Pafos offers a wide selection of accommodation ranging from luxury beachside hotels with every amenity, such as business centres, salt water pools, exotic gardens and health spas, to a variety of hotel apartments for the budget conscious. Relish mouth-watering delicacies at the numerous restaurants serving both local and international cuisine and offering exceptional value. Enjoy classical opera under the stars in the romantic setting of the medieval castle overlooking Pafos harbour during the various summer festivals. Or jive to the latest dance tunes at a plethora of entertainment spots, part of the modern town’s varied nightlife.
Not far from the mythological birthplace of Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty lies the Municipality of Geroskipou. Now a suburb of Pafos town this once tiny hamlet was a centre for silk making, and also lays claim to having been the site of Aphrodite’s sacred garden. The 11th century five domed Byzantine Church of Agia Paraskevi situated in the main square is well worth a visit. A few minutes’ walk from the church is the house of Zimboulaki which has been made into a rather special Folk Art museum. Those with a sweet tooth will also relish a visit and tasting session at the Aphrodite Delights shop opposite the main square. Here the family run business of making delicious Loukoumi is always open to visitors, and these boxes of delicious pillows of sweet delight make for superb and inexpensive gifts for family back home.
Pegeia, perched on a hillside overlooking the sea, is known for the fountains in its picturesque village square, a beautiful construction with typical arches, where women used to meet in days gone by in order to wash their clothes and fetch water. The village itself is renowned for its spectacular views, while the coastline below has one of the best sandy beaches of the Pafos region at Coral Bay, which each year is awarded with a Blue Flag for its bathing water quality. If you love culture and history, stop off at the church of Agios Georgios and admire some superb examples of Byzantine art in the form of a 6th century basilica complex with extensive panels of geometric and animal floor mosaics, rare in Christian iconography. Or visit Maa-Paleokastro, the site, on a peninsula near Coral Bay, where the Mycenaean Greeks first landed in Cyprus in the Bronze Age.
Experience the meaning of real relaxation in the Polis tis Chrysochous area, the least developed coastline of Cyprus. The Akamas National Park will appeal to nature lovers or those in search of peace and quiet. It is an area of exceptional beauty with rocky promontories, sandy coves and "The Baths of Aphrodite". This is where, according to mythology, the goddess Aphrodite frolicked with her lovers, bathing in a fresh-water grotto shaded by a wild fig tree. Enjoy local fresh fish at the tranquil and picturesque harbour of Latchi or get a taste of local culture in the pedestrian town centre. Visit one of the last Mediterranean nesting grounds for the green loggerhead turtles, whose numbers have greatly been increased thanks to a successful conservation project on the sandy beaches of Lara. Follow one of the many beautiful nature trails and spot rare endemic plants, like the Cyprus orchid, tulip and crocus that grow there, or watch migrating birds fly by overhead.
Ideal sea temperatures, clear waters and rich coastal reefs Paphos is located in the west of Cyprus and is one of the main diving hubs of the country. Cyprus lies in the crossroads of three continents which gives the country its unique atmosphere of east meets west. Clear seas and warm waters make Pafos ideal for diving. Sea temperatures around the island range from 27 to 16 ºC, resulting in one of the longest diving seasons in the Mediterranean, while the absence of plankton makes for great visibility. The underwater coastal reefs teem with a wide variety of colourful fish, sponges, coral, sea anemones, octopus, mussels and the ubiquitous sea urchin providing a spectacular picture. Sea turtles can be spotted regularly, thanks to a turtle conservation project that has increased their numbers around the island considerably. Spectacular underwater caves and tunnels and a number of interesting paths are just waiting to be explored, while the remains of ancient amphora and stone anchors make it a veritable adventure. Akamas National Park lies 12km west of Paphos and is home to some excellent dive sites with lots of marine life. The whole area is a marine park so is a protected area from fishing which is why the marine life here is so abundant compared to the Cyprus reefs just a short distance away. St Georges Island in the Akamas is one of the only deep wall dives in the area and caters for all levels of experience. As you are swimming along the wall its worth taking time to explore any recesses and overhangs for the marine life hiding there and see if you can find a hidden octopus or tiny critters such as colourful nudibranchs. Another site in the Akamas is Lara Valley which offers overhangs, crevasses and if you are lucky there is a chance of even spotting a turtle around here