Kato Paphos Archaeological Park

Kato Paphos Archaeological Park

12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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72 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
Great place to visit. It only costs 4.50 euros to enter and the site is huge. You are given a paper map but I recommend you download the app - the QR code to scan is by the ticket office. There is also free wi-fi. The app is very informative there are several trails including wheel chair trail and at each location there is audio guide, video & photo. We were on the site for three hours truly fascinating. If you have Less time you must go to House of Dionysus which has walkways over mosaics.
There is a toilet at entrance and in the middle by Odeon. There is vending machine byH of D but recommend take your own water. We went mid Nov and it was windy so kept cool but I imagine it would be hot in the summer. There are a few benchs under shade but not many. As it was winter the visitor centre was closed and some mosaics covered in sand as protection. Also on our visit House of Aion closed (do not know why). Some of the sights on the map were outside the boundary so we did not get to view them.
I really would recommend a visit and use the app (no need for headphones just play on the speaker as not intrusive).
Written November 27, 2021
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Deductress
Scotland, UK93 contributions
Nov 2021
My sister and I visited mid-November on our first day in Paphos and honestly loved the park. There's lots to explore and see; we took around five hours to do the whole site but this included walking the entire length of the park and taking a lunch break for 45 minutes or so.

I'd argue it's a must-visit for those holidaying in Paphos; the mosaics are so fascinating and beautiful to view, and it's wonderful to visit the various ruins and imagine how they looked in their heyday.

The downsides; the map you're given is rather misleading, and some of the listed sites of interest are actually outside the park and further into Paphos town. We spent a good while trying to find particular places, only to realise a few days later the places were elsewhere. There is also little to no information provided as you go around. As a tour guide and history fanatic, I would have loved to have learned so much more about the ruins or various sites, but alas there wasn't much to go by.

Despite this, I still highly recommend visiting the Archaeological Park - it's only 4.50euro to attend and you can spend hours exploring. You certainly can't complain at that.
Written November 25, 2021
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david s
netanya, israel505 contributions
Jul 2021
If there is only one "must-see" site in Paphos, the archeological park is definitely the one. It is only a walking distance from Posedonos Avenue and the port area and definitely warrants a visit. The day we went there was pretty hot, and since there are only a few places with a covered roof would recommend going there when temperatures are lower, or later in the day. The main attractions on this large site are the large mosaics, some measuring 20x10 meters and more, from the Hellenic era ( 3rd-4th century A.d) with pictures showing animals, hunting scenes, and geometric designs, some fantastically preserved. One can only wonder how painstakingly long it took to create these mosaics from tiny painted stones. Kudus to the Cyprus Antiquities Authority which maintains this site and built over the more impressive mosaics covered roofs, which serve both a preserving the mosaics and refuge from the heat, where the visitor can take his time and observe the scenery in relative comfort. The price for seniors is a mere Euro 2.25. Highly recommended not only to history buffs but to the public at large.
Written July 11, 2021
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Gwespyr
Rhyl, UK1,823 contributions
Nov 2022
This is a very large site so if you are visiting during hot, sunny weather make sure you take enough water with you and wear a hat as there is limited shade along the walking routes.
The major places of interest are at the start of the trail and they are The Houses of Dionysos, Theseus and Aion. The House of Dionysos is the most interesting as the most complete mosaics are located there and the house is covered by a modern 'barn type' structure to protect the site. The mosaics are very impressive and there are small information boards explaining what each mosaic represents and the story it tells.
The major downside for me was the fact that all but one of the mosaics that are contained on this site, that were not under a roof, were covered in either sand or gravel. We presumed that this was to protect them from the elements but it took away from the experience of the visitor.
The Agora area, including both the Odeon and the Asklipieio, was impressive and gave some scale of how large the town/city was in it's hey day.
The more modern lighthouse was also worth a visit as it is sited on a small hill and so it affords a view of modern Pafos and the hills that form a backdrop to the town.
Another downside was the fact that there was a great lack of way markers so it was quite easy to stray off the route.
As I said it is a large area and I'm sure many more treasures are waiting to be discovered once finance becomes available. Due to the size of the site allow plenty of time to get around it and don't forget the water and sunscreen!
Refreshments are available but they are in vending machines and there is only a very limited souvenir shop in which to purchase a memento of your visit.
Finally, if you are of pensionable age, if you take proof of age the entrance fee is halved.
Written November 24, 2022
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Lisa C
Bradford, UK19 contributions
Aug 2022 • Friends
This place did not disappoint, the mosaics are very intricate and very well preserved. If you do come for a visit make sure you have a high factor suncream and a hat as it gets very warm.

We also visited the castle after the site and although it is free to enter if you stay downstairs there is a small £2.50 euro charge to go upstairs where you get fab views of the harbour and surrounding area .
Written August 17, 2022
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Thomas H
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Nov 2021 • Couples
Pro’s-
Very cheap (€4.50 entry)
The mosaics really are world class (particularly if your mosaic experience has been largely British)
Really extensive excavations, particularly on the southern part
Open and beautiful parkland
Really useful and informative app that negates the occasionally missing signage and had great pictures
Surprisingly striking and unexpected crusader castle
Good toilets and east exits all across the boundary

Cons-
The park is pretty vast, with the excavated portions with anything worth seeing very concentrated in 3 areas (the south east, round the Odeon and the north east)
We visited in low season and quite a few of the mosaics had been covered by staff with sand/pebbles. Clearly to protect them for winter which is fine, but nowhere advertised.
The visitor centre was closed (presumably for winter or covid) so you can’t buy a guide etc, however the app negates this somewhat

All in all, well worth it if you have even a passing interest in history, but as with so much of this sort of the worlds heritage, there could be so much more made of it. I would like to come back in high season and see it in its full glow.
Written November 15, 2021
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Sandancer77
Wemyss Bay, UK1,902 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
At only €4.50 entry fee, this attraction is well worth visiting. The site is huge! It has a lighthouse, many mosaics (some preserved within buildings) and lots of Roman remains spread out all over. I think there’s plenty more to uncover in the future once they excavate more. A nice way to spend an hour or so.
Written September 27, 2022
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anon186390
Guildford, UK63 contributions
Oct 2022
This is a very large site and the signage directing you around the site is not very comprehensive. Nevertheless, the mosaic floors from the Roman buildings scattered about the site are quite impressive and well worth a visit.
The site is large and if the temperature is high it is necessary to pace yourself and start with a good supply of water (there is some available from machines at one location).
Some of the existing floors are now protected by sheltering buildings and this makes them easier to view. The richness of the mosaics begs the question of how the people who laid the mosaics were told what the animals they were representing looked like as they had probably never seen the wild animals depicted.
Written November 21, 2022
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Randburg
Randburg, South Africa340 contributions
Oct 2022 • Family
Great historical experience next door to Paphos harbour and the sea.

Highlights include various houses with mosaic floors. Most impressive is the house of Dionysus.

Children enter free and card facilities are available for payment. We found free parking within a minute’s walk from the entrance.
Written October 4, 2022
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N H
Newton Le Willows, UK3,360 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
At only €4.50 entrance this site is well worth the visit. Wear good walking shoes as the paths are not very even.
There are some great preserved mosaics and villas and it takes a few hours to see everything, it gets hot so take water with you as there are no vending machines around the site.
Written April 6, 2022
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