Kato Paphos Archaeological Park

Kato Paphos Archaeological Park

Kato Paphos Archaeological Park
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
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
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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  • Carly Rolph
    London, United Kingdom21 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great morning out.
    A wonderful way to spend a few hours. Lots of very interesting ancient history to learn about and admire. Wish the pathways had been a bit more suitable for a pram/stroller given the sheer size of the park. Not very accessible in a lot of areas.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 7, 2023
  • Lisa L
    Dublin, Ireland19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    Well worth a visit. The site is rich in history and so well maintained. We visited on a sunny July morning and didn't notice the morning flying by. We really enjoyed this Archaelogical Park. We would suggest bring plenty of water as can be very warm. Excellent value for money.
    Visited July 2022
    Written June 7, 2023
  • Travelozzy
    Bicester, United Kingdom956 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Superb site for mosaics
    At just €4.50, you get a fascinating insight into Cyprus’ past. Some amazingly intact mosaic floors which have been preserved really well, retaining so much original detail. A must for any history buffs It gets warm - so make sure you have water with you!
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 12, 2023
  • John01438
    St. Albans, United Kingdom68 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great visit and superb mosaics
    A hidden gem. Being very British we carted two children to see some archaeological remains in the sun! We all loved it. The mosaics are fantastic and well worth a visit Children are free. An hour max in the heat
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 12, 2023
  • sally B
    Redditch, United Kingdom353 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice area, good variety, very hot
    Lovely visit to this ancient site. It’s quite big to walk around and it gets very hot (it was 38 degrees when we went.) Make sure to take hats, drinks and flat shoes. Site has lighthouse, cave areas, tombs, mosaics. A great couple of hours. In a lovely area of paphos too. Costs about €4.50 so nice and cheap
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 15, 2023
  • MrsCockburn
    201 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit!
    Really interesting walk round some beautiful preserved mosaic floors & building remains. €4.50 for entry & I’d advise a stock up on fluids from the vending machine at the start (€1.00 juice €0.50 water). Take a hat & shade when you can! Incredibly hot (sorry if that’s stating the July obvious 😂) We parked our teenager in the visitor centre (air con) & had a wander ourselves. Well worth a visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 18, 2023
  • Máté
    Budapest, Hungary10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome mosaics!
    We visited this place on a hot sunday and while the the weather was not the best for a trip like this, it was nice to see that there are shades around the area thanks to the trees, the designated smoking/sitting areas, and the houses. The mosaic floors were truly amazing to see and we were able to take a lot of pretty photos. Unfortunately, you cannot enter the lighthouse, and you have to keep in mind to wear shoes that will definitely get dirty, but I consider it all worth it!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 19, 2023
  • Emma R
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning site
    We visited the Kato site with our two children and their granny on a very hot day. The site is beautifully kept and stunning to explore. The mosaics are fantastic to view. We spent a few hours here and stopped several times at their vending machines which have cold drinks ar 1euro. A fes of the exhibits are indoors with air conditioning so there was chance to cool off a little. Definitely worth a visit if your near paphos Harbour
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 1, 2023
  • manjpan
    85 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic mosaics
    A wonderful archeological site. The mosaics depicted many well known Greek gods and their stories. Such detailed patterns and the colours are still so clear. Signage around the site was good and we enjoyed strolling around this vast site at our own pace. The paths are gravelly so wear sturdy footwear and there is a lot of walking. In the July sun it was very hot but there are a couple of under cover sites. I was surprised at how much there was to see. It was excellent value for just€4.50 and well worth a visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 2, 2023
  • Rick W
    Manchester, United Kingdom22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An amazing 4 hours of history
    I spent 4 hours fantastic hours taking in the history here. The mosaics are stunning made even better with the app you can download with the audio track on what they depict and how they fit into the site. There is a small temple complex just passed the old city walls that was my favourite place, carved out of the bedrock which is well worth the walk. And at just under 5 euros it’s we’ll worth your time if you are interested in ancient history.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 3, 2023
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david s
netanya, israel515 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Elina Michaelidou
London, UK707 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
A good place to spend a couple of hours. However, when we visited we didn't really enjoy our visit because it was too hot and most of the outdoor mosaics were covered. If it wasn't for the inside rooms and the House of Dionysus, which have some covered mosaics, I would say that the place was not worth it. Unfortunately, we didn't visit the whole place as it was too hot (visited at around 2 pm).

