Best things to do in Paphos during quarantine!

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.

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