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Cypriot sights

During our time in Paphos, we visited the town where Zorba’s grandfather grew up, Kritou Tera, which turned out to be an amazing day that you can read about here.

Kings Tombs

We visited an archeological site of the Kings Tombs, that dated back to the 3rd Century BC.

Kings Tombs, Paphos, Cyprus

Kings Tombs, Paphos, Cyprus

King's Tombs, Paphos, Cyprus

King’s Tombs, Paphos, Cyprus

King's Tombs, Paphos, Cyprus

King’s Tombs, Paphos, Cyprus

King's Tombs, Paphos, Cyprus

King’s Tombs, Paphos, Cyprus

Kato Pafos Archeological Site

Another interesting place was Kato Pafos, a UNESCO world heritage site situated next to the port close to the centre of Paphos. It was well worth the visit – in fact, Lonely Planet listed as the number one thing to do in Cyprus. The 2000-year-old  ruins were lovely and the mosaics in the House of Dionysos and House of Theseus were quite incredible.

Kato Pafos Archeological Site

Kato Pafos Archeological Site

Kato Pafos Archeological Site

Kato Pafos Archeological Site

Kato Pafos Archeological Site

Kato Pafos Archeological Site

Kato Pafos Archeological Site

Kato Pafos Archeological Site

The most overrated tourist attraction

Aphrodite’s pool is where the Greek Goddess of Beauty came to bathe, and it was the place where she met Adonis. We drove for an hour or so to reach it, thinking we could swim in the same watering hole. When we arrived, it was stinking hot, I’m talking 36 degrees at 10am. We walked 200 metres or so to the pool and we were all so underwhelmed. It was a little watering hole, some nice trees, a trickle of a waterfall. No story board, not interpretive signs, nothing else there. Cyprus could do with some tourism development …

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Yawn, this small watering hole is where Aphrodite bathed.

As it turns out, the closer baths, those of Adonis, are the ones where you can swim.  Ah well. We continued heading north along the coast until we almost reached the border of Turkey-Cyprus. The views were incredible, really beautiful.

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We found the most excellent seafood restaurant on a cliff in Pomos and enjoyed a Cypriot lunch of meze (pita, tzaziki, taramasalata), octopus, haloumi, calamari and a fresh Greek salad. Happy days.

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The Kalalli Restaurant also has apartments too – worth considering if you want to stay in Cyprus off the beaten track. It’s about 1 hour 15 mins from Paphos.

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Kanalli Restaurant Tavern and apartments
Tel: +357 263 42191
www.kanalli.com

 

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