Well, I guess we should go out at least once...
Paphos Travel Blog› entry 3 of 5 › view all entries
May 27th, 2009 – by: andytite
As we walked past the many (many) hotels, the Mediterranean sea glittered in the sunlight. We passed the cafes that lined the main road (Poseidonos Avenue); the vast array of stalls hawking shiny, plastic tourist tat; dodged the seemingly superfluous millions of expats pushing scratch cards for time shares and eventually reached the harbour. We sopped in a cafe for a drink and watched the sea and sun slip by.
The Fort was originally built in the thirteenth century to guard the harbour, but was badly damaged by the Turkish invaders, who eventually restored it to serve as a prison. Once you walk over the drawbridge and inside you can stare at the vaulted ceilings and imagine what it must have been like for the prisoners who were held captive here. Actually, as it was a lot cooler inside than out in the searing sunshine, I began to imagine the prospect rather fondly...
The Fort is free to go into (for the lower floor), but you have to pay to climb the stairs and walk around the battlements. This is well worth it though as the views of the harbour, island and sea are stunning. After snapping away happily, and attempting the odd panoramic photo (as is my want on such occasions), we stared at the scenery and relaxed. It was worth leaving the hotel for - but more interesting delights awaited us just around the corner at the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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