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For your information the airport at Paphos is approximately 16 km from the centre of town.
Being the destination airport for many holidaymakers, Paphos is rapidly becoming the most popular holiday resort in Cyprus. The picturesque harbor is a popular meeting and dining place and Paphos is especially interesting for those who care for history and archaeology. Even the fact that Cyprus' second International Airport is located nearby does not appear to have changed anything about this sleepy coastal town.
Close to the waterside cafes and restaurants at the harbor lies Paphos Fort. It was built by the Turks in 1592 on the site of an earlier, ruined medieval castle. Inside there are rooms once used as dungeons while the main room is occasionally used for exhibitions. From the roof there is a fine view of the harbour and the surrounding countryside.
One of the highlights of Paphos is the House of the ancient God Dionisos. A third Century Roman Villa was discovered in 1962 and is named after one of the mosaics depicting Dionisos, God of Wine. The mosaics are now protected by a wooden structure with walkways which permit visitors to view with ease.
Aphrodite's presence seems to have drawn other divinities and notable mortals as well. Excavations have unearthed the spectacular 3rd - 5th century-mosaics of the Houses of Dionysus, Orpheus, and Aion, and the Villa of Theseus - buried for sixteen centuries and yet remarkably intact. Also in this region is the Odeon Theater, a stone structure still used as it was in ancient times for outdoor concerts, plays, and games. Small wonder then that the whole town of Paphos is included in the official UNESCO list of cultural and natural treasures of world heritage.
Past Polis and Latsi, the Baths of Aphrodite provided the ancients with a dramatic setting for outdoor bathing. The Fontana Amorosa, or fountain of Love, still bubbles forth nearby. Is it simply water... or Aphrodite's fabled love potion? Later periods of history have also left their traces. The tombs of the kings, in Kato Paphos, is a monumental honeycomb structure carved into sheer rock whose vaults held the tombs of Ptolemy period nobles. Nearby, the stone pillar where St. Paul, according to tradition, was bound and beaten for preaching Christianity thrusts skyward.
Archaeological discoveries in the Paphos region are continual, making it a highlight for those tracing civilization's roots in Cyprus. For a glimpse of the artifacts and master works found in the area, visit the District Archaeological Museum.
Returning to the 20th century, enjoy a cool drink, a steaming hot coffee, or a meal of freshly caught seafood in one of the tavernas that dot the scenic harbor side.
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Paphos International Airport is some 16km from the town of Paphos. The airport is being redeveloped and the exciting new buildings are scheduled to open on 11th November 2008.
A rental car is the perfect way to discover the sights and sounds of Cyprus. The roads are good and uncrowded.