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Monday Escape: Paphos, Cyprus

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What better place to escape to than the home of the mythical Greek goddess of love and beauty? That’s right, Paphos, Cyprus is the birthplace of Aphrodite. Even more impressive, the town is included in the official UNESCO list of cultural and natural treasures of the world’s heritage.

In the founding myth, even the town’s name is linked to the goddess, as the eponymous Paphos was the son of Pygmalion and his ivory cult image of Aphrodite, which was brought to life by the Goddess as “milk-white” Galatea.

Needless to say, this is a town with a deep cultural history. In fact, archaeologists claim that it has been inhabited since the Neolithic period, and remains of villas, palaces, theatres, fortresses and tombs of the Classical, Hellenistic and Roman periods mean that the site is of exceptional architectural value too. The mosaics of Nea Paphos are among the most beautiful in the world.

Modern day Paphos is divided in two, with the upper section up the hill being the commercial center, and lower Kato Paphos containing the main archaeological points of interest, as well as most hotels and tavernas. With a pleasant population of about 47,300, the town has become a popular sea and tourist resort, home to an attractive fishing harbour and a beautiful seafront.

Even the climate here is perfect. Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and shares in the region’s wondrous Mediterranean climate. It practically never rains in the summer, but especially in July and August humidity measurements can go up to 85%, though all of the season’s of the year are ideal for sightseeing and outdoor activities.

Changing with the times, Paphos is the perfect mix of ancient historical atmosphere and modern infrastructure. It has a motorway link with the rest of the country, as well as its own airport for easy access in and out. Of course, the city also boasts a beautiful marina, lined with plenty of restaurants and cafés.

Enticed yet? Back your bags and get ready to move to Cyprus!

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