A Stroll through Pafos Harbour

Pafos Harbour is lined with a promenade, making for an easy stroll through the lively seaside community.

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Pafos Harbour is lined with a promenade, making for an easy stroll through the lively seaside community. Step out of the Annabelle gardens and turn right, toward the centre of the harbour. As you walk, you’ll see sunbathers on lounges and swimmers in the shallow tidepools of the sea. Cafes, restaurants, ice cream stands, and shops also ring the coast. As you approach the marina, look to the right—you’ll see the entrance to Pafos Archaeological Park. You can easily spend half a day viewing the Roman ruins here, including an ancient theatre and the remains of stately villas featuring colourful mosaic floors. Continuing to the marina, you will find boat excursions on offer along with other marine activities. You can also observe commercial fishers returning with the day’s catch. Soon you’ll arrive at the centrepiece of the harbour—the medieval castle. Built by the Franks in the 13th century, it was later modified and then destroyed by the Venetians, who were afraid the invading Ottomans would use it to consolidate power. The Ottomans eventually prevailed, restoring it in 1592. This structure and some nearby ruins are all that remain of the medieval defensive structure surrounding the harbour. Visitors to the castle (€2.50 per adult) can observe the small prison cells off the central hall, which serves as a visitors’ centre and gallery space—the current show is “Akamas: Nature, Myth, Man.” Climb to the roof to enjoy the panoramic view and retrace the steps of your journey.