Cyprus..a land famous in all ages. The rosy realm of Vernus, 

the romantic kingdom of the Crusaders. 

- Lord Beaconsfield -

Paphos - Gods' Playground 

Capital of the West and positively teeming with history is Pafos, site of the island's second international airport. The resort town has as its focal point a charming fishing harbour by Paphos Fort, lined with open-air cafes and tavernas that serve a tempting menu of the day's catch. 

It was on Pafos shoreline that the mythological Goddess Aphrodite was born a legend that spawned a massive wave of cult worship from neighbouring countries that lasted several centuries. The large rock that just from the sea is known as "Petra tou Romiou" - The Venus Rock - while the Baths of Aphrodite at Polis also echoes her apparent penchant for the island. At Palaepaphos, Kouklia lie the remains of the Goddess' earliest Sanctuary. 

Another "first" for Pafos was its early recognition of Christianity. While under Roman rule in 45 A.D, it was here that Saint Paul converted the first ruler to the faith. The legacy from its remarkable history adds up to nothing less than an open museum, so much so that UNESCO simply added the whole town to its World Cultural Heritage List. Among the treasures unrearthed, are the remarkable mosaics in the Houses of Dionysos, Theseus and Aion, beautifully preserved after 16 centuries under the soil. 

Then there are the mysterious vaults and caves, the Tombs of the Kings, the Pillar to which Saint Paul was allegedly tied and whipped, the ancient Odeon Theatre and other places of interest including the Byzantine Museum and the District Archaeological Museum. 

Yeroskipou with its remarkable five-domed Byzantine church of Agia Paraskevi, and its Folk Art Museum is a village known for many years now for its special delight "loukoumi". 

Agios Neofytos Monastery, famous for its "Encleistra", Enclosure, carved out of the mountain by the hermit himself, boasts some of the finest Byzantine frescoes of the 12th and 15th centuries. 

Chrysorrogiatissa Monastery makes its own range of wines using homegrown grapes. A small museum dedicated to Archbishop Makarios, first president of Cyprus,is found at Pano Panagia. From here it is a rewarding drive to the majestic Cedar Valley, home of the indigenous Cyprus horned sheep, the Moufflon. 

Lempa village can be singled out as one with particular historic significance. In its pretty setting near the sea, Lempa's link with prehistory is the site of a chalcolithic settlement. Today the faithful reconstruction of several dwellings, gives an insight into chalcolithic life on the island. 

Further north lies the resort-town of Polis, overlooking the beautiful Chrysochou Bay with its charming fishing refuge of Latsi. The relatively unspoilt state of the countryside and villages make the area a real delight for the walker and naturalist. 

The low-lying scenery around Pafos, much of it cultivated with banana plantations and backed by the gentle foothills of the Western Troodos range, has an attractively open quality to it. This is the gateway to the Peninsula of Akamas, a natural wilderness of incredible beauty with breathtaking gorges, spectacular coastlines and enjoyable nature trails. 

Akamas Peninsula located to the north-west of Pafos and is a unique area relatively large and unspoilt, with remarkably diverse features in vegetation, wildlife geology, beautiful landscapes, coasts with a rich historical and cultural heritage. The variety of landscape and vegetation are full of beauty and variety. 

The flora and the fauna of Akamas are both magic. Very rare kinds of trees, bushes, flowers will make feel very lucky that you are in this blessing place. The access is mostly easy if you wear the right shoes and clothes. The fauna is full of rare creatures: Wild goats and rabbits, hares, snakes and lizards, tame goats and sheeps, donkies, mules, horses they all live with harmony in this rare paradise. 

Avakas gorge is a very interesting place to visit and walk along. Its also full of wild life. The gorge is full of water during the winter time that means that you need care if you want to walk across it. When you walk along this spectacular gorge you never feel alone. Wild and tame animals, pigeons, the sing of the birds will keep you very happy. 168 kind of birds, 12 kind of mammals, 20 kinds of reptiles, 16 butterfly species are sighted in the area.