The medieval Castle of Paphos is located on the west side of the harbor. It was built as a Byzantine fort to protect the city from external enemies and it was destroyed in 1222 by a major earthquake that hit the city. Throughout history, the castle has been used as a fortress and a prison […]
In antiquity, there were two locations called Paphos, the new and the old one. Around 400 BC, the last king of Paphos, Nikoklis, moved the capital of his kingdom to the west and founded the New Paphos (today the Kato Paphos). During Hellenic area, New Paphos became the capital of Cyprus and remained a capital […]
Walking down the port of Paphos you will meet a big rusty bench with a Greek text engraved on it. The text is part of Sophocles tragedy "Antigone" and it's an anthem dedicated to the power of love. The bench is called the 'bench of the lovers' so don't miss the chance to take a […]
According to the myth; the Greek goddess of love, beauty, pleasure and procreation, Aphrodite, was born in Cyprus. In a cruel version of the myth, Cronus cut off the genitals of his father Uranus and throw them in the sea. From the white foam (aphros in Greek) of the sea hitting on the rocks of […]
The etymology of the name of Cyprus (Kypros in Greek) is unknown. The earliest reference to it is in the 15 century BC in Greek Linear B syllabic script. Some, support that it came from the word 'kyparissos' the Greek word for the tree cypress. The metal copper took its name from the island because […]
According to the myth, Digenis Akritas with his extraordinary powers pushed away the Arab crusades by throwing against them a rock stopping their efforts to invade Cyprus. The local tradition has it that you have to swim around the rock three times and this will bring you blessings such as eternal beauty and youth, good […]
Paphos, the cultural capital of Europe for 2017, is a coastal city in the South West of Cyprus. It's an exceptional touristic destination all year long as the temperatures even in January can reach up to 25 degrees. Of course most people visit Paphos during summer and enjoy the beautiful beaches in Coral Bay or […]
According to the myth, Digenis Akritas with his extraordinary powers pushed away the Arab crusades by throwing against them a rock stopping their efforts to invade Cyprus. Petra tou Romiou (i.e. the stone of the Greek) with it's amazing landscape and it's beautiful beach justifies why you should pay a visit to this amazing island.