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6 Best‌ ‌Beaches‌ ‌in‌ ‌Paphos‌‌ and Must-See Attractions You Can’t Miss

Paphos is a stunning destination, but I had no idea until I got there. The beaches and national parks made me fall in love with the place.

And here’s my story about how I ended up in Paphos and why you must add this incredible destination to your travel bucket list.

The UK summer weather is very unpredictable, and being originally from Southern Spain, summer means sun and high temperatures every single day from June to the beginning of October.

I wanted to escape from the rainy weather and visit a European beach destination, but I didn’t want to spend too much money.

My partner and I spent hours and hours looking for somewhere different from Spain, Greece or Italy. And we found Paphos.

We ticked our list because it was cheaper than other destinations, it was still hot in late September, it didn’t seem like a crowded place and there was a combination of nature and culture!

In this blog, I am going to tell you the best beaches in Paphos as well as must-see attractions you can’t miss.

best beaches in paphos

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The Best Beaches in Paphos (+ Incredible Must-See Attractions)

Best beaches in Paphos

Alykes beach

If you’re looking for a beach at the heart of Paphos city, then Alykes beach is for you.

It’s located in the tourist area of Katos, so you’ll find all sorts of facilities (changing rooms, sunbeds, umbrellas, etc.) as well as a good variety of traditional fish taverns, cafes, restaurants and convenience stores.

Alykes beach is about 200 metres long, and it’s characterised by its golden sand, and calm and clean waters.

It’s a great beach to stop by and relax before you continue visiting Paphos’s must-see attractions such as Paphos Castle and the archaeological site of Tombs of the Kings.

beach in paphos

Blue Lagoon

One of my favourite beaches in the region of Paphos. It’s a small beach but very magical! 

Imagine it yourself: clear and crystal turquoise water, beautiful mountain views and warm water. You’ll feel like you’re in paradise! 

Getting to Blue Lagoon requires planning in advance. You can either book a tour, drive or get public transport, but no matter what your choice is, you need to get to the charming village of Latchi in the north of Cyprus.

blue lagoon

Coral Bay

This is a beach you can’t miss! It’s considered one of the best beaches in Paphos because of its golden sands and calm shallow waters.

The beach is enclosed by limestone headlands and it’s also surrounded by lush greenery. It’s absolutely beautiful, and it’s the perfect place to spend the day relaxing and contemplating the blue clear water.

However, if you want an adventurous experience, you can practice water sports or take a cruise tour!

I went on a half-day cruise with Paphos and Sea Cruises and it was a really good experience. They take you to the beautiful coastline, including Coral Bay, Sea Caves, and St Georges Island!

Plus, you get a lunch buffet, live music, and the chance to swim or snorkel in the clear blue waters.

coral bay cruise

Lara Bay

This beach is well-known for the turtles. However, please don’t expect to see any turtles!  Most tours and advertisements will tell you about seeing the turtles, but you won’t be able to see any turtles because they come out in the evening when the beach area is closed.

Yes, I was super excited about seeing the turtles but then it was a big disappointment when I arrived there. However, you can see their nests and learn a bit more about them.

The beach is protected for the welfare of the turtles, so there are a couple of rules you must aware of. For example, you can’t place any sunbed, umbrella or tent, stay on the beach for the sunset or drive any vehicles on the beach.

Lara Bay isn’t the most accessible beach, so I would recommend visiting this area with a local guide.

However, if you prefer to explore the Akamas Peninsula in a more adventurous way, you can discover the area by driving a quad bike or beach buggy.

Lara bay beach in cyprus

Nissi Beach

Located in the popular beach resort of Ayia Napa, this lively beach is well-known for its golden sand and crystal clear sea. The beach was awarded the blue flag designation in 2017, and there is no doubt why.

The name of the beach comes from the little island of Nissi which is situated very close to the coast. This island can be reached by walking through the shallow water during the summer months.

Nissi Beach is surrounded by a good variety of bars, restaurants and hotels, which makes it a top tourist destination.

Petra Tou Romiou

Petra Tou Romiou is the most famous beach in Paphos because of its mythical background.

Here is where you will find Aphrodite’s Rock, the birthplace of Aphrodite. According to legend, the Ancient Greek Goddess of Love and Beauty was born of the seafoam.

There are many local myths about Petra Tou Romiou, including a myth that says if you swim around the rock three times will bring blessings such as eternal youth and beauty, good luck, fertility and true love.

It’s a unique beach that you can’t miss during your holiday in Paphos. You can see it on one side of the road when driving from Paphos to Limassol.