during the breeding season. Nearer to Paphos one relatively easy but stunning underwater geological feature is the Amphitheatre which is a naturally formed amphitheatre at the shallow 9-12m. The shallow depth and rock formation create some very pretty light effects and is a great spot for photographs. Open water (OW) qualification required. Access is from the shore just past the headland at Coral Bay, a short walk down the rocks. This is a particularly popular dive, ranging from 4 metres to some 12 metres. It takes its name from the natural formation resembling an amphitheatre that was cut out of the rock by sea currents. Besides the magnificent rock formations, there is an abundance of marine life to admire, including groupers, eels and cuttlefish. Last but not list divers can experience the unique Amphorae Caves. A famous dive to a depth up to 12 meters. There are some caves to explore, including one with the top-encrusted amphorae. A team of American archaeologists who investigated this region feel that this was created by movements in the sea over the past two thousand years
Gold Quality Award for the Coastline of Pafos Region ! Pafos is now included in the list of quality coastal destinations of Europe «The TOP 20 SUSTAINABLE DESTINATIONS» and promoted as the destination ensuring that the environment remains clean and the area follows practices for the protection and promotion of local identity and cultural heritage. In Paphos of quality, visitors can combine a relaxing, but also safe holidays, tradition and culture, nature and clean seas
Focusing in the further development of the diving tourism and enhance the experience, Pafos has an artificial reef under contraction. According to the master plan for the conservation of underwater life, Pafos is expected to have the first artificial reef available in April 2014. This human-made underwater structure, will cover an area of 4 sq kilometres and will be built to promote marine life in a particular area on the eastern side of Pafos. It is planned to be created with the use of objects that were built for this purpose such as cement rigs and tubes as well as a Shipwreck to be preserved on the sea floor.
The harbour area of town is a busy bustling centre of activity, here visitors can either sit and enjoy snacks and drinks, or tuck into delicious freshly caught fish at one of the many seafood restaurants. Here one can also book direct for the many fun water sport activities, also day boat trips etc. Dominating the area is the medieval castle which has been a solid presence here since the 13th century. During its long history it has acted as a protector of the town with men having been stationed there to watch for potential sea faring marauders, it has also been used as a prison and during British rule was the main storage area for salt supplies. Now it performs an important role as a stunning backdrop for the many cultural music, dance, and pop concerts that take place during the summer months.
Close to the entrance of the harbour one can access this quite stunning park which houses a truly unique collection of remarkable treasures dating from as far back in time as the 2nd century B.C. The key monuments on display include the Saranta Kolones or forty columns, the basilica of Chrysopolitissa, the Hellenistic theatre, a magnificent 2nd century Roman Odeon built entirely of perfectly hewn blocks of limestone, and today is still a venue used by visiting theatre companies and musicians. There is also the temple to Askilipios the God of medicine, our jewel in an already well encrusted crown has to be the Pafos mosaics. These wonderful examples of mosaics floors which graced the floors of the rich Roman villas date back to the 3rd and 5th century AD and are recognised as the finest examples in the eastern Mediterranean of this ‘floor art’. Each of the scenes depicted originate from Greek mythology although only the floor art still survives these four villas must have been truly sumptuous palaces.
Just off the Tomb of the Kings road lies a huge area which dates back to 300 BC here was the last resting place for top officials and members of Paphian aristocracy, each would have been laid in burial niches along with jewellery and other artefacts relating to their life etc but these tombs were looted many many years ago leaving behind only an echoing and very powerful sense of stillness and a certain mystery. The tombs were carved out of solid rock and with frescoed walls, and looming Doric columns line the 100 tombs which have been unearthed. This site is well worth a visit and best examples can be seen if you visit the atrium area.
A few minutes’ walk from the harbour is the Ayia Kyriaki Chrysopolitissa, in the grounds of this lovely old church is the pillar which during his visit to Pafos in 45 AD in company with Barnabas as Christian missionaries, Paul was dragged to the church tied to a pillar and received forty lashes. The pillar is there today for pilgrims to view and despite the lashings Paul received, the then Roman proconsul Sergius Paulus after meeting with Paul was indeed converted to the Christian faith.
