Paphos is a city located in the Greek part of Cyprus and though it is a city, it is suitable for relaxing on your stomach as well as for those looking for trips to the mountains and magical villages. There are also attractions suitable for adults and excellent hotels that go from all-inclusive hotels, hotels with a water park, cheap hotels, hotels suitable for families, and luxury hotels.
Tips before flying to Paphos
I personally recommend using an ESIM, which is an electronic SIM, and recommend Airalo. I was very satisfied with their user experience (simple tutorial videos for operating the SIM card) and everything worked without any special problems. I wrote more about them in an extended post on the subject of taking a SIM card abroad and also about other options such as buying a local SIM card.
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The biggest drawback at the moment is that some devices do not support an electronic SIM. How can you know if your device supports the electronic card? Very simple: go to this link and you can see. Link to which devices support ESIM.
Car rental in Paphos
In Paphos and in general in Cyprus there is no convenient public transport. For those who only come for a backpacking vacation, the buses and taxis will provide a good enough answer, but if you also want to travel, I personally recommend renting a car. It is true that the journey here is on the opposite side of traffic, but as someone who lives here, I can say that you get used to it quickly.
You can search for a car in the search engine Papam Papam. Personally, I really like to search through them because they save me time (instead of going to several websites) and they also have the option of filtering out non-recommended rental companies.
Attractions in Paphos
I wrote a detailed post with recommendations for things to do in Paphos.
You can get ideas for other cool things you can do on the various attraction sites and even order through them (sometimes at a discounted price). The first attraction Get your guide and the second is Viator.
All-inclusive resort perfect for families
5-star all-inclusive resort.
We really liked this resort and I think it provides a perfect solution for a vacation with children (and even babies). We were there in winter (January) but we had perfect weather of 20 degrees (Celsius). I saw people getting into the pool outside, but that was too extreme for us :). Outside there are pools for babies, a pool with a slide and a pool for adults. The resort is by the sea and at its exit there are lots of lawns and a promenade that reaches the port (about a 30-minute walk). There is no beach (everything there is rocks) but in a short walk you will also find sand.
There is a heated pool at the resort that we have been to several times with the girls (Sophie is a 14-month-old baby and Maya is 4 years old). There is a youth club, a children’s club and a club for babies without parents, where they stay with supervisors. The baby must be registered 24 hours in advance and can be left with a babysitter in the baby room for up to two hours. The children can be brought whenever they want during the activity hours. The parents receive a buzzer and if the baby cries or the child wants to leave, then the parent is buzzed. Maya really liked the kids club and went there every day for an hour or so. She did creations there, dressed up and she also had her face painted. We left Sophie twice for an hour and she enjoyed exploring the games. Maya sometimes entered the nursery and confirmed that Sophie was happy and did not cry.
The resort has an amazing buffet in the morning, lunch and dinner. We really liked the food. At lunch and in the evening there is a pasta station where you can have any pasta you want prepared on the spot (this was my favorite station), at all meals there is a crepe station and in the morning there are even smoothies. For lunch and dinner there is also a diner restaurant with excellent hamburgers. And there are two other adults-only restaurants that are not open in the winter. There is a snack restaurant that is open from morning until dinner and there are sandwiches, salads, desserts, pizzas, ice creams, yogurt and coffee. You can also grab anything for takeaway and eat around the hotel or outside. And of course that’s why it’s an all-inclusive hotel, so there’s free drinks all the time: light, hot and alcohol.
Every evening there is a mini disco and this was one of the activities that the girls liked the most and looked forward to every day. We booked a room there with a partition for a part with a double bed and a part with two single beds and a balcony with a sea view. It is important to note that in the winter the prices are much cheaper than in the summer.
By the way they have another resort in Ayia Napa Olympic Lagoon, Ayia Napa, which is really similar to this hotel. It’s not by the sea but it has a cool tubing course that we really liked.
A special golf resort in the mountains
A beautiful resort in the mountains of Paphos at about a 20-minute drive from the center of Paphos. You can get there by taxi, but if you also want to visit Paphos itself, then I think it’s best to rent a car. The resort is a 5-star one and is, in my opinion, suitable for couples or families looking for peace. We booked a suite there with two bedrooms (there are also suites with one bedroom and villas with 2-3 rooms). The suite had a garden, living room and kitchen.
The resort is on a breakfast basis and there is the hotel restaurant where you can have lunch and dinner (that’s what we did). There is a stunning outdoor infinity pool and there is also a huge adults-only spa area with a heated pool (this was a disadvantage for us because we couldn’t be in the heated pool with Maya and it was already quite cool for an outdoor pool – we were in early October).
And of course there are golf courses, so for golf enthusiasts or those who want to learn to play the sport, this is definitely the place to go. They offer golf lessons and the possibility to buy and rent golf equipment.
An all-inclusive hotel at an affordable budget
A 4-star hotel from the Louis hotel chain. This is our favorite chain in Cyprus and we have been to many of their hotels, the recommended ones are Royal Apollonia in Limassol and Louis Althea and Louis St. Elias in Protaras. All these hotels are all-inclusive hotels and I think they have high level food even for a 4-star and excellent entertainment teams for children.
When we stayed at the Breeze Hotel I was pregnant with Maya, so we got to experience the hotel as a couple without children, but for the other ones she was already born and we saw that they are also great for families. The hotel has a kids’ club and several outdoor pools. It is on the sea and has evening shows such as a fire show and a Greek dance show. I wrote an extended post about the hotel. Its location is a 10-minute drive from the mall and the port is a 15-minute drive, and you can get there by bus or taxi or by rental car.
An excellent all-inclusive hotel for families in the port area
A 4-star hotel that opened two years ago, its location is really good, because it is in the port area, where there are many restaurants, bars and cafes and it is also nice to walk along the boardwalk there. The hotel has a heated pool (relatively small), outdoor pools, a toddler pool, a small playground and a kids’ club.
The hotel is on an all-inclusive basis and the food there was fine. In the evening there were various shows that are also suitable for children, such as a fire show that Maya really enjoyed.
We booked a room which is actually two bedrooms.
We really like hotels that have the option of booking a room with a bedroom and living room or two bedrooms separated because it really improves the experience. Both this hotel and all the other hotels I have mentioned in the post have family rooms.
An all-inclusive family resort with a water park
This is a hotel with a water park that is very popular among Israelis. I haven’t had the chance to stay there, but I know a lot of people like it because it has a lot of water slides outside and it keeps the kids busy, aside from being all-inclusive. From what I understand, the majority of the population there are Israelis and I have read controversial reviews about the quality of the food. So although I haven’t stayed there, I’m mentioning it as an option for those looking for an all-inclusive hotel with a water park.
Cheap hotel in the port area
Roman and I were at the Pyramos Hotel after finding a really cheap 5-euro per person flight to Paphos. We arrived in Paphos for 48 hours and chose this hotel because of its price and location. The hotel is really basic, with clean and simple rooms and a basic breakfast as well. For those who are looking for a hotel in the location of the port where there are many restaurants, bars and cafes, this is a great option.
The truth is that I haven’t had the chance to check out adult-only hotels because all our vacations so far have been with the girls. But if you are looking for hotels for adults only, I have read very good recommendations about The Ivi Mare and The King Jason Paphos hotels.
In conclusion, Paphos is an excellent city for a vacation, where you will find many hotels that will suit what you are looking for. It has many all-inclusive hotels, hotels for families, hotels for couples only, cheap hotels and luxury hotels.
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