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Kato Paphos Archaeological Park, Paphos

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A World Heritage Site, Kato Paphos Archaeological Park features monuments from prehistoric times to the Middle Ages, including some of the finest mosaics in the Eastern Mediterranean. See remnants of Roman villas and fortresses, some of them with floors made of colorful stone, representing scenes from Greek mythology. Take a walk through the arid lands, over dunes, and among ruins, and look for monuments such as Ancient Odeon--a 2nd-century theater built entirely out of limestone blocks--and Saranta Kolones, which features remnants of a Byzantine castle destroyed in a 1222 earthquake.  Kato Paphos Archaeological Park is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Paphos Edition.
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  • We visited in April and the wild flowers were lovely. The entrance charge for us oldies was only 2.25 euro each. The mosaics were lovely and very well preserved considering they were made about 300BC....  more »
  • Quite accidentally went through some sort of left/service gate. Well, then laziness was looking for cashier. The result was a freebie, two hours-enough-then turns supersaturation.
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  • The park is right next to the harbour and thus very easy to find. The entrance fee is 4.5 euros but half price concessionary rate, with proof of over 65 years old.It is a large complex combining build...  more »
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  • One can easily spend 3-4 hours walking around this UNESCO world heritage site and exploring the different ruins, including the stone quarry from which the complex was erected! We were surprised to see that most ruins were only partially excavated (some not at all) and many mosaics were not protected from the elements, but only covered with sand (I suppose as a means to protect them!). The park fails to provide comprehensive information to visitors. Informative plaques are scarce and where available run-down and not informative. But since this is not the fault of the impressive ruins themselves, but rather due to laziness or lack of funds, the ruins are nonetheless worth seeing. Better to get your information about this site online!
  • Interesting to see. Quite a bit of walking. Not as much there as I thought there would be. There are some sign posts and info boards but not many, get a map/info booklet if you want to see it all properly. Huge open space so really hot, we got there around 10.30am and it was 28c. There is one building around half way through with vending machines so take water with you. One toilet at the entrance and again one half way around. Only 5 euros each but I would say you have to really like this kind of thing to enjoy it.
  • There are stunning mosaics that have been fantastically preserved, you must go and see them if you're in the area. We went without a guide, I recommend you get a guide as some the descriptions for the mosaics a very simplistic, eg "This is a dog biting the leg of a donkey". The map is inaccurate and the park is poorly maintained. I was unable to find some of the things on the map. Some of the signboards are so faded they're illegible. The park is run by security guards rather than people ho care about the ancient artefacts.
  • For history enthusiasts, this is a great place to see - but for everyone else, you will be probably disappointed. The park is quite large, so good shoes and plenty of water with you is a must. The mosaics are certainly impressive, but they lack some background information, most of the signs only describing what is depicted on them. I've been there couple of time with our guests and I think the best time to enjoy the place is in winter when there is less tourists and cooler weather. If you want to see something similar but on a more grand scale, with more impressive view, head over to Kourion near Limassol.
  • The mosaics are really beautiful and so perfectly preserved. Unfortunately the site however lacks any deeper interpretation, and it's difficult to be out so long in the sun in the summer months. With some better interpretation and information provided for visitors this could be a great site. The mosaics and excavations are five star, but the interpretation is lacklustre.