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Nat Geo Day Tour: Philippos Yiapanis, from Turmoil to Triumph
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Nat Geo Day Tour: Philippos Yiapanis, from Turmoil to Triumph

Philippos Yiapanis, a renowned Cypriot sculptor, was born in Famagusta in what is now the occupied Northern part of Cyprus. His life took a tumultuous turn when he was captured and incarcerated during the Turkish invasion, subsequently becoming a refugee in South Cyprus. His artistry is a manifestation of his deep longing for freedom and a vivid representation of local history. On this tour, you will meet the artist who will lead you on an exclusive visit to his museum where around 140 sculptures are on display. As well as discovering the inspiration behind some of his most powerful works, you'll also find out about the recent history of Cyprus and explore the artist's personal experiences, narrated through his compelling storytelling. On arrival at the Art Nest Museum, Philippos will welcome you personally, providing an insight into his life and work, giving you an understanding of the emotions that underpin his creations. You will then take time to explore the open-air sculpture park, and finish with a peek at the artistic process. A tour of the artist's workshop reveals his techniques for working in bronze, chosen to ensure the longevity of his pieces, to reflect the connection between Cyprus and copper, and to represent his enduring hope for unity in his divided homeland. Round off the experience enjoying local cuisine prepared in Kouklia village, reflecting on Cyprus's unique fusion of art, history, and culinary tradition.

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Nat Geo Day Tour: Two Sides, One Story: Co-Existence in Cyprus
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Nat Geo Day Tour: Two Sides, One Story: Co-Existence in Cyprus

Get a fresh perspective on the latest events in Cyprus on this National Geographic Day Tour led by two journalists, one Greek-Cypriot and one Turkish-Cypriot, who will give you rare, behind-the-scenes insights. Start by exploring the restored village of Moutallos. Immerse yourself in its stories as you meander through the narrow alleys and witness the transformation of the area, with rehabilitated buildings that bear remnants of Turkish names, symbolizing respect for the other community. Pause for a photo stop at the historic Agia Sophia mosque, formerly a Christian church. The tour then leads you to Ibrahim's Khan, a refurbished Ottoman inn. It now houses craft units and a theater. The main entrance showcases exquisite creations of embroidery, jointly made by women from both communities, illustrating their desire for cooperation and reunification. In the courtyard of the Khan, engage in an interactive debate directed by your two journalist guides —one Greek-Cypriot and one Turkish-Cypriot. Together, you'll explore Cyprus' recent past, investigating the causes behind the enduring division and contemplating potential paths toward unity. See the contrast between old and new as you embrace the mix of vendors and workshops in the Khan's surroundings. Then, admire the renovated Ottoman Baths, part of a heritage preservation project. Conclude by savoring the simple yet true flavors that are offered in family homes, accompanied by a cup of Cypriot, Turkish, or Greek coffee, served in the oldest coffee establishment in Paphos.

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Kourion Ruins, Kolossi Castle and Winery Guided Visit
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Kourion Ruins, Kolossi Castle and Winery Guided Visit

The myths of Cyprus come to life on this tour. You'll see where a legend was born, visit the ruins of Kourion, venture to the village of Omodos and cap off the day with a tasting at a family-run winery. Eva, one of our local guides, says of this excursion, ‘You'll wander through layers of history, culture and mythology, and learn about Aphrodite, the goddess of love. The rituals connected with her as well as the plants and seashells associated with her.'You'll dive straight into the past to see Petra tou Romiou, a sea stack where, local legend has it, the goddess Aphrodite was born. The ancient past takes on a more tangible form at Kourion, one of the most impressive archaeological sites in Cyprus. Visit its Roman baths and amble into its centrepiece, the Greco-Roman theatre. It's still used for concerts. And up next is the Crusader-built Kolossi Castle, where Richard the Lionheart married Berengaria of Navarre.Lunch is in a family-owned restaurant. It's as famed for its country fare made from locally sourced ingredients as it is for its scenic location in the hills. Then, we'll head to the mountain-nestled village of Omodos, where you'll have free time to wander around skinny cobbled streets lined with Byzantine buildings. And to round off the day, we'll visit the winery. After a tour of the production area, sample some of its award-winning wines, including the commandaria variety, which Richard the Lionheart baptised as the ‘wine of kings and the king of wines'.

