Paphos – The perfect mix of food and fun in 2017

If you’ve had it up to here with the cold and the lack of blue sky, then Paphos makes the perfect destination for a winter break. This Cypriot town enjoys mild winter temperatures and has plenty to offer visitors looking for an enjoyable break. There are fabulous ancient ruins for the history buffs, and with Paphos serving as European Capital of Culture in 2017, there will be plenty of exciting events throughout the year. Of course, you may fall in love with the charming delights of Paphos, Holiday Transfers did and we want to return!

But where to stay? Like any popular resort, Paphos offers a wide range of accommodation options from villas to B & Bs. Almyra offers flexible, elegant accommodation, with dining facilities and a spa. What a great way to wind down after a day spent touring the amazing ancient sites in the area! And if you’re on your honeymoon, there could be no destination more romantic than Kouklia, renowned as the birthplace of the goddess Aphrodite. Book a villa if you prefer seclusion, or a hotel if you’d like to enjoy being waited on.

If you’re not very adventurous in your food tastes, you’ll be relieved to know that the usual chain restaurants can be found in Paphos, though it would be a shame to miss out on the delicious Cypriot cuisine that local restaurants have to offer. Many hotels have excellent dining facilities, which can be convenient if you’re too exhausted from site-seeing to want to go further. You can also stock up on delicious Cypriot specialities such as Halloumi or fish (you are on an island, after all!), and enjoy a relaxed meal in your villa.

One of the joys of travelling is sampling food that’s sourced locally. The Seven St. Georges takes this idea very seriously, using only ingredients that are found on the island. They also specialise in serving seasonal ingredients, meaning that everything will be fresh, tasty, and delicious. You’re bound to develop a love for Cypriot cuisine after enjoying their mezes – a mixture of delightful small dishes that are perfect for anyone who never knows what to order from the menu! There will be no trouble finding somewhere different to eat every night; if you’re staying at Almyra, try Ouzeri for views of the castle and harbour (a wonderful place to sit as dusk falls).

Nightlife is an essential part of making the most of your holiday, and there is no shortage of bars to while away a pleasant evening. There’s no lack of karaoke bars and English pubs if that’s your idea of fun, though it would be a shame to come to Cyprus and not enjoy a more authentic experience. For a true flavour of Cyprus, head away from the tourist-oriented waterfront and up to Ktima Paphos, the old town. There you will find plenty of delightful bars and music venues. Some bars also serve food, meaning that you needn’t venture far if you’re too full after all that lovely Cypriot food!