Paphos is a seaside resort with a long and rich history, which today is still so visible that in 1980 the UNESCO added the complete town to its World Cultural Heritage List - this highly unusual step conveys some idea of the cultural significance that Paphos has. It is also one of the most important places of Greek mythology: In ancient times it was believed that Aphrodite (in Latin: Venus), the goddess of love, beauty (and sex!) was born in Paphos. In fact, when you visit you will find many signs of antiquity. The Tombs of the Kings located just two kilometers North-West of Paphos are still in a very good shape of preservation. This large subterranean complex was built in the fourth century BC, and still pleases its visitors with the perfect beauty of its Doric columns and frescoed walls.
Paphos has a population of 47 thousand, but despite this relatively small size it is the most important coastal town in South-Western Cyprus and also the capital of Paphos District. Just ten kilometers away from the city center, there is Paphos International Airport, which serves destinations in many countries. Tourism is one of the main legs of Paphos's economy.
Paphos does not only have significance as a Greek mythological site - the Bible mentions it too. In the Acts of the Apostles it is described how Barnabas and Paul came to Paphos and successfully converted it to Christianity. Now the city simultaneously is a deeply religious and also an ultra-modern place, where tourists find a multitude of churches, but also everything a modern traveller might need.