Harmonious combination of historical sites, wonderful countryside culture and contemporary life.

Pafos region, located to the southwestern of the island, is the site of Pafos International Airport, the second important airport of the island. Pafos region seduces its visitors with its picturesque landscape, historical sites, beautiful coastline, Medieval Pafos monasteries, Byzantine churches, luxury beachside hotels, numerous restaurants that serve local and international delicacies, typical villages where tradition is still a way of life. The city of Pafos focuses around an attractive little harbor with picturesque open air fish restaurants. Four municipalities administer the region, each with its own special attraction for you to discover - the municipalities of Pafos town, Geroskipou, Pegeia and Polis tis Chrysochous.

The region and city of Pafos history dates back to the Neolithic period. Pafos proudly presents the remains of villas, palaces, theatres, fortresses and tombs that belong to Classical, Hellenistic and Roman periods. The legacy from Pafos remarkable history adds up to nothing less than an open museum. UNESCO added the whole town to its World Cultural Heritage List. Among the treasures are the Mosaics in the House of Dionysos, beautifully preserved after 16 centuries, the Tombs of the Kings, the Pillar of Saint Paul, and the ancient Odeon Theatre. The region is widely known as the birthplace of Aphrodite, the ancient Greek goddess of beauty and love. The visitor can swim in the sea by the rocks known as Petra tou Romiou, where she was believed to have risen from the waves. Or make a pilgrimage to her sanctuary at Kouklia, or even visit the grotto near Polis where she was supposed to have bathed. Other important sides are the remarkable five-domed Byzantine church of Ayia Paraskevi and its Folk Art Museum in Geroskipou village known also for its special delight loukoumi. Also Ayios Neophytos Monastery, famous for its Encleistra Enclosure carved by the hermit himself out of the mountain and the finest Byzantine frescoes of the 12th and 15th centuries.

For the lovers of nature, Pafos consists of unspoiled landscapes, breathtaking gorges, spectacular coastlines and enjoyable nature trails that cannot be missed. Such areas are Akamas national protected area, Tzelefos Birdge, Diarizou River and Paphos Forest. Follow one of the many beautiful nature trails and spot rare endemic plants, like the Cyprus orchid, tulip and crocus that grow there, or watch migrating birds fly by overhead. Or visit one of the last Mediterranean nesting grounds for the green loggerhead turtles, whose numbers have greatly been increased thanks to a successful conservation project on the sandy beaches of Lara.

Apart all the historic and natural beauty sides that a visitor can explore and admire, Pafos hosts numerous summer festivals in the romantic setting of the medieval castle for the lovers of classical opera as well as a plethora of entertainment spots, part of the town's modern nightlife for the party lovers.

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