Petra tou romiou cyprus

Must-see places in Paphos and beyond

Paphos Port Area

It’s a very relaxing place to walk around where you can have some food, buy some souvenirs, or even see a pelican.

There’s a restaurant called “The Pelican” where you can see a pelican walking around the port and around the outdoor tables. It was so friendly that you can take a picture of it!

On the other side of the port, you can find Alykes Beach, Paphos’ main beach with sandy shores, calm water and plenty of cocktail bars.

Also, you may want to check other nearby popular beaches like Pachyammos beach and Faros beach.

Paphos Castle

At the end of the port, you can find Paphos Castle. Originally, the castle was much bigger, but the Frankish tower with its Venetian additions are the only elements you can see now.

There’s a €2,50 admission fee if you’d like to see inside and learn more about the history of this castle.

6 Best‌ ‌Beaches‌ ‌in‌ ‌Paphos‌‌ and Must-See Attractions You Can't Miss 6 Best‌ ‌Beaches‌ ‌in‌ ‌Paphos‌‌ and Must-See Attractions You Can't Miss

Tombs of the Kings

If you’re really into ancient history and art or you just simply like visiting important museums and monuments, Tombs of the Kings is one of the most important archaeological sites in Cyprus.

It’s like immersing yourself in an old city with well-preserved underground tombs and chambers.

If you’re travelling by public transport, you can take the 615 route to Coral Bay which stops outside the entrance.

It’s definitely one of the best things to do in Paphos!

Akamas Peninsula Park

Expect to be amazed by the beautiful landscapes! Along the park, you see white sandy beaches, waterfalls, big mountains and little towns on top of these mountains.

I recommend booking a day tour to explore the peninsula because you need to use transport to go from one side to another (it’s bigger than you can imagine) and some paths are tricky.

My partner and I booked a 4×4 tour around the Akamas peninsula and it was quite good!

The tour was led by locals who really knew the area (including curvy and narrow roads along the mountains) and the history behind the places.

It was perfect because we were a small group of 6 people. We saw the main places in the park and had a traditional Cypriot lunch near Latchi, a beautiful fishing village I wished we had more time to explore.

Avakas Gorge

Amazing place to do some hiking, get lost in nature and see amazing rock formations and waterfalls. 

I didn’t explore all the waterfall areas because the tour guide told us that it can be a bit dangerous and we didn’t have enough time.

Paphos waterfall
Baths of Aphrodite

It’s a small grotto with Greek mythology behind it. According to the myth, this is where Aphrodite (the Olympian goddess of love) bathed, met Adonis (God of beauty and desire), and fell in love. 

Here’s what some people believe: If you touch the water, you’ll be more fertile. However, others think that if you touch the water, you’ll fall in love with the person next to you or you’ll get eternal youth.

It was a funny thing to hear!

What to Eat in Paphos

Paphos is an amazing destination for foodies. If you love Greek and Turkish food, then you’ll love Cypriot food. Cypriot food is a combination of both cuisines.

Although the cuisine consists of many grilled meat and fish, cheese is a big ingredient too, and the vegetables and fruits are full-on flavours.

Meze platter

Ask for a meze to enjoy a variety of cold and hot small dishes like tapas.

These can include hummus, “talattouri (mint and cucumber flavoured yoghurt), grilled vegetables, olives, etc.

Cypriot Souvlaki

Souvlaki is originally from Greece but Cypriots have their own version!

These are diced pork or chicken, skewered and marinated, then served with chips or in pita bread.

But if you’re a vegan or vegetarian or fancy a veggie meal, you can get it served with grilled vegetables and halloumi.

Halloumi

This Cypriot cheese is so good! It’s made from a mixture of goat’s and sheep’s milk and you can get it anywhere in Cyprus, fried or grilled.

Koupepia

It consists of vine leaves stuffed with pork mince and rice.

A very traditional dish that you can’t miss! It’s similar to the Greek “dolma” or Romanian “sarmale.”

Frozen Yoghurt

This yoghurt is one of the most delicious ones I’ve ever tried.

It’s full of flavour and very smooth! You can also get as many chocolate and fruit toppings as you want. I couldn’t stop adding fruits to my frozen yoghurt!

Loukoumades

Fancy something sweet? Try these delicious fried doughs served with honey.

Pomegranate

TIP: Most Cypriot people speak English, however, they’ll be happy and surprised to hear you saying something in their languages (Turkish and Greek Cypriot).

If you’re visiting Paphos, Greek Cypriot is the spoken language.

