Cyprus’ relatively small size means the bulk of its major attractions are within easy driving range of Paphos. From the rugged Troodos Mountains to Europe’s last divided capital city, here are five popular day trip destinations to explore during your Paphos stay.
Akamas Peninsula — 26 miles (41 km) away
Home to the golden Lara Beach, Avakas Gorge, the crystal-clear Blue Lagoon, and mile upon mile of forested hiking trails, the unspoiled Akamas Peninsula attracts visitors looking to trade the urban hustle and bustle for a day in nature.
Troodos Mountains — 44 miles (70 km) away
In the heart of Cyprus’ wild interior are the Troodos Mountains: the island’s largest range and home to its highest peak (Mount Olympus). In addition to its pine-covered slopes, the region is also known for its surfeit of Byzantine monasteries and churches. Kykkos Monastery is among the most renowned, thanks to its lavish mosaics and golden altar. The village of Omodos, long associated with wine production, is another popular stop in the area.
Limassol — 47 miles (67 km) away
Cyprus’ second-largest city, lovely Limassol features a glittering marina that’s evidence of its up-and-coming appeal. Be sure to visit Limassol Castle, a hulking landmark that sits near the harbor, and which hosts the Medieval Museum. En route to the city, you may also want to stop at nearby Kourion, whose archaeological site—including a Greco-Roman amphitheater—is one of the island’s highlights.
Nicosia — 93 miles (150 km) away
The world’s last remaining divided capital, Nicosia is bisected by the Green Line, which separates the Greek and Turkish halves of the city. Beyond that surreal incursion, Nicosia is home to a vibrant Old City (ringed by Renaissance-era Venetian walls), the impressive Cyprus Museum, and no shortage of buzzing bars and restaurants.
Salamis and Famagusta — 108 miles (174 km) away
Salamis, poised on Cyprus’ east coast, was once one of its most important ancient cities. Today, its sprawling archaeological site contains the ruins of Roman bathhouses, an amphitheater, and more. Famagusta, located just a few miles away, is also worth discovering. The city is home to a wealth of medieval architecture; its suburb of Varosha, abandoned during the Turkish invasion of 1974, currently stands as an eerie ghost town.