The only thing I want to note is that the staff could have been friendlier. Apart from requiring a couple of minutes to notice you and come to the window, they are not the friendliest as when I asked which sites the daily ticket includes, the person there told me that I don't need it as it covers all archaeological places in Cyprus and I wouldn't have time to visit them all since it's already past noon. However, we did have time to visit a few sites in Paphos and the ticket would have been paid its money had he sell it to us (but the difference would be only 1 euro so I didn't bother arguing more with someone not interested in helping me).
Written October 16, 2020
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Dave Puls
Nottingham, UK1,937 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
This very large site is well worth the EUR 4.50 entrance fee (children free) as the mosaic floors are absolutely amazing. Many of the mosaics have been covered up, do you need to watch the short film. Definitely worth seeing is the Odeon, which is a complete Roman open air theatre. Quite a long walk and no refreshments, so take water and plan for a lovely meal by the harbour afterwards.
Written February 17, 2020
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Hyoga83
Bordeaux, France705 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
Very big area, specially beautiful because of its location and the incredible mosaics in both villas unearthed.
Entrance opens at 08.30, 4.50€ (or free for students) and that is a good starting time in summer as it gets VERY hot.
Furthermore I had the priviledge to see the mosaics alone.
I would recommend installing the app UNESCO PAPHOS as it explains the itinerary and the stops, with audio/written info on all mosaics. App could be improved though, as if the phone locks or you take a picture the audio file stops altogether and you need to restart it...
I did the whole area (even the remains of the walls and agora etc) walking quickly but talking my time for the villas, and it was a bit less than 2H.
The theatre, agora and walls are interesting but nothing special.
Written September 25, 2023
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d0r54
High Wycombe, UK30 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
(My husband was on his motorised scooter ) easy access ramp into ticket area, because it isn’t fully accessible no fee was required. Even so there was plenty to visit and if you are able then walking into the buildings to see the fantastic mosaics is a must. It’s hard to believe how old it is, being so well preserved. Work is ongoing to maintain and show more of these amazing archaeology artefacts of our past.
There are plenty of seats to rest on and eat your packed lunch, water taps are dotted around the park to. Toilets at the entrance are very well maintained, but the others signposted weren’t available. ( out of season ? )
Written March 7, 2020
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Craig L
Perth and Kinross, UK189 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Visited this today and spent a long time walking around the site. Marvelling are the way it must have once been put together. At only €4.5 each to get in makes it a real bargain as there is so much history to be intrigued by.
Written February 26, 2020
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ChrissyH9
Leigh-on Sea, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
We arrived expecting to see the mosaics and did not realise that we would be able to see a small amphitheatre, roman columns and ruins, the city walls and the lighthouse. We also enjoyed looking out for the snake eyed skinks which seemed to be in lots of the grasses and plants. We also saw one larger lizard scuttle between some ruins.

We spoke to a mother and daughter who had a full braille guide and noticed that most signs also had braille descriptions. Interestingly the braille guide they had seemed to include a lot more information than was listed on display boards as they told us some really interesting facts!

An absolutely stunning area with so much to explore and experience. I would suggest leaving at least two hours if not more to walk around. You could easily spend a lot longer here if you wanted.

As with other similar historical sites in Cyprus, there did not appear to be a gift shop or cafe although the information centre sold a few items and I saw a sign for vending machines. This was not a problem for us as we bought drinks in, but in the heat of the summer I would suggest coming prepared with plenty of water.
Written February 22, 2020
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Laineylou171
great britain26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
Visited feb half term.
Children free. 4.50.per adult which was worth that

Last visited 20 years ago and wasnt all in one area then.

They had run out of english guide maps.but was easy to find the various archeological areas

The mosaics are well preserved and under one roof.
There are several ruins of buildings and an amphitheatre and lighthouse too you are able to walk around with detailed history on boards in english to read about at each area

There is also an app you can download to your phone.
Our daughter would have enjoyed an audio tour too though these were not available

Very open so needed hats and water.
Our 5 year old enjoyed the half day we spent here

Written February 29, 2020
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Gwespyr
Rhyl, UK2,033 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Thomas H
5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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