Being in quarantine is certainly not pleasant, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t have fun! So we have prepared for you a nice little list of adventures and places you can visit during the day to make this boring time a little more interesting!
Stop by Aphrodite’s Rock
The mythical Aphrodite’s Rock, or Petra tou Romiou in Greek, can be found between Paphos and Limassol, where it is believed that the goddess of love and beauty was born. Legend has it that she rose from the waves between the rocks in a shell. The large rocks attract many visitors no matter the season, and many tour buses stop here for photographs.
The beach is suitable for swimming, and climbing to the top of the large rock offers fantastic panoramic views. To reach the beach, you have to follow a tiny, dark pathway that passes underneath the road and leads to the rock.
Explore antiquities at Kato Paphos Archaeological Park
The Kato Paphos Archaeological Park houses a stunning array of historical ruins. These span from relics of the Middle Ages to the Roman Empire and include the sun-bleached remains of buildings – still magnificent despite the passage of time – mosaics, murals and ancient statues. To see the House of Aion or the Ancient Odeon here is to see the remains of Cyprus’s noble past.
Visit the Tombs of the Kings
Housed within the Kato Paphos Archaeological Park, the Tombs of the Kings is a selection of underground chambers carved out of solid rock in the Hellenistic and Roman periods. The tombs were inspired by ancient Egyptian tradition, where it was believed that tombs should be similar to their houses to carry on the essence of living. The burial chambers open up into a peristyle atrium similar to those found in Alexandria. This is the last resting place of the high officials of Cyprus, and no actual kings were buried here. Nonetheless, the size of the tombs and the Doric pillars are impressive, and give the beautiful site its name.
Visit St. Paul’s Pillar
This is one of Cyprus’ most significant pilgrimage sites. Back in 45 AD it wasn’t a great idea to try to spread Christianity to places that didn’t want it – if you were interested in self-preservation.
Paul the Apostle came to Paphos to convert the ruler from Paganism, and for his efforts got 39 lashes. In the grounds of Panagia Chrysopolitissa, a beautiful Orthodox/Anglican church on the site of an ancient basilica, you’ll find the pillar to which the saint was tied for his punishment.
The pillar has been eroded down the years but is still standing amid two millennia of ruins that include some stunning mosaics.
Hike down the stunning Avakas Gorge
The beautiful Avakas Gorge, one of the last areas of the island not to have been touched by modern development, can be found in the Akamas Peninsula of Paphos. The tall rock formations of the gorge were created by a strong river that flowed continuously over the limestone, eroding it into 30-metre (100-foot) rocks over time. Spending a morning walking through the gorge is a unique experience, as there aren’t many similar spots around the island. The three-kilometre (two-mile) gorge can be wet and slippery at times, so appropriate shoes are necessary.
Visit the abandoned village of Evretou
Take a glimpse into the past and get a taste of what the island’s division left behind with a trip to Evretou village, three kilometres (two miles) from Symou village. To reach it, take the dirt road at Symou that leads near to Evretou dam. The village remains as it was left in the 1970s after the war, and dozens of abandoned Turkish Cypriot houses can be found tucked away in the open fields. Walk through the ruins to get a firsthand view of Cyprus’ history.
Quad bike around Akamas
Akamas is one of Paphos’ most picturesque regions, and is home to endemic plants and animals such as monk seals and sea turtles. Some of the more untouched beauty here can only be reached off road, so it’s best to rent a 4×4 or a quad bike to traverse the region safely.
staff were very attentive and always helpful. The hotel looks awesome, room was very nice and brand new furniture with everything that you need!!
“If you want a modern, clean place with friendly staff then book! I highly recommend Elysia Park, I could not fault it on anything!
An all-round excellent experience, the rooms spacious and impeccably clean. The on-site restaurant excellent. The staff courteous and friendly. Thoroughly recommended. No higher praise than we will return (can’t remember ever saying this)
Everything was amazing from arrival to leaving. Cleanliness was excellent around the whole complex and our apartment was lovely. Staff were exceptional and nothing was too much trouble.
Exceptional – First of all I liked how modern and stylish the building overall looked and then the rooms were just as in the pictures! I loved how the room was decorated and everything looked fresh and new.
After a wonderful week long holiday I decided to stay out in Cyprus and work remotely. Moved to a studio apartment at Elysia Park which turned out to be the perfect work spot. Excellent wifi, the most amazing swinging egg chair (great for making your team feel slightly sea sick when talking to them on zoom), a pool for in between meeting clear your head swims and lovely cafe/restaurant.
Great place to stay. Excellent apartment. Very well maintained and clean. All staff very friendly and helpful in all areas. Great pools. Well stocked mini mart and pharmacy. Very positive experience and would highly recommend
We stayed in the garden residence and it was excellent – spacious and clean. Would definitely come back again! Staff are very helpful and the pool is clean and spacious! Excellent holiday resort – thank you
Elysia Park is a very nice complex of newly built apartments of all sizes, around a big pool and common area. There is a feeling of luxury overall, both in the common areas and facilities and in the apartments themselves. The staff and service is exceptional in all aspects. We enjoyed our stay and will be definitely coming back soon!
Amazing hotel in all ways. Very clean and new, amazing personnel, clean pool, good food. Best hotel you can imagine. I have no any ideas for critics, highly recommend for everyone while you stay in Paphos.
Superb apartments, spotlessly clean & so very comfortable. We stayed in a 2 bedroom apartment, spacious bedrooms, lounge area & a good size balcony, kitchen area had everything you need for self catering. Pool is very big & comfortable sunbeds too. This is our second visit & we would return.
“I never give a 10 out of 10 because I think there is always room for improvement, but this place is very close to a 10 (in my book). If you are looking for an apartment, this is the place to stay. Pharmacy, small shop, 2 gyms (hotel’s and a private one) and a cafe right next to the place, approx. 15min walk to the beach, quite at night, clean”
We really enjoyed our vacation in Elysia Park. The room was super beautiful and clean and the hotel’s stuff is very friendly and helpful. We definitely recommend this hotel.
“we will definitely come back again and again . Great service and wonderful facilities and magnificent staff. We got a 2 bedroom apartment that was fully equipped with washing machine and big kitchen”
“Perfect get away for myself and my husband…We loved this place so much we have booked a stay for Christmas and again for summer 2022 for my 40th birthday. Can’t wait to get back.”
The hotel is just brilliant! Very clean, amazing personnel, big clean pool. Just everything you need to chill on Cyprus.
Really enjoyed our stay at Elysia park, we booked on the day we flew and everything went smooth with check in etc. We were celebrating our anniversary and birthdays and had wine and chocolates left in the room which was a lovely touch. Pool is great, rooms are modern and spacious. Great views from the large balcony. On site restaurant serves great food and cocktails.