We were planning to be in Belgium. And we then wanted to go to Greece and up through the Balkans. With those two pieces of the puzzle in hand, I then tried to find the most economical way to get there. After staring at the flight maps of several European budget airlines, I made a little discovery.
“We can get from Belgium to Crete via Cyprus… and we do have an extra week up our sleeves. Want to go to Cyprus?”
And that’s how we ended up in Pafos, which was the beginning of our Cypriot driving tour.
24 Hours in Pafos
If you are a history buff, then it is incredibly easy to spend 24 hours in Pafos. There are two main attractions in the old town; the Pafos Archeological Park and the Tombs of the Kings. Both are relatively near by, although we had a car which made access easy. You could easily visit both sites in one day.
Start yourself off with a good breakfast and a caffeine hit cause you are about to dive into one of southern Europe’s best archeological sites – the Pafos Archeological Park. Confusingly called Nea Pafos (New Pafos), this is the site of the historic city of Papfs, founded in the 4th century BC. The site, despite holding several buildings and sites of interest, is relatively compact and easy to get around. The site is most renowned for it’s well preserved mosaics, mostly based off of Greek myths. The mosaics are stunning and incredibly well preserved, despite only being discovered relatively recently (1960’s) by a farmer plowing his field. Excavations continue at the site today, and experts predict that many more treasures are just waiting to be discovered.
Allow a minimum of two hours to fully appreciate the site.
Cost of entrance: 4.50 euros
The Pafos Archeological Site is conveniently located at the end of the waterfront esplanade which is the mecca for bars, restaurants and shops geared towards tourists – meaning that – you are only a short stroll away from some lunch. When in Cyprus you must try a traditional meze, which is a large collection of small, tapas like dishes. Refuel and enjoy a glass of Cypriot wine before heading off to the afternoons adventures.
Hopefully you are not all cultured out from the mornings adventures, because now we are heading to the Tombs of the Kings. This UNESCO world heritage site, located in a dry and barren desert like location, was completely deserted when we visited. We felt like modern day explorers as we wandered among the tombs. There are seven grand tombs scattered around the site, and many of them you can enter and explore to your leisure.
Allow yourself at least two hours to visit this site.
Cost of entrance: 2.50 euros
We found that many of the attractions and restaurants in Pafos at the time of our visit did not accept credit cards, so stock up on some euros before your visit.
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