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Located south of Turkey, Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea after Sicily and Sardinia. Blessed with an average of 330 days of sunshine a year and warm winter temperatures, this beautiful European destination is an ideal place to visit at any time of the year. Whether you are looking for a family holiday or a romantic break for two, Cyprus has something to interest everyone. Beautiful beaches and coastline, lush mountains, ancient history and romantic Greek mythology are just some of the highlights of this breathtaking island.
If you are seeking culture, history and natural beauty during your holiday in Cyprus, Paphos is a great place to start. Located on the southwest coast, this small harbour town is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful parts of the island. Steeped in history, some of which is entwined with ancient Greek mythology, you will find many fascinating architectural sites and impressive ruins in and around this ancient town, which was added to the UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage list in 1980. Some of the most beautiful beaches on the island can also be found in this region, as well as one of Cyprus’ most famous landmarks, Aphrodite’s Rock, the legendary birthplace of the Greek Goddess of Love, Aphrodite.
The main attraction of Paphos Town is its picturesque fishing harbour, which is bustling with people of all ages throughout the day and into the evening. Visitors can take boat trips around the coastline from here, or enjoy a number of exciting water sports activities, and there are several shops selling souvenirs, postcards and local crafts to browse. Or perhaps you would just prefer to relax on the waterfront and enjoy a cold drink or meal in one of the many tavernas and cafés, whilst watching the colourful fishing boats and yachts bobbing on the water. There are also several open-air fish restaurants situated along the quay, where you can savour the taste of freshly-caught fish from the Mediterranean Sea.
The focal point of Paphos harbour is the medieval fort which stands proudly on the water’s edge. Originally built by the Byzantines (East Roman Empire) to protect the harbour area, this fort is all that remains of a much earlier castle dating back to the 13th century. The ancient structure has taken many forms over its long history, including a fortress, prison and British salt warehouse, and was demolished and rebuilt several times over the centuries by the Lusignans, Venetians and Ottomans. If you get the chance to explore the castle, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the marina from the top.
A visit to Paphos will give you a glimpse of Cyprus’ ancient history and present beauty, which will undoubtedly leave you wanting more.
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