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.