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Paphos Castle

Relish the panoramic view from atop a fort that dates back a millennium. It survived the rule of Byzantine, Ottoman and British empires.

Paphos Castle is one of the city’s most iconic landmarks due to its rich history and striking appearance. Initially, it was built as a Byzantine fortress to protect the harbor, but it was destroyed and rebuilt several times as the centuries passed. It has been a fort, a prison and, most recently, a salt warehouse during British occupation. Admire the imposing look of the castle, which looms over the harbor as a reminder of the city’s complicated past.

Take photos of the large stone castle against a picturesque backdrop of the Mediterranean Sea. Cross the bridge over the water surrounding the castle. Inside the fort, enjoy its cool protection from the outside heat. Listen to the echo of your footsteps as you retrace the paths walked by many others over the centuries.

Learn about all the uses of the castle since its construction about a millennium ago. Byzantine, Lusignan, Venetian, Ottoman and British dynasties are all entwined in its history.

Make your way to the top of the castle for an excellent view of the harbor, the sea and the archaeological park. As you stand on the fort’s roof, imagine fending off an attack in the Byzantine era or being held prisoner in one of the cells.

Attend the cultural events held in the plaza in front of the castle. Come for the Aphrodite Festival that takes place annually for a week in September and enjoy an operatic performance.

Explore several small shops in the area where you can purchase snacks, refreshments and souvenirs. Dine at one of the restaurants and bars, which are lively in the evenings, before taking an after-dinner stroll around the harbor’s boats.

Castle entry requires a small fee. It is open from morning until late in the afternoon. During the summer, the castle stays open several hours later.

You can find Paphos Castle on the city’s main harbor at the most southwestern tip of Cyprus. It is just south of Paphos Archaeological Park and near several beach areas.


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Lodging Near Paphos Castle

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Amphora Hotel & Suites

Amphora Hotel & Suites

48 Poseidonos Avenue, Paphos
4.5
of 5, from 218 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Paphos, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within 1 mi (2 km) of Alykes Beach, Paphos Harbour, and Paphos Archaeological Park. Paphos Lighthouse and Tombs of the Kings are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$293
Alexander The Great Beach Hotel

Alexander The Great Beach Hotel

Poseidon Avenue, Paphos
4.6
of 5, from 105 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Paphos hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Alykes Beach, Paphos Harbour, and Paphos Archaeological Park. Paphos Lighthouse and Tombs of the Kings are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$353
Olympic Lagoon Resort Paphos - All Inclusive

Olympic Lagoon Resort Paphos - All Inclusive

Poseidon Avenue, Paphos
4.5
of 5, from 62 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

A tropical retreat, Olympic Lagoon Resort Paphos is located near the charming town of Paphos, where guests can explore the history, mythology, and local culture of Cyprus.

$264
Annabelle

Annabelle

Poseidon Ave, Paphos
4.3
of 5, from 99 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Paphos hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Alykes Beach, Paphos Harbour, and Paphos Archaeological Park. Paphos Lighthouse and Tombs of the Kings are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$254
Almyra

Almyra

12 Poseidonos Avenue, Paphos
4.4
of 5, from 147 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Almyra is set within 8 acres of landscaped gardens that border the sea. The hotel is within walking distance of the town and close to the House of Dionysus, Paphos Castle, and the Tombs of the Kings.

$81
Daphne Hotel Apartments

Daphne Hotel Apartments

3 Alkminis Street, Paphos
3.0
of 5, from 29 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Kato Paphos, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Paphos Archaeological Park and Paphos Harbour. Paphos Lighthouse and Tombs of the Kings are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Louis Imperial Beach

Louis Imperial Beach

Poseidonos Avenue, Geroskipou
4.0
of 5, from 21 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Geroskipou resort is within 2 mi (3 km) of Alykes Beach, Paphos Harbour, and Paphos Archaeological Park. Paphos Lighthouse and Tombs of the Kings are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$331
Elysium

Elysium

Queen Verenikis Street, Paphos
4.7
of 5, from 177 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, this beachfront resort is located outside the ancient city of Paphos, next to the historical Tombs of the Kings. The Paphos harbor is a 10-minute drive away.