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Troodos Mountains Tour with Kykkos Monastery and Lunch
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Troodos Mountains Tour with Kykkos Monastery and Lunch

The journey into the Troodos Mountains is a journey to another Cyprus. Rustic stone villages dot tree-clad valleys where traditional ways of life still hold sway. This tour takes you into the spiritual heart of the highlands, the Kykkos Monastery, as well as up to Throni Hill. Alexia, one of our local guides, says, ‘The icon of the Virgin Mary at Kykkos is considered miraculous, so at least once a year, it's important for Cypriots to visit the church.'As you go into the depths of the Troodos, you'll encounter luxuriant landscapes which contrast with the arid coast. You'll head to the Kykkos Monastery first. Perched on Mount Kykkos, it's laden with religious treasures, and you won't be able to keep your eyes off the golden icons and frescoes – except for the icon of the Virgin Mary. It's kept under wraps, with the last known viewing being hundreds of years ago. You'll also have free time to wander around the grounds and enjoy the panoramic views of the mountains. What's more, your visit helps the preservation of this important heritage site.We'll then visit the hilltop tomb of Archbishop Makarios III. Superb views greet you before the drive down to the village of Pedoulas. Here, you'll enjoy a typical Cypriot lunch made from locally sourced ingredients in a family-run restaurant. There's time for an optional walk up to the richly decorated Orthodox church of the Holy Cross, then we'll head back with a coffee stop at Pano Platres en route.

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Sunset Drink at Aphrodite's Rock & Folk Dinner
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Sunset Drink at Aphrodite's Rock & Folk Dinner

Tasty meze, live music and dancing – this trip has all the ingredients for a right old Cypriot night. And if that wasn't enough, it all comes after sunset at Aphrodite's Rock – where, according to legend, the goddess of love was born. Join us for a knees-up to remember in one of the area's best tavernas.

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Ancient Kourion, Kolossi Castle, Omodos & Winery Small Group Tour
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Ancient Kourion, Kolossi Castle, Omodos & Winery Small Group Tour

Cyprus is all rolling hills dotted with pretty villages. On this adults-only tour, you'll see where a legend was born, visit the ruins of Kourion, venture to the village of Omodos and cap off the day with a wine tasting. Eva, one of our local guides, says of this excursion, ‘You'll wander through layers of history, culture and mythology, and learn about Aphrodite. The rituals connected with her, as well as the plants and seashells associated with her legacy.'You'll dive straight into the past to see Petra tou Romiou — a sea stack where, according to legend, love goddess Aphrodite was born. We keep the theme ancient at Kourion, one of the most impressive archaeological sites in Cyprus. Visit the Roman baths and amble into the site's centrepiece, the Greco-Roman theatre. Concerts are still held to this day. The 15th-century Kolossi Castle is up next. This Crusader-built fortress is surrounded by blooming plants.Then, we'll head for a local lunch in a family-run taverna before visiting mountain-fringed Omodos, where you'll wander around skinny cobbled streets lined with Byzantine buildings. It's Eva's favourite village. She says, ‘The charm of the stone houses, the tranquillity and peacefulness – it's as if it has sprung from a fairytale. I love dropping into one of the cafés and seeing locals have philosophical discussions, political arguments and a bit of gossip.' Plus, there's a wine tasting, where you'll learn all about sweet commandaria wine.

