Surroundings

Surroundings

The hotel is located in a quiet residential area and only a short walk from the picturesque fishing harbour, the beach, the ancient fort and busy restaurant district. For shoppers, the King’s Avenue Mall (Cyprus’ biggest shopping mall) is situated only a five-minute walk away, whereas the sports nuts can enjoy bike rides and jogs along the nearby coastal path. Those lucky enough to have a car can also visit several other points of interest like golf courses, diving sites, wine routes and picturesque villages.

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Paphos Limanaki (Harbour)

The Limanaki, located in the centre of the great city of Paphos in Cyprus, is one of the most picturesque and scenic locations on the island. Limanaki in English means harbour. The Paphos Harbour is a charming attraction with the famed Medieval Castle set as background which only adds to its beauty and charm. Once visiting it you will surely be transported to another era, in the past.

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The charismatic harbour is a sheltered little dock that is usually packed with local fishing boats and tourists’ yachts located in the heart of the city, which is the locals and tourists most preferred location, surrounded by a manifold of shops, restaurants, bars, clubs and traditional taverns! This is the place to be when seeking a night on the town as the area is full of impressive nightclubs and bars that have one purpose, to offer unforgettable nights of fun!

When travelling by boat you have the chance to anchor at the charismatic Paphos Limanaki and explore the city! Anchoring at the harbour, you should grab the opportunity and visit the surrounding area. Being in the centre of Paphos, makes it tremendously easy to explore the vicinity by foot, since all the shops, clubs, bars and taverns are within close proximity.

At the ancient Paphos Limanaki you also have the chance to rent a boat and yacht and embark on an adventure! When sailing you have the chance to enjoy the splendid coastline of the island from the comfort of your own yacht! The trained crew on board the yacht will always be at your disposal to cater to your every need! All you need to do is sit back, relax, soak in the sizzling sun and sip on scrumptious champagne or cocktails! In general, sailing in Cyprus is an unforgettable experience. This is because the winds are stable making the voyage more enjoyable. You will have the chance to view the stunning scenery of the landscape from the crystal blue waters of the Mediterranean. When cruising either by yacht or fishing boat, you have the chance to try fishing while sailing in to the sunset! Watching the sun meeting the horizon from the middle of the sea is probably the most impressive view you will ever have the pleasure of experiencing. It is truly a sight for sore eyes!

Whether you wish to simply visit the Paphos Limanaki and the surrounding area, anchor at the little harbour or go on a yacht or boat cruise the experience will be memorable for sure. The Paphos Limanaki is such a charismatic location in the centre of Paphos that you all have to visit!

Medieval Castle of Paphos

The famed Medieval Castle of Paphos is ideally positioned on the west side of the city’s picturesque harbour. Originally, the fortress was built to replace Saranta Kolones Fort (Forty Columns), which is also found a few hundred metres away from the harbour. It was initially constructed by the Byzantines to protect the harbour. Later in the 13th century, the Lusignans rebuilt the famous fortress which was destroyed by the Venetians in 1570 so as to prevent it from being used by the Ottoman Turks’ who were expected to invade the island. The Ottoman Turks restored the Medieval Castle during their reign in the 16th century. As stated by the Turkish inscription found above the entrance of the castle, the Ottoman Turks restored the castle in 1592.

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The ancient fort is a rather small castle built exclusively by limestone blocks. You can only access it through the only gate created, which lies on the eastern side. The fortress also has plentiful little windows and consists of a single grand tower which is surrounded by a wall and has a terrace on the top floor.

During its long and rich history, the Medieval Castle of Paphos was not only used as protection from possible invaders. It was also used as prison cells and to store salt when the island was a British colony. Many years later, in 1935 it was proclaimed as an ancient monument and at present it is viewed as one of the most important landmarks in Paphos but also the whole of the island of Cyprus.

Today, a manifold of cultural events are held in the square in front of the castle. One of the most important and celebrated events organised at the castle is the annual Paphos Aphrodite Festival. The Paphos Aphrodite Festival organises different operas performed by various notable artists and is incredibly popular with the locals and tourists alike!

Paphos Zoo

Paphos Zoo is truly a magical attraction in the city, where visitors and locals alike, visit the zoo so as to observe the vast range of animals housed in the tranquillity and beauty of nature! Initially, the zoo was the idea of Christos Christoforou, whose love of birds and other wild animals drove him to create the most impressive zoo on the island. At first Christos Christoforou’s intended on forming the zoo to house his private collection of birds, but while in the process, he decided to open the zoo to the general public. The principal aim of the zoo is to educate and inform the public about the importance of caring and maintaining nature and wildlife. After three years of construction, the zoo was finally ready to open in September 2003.

