Friday, 23 September 2011 10:57 AM
Making sure you get the best out of your villa holiday in Cyprus is easy if you are travelling to Paphos, with the coastal resort offering a variety of things to see and do.
You can take your pick from a number of family-friendly activities, whether it is spending a day by the beach, visiting water parks or eating out at fantastic Mediterranean restaurants.
If you are keen to take advantage of the sun when staying in villas in Paphos, there are plenty of fantastic beaches to choose from, including many Blue Flag areas - a certification given to show quality.
The most famous of these is Coral Bay Beach, which is not only the best sandy stretch in Paphos, but also arguably in the whole of Cyprus.
Easily accessible by car or bus, Coral Bay Beach is situated about five miles north of Paphos and is a great place to take the kids, as the water is mellow and lifeguards are on duty in the summer months.
However, that does not mean there is a lack of water sports activities to enjoy, with windsurfing and waterskiing both proving particularly popular.
Fancy a change? Other Blue Flag beaches can be found at Pachyammos, Vrysoudia, Alykes and Faros.
Alternatively, you can take youngsters to Paphos Aphrodite Water Park, which is one of Cyprus' biggest attractions, boasting the largest family-rafting ride in Europe.
There is a range of different rides suited to adults and children of all ages, including the adventurous Kamikaze, making this a perfect day out for everyone.
If you are hoping to stay on terra firma, you can still find something to keep you occupied, with a selection of inland activities available near Paphos.
Horse riding, go-karting, hiking and biking are just some of the options open to those staying in private villas for rent.
History buffs may instead wish to learn more about the island's cultural background and there is no better place to start than the Acropolis.
Not to be confused with its counterpart in Athens, this structure is located near the Paphos Lighthouse and was built in the second century.
Constructed out of pure limestone, it remains popular with tourists and is still used as a stage for musical performances and live shows.
Not far from Kato Paphos port is the Agia Solomoni church and catacombs, where you can view a collection of beautiful frescoes in the chapel that are inscribed by the Crusaders.
Near to the entrance of the catacombs is a big pistachio tree that is said to have magical powers, with the legend stating that if you tie a piece of cloth around one of its branches with good intentions, you will be cured of any ailments.
Sightseeing can be hungry work and Paphos is a fantastic place to try out the local cuisine, with several excellent eateries situated close by.
For a selection of the freshest ingredients, 7 St Georges Tavern is definitely worth a visit, with organic dishes made from local cheese, olives, meat and bread.
Depending on the season, you can also try wild mushrooms, black-eyed beans and lamb tavas, all served in a quaint, hospitable atmosphere.
If you are a fan of seafood, Chez Alex Stefanos Fish Tavern is a great place to start, with all food being caught and prepared on the day.
There is both international and traditional cuisine and the menu has crab, mussels, lobster, oysters and vegetarian options.