Steeped in over 10,000 years of history and culture, the exquisite island of Cyprus has many beautiful treasures to uncover, and a glorious climate, perfect for sun seekers and more adventurous visitors. The west coast offers visitors a wealth of history, culture and relaxation. Visit the ancient Roman mosaics; follow the mythical trail of Aphrodite; experience the traditional villages in the Troodos Mountains; explore the wilderness of the Akamas; and relax on one of the many blue flag beaches lining the coast.
Tombs of the Kings are just 5 mins drive from Aloe Hotel. The “Tombs of the Kings” are situated close to the sea in the north western necropolis of Pafos (Paphos). They owe their name to their size and splendour – some probably belonged to the Pafian aristocracy, and not because royalty was buried there. They are rock cut and date to the Hellenistic and early Roman periods. Some of them imitate the houses of the living, with the rooms (here the burial chambers) opening onto a peristyle atrium. They are similar to tombs found in Alexandria, demonstrating the close relations between the two cities during the Hellenistic period.
Medieval Castle of Paphos is just 2 minuets drive from Aloe Hotel. Pafos castle was originally a Byzantine fort built to protect the harbour. It was rebuilt by the Lusignans in the 13th century, dismantled by the Venetians in 1570 during the Ottoman invasion and rebuilt by the Ottomans after they captured the island in the 16th century. Originally, this role was served by the Saranta Kolones fort, the ruins of which lie a few hundred meters to the north. During its long history, the Pafos Castle was used, as well as for protection, as prison cells, and even as a storage area for salt when the island was a British colony. In 1935 it was declared an ancient monument and today is considered as one of the hallmarks of the Pafos region.
Ancient Theater is also 2 minutes drive from Aloe Hotel.
The theater at Pafos in western Cyprus lies in the north-eastern corner of the ancient town, diagonally opposite the harbor. It seems to have been built early in the life of the town, in the last years of the fourth century BC.
It seems to show close links with the architecture of Alexandria, as one would expect given that Pafos was the Ptolemaic capital of the island, and there is every chance that it reflects the style of the theatre of Alexandria, which is no longer preserved.
It seems to show several features that are important to the evolution of ancient theatre design, not least its semicircular form.
You can find all the museums and archaeological places at www.visitpafos.org.cy
Not far from the Coral Bay and a 20 minute drive from Aloe Hotel is the Pafos Zoo. Originally developed by Mr. Christos Christoforou to house his private bird collection, the Park has been expanded over 3 years to accommodate a wide range of parrots, giraffes, turtles, snakes, cockatoos and other animals, as well as to highlight the importance of caring for and conserving all forms of animal life.
Today, the park includes over 300 species and types of animals and includes an Amphitheater for educational events. Parrot and Owl shows are held to education the public on the incredible agility and intelligence of these birds.
An excursion to the Pafos Zoo is a fantastic way to spend the morning or afternoon in the Paphos area. Contact our Hotel Reception Desk for more information, or visit the Park’s website below.
Blue Flag Beaches
An area with more than 50 km of coast, total of 27 beaches in the district open to the public, and more than 12 blue flag awarded beaches, making, Pafos I place perfect for swimming, diving or snorkeling all year round.
Just 150 meters from Aloe Hotel you can find the Municipal sandy beach of Paphos which is awarded with a blue flag.
Blue Flag is a prestigious, international award scheme which acts as a guarantee to tourists that a beach or marina they are visiting is one of the best in the world.
Excursions & Cruises
The following excursions are available in Pafos: jeep safari’s, kayaking, shopping trips to the capital, day trips to places of interest and historical sites and many more.
Furthermore there is a wide range of coastal sea cruises ranging from Full Day, Half Day, Sunset, Pirate and Catamaran.
Water Sports & Water Park
Aphrodite’s water park is located in the tourist area of Pafos and is home to rides such as the lazy river, kamikaze, and lots of rides for smaller children. It is a perfect place for all ages. Furthermore Fassouri water park which is located in Limassol and it is one of the best water parks in Cyprus.
Most areas of the coastline offer water sports of all types. Just a few meters from our Hotel the Paphos Municipal Beach offers a variety of water sports. Moreover a trip to Coral Bay for a day of sand castle building and water sports is a must. From the notorious pedal-o to double jet-skis this sandy beach has it all.
Finally there are many certified dive centers within the Pafos area offering lessons, and guided dives in the Mediterranean Sea. With an abundance of wrecks and wildlife to seek out you can be sure that your dive will be memorable. Moreover during the week we offer free lessons in our hotel swimming pool by ABC Dive Cyprus center.
With par facilities in beautiful surroundings, Pafos is the latest destination on the golfing map, a place where you can play the game all year round.
There are four top class golf courses in the Pafos region (Aphrodite Hills, Minthis Hills, Elea Golf Club, Secret Valley), while a few others currently under construction. Situated in peaceful surroundings amidst landscaped hills with spectacular views, these offer luxury villas or apartments for rent or sale, clubhouses, shops, hotels and all the necessary facilities.
They are far from the hustle and bustle of the main tourist resorts, yet near enough for easy access.