Paphos Castle is one of the most known landmarks in Paphos and one that’s probably on your list if you’re coming for a holiday. If you’re wondering whether it’s worth going inside or not, let me save you the trouble – it’s not.
Don’t get me wrong – I love historical sites Paphos has to offer, but there is literally nothing to see in the castle itself, apart from the view.
Which is probably a good reason why I avoided it for 5 years living on the island and walking around it for the whole time. It was never tempting to venture in, until one Sunday when I had a bit of time to kill with my little boy so we decided to check it out. Entrance is very cheap, and at the very least, we can enjoy the nice view from the top and climb some cool rocks (him, not me).
As expected, the inside of the castle was empty. We were handed a leaflet with some details about the history, but I didn’t read it until I came to write this post.
As you can imagine, the main purpose of the castle was to protect the harbour from invasions from the sea. It did not do a particularly good job in that respect. Throughout its lifetime, it has also been used as a prison and during the British occupation as a warehouse for storage of ……. not tea, salt.
In summer, the castle serves as a live entertainment venue and for the last few years you could go and see opera that’s been set up right in front of it. For the rest of the year, it serves as a beautiful background for sunset photos.
And I think that’s the best way to enjoy it. From outside, at sunset. There is plenty more to admire in Paphos, and just because it has so many historical sites, you don’t need to spend your holiday sprinting from one to the other.
Paphos Castle is certainly one that you can cross of your list with a clear conscience.
Paphos Castle Details
Operating hours: April 16 to September 15, daily: 08:30 – 19:30 – September 16 to April 15, daily: 08:30 – 17:00
Open: all year round except public holidays
Entrance fee: €2,50
Official website: department of antiques Cyprus