Sun-drenched beaches, sparkling sea, cultural sights and rustic tavernas. There are so many fun things to do in Paphos that it’s hard to know where to begin.
This seaside city is full of charm and splendid contradiction. Cultural and archaeological sights sit alongside tourist-friendly harbour bars, souvenir shops and huge party boats pumping out 80’s music
The city of Paphos is on the southwest coast of Cyprus and is surrounded by gorgeous traditional villages, picturesque lagoons and historical sights.
Day excursions from Paphos
If you get bored of the beautiful beaches, I would recommend exploring the surrounding area and booking a few days trips from Paphos.
Cyprus’ relatively small size means most of its major attractions are within easy driving range of Paphos.
So you won’t have to travel for hours and hours to cover a lot of ground and visit lots of different places in and around Paphos.
There are loads of incredible places to visit near Paphos including, the Akamas Peninsula, the Laona Valley region, Avakas Gorge and the Limassol Marina.
I’ve collated some of the best day trips from Paphos so that you can start planning fun excursions for your next Cyprus holiday.
Take an Akamas Jeep excursion
Spend an afternoon having a guided jeep excursion in the Akamas Peninsula area, a short journey from Paphos.
It’s a fantastic way to cover a lot of ground and learn more about the island. Many jeep tours depart from Paphos, so you can get a tour from your hotel easily.
I went on a jeep tour with ‘George’s jeep safari’ and went off-roading around the beautiful Akamas Peninsula and secluded Lara Beach.
You can pack so much in during a short time on a jeep excursion. This is ideal if you are on a short break in Cyprus.
You can book a jeep tour for Cyprus online so that you can get a great deal in advance!
The Akamas Peninsula is one of the undeveloped and beautiful parts of Cyprus.
Exploring the area requires four-wheel drive off-roading, a keen sense of adventure as well as tolerance for dirt tracks and potholes.
We bumped along dirt roads and gazed out towards rugged and remote scenery as our driver gave us a rundown of Cypriot history and facts.
Visit remote Lara Beach
You can explore Lara Beach as part of an Akamas jeep excursion. This remote beach is home to green and loggerhead sea turtles, who come to lay their eggs on the beach.
As a result of this, loungers and umbrellas are not allowed on Lara beach in order to protect nesting turtles.
I sadly didn’t see any turtles when I visited, as it was the wrong time of year. This is surely a great excuse to come back to Cyprus though?
Secluded beach Cyprus
The soft sands and crystal clear waters make this one of the best-secluded beaches in Cyprus. Lara beach is utterly picturesque and definitely worth a visit.
In order to access Lara Beach and the Akamas Peninsula you either need to hike, rent a 4WD or book a jeep safari. Do not attempt the dirt roads in a small rental car, you will get stuck!
You can also rent a Quad Bike or Beach Buggy and discover the scenic beauty at your own pace.
Discover the Laona Valley region
Another amazing day trip from Paphos is the Laona Valley region, home to some of the prettiest villages in Cyprus.
This area is roughly located between the town of Polis Chysochous and the Akamas Peninsula.
You can rent a car from Paphos and take a self-guided tour around traditional tavernas, wineries, pretty villages and incredible natural beauty.
I loved whizzing past the course, mountainous views and stopping to take some snaps of the scenery and the charming traditional villages
Laona Valley Villages
Some of the prettiest villages in Laona Valley region include:
- Kato Akourdalia
The Laona Valley region is covered by rustic Cypriot vineyards and is known as the Laona-Akamas wine route.
Wine lover should definitely call into some of the region’s vineyards to sample some magnificent local wines.
Recommended vineyards to visit inclue:
- Fikardos Winery Mesogi
- SODAP Kamanterena Winery Stroumbi
- K&K Vasilikon Winery Kathikas
- Sterna Winery Kathikas
Bike riding in Limassol
Paphos to Limassol is an easy 45-minute journey by bus. You can ask your hotel how to get the bus from Paphos to Limassol and they should be able to give you the info.
When you get to Limassol, why not hire a bike and explore pretty Limassol Marina on two wheels?
You can easily rent a bike with the Nextbike App, a public bike-sharing system.
