Paphos Archaeological Park

Let us take you on a journey through time...

We have three ways to show you around the park.

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Take The Virtual Tours

Our main virtual tour consists of over 400 panoramic 360° images, covering the entire park. There is a handy map and menu system to stop you getting lost.

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See The Films

Before you dive into the tour, you might want to familiarise yourself with the park first. So start with our whistlestop tour and then watch the more detailed film.

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Read The Blogs

If you prefer things at your own pace, take a look at the blogs. These have the best photographs and most in-depth commentary.

INTRODUCTION

If this is your first time visiting this page start here.

If you see nothing else on your visit to Paphos, you should visit the Archaeological Park. Since 1980, it has been on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, and rightly so. It contains a wealth of places to explore and sites to see, but most people don’t get past the mosaics. With that in mind, we have produced this page to let you see everything the park has to offer. Using a combination of a virtual tour, videos and blogs, we hope to give you an idea of just how special the Archaeological Park is, and why it should be an essential part of everybody's visits to Paphos.

First, lets start with a map of the park. This shows some of the main attractions, plus suggested walking routes. We say suggested, because the park is criss-crossed with interlinking paths, and you can pick your own route should you wish. On the map you can also see four areas: Castle, Lighthouse and Mall End, plus a central area. These are areas used by the Virtual Tour, just to make the menu more manageable. We have included them on the map for your convenience. Most people who visit the park don't seem to stray beyond the mosaics. We want to change that.

Map of Paphos Archaeological Park

The key points to note on the map, other than the locations of the toilets, is that it is possible to get to most of the park in a wheelchair, and that there is a lot more to see than the mosaics. We suggest two routes, depending on how much time you have. We would obviously recommend the complete route, but if time is pressing then the essential route will show you most of the sites. Or make your own route. There is nothing to stop you going straight to the Odeon and coming back via 40 Column Fortress, if you only have an hour.

One final thing to bear in mind before you visit, is the sun. During the winter, this isn't an issue. But in summer months you will very quickly get very hot walking around the park. Refreshments are available (and very reasonably priced) at the automated kiosk by the indoor mosques, and there are shelters positioned periodically around the site. If you are visiting in the summer though, we strongly advise going in the early morning or late afternoon, and make sure you wear a hat and plenty of sun block.

ORDER OF SERVICE

You don't have to view things in this order, but it helps.

Film
  scenery from viewpoint by lighthouse
Introduction

Welcome to the Archaeological Park!

In this film we introduce you to the Archaeological Park and tell you what we want to achieve with the forthcoming articles and blogs.

Article
  the front of the entrance to the park
Summary

Paphos Archaeological Park Summary

Our first blog in the series introduces the park and summarises what you can expect to find.

Film
 
Hyperlapse

Whistle-stop Tour of the Archaeological Park

This is a tour of the Archaeological Park in Paphos, designed to show you the sheer size of the place. Don't try and take in every detail, as other films and blogs in the series will do that. Just appreciate the size of the place.

Article
 
Full Tour #1

The Houses of Aion and Theseus

Once you enter the Archaeological Park, if you keep left, the first sites you will arrive at the The Houses of Theseus and Aion. Let's take a look at their mosaics and other attractions...

Article
 
Full Tour #2

The Mosaics at the House of Dionysos

The House of Dionysos is the jewel in the crown of Paphos Archaeological Park - a fine collection of well-preserved mosaics, conveniently located under one roof." When people refer to the mosaics in Paphos, they are usually talking about this place. So let's take a look.

Article
 
Full Tour #3

The Lighthouse and Beyond

The third blog on our walkabout takes us to the Lighthouse, along the ancient city wall, and to the far corners of the Archaeological Park. The going is a bit trickier once you are beyond here, and not suitable for wheelchairs, but if you fancy a stroll it is well worth the walk...

Article
 
Full Tour #4

From Toumpallos to Saranta Kolones

This is the final stage of out detailed tour of Paphos Archaeological Park, and we have saved some of the best attractions to last. So come with us as we finish the journey in style...

Film
 
Slow Tour

Detailed Tour of the Park

After the hyperlapse, here is a more sedate trip around Paphos Archaeological Park. There are no captions or commentary, instead, turn the sound up and enjoy the music.

360 Tour
 
Experience The Park Yourself!

Take a virtual walk through Paphos Archaeological Park

With over 400 locations to explore, you can spend all day visiting the wonderful sights that take you through over a thousand years of history from ancient Hellenic tombs to Byzantine times.

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION

Opening Hours and Cost

Winter hours (16th September – 15th April): 8.30 – 17.00

Summer hours (16th April – 15th September): 8.30 – 19.30

Entrance: €4.50

Latest Blog Articles

Panagia Salamiotissa Monastery

Last autumn we we doing a bit of Off-Roading at the top end of the Diarizos Valley. On our way back to civilisation we spotted an unusual building across the valley, so stopped to take a look. We found ourselves at a modern monastery with a lovely garden.

Polemi Lockdown Part 2

Another day, another walk around Polemi to stretch our legs. This time, after checking on the tulips, we are heading off towards the Winery...

Polemi Lockdown

Cyprus is in lockdown, for its own good. We are allowed to leave the house for exercise, so a brisk walk around the block was in order. And fortunately, we have a very scenic block...

Exploring Evretou

We never get bored of exploring the Cyprus countryside in Springtime, This is a good job, as social distancing prevents us from blogging about anywhere vaguely populated. The other day we took our swanky new 360 camera for a spin. The pictures proved popular, especially to people pining for a holiday cut-short. So here are the pictures we took with our usual camera as we were on our travels.

Latest News Articles

New charts on Covid-19 in Cyprus

The Health Ministry has released new infographics on the spread of Covid-19 in Cyprus that look at the geographical distribution, age group and smoking status among other parameters.

The data is from March 7 to April 4.

The ministry clarified that as regards the smoking habits, the figures  concern only 182 cases for which it has information.

Two arrested for fake SMS to bypass lockdown

A man and a woman were arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of showing a fake SMS to police in order to bypass the stay at home decree.

Philenews reports that the message was shown to police in Limassol in one instance and in the SBA in the second.

The man is aged 49 and the woman 40. She told police that the man had allegedly created and sent her the SMS.

Anastasiades message to UK Prime Minister

President Nicos Anastasiades has joined other leaders in extending wishes to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson who is fighting worsening coronavirus symptoms at a London hospital.

Coronavirus: 127 booked for violating movement restrictions overnight

Police booked 127 pedestrians and motorists for violating the decree restricting movements overnight on Monday.

Two premises in Paphos were also booked.

Officers checked the movement of 4,250 people and 1,165 premises islandwide.

Thirty four people were booked in Nicosia, 32 in Limassol, 41 in Larnaca, 14 in Paphos and six in Famagusta.