Paphos for beaches and wild shores
A forgotten backwater before Cyprus was split in two by the Turkish invasion, the region of Paphos, or Pafos has grown into a major tourist holiday destination. The Pafos region can be divided into three main areas.
To the south is the popular tourist holiday resort of Paphos Town, served by an international airport and packed with luxury hotels and family apartments that run right along the south coast.
The resort town is the fourth largest on Cyprus with about 20,000 inhabitants and a long sea wall promenade packed with tourist shops, cafes, restaurants and boutiques while, in and around the town, are several important archaeological sites.
The coastal strip is dominated by a long chain of Paphos hotels that have established their own private beaches leaving just a handful of small, sandy strips for public use.
Nearby, on the west coast are the attractive and hugely popular beach resort of Coral Bay and the wilder sands of Lara Bay .
Further north, on the horn-shaped coastal peninsula of Akamas, is a deserted wilderness where roads are non-existent and tracks are few while inland are found the quaint hill villages of the Akamas heights.
Agriculture and wine-making are the main occupations in the hill villages, although many have suffered serious depopulation in recent years and there is little to see beyond a few ramshackle homes and a cafe or two.
The increasingly popular north coast resorts are smaller, less frenetic and more gentrified than those in the south.
Here you will find uncrowded beaches, charming village centres packed with cafes and restaurants and many good walking trails into the nearby hills.