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Paphos Zoo is the largest zoo in Cyprus, located in a blossoming and unspoiled environment of approximately 100,000 square metres. The zoo is famed as being one of its top tourist attractions on the island and houses a large range of birds and animals from all over the world. Its unique collection of parrots and snakes is amongst one of the largest in Europe. The zoo proudly houses around 1200 animals of which 210 are different species. Some of the species are in danger of being extinct, thus the zoo’s staff takes pride in taking care of them and contributing to their preservation.

The Paphos Zoo is truly an incredible wildlife experience, where visitors admire giraffes, crocodiles, kangaroos, albino wallabies, white lions and much more! Nobody should miss on the chance of viewing the performances of the macaws and owls which amaze all their spectators with their hilarious and smart tricks performed daily at the zoo’s amphitheatre.

Visitors also have the opportunity to spend a whole day in the midst of nature, surrounded by the lyrical sounds of the animals in a beautiful surrounding packed with ponds, lakes and blossoming gardens.

The primer aim of Paphos Zoo is the welfare of the animals which are in the comfort of their natural habitat. Visitors have a day filled with fun and joy, while meeting the animals in the magnificent surroundings of nature.

The zoo is open 365 days, including national holidays, throughout the year. It can be found just a few minutes out of the city of Paphos.

Lara Beach, Paphos

A plethora of adjectives come to mind that are fitting to describe the beaches in Paphos. Paphos, being on the island of Aphrodite has a superfluity of choices for every taste. Whether you are in the mood for cosmopolitan beaches, with model-like sunburnt bodies, loud music or you would rather unwind on a quiet, unspoilt and remote bay, Paphos will definitely not let you down! Lara beach is by far one of the best unspoilt gems of nature that must be visited when in Paphos!

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Without a single doubt, one of the most gorgeous beaches on the island is Lara Beach, which can be found on the Akamas peninsula in Paphos, north of the city. This magical bay, houses the most magnificent sea-creature, the Caretta Caretta turtles, which are protected in the area. The famed turtle beach is actually a turtle sanctuary that protects the impressive Caretta Caretta turtles.

The long beautiful strip of bay is deserted as it is a protected area. Once visiting the beach you will have the pleasure of encountering the only inhabitants of the area which are wild goats, birds, monk seals (if you are lucky) and of course turtles. As a result of being a protected area, the beach and the trees are undamaged making it a small utopian paradise on the island. The golden soft sand and crystal blue waters are perfect for a dip!

In the past the Caretta Caretta turtles were made into turtle soup. Until recently these magnificent creatures were on the verge of extinction because they were killed by humans to become a delicious meal. It is the truth! Over 100,000 turtles were killed in the Mediterranean from 1920-1960. To make matters worse, manifold of turtles were caught in local fishermen’s nets or remote beaches were unexpectedly turned into crowded tourist attractions leaving the Caretta Caretta turtles homeless.

Fortunately, the Authorities of Cyprus soon recognised the urgency of the problem and declared specific beaches as protected areas, like Lara Beach. The declaration of protected areas offers the turtles safe refuges to reproduce and give birth.

Sea turtles give birth every 2 to 3 years, more precisely they lay eggs in Cyprus during the hot sunny summer months, from the end of May to early August. Astoundingly, each one gives birth to approximately 80 eggs in each nest and they only have babies when they are over 15 years old!

Once the eggs have been laid, which have an incredibly fragile shell, the turtles cover their nests with sand to ensure their protection before returning to sea. Approximately two months after, the eggs hatch at midnight. The moment they are hatched is truly touching and should not be missed! Those who have been fortunate enough to experience this marvel of nature have never forgotten it! The little turtles, slowly and steadily, head for the sea where their marine life begins!

On Lara beach, specialised cages have been set in the areas where the turtles lay their eggs in an attempt to protect the eggs before hatching. The cages are then reburied in the sand to ensure their safety. Great care has been put in the attempt to preserve the Caretta-Carretta turtle, and Lara Beach is the ideal location in Paphos to experience the magical birth. Do not miss it!

There a several ways to reach Lara Beach. You can either drive up there using a four-wheel as it is an off-road journey and adventure or you can catch a boat from Paphos to Lara beach, which is more idyllic if you want to travel by sea and enjoy the journey!

Do not miss on the opportunity to visit the beach; you will be dazzled by its natural beauty!