Wear comfortable shoes, a sun hat and bring your camera; you are ready to adventure into the vibrant heart of the old town and meet the locals! This is a hugely enjoyable outing which is best done on foot, here you can wander the local market where everything is sold from fruit and vegetables, fish and jewellery, scarves, lace to designer labels. Not forgetting to also pop into several places to appreciate our local arts and crafts. This is a guaranteed sensory adventure one that titillate all of the five senses, from then aromas of fresh herbs, fruits, spices and bees wax candles the opportunity to savour the taste of our award winning wines and local delicacies
Then there is no shortage of golf courses we have four excellent courses within the region and all are recognised internationally as being first class, the added bonus we have is that the game can be played all year round as we are indeed blessed with weather which really doesn’t require one to carry a golf umbrella.
Pafos is where Aphrodite emerged from the gentle waves on the island’s south western coast, and made her home in this region. Pafos itself is a leading cultural centre of the Mediterranean, with fascinating archaeological sites, museums and more. In the nearby Akamas Peninsula and inland region there are beautiful monasteries, picturesque villages such as Neo Chorio and nature trails. Further north near the Akamas peninsula and the Baths of Aphrodite 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. East of Polis you come across such villages as Pomos and Pyrgos that lie on beautiful rocky cliffs and rocky beaches. Rural Pafos is a destination that combines ideal weather conditions, diverse accommodation and catering facilities that are in operation all year round, beautiful country side, historical sights, cultural activities, Byzantine treasures, natural wilderness, picturesque village and more. The region is easily accessible from other local cities with good road network as well as good air connections from many European cities. The long and stormy history of Pafos is as interesting as its scenery. The natural beauties, the rich flora, the fertile land, the picturesque mountain and hill villages, the living legends, the traditional products, the folk art and handicraft and above all the simple, warm and hospitable people. All these compose the portrait of Pafos, a region with “a good reason for all seasons”. Spring and summer are ideal times of the year to visit archaeological sites, relax in the countryside, experience unique cultural events such as fairs associated with local products, taste traditional food with seasonal produce, or explore nature. Pafos is a paradise for nature lovers, birdwatchers and botanist. In addition this time of the year is perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and a whole range of water sports from scuba diving to sailing. Fall and winter bring the possibility of rain but still an average of six hours bright sunshine a day. At this time, the countryside changes colour and the vineyards take on gold. Inland excursions, visits heritage sites, museums and handicrafts, practice cycling, trekking, hiking or explore and experience first hand the village life is what is highly recommended and not to be missed. Diverse accommodation and catering facilities that are in operation all year round, easy accessibility from other local cities, good road network as well as good air connections with the most European cities, all contributing to a unique destination with distinctive characteristics and an ideal region to experience all year round.
Pafos produces many quality wines which can and do compete very favourably on the international wine stage, and we also lay claim to being the oldest country in the world when it comes to the art of wine making with production here going back as far as 6,000 years. This also means we have the oldest grape varieties, and we have also brought in foreign varieties adapted to suit the ever changing tastes of wine drinkers such as Chardonnay, Semillon, Grenache, and Cabernet Sauvignon. The wineries here are mainly family run and they do welcome visitors to come and have a sampling of their wines and you can also buy wines direct from the winery. Our restaurants and hotels make every effort to promote our local wines so look out on menus for wines made by the following local wine families. Tsangarides winery, Vouni Panagia winery, Fikardos winery, Ezousa winery, Vasilikon winery.
Getting about within the town and the suburbs is easy as a regular bus service delivers tourists to all the key places of interest and popular fun venues, the bus timetable is available along with a myriad of other essential information at the Pafos Tourist offices based in town. Or, you can explore via our bike rentals, cycling along the promenade area with the scent of sea water giving you that extra boost, or if less active we also have the mono electric bikes with safety helmets for those who wish to expel less energy. Renting a mountain bike, a buggy, or a motorbike is also an excellent way to adventure out of town and explore the countryside and the many quaint sleepy villages. There are also a series of Walks organised by the tourist board which allows visitors to be guided through the old part of the town and, as you enjoy these leisurely strolls, the professional guide will reveal the many fascinating stories about both old and new Pafos.