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Caledonia Waterfalls Tour with Lunch
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Caledonia Waterfalls Tour with Lunch

The lush, cool forest that carpets the Troodos Mountains is an ideal escape near Paphos. A perfect contrast to the beach, you'll journey along a scenic route into the hills, where your destination is the village of Platres. Here, you'll set off on a 3km hike along the stream to the Caledonia Falls, followed by a traditional lunch at Psilo Dendro restaurant. Andri, one of our expert local guides, says, ‘You'll enjoy the journey as much as the destination on this hike, which follows and criss-crosses a stream over a series of little bridges all the way to the waterfall.'We'll get the tour started on a refreshing note with a stop at Kolossi Fruit Garden. Here you'll have the chance to try some fresh lemonade and buy fruit before continuing further into the mountains to the pretty hilltop village of Platres. This is the starting point for the nature trail, which traces the bubbling Kryos Potamos stream through the trees. You'll be glad of sturdy footwear as you head along the scenic trail, which is quite uneven in places with some rocks, roots and rivulets to keep it interesting.It's a forest walk in dappled shade, leading through a variety of gnarly trees including pines and strawberry trees. Once you reach the Caledonia Falls, you'll be able to take a break - and have a paddle if you wish - at the shaded freshwater pool, then continue to the famous Psilo Dendro restaurant with its very own trout farm. Relax over lunch – needless to say, trout is a speciality – and end the day on a high.

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Troodos Mountain Villages Tour with Lampadistis Monastery
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Troodos Mountain Villages Tour with Lampadistis Monastery

Cyprus is full of hidden treasures, and you'll explore some of the island's rural highlights on this full day excursion into the Troodos Mountains. You'll drive into the countryside – where most say the trip is worth it for the views alone – to Lampadistis Monastery and Kalopanayiotis, with a few pleasant surprises in between.

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Kykkos Monastery and Troodos Mountains Small Group Tour
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Kykkos Monastery and Troodos Mountains Small Group Tour

The drive into the Troodos Mountains is a journey to another Cyprus. Rustic stone villages dot pine-studded valleys and traditional ways of life still hold sway. This small group, adults-only tour takes you into the spiritual heart of the highlands, the Kykkos Monastery, as well as the hilltop tomb of Makarios III. Eva, one of our expert local guides, says, ‘The Troodos Mountains are where I find my soul. There are villages where time has stood still, where people still care about one another, where you enter as a guest and leave as a friend.'Ascending into the wild landscapes of the Troodos Mountains, you'll stop for a coffee break in a typical village. Then it's on to the star of the show, the beautiful Kykkos Monastery, perched on top Mount Kykkos. The interior is richly decorated, and you won't be able to keep your eyes off the icons and frescoes. You'll hear the legend of why its most famous icon, ‘the Golden Girl', remains half-hidden. And you'll also have some free time to wander around the grounds and enjoy the panoramic views of the mountains.We'll then visit Throni Hill and the elaborate tomb of Archbishop Makarios III. Superb views greet you before the drive down to the village of Pedoulas. Here, you'll enjoy a typical Cypriot lunch made from locally sourced ingredients in a family-run restaurant. There's time for an optional walk up to the Orthodox church of the Holy Cross, then we'll head back with a photo stop at Prodromos viewpoint and a coffee break en route.

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Paphos Half-day BBQ Cruise
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Paphos Half-day BBQ Cruise

The sunshine and laidback Mediterranean feel of Cyprus are what visitors the world over come to enjoy, and this half-day BBQ cruise lets you do just that. Departing from Paphos harbour you'll spend four hours out at sea with the chance to swim, snorkel, sunbathe, and completely chill-out with live entertainment and an on-board BBQ.

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Aphrodite Waterpark with Transport
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Aphrodite Waterpark with Transport

Keep cool and enjoy the watery thrills on an excursion to one of Cyprus's best water parks. Spend the day at Aphrodite Waterpark in Paphos hurtling down high-octane rides or enjoying more sedate options – with dedicated kids' areas and a range of eateries ensuring a perfect family day out.

