and a bit of exercise, a walk through the stunning natural landscape really will take your breath away for all the right reasons. Remember that camera for sure, as the views are excellent.
When the sun goes down, Paphos is bright and varied, with entertainment to suit any mood. Food-wise, there are international restaurants around resort, so nobody will go hungry. After that, maybe you’ll want to sit and watch the world go by with a few drinks, or maybe head to Bar Street and party until the small hours. Alternatively, larger hotels will offer entertainment too, with discos for the kids.
Paphos is everything a summer holiday should be, and certainly bathed in hot, hot sun! Relax before you fly and your holiday will begin even sooner (which is never a bad thing in my book). If you’re flying from the north, as I often do, search hotels Manchester Airport, and you’re sure to stumble upon some jaw-dropping deals to start your holiday in style.