With so much to see in such a compact area, visitors can experience the true Cyprus through a range of exciting tours and activities. Tours and activities are carefully planned and operated with licensed guides or professional escorts. Spend the day discovering the legends and history of one of the most beautiful parts of Cyprus. Take a visit to the Aphrodite's Rock. According to legend, the goddess of love and beauty was born from the foam of the sea at this spot. Then discover the remarkable history of Paphos, which UNESCO World Heritage has added to its World Cultural Heritage List. In "Kato" Paphos you will visit the catacombs of St. Solomoni and see the Pillar of St. Paul. Take a visit at the Archaeological park and explore the house of Dionysos and admire a series of beautifully preserved mosaics depicting scenes from the Greek Mythology, take avisit at the mediavla castle and explore the 9th century Basilica of Ayia Paraskevi. Take a stop at Yeroskipou Village to sample the famous Paphos Delights 'Loukoumia'. Tens of options to visit every corner of Pafos and Cyprus from the majestic Cypriot countryside to the unique Myths and legends, history and Cypriot culture. Travel more. Worry less
A unique way to explore and enjoy the crystal waters of the rugged Pafos Coast line. Full Day Cruise For that extra tan, leave behind the sand and cruise the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean. Cruise to the West from Paphos Harbour towards the famous and legendary Akamas. You will have the opportunity to see the majestic scenery of the coastline, Coral Bay, The Sea Caves,St. George’s Island, Lara Bay (Turtle Beach) and Geronysos. Relaxing Half Day Cruise Treat yourself to a relaxing Mini Cruise and spend a few hours at sea sailing the mediterranean along the West coast of Paphos taking in the views of the rugged coastline. Sailing up to Coral Bay where we will drop anchor for you to enjoy a dip in the crystal waters of this beautiful sheltered bay. Mid Day Cruise Treat yourself to a relaxing Mini Cruise and spend a few hours at sea sailing the Mediterranean along the West coast of Paphos taking in the views of the rugged coastline. Moonlight Wine & Dinner Cruise Cruise the coastline while the sun is setting beyond the horizon. Then boat weighs anchor and usually a Mediterranean supper is served. Background music will be played throughout your meal. After the meal to get you in the mood for dancing, a live DJ will play 60’s – 80’s music or simply relax on the top deck gazing at the stars. Other options also available such as Catamaran Cruise, Glass Bottom Boat, Tuna Fishing and Private Charters available on request.
There’s only one way to explore the wild Akamas Peninsula – by four wheel drive. So join this bumpy adventure and go off road down dirt tracks and over potholes. Fun from start to finish, kick things off with a drive through giant limestone walls of the Avagas Gorge, which is a haven for over 168 different species of birds, plants and animals. Next up is Lara Bay, home to a breeding station for the protected Green Back Turtles. You can learn all about the project before can head back through Latchi. Your last stop can be at visit to the Baths of Aphrodite, where legend has it that the waters have magical rejuvenating properties
This charming family run seafood restaurant has been established since 1962. The old stone structure building right on the harbour promenade makes it an ideal and pleasant dining spot. Its name has become synonymous with good, fresh food, made strictly from traditional home made recipes. The menu is quite varied with fresh fish and seafood being the house specialities. Open daily from 11am till late, all year round.
History The history of the Loukoumi Geroskipou and Koufeta Amygdalou Geroskipou begins in 1895. Throughout the years and the standing of time, the products’ reputation surpassed the Cypriot boundaries and are now exported to many countries worldwide while visitors to Geroskipou and Paphos always seek to buy the products to take back home with them. More importantly, they are the first products to be granted the protected Geographical Indication (PGI) by the European Union and so the Loukoumi Geroskipou and Koufetta Amygdalou Geroskipou are now recognized worldwide and heavily promoted by the European Union. Loukoumi Geroskipou The Loukoumi Geroskipou is a confectionary product with sugar being its main ingredient. It has a jello texture, intense sweet taste and it is shaped small cubes. The product is offered in various flavours and packages which vary according to the added aroma. It is offered covered with icing sugar or desiccated coconut topping. Nuts, or/and honey, or/and bitter chocolate can be added to the product during production. The difference between Loukoumi Geroskipou from other similar products with other names is its vigour, elasticity and reduced sweetness. Also no glucose or gelatine are used in the production of the Loukoumi Geroskipou. It is mainly served as a dessert, coffee accompaniment, wedding treat or as a treat in various events. Koufetta Amygdalou Geroskipou The second Cypriot Product after Loukoumi Geroskipou to be awarded with PGI. Fresh locally grown almonds are roasted before they are slowly covered with sugar syrup, resulting in a soft shell that simply melts in your mouth.
