Believed by the ancient Greeks to be the birthplace of the beloved Goddess of Love Aphrodite, the city of Paphos has long been known as the City of Love. It is only natural that is has become a wildly popular wedding destination for couples who wish to tie the proverbial knot in a Mediterranean paradise for a truly unforgettable experience.
Unsurprisingly, the British are attracted to this destination and account for the over 1400 civil weddings held last year. The projected statistics indicate more couples from across the world are likely to do the same. If it’s the best sunset experience you’re after then look no further than Petra Tou Romiou, which is thought to be the exact birthplace of Aphrodite herself. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more magical backdrop for any occasion.
While weddings and honeymoons are part of the great appeal, other holidaymakers enjoy Paphos as a place to unwind, relax and rejuvenate. This is due to the idyllic landscape and historical landmarks that enthral visitors with various activities. Visitors to the island enjoy a plethora of activities ranging from the quad buggy and Jeep safaris, hiking to medieval castles and monasteries.
Along with these adrenaline pumping and educational activities, the bustling nightlife allows for various forms of entertainment, including a fully integrated casino resort at the city of dreams. As the first of its kind in Europe, it appears to be geared toward bolstering the local tourism trade, therefore, playing a significant role in the economic sector. Since it operates at the central location of Limassol, you can access the resort easily from wherever you are on the island. In the past few decades, the noticeable rise in the popularity of online casinos has resulted in increased demand for land-based casinos too, although the latter arguably can't match the diversity of games available online, due to space limitations. For instance, established all the way back in 1998, Jackpot City is a long time Canadian favourite, offering video poker, slots, keno, blackjack, sic bo, casino war, baccarat and more.
For those who would much rather a session of healing than heading to the beach with a book, the Holotropic Club could make for the perfect inner journey break. The literal meaning of the term holotropic is to ‘move toward wholeness’, making the focus of this type of vacation one that is introspective.
It encompasses a variety of disciplines, including Eastern spiritual practices, anthropology, mystical traditions of the world along with modern consciousness research. Through understanding and applying knowledge from these various sources, a person is given the space to work on activating their organic state of knowledge and learning to trust their instincts when making decisions or facing uncertainties in life. Having these types of retreats available ensures that Paphos is not overlooked by those seeking to find the zen equilibrium in their lives.
However varied the tourism pie, there will always be those interested in taking a journey that allows them to explore the world around them. With this in mind, adding Paphos to the bucket list - even as a curiosity - will come naturally to most.