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Paphos Castle

Relish the panoramic view from atop a fort that dates back a millennium. It survived the rule of Byzantine, Ottoman and British empires.

Paphos Castle is one of the city’s most iconic landmarks due to its rich history and striking appearance. Initially, it was built as a Byzantine fortress to protect the harbor, but it was destroyed and rebuilt several times as the centuries passed. It has been a fort, a prison and, most recently, a salt warehouse during British occupation. Admire the imposing look of the castle, which looms over the harbor as a reminder of the city’s complicated past.

Take photos of the large stone castle against a picturesque backdrop of the Mediterranean Sea. Cross the bridge over the water surrounding the castle. Inside the fort, enjoy its cool protection from the outside heat. Listen to the echo of your footsteps as you retrace the paths walked by many others over the centuries.

Learn about all the uses of the castle since its construction about a millennium ago. Byzantine, Lusignan, Venetian, Ottoman and British dynasties are all entwined in its history.

Make your way to the top of the castle for an excellent view of the harbor, the sea and the archaeological park. As you stand on the fort’s roof, imagine fending off an attack in the Byzantine era or being held prisoner in one of the cells.

Attend the cultural events held in the plaza in front of the castle. Come for the Aphrodite Festival that takes place annually for a week in September and enjoy an operatic performance.

Explore several small shops in the area where you can purchase snacks, refreshments and souvenirs. Dine at one of the restaurants and bars, which are lively in the evenings, before taking an after-dinner stroll around the harbor’s boats.

Castle entry requires a small fee. It is open from morning until late in the afternoon. During the summer, the castle stays open several hours later.

You can find Paphos Castle on the city’s main harbor at the most southwestern tip of Cyprus. It is just south of Paphos Archaeological Park and near several beach areas.


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Tombs of the Kings Road 69, Paphos
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Paphos, this beachfront aparthotel is next to a golf course and within 3 mi (5 km) of Tombs of the Kings, Paphos Lighthouse and Paphos Archaeological Park. Paphos Harbour is 2 mi (3.3 km) away.

    Alexander The Great Beach Hotel £177
    Alexander The Great Beach Hotel

    Alexander The Great Beach Hotel

    Poseidon Avenue, Paphos
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Paphos hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 15-minute walk of Alykes Beach and Paphos Harbour. Paphos Archaeological Park and Paphos Lighthouse are also within 1 mile (2 km).

      Smartline Paphos £56
      Smartline Paphos

      Smartline Paphos

      1 Paris Street, Kato Paphos, P.O. Box 62459, Paphos
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Paphos hotel is located near the beach, within 1 mi (2 km) of Agioi Anargyroi Church, Paphos Archaeological Park and Paphos Harbour. Paphos Lighthouse and Tombs of the Kings are also within 2 miles (3 km).

        Amphora Hotel & Suites £70
        Amphora Hotel & Suites

        Amphora Hotel & Suites

        48 Poseidonos Avenue, Paphos
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Paphos, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within 1 mi (2 km) of Alykes Beach, Paphos Harbour and Paphos Archaeological Park. Paphos Lighthouse and Tombs of the Kings are also within 3 miles (5 km).

          SunConnect Sofianna Resort & Spa £107
          SunConnect Sofianna Resort & Spa

          SunConnect Sofianna Resort & Spa

          9 Agamemnon Street, Paphos
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly Paphos resort is within a 10-minute walk of Saint Paul's Pillar, Paphos Archaeological Park and Paphos Harbour. Paphos Lighthouse and Tombs of the Kings are also within 2 miles (3 km).

            Almyra £186
            Almyra

            Almyra

            12 Poseidonos Avenue, Paphos
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              This family-friendly Paphos hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 15-minute walk of Alykes Beach, Paphos Harbour and Paphos Archaeological Park. Paphos Lighthouse and Tombs of the Kings are also within 2 miles (3 km).

              Olympic Lagoon Resort Paphos - All Inclusive £218
              Olympic Lagoon Resort Paphos - All Inclusive

              Olympic Lagoon Resort Paphos - All Inclusive

              Poseidon Avenue, Paphos
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                With direct access to the beach, this Paphos resort is in the city centre and within 1 mi (2 km) of Alykes Beach, Paphos Harbour and Paphos Archaeological Park. Paphos Lighthouse and Tombs of the Kings are also within 3 miles (5 km).

                Amavi Hotel £154
                Amavi Hotel

                Amavi Hotel

                Poseidonos Avenue 22, Paphos
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Nestled on the beach, this Paphos hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Alykes Beach, Paphos Harbour and Paphos Archaeological Park. Paphos Lighthouse and Tombs of the Kings are also within 3 miles (5 km).