'City of love' with beautiful coast you can fly to from Liverpool

Petra tou Romiou, Aphrodite's legendary birthplace in Paphos, Cyprus.
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Miles away from Cyprus' party coast is a must-see city city steeped in history.

The island's southwest coast is where you'll find Paphos, a stunning little coastal city boasting miles of golden sand and crystal-clear ocean waters. If you're in the mood for everything from water sports and authentic cuisine to exploring medieval castles and old towns, Paphos should be next on your bucket list.

Paphos is otherwise known as the city of love, as the birthplace of the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite. Aphrodite's beauty is reflected each night in the sunset, so make sure to enjoy a meal at the harbour as the sun goes down.

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With twelve museums and only two miles away from the Tomb of the Kings, a Unesco World Heritage site, Paphos is full of history for tourists to take in.

After a bit of exploration around the archaeological sites, make sure to head to the old town, Ktima, and hunt down a souvenir or two.

There's also an amazing range of hotels on offer overlooking the harbour or directly in the city with high-end bars and restaurants. When you're finally ready to rest after a day of adventuring, you won't struggle to find delicious authentic cuisine including souvlakia, sheftalia, Afelia and copious amounts of halloumi.

What are the best attractions in Paphos?

The Tomb of the Kings is spread over a vast area and features incredible underground tombs that date back to the 4th century BC. If architecture is your thing, the ancient Kourian site just a few miles along is another must-see.

Petra tou Romiou, also known as Aphrodite’s Rock, is the birthplace of the goddess Aphrodite, who emerged from the foaming waters that surround the rock.

Aphrodite Festival is usually held on the first weekend of September each year, taking place in front of the medieval castle at the harbour in Kato Pafos and features internationally renowned opera singers, who create an enchanting atmosphere that echoes around the castle walls.

The Archaeological Park is also worth mentioning as another place to visit. Here you can explore a number of different wonders from ancient Greece including everything from the theatres to the marketplaces.

What is the flight time from Liverpool John Lennon Airport to Paphos?

The average flight from Liverpool John Lennon Airport to Paphos takes around 4 hours and 45 minutes. You can fly directly from Liverpool John Lennon Airport into Paphos with RyanAir or Jet2.

At the time of writing, return flights from Wednesday, July 17 to Wednesday, July 24, are available with Jet2 for £199.80. You can find the flights here.

Is Paphos good for tourists?

Paphos has something for everyone whether you're there to relax, take in the sights, chill by the beach or sample the local cuisine. English is the second most spoken language in the region so making your way around won't be too much bother.

TripAdvisor rated Paphos as one of its top destinations to visit in 2023 and it's clear to see why.

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