Paphos Castle is located on the edge of Paphos harbour and is a must see! It was originally built as a Byzantine fort to protect the harbour. It was then rebuilt by the Lusignans in the thirteenth century after being destroyed in the earthquake of 1222. In 1570 it was dismantled by the Venetians. After capturing the island, the Ottomans restored and strengthened it. Throughout the ages it has seen many uses. It has served as a fortress, a prison and even a warehouse for salt during the British occupation of the island.
What is significant about the island is that it is also included in the official UNESCO list of cultural and natural treasures of the world’s heritage for its spectacular ancient remains. Such outstanding ancient remains are found in Paphos Archaelogical Park where four large Roman villas were discovered (the House of Dionysos, the House of Theseus, the House of Aion, the House of Orpheus and the Houses of Theseus). In addition, excavations have uncovered an Agora, a Theatre and a necropolis known as the Tombs of the Kings.
Paphos also have amazing beaches but keep in mind some are deeper and have more waves than in the south and southeast side of the island. This makes it ideal for surfing and other fun watersports too.