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Paphos Travel Blog

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View of Paphos walking down into the Old Town
After several days of glorious inactivity, (unless you count turning the page of a book or sipping a beer as activity...) the GF suggested that we actually venture beyond the environs of the Athena Beach and actually explore Paphos a little. This seemed like a good idea, so much sun cream later we ventured out into the soaring heat to take a walk into Kato Paphos, or the lower, newer part of town.

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.
Sea
Slurping coke and splashing on more sun cream we spotted Pahos Fort in the distance and made for that.

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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View of Paphos walking down into t…
View of Paphos walking down into …
Sea
Sea
Sea some more
Sea some more
The water was so blue and inviting…
The water was so blue and invitin…
Boats in Paphos harbour
Boats in Paphos harbour
Pahos Fort
Pahos Fort
Inside Paphos Fort
Inside Paphos Fort
The big, well, empitness of Pahos …
The big, well, empitness of Pahos…
View from the top of the Fort
View from the top of the Fort
Another view across the lower town
Another view across the lower town
Panorama from the top of the Fort
Panorama from the top of the Fort
Paphos
photo by: Stevie_Wes