While staying in the Elysium Hotel in Paphos I nipped round to the Tomb of the Kings site, it's a 5 minute walk from the hotel.
My plan was to walk round and hopefully buy a souvenir to take home. Thankfully the tour buses were leaving as I arrived and it only took 12 minutes to buy a ticket (it should have taken 10 seconds but there you go). Entrance fee is Euro 1.70.
The site is a necropolis with Pit-shaped tombs, Chamber tombs and Tombs with Colonnaded Atriums. The site probably dates back to the 3rd century B.C. It was first excavated in 1915.
The site is not really accessible (IMHO) to people who are not firm of foot, they would not be able to get close enough to look in the holes and most of the sites are below ground level.
It went round the main items and went into the 3 biggest tombs. Access was reasonable but there are no barriers and could be dangerous if you have kids around.
I took some pictures and nosed around - the whole think took 60 minutes. Nothing much to see. A guidebook can be purchased for Euro 3.50.
The place didn't look like a site any kings would have been buried in - maybe a local chieftan or government bigwig but not kings.
Going back to the entrance building I had a quick look but no souvenirs to be had. Went back to the hotel empty handed.
For me, an underwhelming experience all round but with tourist attractions at a premium in Cyprus its probably on the list of all the tour operators. It is part of a larger World Heritage Site and is probably of enormous interest to academics.
For families - there is no wheelchair access, facilities for children or food available. it is a very basic site more akin to an archeological dig that a tourist attraction.
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