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Off-Road Akamas Peninsula Tour 
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Off-Road Akamas Peninsula Tour 

With exclusive access to the wild side of western Cyprus, this guided quad or buggy safari tours will take you to all the key sights. Experience the Paphos Sea Caves, Chapel of Agios Georgios, Akamas Peninsula and even indulge in a turtle watching session at Lara Bay, topped off with a refreshing swim.

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What to do in Paphos

Paphos, the leading tourist destination on the west coast of Cyprus, is a town rich in history and natural wonders. With its golden beaches, crystal-clear waters, rich mythology and architectural repertoire, it's no coincidence that this Mediterranean gem is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Whether you are a history buff, nature lover or foodie, Paphos is full of experiences that will make you fall in love with this side of the island.

The 6 best things to do in Paphos 1. Explore the Akamas Peninsula National Park

If you have an adventurous spirit and love nature, don't miss the chance to take an excursion to the Akamas Peninsula National Park. This protected natural area is located a little over an hour and a half away from Paphos and boasts a wide variety of wildflowers, plants and animal species. The area offers several particularly scenic trekking trails with stunning vistas of the sea. A must-see attraction is the famous Baths of Aphrodite, which, legend has it, were used by the Greek goddess of love herself.

2. Venture into the Troodos Mountains

To discover the most authentic side of Cyprus, we recommend venturing inland to the Troodos mountain range. Here the climate is cooler, the landscape is dotted with coniferous forests and the villages are cosy and picturesque. The area is ideal for those who enjoy outdoor activities, including trekking, mountain biking trails and even a ski resort that operates during the winter. But it's also a place steeped in history and culture. You can even visit the famous Kykkos Monastery, which is easily one of the most important abbeys on the island.

3. Unwind at the Blue Lagoon Hop on a ferry from Latsi and you will reach one of the most beautiful places on the island: the Blue Lagoon. This hidden bay boasts incredibly crystal-clear waters, with a colour ranging from blue to green, making it the ultimate spot for snorkelling. The lagoon is only accessible by boat or 4x4 vehicles, which makes it generally uncrowded and perfect for a day of pure relaxation.

4. Watch the sunset from Aphrodite's Rock

Surrounded by the allure of legend, the Rock of Aphrodite, whose official name is Petra tou Romiou, is a must-see attraction. Myth has it that the Greek goddess of love and beauty was born here, and locals proudly claim that she could not have chosen a better spot. Heading there at sunset means embracing the colours of the sky, in shades of orange and pink which make the view even more stunning.

5. Visit the Tombs of the Kings

This UNESCO World Heritage site is located just outside the town of Paphos and is a recommended stop, especially for history buffs. These ancient necropolises, dating back to the 4th century B.C., were used for a long time as the final resting place for aristocrats. The peculiarity of the tombs is that they are literally carved into the rock, with columns at the entrance and frescoes on the walls. A truly fascinating place to discover the island's past.

6. Sit down and enjoy meze

There is nothing more Cypriot than having meze for lunch or dinner. These are a variety of small dishes, all different from each other, that are meant to be shared between all diners. Some of the most common ingredients are halloumi cheese, olives, small Cypriot sausages and excellent wine. It is not just a meal but a social event, a way to get together and share the joy that is good food.

Plan your trip to Paphos

When is the best time to visit Paphos?

Paphos' summer season begins in April and ends in October. July and August are particularly hot, which is why, in order to enjoy a more temperate climate, it is recommended to visit Cyprus in spring and early autumn.

How many days do you need to visit Paphos?

In order to fully enjoy your holiday in Paphos, we recommend that you spend at least a week there. This way you will be able to mix relaxing days on the nearby stunning beaches with excursions to Troodos and sightseeing in town.

What are the best beaches in and around Paphos?

The Blue Lagoon, accessible by sea from Latsi, is one of the most stunning beaches on Paphos and the entire island. Coral Bay, in the municipality of Peya a few kilometres from Paphos, is a cove with white sand and crystal-clear waters, perfect for snorkelling. Finally, Aphrodite's Beach offers an impressive panorama and a very romantic atmosphere.