"Culture next to tourism: the beautiful mosaics." Harbour Area Tip by Miss_icetea

Harbour Area, Paphos: 9 reviews and 23 photos

  The entrance of the archaeological park.
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  • The entrance of the archaeological park. - Paphos
      The entrance of the archaeological park.
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  • Saranda Kolones Fortress - Paphos
      Saranda Kolones Fortress
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  • The ancient Odeon - Paphos
      The ancient Odeon
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  • Walking inside the park.. - Paphos
      Walking inside the park..
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  • The visitor's centre. - Paphos
      The visitor's centre.
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I have taken all my foreign friends that came visiting to the archaeolical park of Kato Paphos. Inside it, if you are prepared for the heat and walking you can see the remains of 4 roman villas,the remains of Asklipieion,the ancient odeon,the Agora, the remains of a fortress called "Saranda kolones" (40 columns) and the ruins of "Limeniotissa",an early Christian Basilica Church.

Tip no1: in some sites, you will be told that the "tombs of the kings" are also included in the park.Well,the site is included in the park but can be accessed from another place and not the entrance near the Paphos Medieval Castle.

What i love there: I like the odeon best, because it's still used every year for concerts and the the International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama that takes place there. I also love the Dionysus Villa,the mosaics are so many and the mythology behind each and every one of them is so interesting!And here comes..
Tip no2: if you visit the park without a guide,you will have to buy "The guide to paphos mosaics"in the giftshop for 3euros,if you want to know what you are seeing.

Tip no3: Weather in Paphos and Cyprus in general is hot. Wear hats,bring WaTeR,wear sneakers and put on sunscreen.Most of the way has no shade.

Address: Harbour area,Paphos,Cyprus
Website: http://www.visitpafos.org.cy/Archaeological_Park.aspx

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  • Written Sep 8, 2011
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