It was so hot when we went to Cyprus recently that we didn’t get around to doing half of what we’d planned to do! We did manage a quick trip to the Tombs of the Kings in Paphos though…
The Tombs of the Kings forms part of the Archaeological Park of Kato Pafos which is one of the most important archaeological sites of Cyprus. It’s one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and has been since 1980 and when I googled must do things in Paphos this was right up there at the top of the list.
The tombs of the kings is on quite a large site that you can just wander around to your heart’s content although I would say that there is very little shade so you need to be covered in Factor 50 and have extra in your bag to reapply. We didn’t explore the whole area as it was just too hot but you could easily spend half a day exploring.
The site itself is basically made up of numerous tombs in different stages of excavation and you can just walk around them all. Some are ground level and you can walk into them to explore and some are below ground level with stairs to climb down to go inside.
I must admit that they do all kind of start to look the same once you’ve seen the first four or five but that could just be us! We managed to stay for about an hour before the heat got the better of us and we headed back to the hotel for a dip in the pool to cool off but I’m really pleased we went.
Top Tip – Take a bottle of water with you and make sure you wear sensible shoes.
How to get there – We actually got a taxi there from our hotel but you can get a bus from Paphos harbour for a few Euros each. The taxi worked out cheaper for us as we were quite close and there were four of us but your hotel reception will probably be able to advise you.
Cost – €2,50
Opening hours – April 16 – September 15, daily: 08:30 – 19:30 and September 16 – April 15, daily: 08:30 – 17:00
The above details are correct at the time of publishing but as always, it’s worth checking their website to make sure nothing’s changed and that they’ll be open when you’re planning to visit.
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