Weaving programme 11th 12th 13th May Attend an illustrated lecture on the weaving tradition by textile researcher Julia Astreou at the Cultural Centre. The lecture at 6.30 pm on Saturday and Sunday will be in Greek, with a written English translation. A special, all-English lecture will be held at 5.30pm on Saturday (and at another time by arrangement). In addition to the weaving, stalls will sell traditional local fare. Two establishments, offering food and/or refreshment, will be open until late (for groups, advance booking is recommended. Pefkos 99460523, Fyti 99647024). Any group interested in a free, short guided tour and explanation of the village architecture should call the Laona Foundation (Greek and English spoken) at 25 358632 before Wednesday, 9th May. Venue: Fyti Village Time: 6.30 p.m. Organizer: Fyti Community/Laona Foundation Tel: +35799460523 / +35799647024 Anthestiria Flower Festival 13th May In May, Pafos welcomes the arrival of spring with the Anthestiria or Flower Festival. To demonstrate a glimpse of nature's beauty, a parade of flowers floats and people carrying fresh flowers. In historical and mythological context, this festival is inspired by an ancient Athenian festival that was held every four years to honour the God of theatre and parties; Dionysus. Similar to early feasts, the modern-day Anthestiria festival also has a theme. The word Anthestiria is derived from the word 'anthos' meaning flower and the festival is organized to celebrate the rebirth of man and nature. Venue: Kato Pafos Time: Not Finalised Organizer: Pafos Municipality Tel: +357 26822854 www.pafos.org.cy Festival of the Flood 26th, 27th, 28th May Staging concerts and games near the waterfront, with stalls selling typical Cypriot foods and sweets. The celebrations include folk dancing, singing, swimming competitions, and boat races. Venue: Pafos Harbour, Kato Pafos Time: Not Finalised Yet Organizer: Pafos Municipality Tel: +357 26822854 www.pafos.org.cy www.cyprus-theatre-iti.org
18th International Pharos Chamber Music Festival 31st May – 4th June 2018/ Royal Manor House – Kouklia Acknowledged all over the world as Cyprus’ most important annual classical music event, the International Pharos Chamber Music Festival is also recognised as one of Europe's preeminent music festivals, having gained an unequalled reputation for the quality of its concerts as well as its enchanting atmosphere and settings. Inaugurated 18 years ago, the Pharos Festival was the first festival of chamber music to be established in Cyprus and it has so far attracted numerous of the world’s finest and most celebrated musicians, while it has garnered thousands of enthusiastic music lovers from all over the world, who visit the island especially to be part of this exceptionally uplifting music experience. The International Pharos Chamber Music Festival also maintains a strong tradition of community service, having made chamber music more accessible to the general public and giving the unique opportunity to students of public schools, as well as young instrumentalists from all over the world, to benefit through its educational activities. Venue: Royal Manor House/Kouklia Time: 08.30 p.m Entrance: €15/€10 Organizer: Pharos Art Foundation Tel: +35722663871 www.pafos.org.cy International Food Festival 16th-17th June CIFF2018Pafos in collaboration with the Municipality of Pafos will host vendors with street food from around the world at the spectacular Pafos Castle. CIFF 2018 offers a wonderful opportunity to court and cultivate a demographic of local and international, savvy food and wine enthusiasts, by focusing on cultural diversity while simultaneously fulfilling a commitment to use local services and products to produce the festival. This year, the Junior Chef Award launches giving young chefs between 16 – 23 an opportunity to showcase their skills, creativity and speed in preparing healthy and nutritious food. Venue: Pafos Castle Time: 05.00 p.m – 11.30 p.m Entrance: Free Organizer: CIFF2018Pafos / Municipality of Pafos www.cyprusinternationalfoodfestival.com The Famous Cypriot Singer Alkinoos Ioannidis with his band 17th June A month after the end of his European tour, Alkinoos Ioannides returns to Cyprus for his well-established summer concerts. Venue: Pafos Ancient Odeon Time: 21.00 Entrance: €25 / €20 (presale) Organizer: Cyprus Events Tel: +35726949522 https://www.cyprusevents.net/el/events/alkinoos-ioannides-paphos-2018/
