Despite the increased cost of living that has resulted from the recent introduction of the euro, Paphos is still a very pleasant place to visit. Spring and Autumn are probably the best times, as the the summer months are extremely hot. The new airport at Paphos is 200 percent better than the old , and is very efficient.
We stayed at The Alexander The Great Hotel, which is about a 30 min stroll away from the harbour - via the main road (which is lined with shops and restaurants), or by a small newly re-furbished costal path.The hotel is directly on the sea front and is of a very good quality , with high standards of food and service. The sea view rooms look out onto the distant harbour and are quiet and have spectacular views of the wonderful sunsets.There are some interesting ancient Roman remains in the well kept garden of the htotel. The outdoor pool does not appear to be heated, and was a bit too cold for our liking, but there is an excellent heated indoor pool next to a very well equipped gym. We found it more economical to stay half board, as the restaurant prices in the town appeared to have increased , admitably on what was previously a very cheap place to eat.
Opposite the hotel is a snack bar where fresh baguettes are made to order There is also a very good but small self service shop that sells chilled wine and cheese etc. A few yards further on is Yemin's bar which is ok for a beer or coffee . The bus stop outside the Hotel has a regular air conditioned service to the harbour - the old town or to Coral Bay which is about 6miles away and well worth a visit. Watch out for the right bus however, as there are fixed prices for the journey.Buses to the Old Town and Coral bay both stop at the harbour but if you are on the Coral Bay bus you will pay extra ( about 1.5 euro single). Keep a look out for the time share touts that congregate at the bus stop by the harbour, they can be very persistent.
Up in the old town there is a small fresh food market , and adjacent, a large covered tourist market with surprisingly good quality leather goods and embodied linen. A few yards further on from where the bus drops you in the old town, and on the same side of the road is a very nice vine covered taverna with a panoramic view of Paphos and the sea. For non patrons of the cafe , it might be handy to know that there is a new and very clean WC opposite (a big improvement on what was on offer a few years ago ). All in all, despite the introduction of the euro Paphos is still to be recommended.
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