I remember ordering a refreshing cocktail in the pool bar and the friendly waiter taught me to say cheers! So if you want to say “cheers”, say /yamas/ or if you want to say “good morning”, say /kalimera/.

If you’re wondering where to eat, I highly recommend going to Kato Paphos as this area has many tavernas serving fish and meze meals.

Where to Stay in Paphos

I stayed at Leonardo Laura Beach & Splash Resort and I had a great time.

The location of this beach hotel is excellent because you are in between Paphos and stunning beach locations such as Coral Bay.

Let’s say you want to visit Coral Bay, well, it’s easily accessible as it’s only 11 minutes by car. However, if you don’t want to rent a car, you can always take the bus from the bus stop next to the hotel.

The hotel facilities include a modern design and beautiful swimming pool areas. From the second swimming pool, you can access an amazing beach and watch the breathtaking sunsets.

paphos beach sunset

Also, the hotel has four different restaurants – from international food to Greek food. My favourite was the Greek restaurant, of course!

The rooms are big and very well-decorated. I actually didn’t want to leave this place as it felt like being “at home”.

I highly recommend staying there as the hotel is stunning and the staff was always very friendly and kind.

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hotel room

*The hotel in this post is not sponsored. It was paid for by myself and this review is based on my personal opinion.


Before travelling to Paphos, I didn’t know much about the place and I hadn’t heard much of it., but when I arrived there, I realised Paphos has many things to offer and it’s a unique destination for its landscape and culture.

So if you’re thinking about where to go next, choose Paphos. You won’t regret it!

If you have any questions about visiting Paphos, email me or send me a DM on Instagram. I’d be very happy to help you.

Safe adventures,

Cristina xx

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Top things to do before visiting Paphos

Frequently asked questions about visiting Paphos

How do you know Paphos is the destination for you?

  • you want to feel the heat on your skin
  • you’re craving sunbathing or jumping into the turquoise clear sea – Paphos has over 15 blue flag beaches;
  • you love nature and adventure;
  • you’re crazy about Mediterranean food (that delicious and smooth hummus!);
  • you’re a history seeker.

If I haven’t convinced you yet, go back to the travel guide. I am sure that it will change your mind.

What makes Paphos unique?

Cyprus is an island country divided into two parts: South and North.

Paphos is located in the southwest region of Cyprus and has a Greek and Mediterranean influence in comparison to Nicosia (Northern Cyprus) which has a Turkish influence.

Be aware that Southern Cyprus belongs to the European Union whereas Northern Cyprus belongs to Turkey.

If you’re planning to visit Northern Cyprus for less than 90 days and you’re a European citizen, you won’t need to obtain a visa! You only need to have your passport or identity card with you.

If you want to stay longer than 90 days, you’ll have to apply for a visa. You can check more information here.

So if you decide to travel around this country, you’ll be able to experience cultural differences.

Paphos is one of those places where you can find anything you like and it’s been recognised to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its ancient remains and nature.

What is the best month to visit Cyprus?

Anytime from May to September! I went to Paphos at the end of September and the average temperature was about 30 degrees.

This is amazing because if you can’t escape from your job or take time off during the summer, you can visit Paphos in late September to still get your summer.

In addition to that, you’ll see that it isn’t as crowded as other destinations.

Does Paphos have a beach?

Yes, Paphos is surrounded by some of the best beaches in Cyprus that have been awarded the blue flag designation. The most popular beaches in Paphos are Coral Bay, Blue Lagoon, Nissi Beach and Petra Tou Romiou.

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8 Comments

  1. I love Greek food. Halloumi is my absolute favourite for BBQs! And the colour of the ocean looks amazing, you totally made me wanna go to Paphos!!

    1. Cristina Reina says:

      I love Mediterranean food too, and halloumi is so tasty 🙂 I hope you can visit it soon!

  2. Paphos looks so beautiful! I’m definitely adding Cyprus to my bucket list. 🙂 Also, I love your photos and the food looks amazing.

    1. Cristina Reina says:

      It is one of my favourite beach destinations in Europe. Paphos’ nature and beaches are amazing 🙂 I think you will love it!

  3. World of Lina says:

    I went to Cyprus in January and visited Paphos as well! Really lovely city 🙂

    1. Cristina Reina says:

      I’m happy to hear you liked it too! 🙂

  4. Aw this is now on my bucket list! Looks amazing! And I love your photos! 🙂

    1. Cristina Reina says:

      Amazing! I’m happy to hear that 🙂

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