Ancient Greek Drama 1st – 31st July In July, several separate ancient theatres of Cyprus host one of the finest festivals on Greek drama. Great historical and mythological stories depicting domestic differences, betrayals and heroic deeds, written by Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and Aristophanes are re-enacted in classic Greek tradition. The drama festival goes on for a month, attracting a large number of Greek, International and local visitors. Venue: Pafos Ancient Odeon Time: 21.00 Entrance: €10/€5 (students) Organizer: Cyprus Centre of International Theatre Institute Tel: +357 77772717 www.cyprus-theatre-iti.org Paphos Beer Festival 26th, 27th, 28th July Medieval Castle Area Paphos Beer Festival is the largest and longest-running festival in Paphos. Pay a visit and enjoy not only your favourite beer but also live entertainment. Venue: Pafos Castle Time: Not Finalised Tel: +35726250311 https://www.facebook.com/paphosbeerfestival/
Ancient Greek Drama July, 1- 31 In July, several separate ancient theatres of Cyprus host one of the finest festivals on Greek drama. Great historical and mythological stories depicting domestic differences, betrayals and heroic deeds, written by Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and Aristophanes are re-enacted in classic Greek tradition. The drama festival goes on for a month, attracting a large number of Greek, International and local visitors. Venue: Pafos Ancient Odeon Time: 21.00 Organizer: Cyprus Centre of International Theatre Institute Tel: +357 77772717 www.cyprus-theatre-iti.org
Wednesday, August 1st Time: 23.00-04.30 George Sabanis live at Summer Club in Paphos! The favorite singer comes for a unique musical evening with his great hits and not only. For more info and reservations call: +35799250067 Summer Club Yeroskipou Beach Yeroskipou, Paphos Cyprus Email: [email protected] Phone: 70000801 Thursday, 2nd – Saturday, 4th Time: 21.00 Cost:€15/€12 The G&N Make It Productions presents the comedy by the famous Greek writer duo Reppas-Papathanasiou “Baba au Rhum” (Mpampades me roumi) Tala Amphitheatre Phone:77777040 Friday, August 3rd Time: 20.30 Cost: €25/€10 Russian Ballet Moscow in collaboration with Italian Ballet Company invites you to the ballet ‘Solomon & Sulamith’ based on a story by Alexander Kuprin. Paphos Ancient Odeon Monday, August 6th Time: 21.00 Live music with Marios Chatzioannou For more infro call: 0035726321321 Polis Chrysoschous Square Tuesday, August 7th Time: 20.30 On the occasion of the 100th anniversary since the birth of the great greek political cartoonist, playwright, lyricist and painter Mentis Bostantzoglou, ETHAL presents this summer his comedy entitled “Romeo and Juliet” directed by Kostas Silvestros. (in Greek) Paphos Ancient Odeon Friday, August 10th Time: 20.30 Theatrical Show For more info call:+35726321321 Agios Andronikos Park (Opposite Polis Chrysochous Municipality) Monday, August 13th Time: TBA Challoumi Festival For more info call: 0035726321321 Drousia’s Primaty School Tuesday, August 14th Time: 21.00 Cost: €10 Festival Foinikas Agias Marinas Chrysochous with the famous Greek Singer Vasilis Terlegkas Agias Marinas Chrysochous Community Park Jazz Festival 17th, 18th August Paradise Jazz Festival is a beloved cultural event which takes place every summer at the beautiful Pomos village in Pafos, since 1999.A festival for music and landscape lovers. Venue: Paradise Place, Pomos, Pafos Time: 21:00 Organizer: Paradise Place Phone: +357 26342537 www.paradiseplaceproductions.com
Pafos Aphrodite Festival 31st August – 2nd September Pafos, a city in Cyprus that is a listed UNESCO World Heritage site, is hosting for yet another year the “Pafos Aphrodite Festival”. The 20th Pafos Aphrodite Festival opens its curtain with Gioachino Rossini’s masterpiece Il barbiere di Siviglia (The barber of Seville) on 31 August, 1 and 2 September at the Square of the Medieval Castle in Pafos in a production by the Italian organisation C.I.A.L.M. - Teatro Lirico Italiano in collaboration with the Ventidio Basso Ascoli Piceno Theatre and the participation of the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra. Enjoy classical opera under the stars in the romantic setting of the medieval castle overlooking Pafos. Venue: Castle Square, Kato Pafos Time: 08:00 p.m. Entrance: €25/€40/€50/€70 Organizer: Pafos Aphrodite Festival Cyprus Tel: +357 26822218 www.pafc.com.cy/opera/ Traditional Products and Folk Art Day 28th September Polis Chrysochous Municipality organize a fiesta with stalls selling traditional products, typical Cypriot foods and sweets. The celebrations include folk dancing, singing and Cypriot food for just €5 and free drink. Venue: Polis Chrysochous Municipality Town hall square Time: 07:00 p.m Entrance: Free Organizer: Polis Chrysochous Municipality Tel: +357 26321321 www.polis-municipality-cyprus.com