You can register, rent and return bikes using the app and start exploring the marina for only €8 euros per day.
Once you have picked up your bike, cruise along the purpose-built cycle paths that hug the waterfront and enjoy beautiful views of the ocean.
If you need a little rest after biking, I recommend stopping at the Cafe Nero that is right on the waterfront for a coffee and a little relaxation.
The newly developed Limassol Marina is certainly an impressive sight as you cycle along, there are numerous flats, shops, restaurants and bars that are all highly modern and very swish.
There are also plenty of places to stop and take a photo in Limassol. One of my fave places was the little pier where you can watch locals fish.
If you visit Cyprus in the winter, stunning seaside places like Limassol aren’t overly crowded.
This means you can easily rent a bike in Limassol and explore the area without masses of tourists everywhere.
Take a Blue Lagoon boat trip
If you are on a day trip from Paphos to the Latchi area, you should definitely book a blue lagoon boat trip and experience beautiful marine life and clear waters.
My tip would be to book a trip with a company that has a small cruise boat. That way the boat won’t be completely rammed with passengers on the way to the lagoon.
Also, check what is included in your blue lagoon cruise? Many cruises will include things like, snorkel gear, an onboard bar, lunch, and unlimited snacks and drinks.
I cannot begin to describe how cystal clear and aqua marine blue the water is in the blue lagoon.
We saw so much colourful marine life when we snorkeled in the incredibly calm waters. It really is a day trip from Paphos not to be missed.
Explore Choirokoitia village
The pretty village of Choirokoitia is an archaeological landmark and Neolithic settlement that is another impressive UNESCO World Heritage Site in Cyprus.
The Neolithic settlement of Choirokoitia, occupied from the 7th to the 4th millennium B.C., is one of the most important prehistoric sites in the eastern Mediterranean.
You can wander around several of the old churches including Byzantine church ‘Panagia tou Kambou’ and absorb the history and culture of this quiet village.
Basket weaving Choirokoitia
A popular activity in Choirokoitia is traditional basket weaving workshop at the residence of local artist Petros Nicolaou.
You can watch an engaging demonstration of this traditional Cypriot handicraft inside the stunning and fully restored, 1903 stone-built house.
Petros will explain how this tradition is passed down through the generations as well as demonstrating some of the techniques used to create these beautiful baskets.
You are also able to purchase a decorative basket as a rather fabulous souvenir, or as a gift for a loved one.
Making traditional halloumi
As well as basket making, visitors can also try their hand at preparing traditional halloumi and soft cheese.
Making authentic halloumi involves several steps that Petros talks you through.
I’m not entirely sure I have the confidence to try it at home though? I have a reputation for being an enthusiastic, rather than accomplished cook.
After your halloumi making, you can kick back and eat the finished product with a cup of traditional Cypriot coffee in the very Instagrammable courtyard.
It’s a really relaxing way to spend a few hours and pick up some knowledge of local Cypriot culture.
Discover history at Kourion archaeological site
Historic Kourion is located on a hillside, just outside of Limassol. This impressive city-kingdom has a beautiful ocean backdrop and has huge historical significance for Cyprus.
It was one of the most powerful city kingdoms of ancient Cyprus, dating back to 8th century BC.
It’s an incredible place to wander around to soak up some history. It also offers several Instagrammable spots for photographers.
If you book a guided tour of Kourion, you’ll get a lot more out of the experience, as they will be able to fill you in on the rich history of the site.
Theatre of Kourion
The centrepiece of this site is the magnificent Greco-Roman theatre. First constructed in 2nd century BC and extended in the 2nd century AD.
The sun-drenched theatre has a capacity of 3,500 seats and is still used today for a variety of cultural and theatrical events.
The site is open daily and the entrance fee for Kourion Archaeological site is €4.50.
Drink Cypriot wine at Omodos winery
The quaint village of Omodos is located in the geographical region of the wine-making villages of Cyprus, around an hour from Paphos.
This traditional village produces a large volume of high-quality local wine. Wine tasting is an absolute must here!
Make sure to visit ‘Linos tou Charilaou‘, a medieval wine press that has been converted into a museum. Here you can learn more about traditional winemaking techniques.
