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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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Where to stay in Paphos

A vacation favorite, Paphos is equipped with a wide range of accommodations to cater to its scores of visitors. Beachside hotels are plentiful, with many located in the bustling Kato Pafos neighborhood. Bed and breakfasts tend be farther from the sea but offer heaps of character as well as good value for money. If you're planning a longer stay in the city, consider renting a villa. These vary considerably in amenities and price, with many of the larger properties located in Paphos' scenic outskirts.
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  • Good place to visit, and you can see a lot of archaelogical things, a lot of photos, and why not some friends.  more »
  • Great to walk around the historical ruins of the Roman times, along with beautiful sea views. They are fairly well preserved.  more »
  • This place is huge so make sure you have your good walking shoes on! There is so much to see but all so amazing and interesting. It's worth the visit to see these old beautiful mosiacs and builds that...  more »
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  • I've visited every year for the past 6. Walking in the footsteps of the ancient Romans and the Apostle Paul is amazing. Every year it changes as the archaeologists dug more of the ancient city. The mosaics are the best in the West and the site stretches on and on inviting you to discover and imagine as you walk through the less publicised bits...
  • There are some interesting pieces and lots of mosaics, but we struggled to find a lot of them because of the lack of signage. The map was very unclear and tended not to match up with the hundreds of paths they had. This meant that we missed out on half of the places we were there to see. It is cheap entry (€4.50) and easy to get to from the Harbour so if you just want to have a wander round to see what you can find then it is a nice place to kill a couple of hours.
  • So much history to see in this small area. The place to go if you're interested in knowing more about the past and you're on holiday here. Numerous, intricate, mosaic floors and extensive remains of buildings give this area a similar feel to Pompeii, but in summer it can get very hot walking around this large site.
  • Amazing history to be seen! Not much shelter so be warned, and much bigger than I had thought so be prepared to spend a couple of hours as a minimum there. The only problem we had was that we had a pushchair with us, and meant we could not get around very easily.
  • There are some amazing highlights in the park - the mosaics are stunning and the odeon and agora are interesting. However, the park is quite large and poorly signposted and explained past the couple of larger sites. The map you're given on entry doesn't appear to show the modern day tracks and for the majority of places on it, you're left wondering whether or not you've reached them, particularly when some of the sites marked on the map aren't in the park itself. Also, take plenty of water - there is very little cover in most of the park.