The 14th edition of the Cyprus International 4-Day Challenge 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th November Starting on 22/11 with a 6k time trial, on asphalt, runners set off in 10 second intervals and run against the clock and finishes in front of a lovely view of a ship wreck. On the second day, 23/11 mountain running “lovers” will enjoy a trail run in a distance of 11k. The race starts just after the white river in the AKAMAS Nature Reserve and finishes by the beautiful village square / church of Pano Arodes. The hill run starts by the sea and runs immediately uphill and continues as a steady climb for 6km. The first 4km are rocky up to an old barn building where the drink station is positioned; from there the path becomes smoother. At 6km there is a fairly steep descent for 1km before climbing again, with a short steep uphill around 9km. Approaching Pano Arodes it levels off and goes slightly downhill until the 500m climb up through the village to finish in the pretty church square. On the third day 24/11, competitors will be challenged through some extremely picturesque routes. The start is in the town square of Neo Chorio and continues out of the town through a narrow up hill street and out into the olive fields. The route climbs gently on a concrete road up to Smiglies picnic site where it turns into a jeep trail and climbs more steeply to drink station at 4km. From here it drops steeply on a wide trail with many switchback bends until reaching the coast road at 9km. From here the route is on a wide jeep track that undulates up and down some coastal bays until it passes Lara Bay. From here it is flat and partially downhill to finish on the beach, where you will finish with a ‘splash’. * race is also open to running not participating in the full 4 day challenge On the last day, 25/11 and after having completed the half marathon, which by most is characterised as the highlight of the event, we leave mountain “climbing” and trail runs behind us and head for the city of Pafos, where runners compete in the fairly flat 10k Pafos City Run. Despite not being a cross country run, the 10k Pafos City Run remains an equally beautiful event that starts and finishes at the Pafos Castle by the small fishing harbour. The race is also open to participants not running the full Cyprus challenge. Beer, music and of course the joy and pride of having finished 4 tough days during which runners were challenged through cross country routes as well as asphalted roads in a combination of mountain running and trail running, create a lovely partying atmosphere at the finish of the 10k Pafos City Run. The event comes to an end with a “grant” gala dinner where all prizes are awarded. During the ceremony, photos as well as video clips are played making the cross country running challenges faced the previous four days during the mountain runs and the trail runs, a sweet memory to be proud of. If you wish to take on the Challenge, be part of the 2018 Cyprus International 4-day Challenge and test your strengths in an event that combines cross country running, mountain running, trail running, a trail half marathon, as well as a fast 10k City run, we would be more than happy to welcome you to lovely Cyprus!!! Venue: Pafos area Time: Not Finalised Yet Organizer: ARENA SPORTS Tel: +357 26 880877/878 www.cypruschallenge.com
Christmas Celebration 24th Saturday Annual Christmas Celebration of Pafos Municipality Venue: Pafos Markideio Theatre Time: Not Finalised Yet Organizer: Pafos Municipality Tel: +357 26932014 www.pafos.org.cy New Year’s Eve Celebrations 31st Saturday Annual New Year’s Eve Celebrations of the Municipality of Pafos Time: Not Finalised Yet Venue: Pafos Municipality Town hull square Organizer: Pafos Municipality Tel: +357 26932014 www.pafos.org.cy