You can also have a smashing hour or so sampling local wines and playing with the many cats that wander in and out of the building.
Omodos village things to do
There are several other wineries in the area, including Zenon Winery who produce several award-winning wines such as the famous shiraz-maratheftiko.
There’s also a small museum on-site as well as the opportunity for wine tasting.
If you are able to stand after wine tasting you can also have a wander around this pretty village gazing at sites such as the monastery of the Holy Cross.
There are many shops selling trinkets and souvenirs as well as Georges traditional Bakery.
At this bakery and deli, you can taste local products such as cakes, bread and nut brittle.
Paragliding in Latchi
Imagine gliding through the air with the most beautiful blue skies and ocean views.
Paragliding in Latchi is an experience that’s not to be missed, especially because you can do a double-town parasail and experience dreamy views with your loved one.
When you go parasailing in Latchi, you’ll be strapped into a harness and slowly raised by mechanical winch up to a height of around 200 metres.
Latchi is a small fishing harbour and marina that’s around 45 minutes away from paphos.
It’s known for its watersports, beaches and marina restaurants that overlook the water.
I would definitely recommend doing paraglifging there as the views are incredible and its really reasonably priced.
Visit the lace shops of Pano Lefkara
Pano Lefkara is around an hour and 20 minutes drive from Paphos. This pretty Villiage is famous for its lace and silversmithing and is a popular tourist hotspot in Cyprus.
You could spend hours wandering around the rustic alleyways of this traditional village.
The houses here are really pretty, they were the homes of artisans and merchants and often then have dreamy, vine-filled courtyards and plant pots. It’s an Instagrammer’s dream here for photography.
You can also take a guided tour of Lefkara with an expert guide to learn more about this historic village.
Lefkara lace shops
Lefkara is home to Cyprus’s traditional embroidery which called “lefkaritiko”.
The traditional hand-made lace produced in Lefkara is now included in the UNESCO Representative List of ‘Intangible Culture Heritage of Humanity’.
The work is incredibly intricate and large pieces can take years to create.
I would recommend visiting one of the traditional lace shops to learn more about this craft. You will also be able to purchase some beautiful lace pieces.
Pano Lefkara is a very popular place with tourists. To make the most of your time there I would suggest visiting very early in the morning, or perhaps visit Cyprus in the off-season?
It will be a lot less crowded and the temperatures will be a lot cooler for wandering around this small village.
Have a beach day at Coral Bay
Soak up the sun at the popular Coral Bay, a touristy beach located in the Peyia municipality, just 6 km north of Paphos.
You can easily get a local bus to Coral Bay. Just get the 615 bus from Kato Paphos Harbour to Coral Bay.
You can spend an entire day relaxing and swim in the sandy 500-metre long Coral Bay Beach and enjoy the clean waters and lazy pace.
There’s also a range of useful facilities on the beach including sunbeds, toilets, showers and changing rooms.
Snacks and drinks are available from the small beach cafe and you can even grab a few cold beers to enjoy on the beach.
As a British person, this is somewhat of a revelation, normally we can’t be trusted with booze on the beach.
It normally results in an intoxicated brit snoozing on a driting out dingy and a coast guard rescue.
Avakas Gorge is around 16km from Paphos at the start of the Akamas Peninsula.
This scenic limestone-clad gorge has been carved out of the limestone over 1000s of years by the stream that still flows today.
Trekkers will love this picturesque walk, passing pools of water, plants and the occasional goat.
The entire route Avakas Gorge is just under 11km including walking back to the start point.
The gorge walk is a mixture of scrambling and walking, so it does require a reasonable level of fitness to do the walk.
A good way of seeing the gorge is to book an Avakas Gorge excursion from Paphos.
This way you’ll be able to explore the gorge with a professional guide and have hotel pick up and drop off.
Fun Paphos day excursions
From historic sites, pretty villages, wineries, paragliding, boat trips and beach excursions.
There is a huge amount of things to do near Paphos that can really enhance your Cyprus holiday.
What do you think of my list of Paphos day trips? Are you planning any days trips in Cyprus? Let me know in the comments below.
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