Located on the western coast of Cyprus, Paphos is a thriving seaside resort which has the same artificial ambience as the big tourist centres of the island. It is smaller than Larnaca and Limassol, has a fishing port and city centre that is not covered in concrete, meaning that the area is quite attractive. However, the main asset of Paphos is its location, in the heart of a region still exuding authenticity. Between the mountain villages of the Troodos region and the natural beauty of the Akamas peninsula, those who seek to escape the crowds will be delighted here and, incidentally, may follow the trail of the legendary Aphrodite, the goddess of love. There are no construction sites, shopping malls, crowds of tourists, but sandy beaches (Polis, Coral Bay), peaceful villages (Lachi, Polis), the wilderness, the Akamas peninsula, the beach of Petra tou Romiou and the village of Pissouri.
The hotels on the island offer a decent level of comfort and amenities. Drinks ordered during meals are always at extra cost to the client. The thematic buffets offered in the evening sometimes come at an extra cost, so are optional.
The beaches are public. Water sports mostly depend on private companies installed on the beach, usually nearby hotels, and are therefore subject to a fee. In general, there is no diving club on the hotel's beach, though if you ask you will be recommended a good diving centre.
The maximum temperature is <24°, temperature felt between 30°C and 33°C.
Little or no rain (less than 1.5mm per day).
Sunny (over 80% sunshine).
High air temperature (>24°C), high sea temperature (>24°C), light to moderate winds (between 7 mph and 12 mph).
Optimal comfort: optimal wind speed (between 7 mph and 12 mph) in a warm environment (>24°C).
Hotels on Cyprus' south coast, both inland and by the sea, are comfortable and well-equipped. Staff are warm and welcoming, and the hotels tend to be very clean. You're unlikely to be the only Brits discovering this part of the world? Aphrodite's island is a top tourist destination amongst the British ...
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