We spent a delightful couple days relaxing in the beachside town of Paphos, Cyprus. Paphos is quite a popular vacation destination and has a great tourist area featuring a waterfront pedestrian walkway, plenty of restaurants, easy access to swimming spots and several archaeological sites. A perfect spot for some sunshine and relaxation!
After spending a couple nights in London, Cyprus was the second stop on our two week vacation. We flew from London Stansted to Paphos and used the Easybus service from Victoria station on the London end. Note that this is quite a long bus ride depending on the traffic (2 hours on the way back!) and the quality of bus varies. In Cyprus we took a quick cab ride from the Paphos airport to our hotel and rented a car from Hertz during our time in Cyprus. Driving is on the left!
Our base in Paphos was the Anemi hotel apartments. We had a very comfortable suite with a separate bedroom, kitchen/living room, modern bathroom and a balcony overlooking the pool. It felt huge after the cosy hotel room in London! Anemi was modern and clean, with a nice pool and poolside bar. The location is a short two blocks from the beachfront and the front desk staff were great. Street parking was available in front of the hotel, and we had no trouble finding a spot for our rental car.
Mothers Restaurant: This traditional taverna style restaurant was such a fun experience. It is a bit hidden away in a courtyard between some buildings, but worth the search! We sat outside on the covered patio and shared the meze for two and a jug of house white wine. The food was good and very plentiful – it just kept coming! The highlight was the hospitality and atmosphere. We felt like part of the family!
Ouzeri: We stopped here for a beverage and late lunch while exploring the harbourfront. The location is perfect, with a patio overlooking the ocean right off of the harbour walkway. We enjoyed the greek salad, grilled veggies, olives, pita and a tasty feta & yogurt dip. This would be a lovely spot for an evening cocktail too!
Windmill Restaurant: Another traditional family taverna style place, and apparently very popular for weddings. On the night we went, about half of the restaurant was being used for a wedding dinner reception, and we felt like part of the celebrations! We shared their meze dinner for two, which was quite tasty and a huge amount of food. The highlight was a traditional dancing performance including some impressive balancing of water filled glasses on the top of the head while dancing. A really fun night!
Paphos has a long pedestrian walkway along the beach and harbour, lined with resorts, shopping, restaurants and swimming spots. We spent a lot of our time strolling along the seaside, swimming, browsing in a few of the shops selling local nuts and oils and stopping frequently for refreshments.
Right next to the walkway near the harbour is a sizeable archeological park with some very impressive restored mosaics. We spent a morning walking through the ruins and would definitely recommend checking it out!