Take a trip to Paphos

By: Keith Barrett

This was once the Roman capital on the island and a number of Roman sights can still be seen in and around the city. These include the impressively restored Acropolis.

Paphos attracts visitors who are looking for more than the average beach holiday. The resort does boast some fine beaches, but the historic setting means that there is much more to see here than you might expect.

As you walk through the city streets, or venture into the nearby countryside, it's possible to get a feel for the real Cyprus.

Tourism is undoubtedly of great importance to the Cypriot economy, but a traditional way of life still exists here.

That mixture of modernity and tradition helps to make the island such a fascinating place to visit at any time of year.

Possibly unsurprisingly, so many visitors are enchanted by Paphos and the rest of Cyprus that they decide to stay for longer than they had orginally planned.

With property prices cheaper than many western European locations, properties in some areas have been bought by foreign nationals who want to take advantage of the excellent quality of lifestyle that can be experienced on this island.

If you enjoy pastimes such as sports, hiking, walking and water sports then you'll find that the Paphos region of the island is a perfect place to spend time, whether you are visiting for a few days or intending on joining those who stay for considerably longer.

While you are on the island, do make the effort to spend some time away from the typical tourist trail. There's much more on offer here than the hotels with their tempting swimming pools.

Experiencing the real Cyprus can be enchanting.

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