Akamas Trails, Paphos

The Akamas peninsula is truly a paradise on earth located in the western tip of Cyprus covering over 200 square kilometres of unspoiled land. Akamas Trails, Paphos region is famed for its breathtaking beauty and precious ecology. The variety of flora and fauna inhabiting the region is incredibly impressive and rare, some of which can only be found in Akamas. This undeveloped land is also home to a multitude of foxes, snakes and other reptiles as well as a variety of migratory birds.

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The best option available to explore this true gem in Paphos is by going on one of the walks-hikes. All the routes are equally impressive, offering visitors the opportunity to view rare plants and breathtaking views of various beaches. Enjoy the walk!

The Aphrodite trail is a circular route which starts from the Baths of Aphrodite. The duration of the walk is estimated to be 3hours and covers 7.5 kilometres. The route encompasses an upward path towards Moutti tis Sotiras, which is a hill about 370 metres high, then downwards towards the Castle of Rigena, also known as the Queen’s Tower. There are two springs along the way which offer drinkable water. The first is at the Castle of Rigena, which and the second at Kefalovrisia. The route can be done in either direction since it is circular.

The most impressive spots are the Baths of Aphrodite. According to myth, this is the place the goddess Aphrodite met Adonis and fell in love. Locals say that the waters hold special powers, and that women who splash their faces with it will remain young and beautiful for eternity. Another notable attraction is the ruins of Castle of Rigena, which are believed to have been a medieval monastery. Along the way, one can enjoy the breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape and beaches from above.

Similarly to the Aphrodite’s trail, Adonis trail is also a 7.5 kilometre circular route that starts at the Baths of Aphrodite. Unlike the previous, Adonis route takes a southern direction, then strikes north towards the Castle of Rigena, where it joins the Aphrodite trail. Along the way, hikers come across two springs along the way which offer drinkable water. The first is at the Castle of Rigena, and the second at Kefalovrisia.

Trekkers have the chance to enjoy the view of various beaches found in the vicinity like the famed Lara Beach, which houses the most magnificent sea-creature, the Caretta Caretta turtles. Hikers also come across the Baths of Aphrodite and the ruins of the Castle of Rigena.

Fontana Amoroza (Fountain of Love) is one of the easiest trails to take a stroll in Akamas. The trail, once again, begins from the Baths of Aphrodite that follows a 6 kilometre coastal path until Fontana Amoroza and back. Fontana Amoroza is a tiny spring which was named by an Italian poet who possibly mistook the spring for the Baths of Aphrodite.

The Baths of Aphrodite Beach, Paphos

The Baths of Aphrodite Beach in Paphos was idyllically named after the Baths of Aphrodite found nearby. The remote yet breathtaking strip of bay is found in the Akamas Peninsula, although not very famed and popular, the beach is by far one of the most stunning and beautiful spots on the island. The superb bay is a hidden bay in the heart of the most natural and unspoilt region on the island, surrounded by the wonders of nature and scenic landscape. To access the beach you will need to park your car at the Baths of Aphrodite parking lot. Then all you need to do is to cross the road to get to the hill opposite the parking lot, where you have two options. You either climb down the hill from the left or right to reach the secluded beach.

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The Baths of Aphrodite Beach was named after the Baths of Aphrodite landmark located just a few kilometres above the beach, over the surrounding hill, in the heart of Akamas Peninsula. The Baths of Aphrodite is said to be the location where the mythological Aphrodite, goddess of Love and Beauty, used to bathe after swimming in the sea below. Myth also has it that this is the location where Aphrodite met her lover, the handsome god Adonis, when he stopped to have a drink while hunting. The moment Adonis drank the water he fell in love with the beautiful goddess. Today it is said whoever drinks some water from the baths spring will remain young and beautiful for eternity.

The beach is approximately a forty-five metre stretch of golden sand and crystal blue waters. There are no facilities available in the area except from a famed fish tavern found opposite the site, where you can grab a bite to eat and any beverages you like. The Baths of Aphrodite Beach is the ideal location to connect with nature. The beach’s beauty is so breathtaking and unique you will surely not want to leave. The sense of tranquillity and peacefulness the natural landscape creates is remarkable. The spot is the place to be when seeking to avoid the hustle and bustle of crowded beaches, where you can enjoy a romantic getaway with your loved one or simply when in need to be in the heart of nature. Enjoy! The experience is memorable!

Blue Lagoon is only accessible by boat. The easiest way to reach the bay is by taking a boat from Latchi Marina that will take you directly to your destination. Blue Lagoon is a must! Do not miss on the chance to swim in the deep crystal blue waters!