A cosmopolitan holiday resort, spectacular countryside, and fascinating historical sites
Why visit the Pafos Region
Beautiful countryside, a cosmopolitan resort, historic sights, as well as sporting activities. The Pafos Region (sometimes also spelled Paphos) has something for everyone at any time of the year. Whether you are a sun-seeker, an explorer, or someone looking for a relaxing holiday with great scenery, there are so many reasons to visit this beautiful part of Cyprus. Get inspired for your Pafos Region green holiday here!
Enjoy Pafos, one of the most wonderful world heritage destinations of Europe.
Culture & Local Life
Pafos has been very successful in attracting visitors. With almost 4 million tourist arrivals per year, it is one of the most popular destinations in the world. Especially in summer, Pafos is an amazing destination. It is one of the best family-friendly destinations in Cyprus, offering several facilities and a relaxed stress-free family trip. You will find stunning beaches, historical sites, and exquisite Mediterranean cuisine, making it an ideal summertime destination.
Cypriot people are very friendly and hospitable. They are keen to ensure safety and security for their guests. Human rights are very well respected in Cyprus.
Cyprus is served by international airlines that fly directly to Pafos International Airport from around the world. Numerous airlines fly to the island. Don’t forget to offset your carbon footprint by participating in your trusted projects. ?
The bus company’s priority is to provide quality service in area coverage, frequency of routes, comfort, consistency, and cost through continuous improvement and customer interaction. Technologically advanced ticketing and real-time information systems are provided. Through the continuous renewal of the bus fleet and the strict requirements, the reduction in fuel consumption and emissions is contributing to a greener environment. Very shortly, an electric bus will connect several areas within the Pafos city. Additionally, intercity buses operate connecting all the unoccupied cities of Cyprus on a daily schedule with frequent departures based on a low cost fares policy. A travel offer that combines and provides reliability, a professional friendly environment, safety, and comfort.
Nature & Wildlife
Pafos has become well-known for its unparalleled beauty. Enjoy scenic beaches, rich, rare vegetation, and its jewel Akamas National Park, with its rugged coastline, rocky shores but also sandy bays, during your Pafos Region green holiday.
Pafos is located on one of the main bird migration routes, and over 300 bird species pass through in huge numbers during the spring and autumn. For this reason, Pafos is a heaven for birdwatchers!
Pafos is among the 100 most sustainable tourist destinations in the world. On top of that, it is also one of the 20 top sustainable holiday destinations in the sectors of cleanliness, being green, and in harmony with the natural environment.
Pafos was identified as a tourist destination that has worked hard to make a difference and to highlight sustainability. In addition, the Pafos region boasts the Blue Flag award, an international award scheme which acts as a guarantee that a beach is one of the best in the world.
Health & Safety
Given the current situation, Cyprus has enhanced its health, safety and hygiene protocols on all hospitality establishments, and extensive training of staff will take place prior to the destination opening for visitors. Travelers are advised to constantly visit the Official Tourism Board website to get updates about possible changes that may affect their trip.
Good Practice Story
Pafos region is a mature destination that attracted many visitors due to its favourable weather conditions, nature and cultural activities. However, the destination faced some difficulties with high seasonality, limited range of services and the low spending power in rural areas. The destination implemented new cycling and walking routes in rural areas in order to improve seasonality and enhance sustainability. Stakeholders and local communities were involved in the development of the new products and they were given a training session where they managed to understand the main purpose of this operation. Local businesses managed to increase their revenue, productivity and visibility because visitors to the destination increased by approximately 10% due to the new attractive offer. Accessible information system for visitors was implemented and a promotional plan for the new cycling routes and walking trails was established through promotional channels and mobile applications.
Good Places To Stay
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Travel tips from our editor
A Proud Heritage
Pafos has a wealth of treasures for the visitor. Ancient temples, rock-cut tombs, and Roman villas with elaborate mosaic floors all reflect the highly sophisticated societies which inhabited Pafos in the past. With a history dating back more than eight thousand years, the town offers a wealth of treasures to the visitor. From the Stone Age, through Hellenistic and Roman times, to the Byzantine era. Many of Pafos’ ancient monuments are included in UNESCO’s Global Heritage List.
Beautiful Rural Pafos
Pafos combines ideal weather conditions and a choice of diverse accommodation and catering facilities that operate all year round. It offers beautiful countryside, picturesque villages, historical sites, cultural activities, Byzantine treasures, natural wilderness, and much more. Rural tourism is becoming an ever more popular trend in Cyprus in recent years. People are keen to stay in traditional rural or mountainous village houses. If you prefer the charm of a quiet rural environment to the hustle and bustle of a tourist resort you can choose one of many idyllic places to stay.
Waste Separation for Recycling
For separate waste disposal, remember this color code:
– Brown for the collection of paper
– Blue for the collection of PMD (Plastic, Metal and Drinking cartons)
– Green bell-type containers for the collection of glass
Recently, a lot of hotels have adapted new recycling programs for reducing the use of plastic. They are replacing the plastic drinking straws with the environmentally-friendly paper straws.
Hike & Bike
Pafos region has something for everyone at any time of year. Beautiful countryside, historic sites as well as many hike and bike activities. Pafos is a superb destination for every kind of cycling. The climate in Cyprus is also great for hiking, and the wealth of trails and tours give unparalleled access to the island’s natural beauty and magnificent scenery. As we mentioned, the island lies along one of the main bird migration routes, thus it is the perfect place for birdwatchers.
Pafos was selected in the both the 2020 and 2021 Top 100 Destination Sustainability Stories.
Pafos received a Silver QualityCoast Award for the period of 2020-2022. Additionally, it was also selected as one of the top 20 “most clean, green and in harmony with nature” sustainable tourist destinations.
What does it mean?
- They have shown at least 60% compliance with the Green Destinations Core Criteria.
- They have submitted a story that was selected to the list for its innovative, effective and / or transferable good management practice.
Pafos Good Practice Story
Pafos submitted Good Practice Story’s. It was about making tourism more sustainable through low-carbon transport within the destination. Read the full story here.