In the heart of Pissouri Bay, half way between Paphos and Limassol, lies pissouri bay restaurants Il Buchetto: a quaint trattoria committed to serving its diners authentic yet affordable Italian food.
Il Buchetto’s close proximity to both Paphos and Limassol means that restaurant seekers need not stray far to discover a home away from home at which lunch and dinner may be passed peacefully, pleasantly: perfectly.
According to legend, Aphrodite, Goddess of love and beauty, rose from the waves in this strikingly beautiful spot.
Experience traditional village life in Anogyra, where you can also visit an ecological olive mill and an olive oil museum, buy authentic products, and enjoy a Cyprus coffee al fresco.
A complete olive oil haven, Oleastro consists of an olive oil museum, a working ecological olive mill, a store specialising in olive oil, and a coffee shop amidst an organic olive grove.
A pleasant drive to Vouni village will give you the opportunity to visit the only donkey farm on the island: a cultural escape for all the family.
Pissouri village is ideal for a gentle stroll in amongst verdant hills rolling wistfully into the horizon, or for enjoying an authentic Cyprus coffee and sweet dessert in its square whilst chatting with the locals.
With its cobbled byways and overhanging balconies, Omodos is a wonderfully preserved traditional village, famed for its wine making. The medieval Linos wine-press – situated within a restored old house – is an example of traditional wine craftsmanship and techniques. Besides offering you the opportunity to meet with wine makers and taste the local cuisine in one of the many stone-built restaurants available, Omodos is also home to one of the oldest and most historic monasteries on the island, the Monastery of the Holy Cross.
A former Crusader stronghold, Kolossi Castle is a fine example of Frankish military architecture, having originally been constructed in the 13th century. The Castle is thought to have housed facilities for the production of sugar, one of the island’s main exports of the period. The Castle was rebuilt in its present form in the 15th century.
A magnificent Greco-Roman amphitheatre originally built in the 2nd century, Kourion has been fully restored and is used for select musical and theatrical performances. Visit the Kourion Museum to see the collection and finds from the surrounding archaeological sites, exhibited in a beautiful, old manor house.
A large necropolis lying about two kilometres north-west of Paphos harbour, the Tombs of the Kings is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The underground tombs – many of which date back to the 4th century BC – are carved out of solid rock, and are thought to have served as the burial sites of aristocrats and high-ranking officials up until the 3rd century BC. Rich in history, archaeological excavations are still being carried out at the site to this day. The tombs are noted for their imitation of the housing abodes of the living typical to the period.
Situated above the Kourion settlement, the Sanctuary of Apollo Hylates served as a place of worship and celebration from the 8th century BC until the 4th century AD. Long likened with the God Apollo, Hylates’ name is thought to derive from the Ancient Greek word for ‘forest’, leading to the moniker ‘Apollo of the Woods’.
Paphos’ historical roots run deep, penetrating some 8,000 years of history. Having been inhabited since the Neolithic period, Paphos was not only the centre of the cult of Aphrodite (home to her mythological birthplace, bathing place, and Temple, erected in the 12th century BC), it also once served as the capital of the island during the Greco-Roman rule. The extensive mosaics stemming from this period – situated in an area now known as Kato Paphos – are revered the world over for their intricacy and quality.