Downtown Paphos or is it Uptown?

One of the risks you take with any European holiday in the Spring is with the weather, and we had a couple of days when it was a bit overcast.

Were we downhearted?

No because there are always plenty of things to see. We booked one of Stevie’s cabs (€8) to take us from Kato Paphos where we were staying up to the Paphos District Archeological Museum in the main resideantial area of Paphos town, Ktima. The museum (€1.70) covers the whole if the island’s history from the early Neolithic settlers right up to the Ottoman occupation. Sadly it’s one of those museums that doesn’t allow photography, so I can’t show you any of the interesting stuff inside. We were particularly taken by the Greco-Roman  hot water bottles that were made to resemble the body part they were meant to warm.

Closer to the town centre is the old Ottoman market which is now full of shops for tourists selling lace, jewelry and sorry to say a lot of tat. One thing I noticed was that, since our last visit to the island back in 2005, all of the knock off designer gear, fake football strips and bootleg DVDs that were openly on sale have vanished, a side effect of joining the European Union I suppose.

And so to lunch, we ate here, while the rain hammered down

Sovos Tavern

It’s a busy cafe used mostly by local people using the nearby fruit and veg market and I was really impressed with my Halloumi and Lountza pitta sandwich, which came with a mountain of fresh salad, and all for under €5.

The bus stop for Kato Paphos is just opposite Sovos and the view down to the lighthouse is quite magnificent.

Lighthouse, Kato Paphos

Close to the bus stop is the old Frankish bathhouse, now a cultural centre, but still in use as a bathhouse until the 1950s.

Frankish Bathhouse

Keen to get back to our hotel we gave up waiting for the bus and walked down Apostolou Pavlou Avenue into the town. On the way we passed a car hire company that had some great old Morris and Bedford coaches parked in it’s yard.

Classic coaches

And a couple of rock hewn shrines that are still in use today.

Rock shrine

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