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The entire city is a birthplace of culture and it is listed in UNESCO’s World Heritage Site. The nature of Pafos radiates a primitive beauty, its people are innocent and simple, while the ancient values are revived...

The harbor is still used today by fishing boats and yachts. There is a seaside walkway with restaurants and coffee shops in the area all with great sea views.

Pafos castle was originally a Byzantine fort built to protect the harbour. It was rebuilt by the Lusignans in the 13th century, dismantled by the Venetians in 1570 during the Ottoman invasion and rebuilt by the Ottomans after they captured the island in the 16th century.

Many cultural events take place in the square just in front of the castle, while during September each year the Pafos Aphrodite Festival which presents a different opera every year staged here by world famous artists with the castle building usually acting as part of the scenery.


Paphos Castle operating hours:


Winter hours (1st November- 31st March): 08.00-17.00

Spring hours (1st April - 31st May): 08.00-18.00

Summer hours (1st June - 31st August): 08.00-19.30

Autumn hours (1st September - 31st October): 08.00 - 18.00

Entrance: €1.70


Paphos harbor and castle