The city of Paphos on the southwest coast of Cyprus was the
capital of the island in Roman times, and dates from 1400 BC.
Legend has it that the city is built on the spot where the Greek
Goddess of Love, Aphrodite, was born.
Today, however, Paphos is reviving on the strength of tourism
and government investment in infrastructure such as dams, roads and
airport. Private initiatives have also resulted in a boom in the
construction of hotels, apartments and villas. The city has become
a popular seaside resort with a large population. The Ktima section
of the city is the main residential area, while Kato Paphos is the
playground of holidaymakers, built around the medieval port with
its numerous luxury hotels, tavernas and entertainment venues.
Paphos enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate, with sunny, warm
summers and short mild winters when the weather is comparable to a
pleasant European spring. In summer temperatures are comfortable
without too much humidity. Towards the end of the brief winter
season, in late January and February, snow falls on the nearby
mountains and it is possible to make a ski-trip and take a dip in
the blue sea all on the same day. Paphos guarantees more than 340
sunny days a year.