Paphos, the mythical birthplace of the Greek Goddess Aphrodite, is a coastal region located in the southwest Cyprus. Its subtropical-Mediterranean climate, unique history and high quality natural environment make it one of the most attractive parts of the island to be explored.
Paphos has become more than a sun and beach holiday destination. The implementation of a sustainable tourism strategy has contributed to a diversify of tourism products and it reduced the effects of seasonality in a substantial manner. Apart from its ancient ruins, monuments and archeological sites, this region provides a great array of activities such as bird watching, climbing, walking trails, adventure sports, festivals, wine tours and guided excursions to rural areas and traditional villages.
- The town of Paphos is included in the official UNESCO list of cultural and natural treasures of the UNESCO World Heritage List
- With 12 beaches awarded with the Blue Flag certification, Paphos accounts for over 20% of the total Blue Flags in Cyprus
- The Green and the Loggerhead Turtle breed regularly on the sandy beaches of the Akamas peninsula. Over the last years a sea turtle conservation project has contributed to increase the number of specimens considerably
- The tourism business sector has demonstrated to be very concerned with sustainable issues. Most of the hotels and restaurants have received quality certifications such as HACCP, ISO 9001 and ISO 14000
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Point for improvement:
- Stronger efforts should be made in order to improve the accessibility to the key tourist attraction sites for people with special needs