Off Season Perfect for Visiting Cultural Sights
Many choose to visit Cyprus in the off season to avoid the soaring heat of the summer months, which also gives the perfect opportunity to enjoy the walks through the cultural sights that Cyprus has to offer. Today we want to share with you some of the cultural sights, which are definitely worth a visit should you be spending an off season break in the area of Paphos.
With a history dating back more than eight thousand years, Paphos has a wealth of treasures for the visitor. From the Stone Age, Hellenistic and Roman times, Byzantium through to today, many of the ancient monuments are included in the UNESCO Global Heritage List.
Paphos Castle and Harbour
Originally built as a Byzantine fort to protect the harbour, it was rebuilt by the Lusignans in the 13th century, and then dismantled by the Venetians in 1570, who found themselves unable to defend it against the Ottomans, who in their turn restored and strengthened it after they captured the island.
The harbour at Paphos attracts visitors all year round, who take the opportunity to walk along the quay and maybe visit one of the fish restaurants, tavernas or cafes. Boat tours are organized daily from the harbour and take you for a trip to the surrounding beaches and coastline.
The colourful and intricate Roman mosaics to be found in Paphos are a must see for all people visiting Cyprus, UNESCO has classified them as a World Heritage Site and among the most beautiful mosaics in the world. The main sites are House of Dionysos , House of Theseus and House of Aion. They mostly depict scenes from Greek mythology and are beautifully executed. Located in Kato Paphos near the harbor.
Tombs of the Kings
The ‘Tombs of the Kings’ is the impressive necropolis that is located just outside the walls, to the north and east of Paphos town. Its name is not connected with the burial of kings, as the royal institution was abolished in 312 B.C., but rather with the impressive character of its burial monuments. The ‘Tombs of the Kings’ was the place where the higher administrative officers and distinguished Ptolemaic personalities as well as the members of their families were buried.