Kissonerga Bliss: Unraveling the Charms of a Paphos Holiday

Nestled on the southwestern coast of Cyprus, Kissonerga emerges as a hidden gem in the vibrant tapestry of Paphos. This quaint village, with its captivating landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and warm Mediterranean hospitality, offers a holiday experience like no other. In this article, we embark on a journey to unravel the charms of a Paphos holiday, with a special focus on the enchanting allure of Kissonerga.


Embracing Nature's Canvas: Beaches in Kissonerga and nearby

Kissonerga welcomes travellers with open arms, boasting pristine beaches kissed by the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean. Imagine waking up to the gentle sound of waves and basking in the golden hues of a sunrise over the horizon. From the picturesque Vardas Beach to the serene Coral Bay, Kissonerga offers a blissful escape for those seeking a tranquil seaside retreat.

Vardas Beach
Vardas Beach, a local favourite for the area of Chloraka and Kissonerga, it embodies the quintessential Mediterranean beach experience. Soft sands embrace the gentle waves of the sea, offering a perfect spot for sunbathing, picnics, or leisurely strolls. The beach's tranquil atmosphere invites visitors to unwind and bask in the warm Cypriot sun.

Coral Bay
Location: 5 minutes from the area of Kissonerga. Coral Bay is a popular destination for beach enthusiasts. With its crescent-shaped coastline, this Blue Flag beach boasts shallow waters, making it an ideal location for families and snorkelling enthusiasts. Adventure seekers can explore various watersports available along the shore.

Lara Beach
Location: Near Akamas Peninsula. For those seeking a more secluded and untouched experience, Lara Beach is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Accessible via a scenic drive, this remote beach is a nesting site for endangered green and loggerhead turtles. The rugged beauty of this area makes it perfect for those looking for a more natural and unspoiled environment.

Latchi Beach
Location: Near Latchi Village. A bit further from Kissonerga, Latchi Beach offers a serene and picturesque setting. The tranquil waters and the stunning backdrop of the Akamas Peninsula make it an ideal spot for relaxation. Visitors can also explore the charming Latchi village and indulge in fresh seafood from the local tavernas.

 Pachyammos Beach
Pachyammos Beach, close to Paphos Town, is known for its fine sand and clear waters. A mix of pebbles and sand, this beach is perfect for a quiet escape and offers beautiful views of the surrounding coastline.


Akamas Peninsula
Embark on an adventure to the nearby Akamas Peninsula and the Avakas Gorge, a nature lover's paradise with hiking trails, breathtaking landscapes, and the famed Baths of Aphrodite.

 Hiking in the area. Visit the Pafos Org website for information on where to hike.

Natural Beauty
The area around Kissonerga is known for its natural beauty, with rugged cliffs and lush greenery. The Akamas Peninsula, a protected nature reserve, is nearby and offers hiking and exploration opportunities. Hiking and cycling are popular in the area with many routes available.

 Hiking in the area. Visit the Pafos Org website for information on where to hike.

Paphos Zoo
For a fabulous day out for the whole family, Paphos Zoo is well worth a visit. Paphos Zoo, located on the beautiful island of Cyprus, stands as a captivating haven for wildlife enthusiasts and families seeking a unique and educational experience. Nestled in a lush landscape, the zoo is renowned for its commitment to conservation, education, and providing a safe and enriching environment for its diverse animal residents.

Paphos Zoo boasts a diverse array of animals, showcasing species from around the world. Visitors can explore carefully designed habitats that mimic the natural environments of the residents, providing a more authentic and enriching experience. The zoo is home to a variety of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians, with highlights including majestic big cats, playful primates, colourful parrots, and fascinating reptiles.

The zoo is designed with families in mind, featuring amenities such as play areas and picnic spots. Children and adults alike can enjoy a day filled with adventure and learning, making Paphos Zoo an ideal destination for a family outing.

Paphos Aphrodite Waterpark
Within a 25-minute drive, you will find the Paphos Aphrodite Waterpark, a thrilling aquatic destination that promises a day filled with excitement, relaxation, and family-friendly fun. This waterpark, named after the ancient Greek goddess of love and beauty, Aphrodite, offers a diverse range of attractions and activities for visitors of all ages.

Delving into History and Culture

Kissonerga stands as a testament to Cyprus' rich history, boasting archaeological treasures that date back centuries. The Tombs of the Kings, a UNESCO World Heritage site, invites visitors to explore ancient burial sites carved into the rock and adorned with intricate designs. Wander through the ruins of Paphos Archaeological Park, home to beautifully preserved mosaics and remnants of Roman villas.

Beyond its scenic beauty, Kissonerga is steeped in history and culture. The village is home to charming traditional architecture, with narrow streets that lead to the heart of local life. Explore the historic St. George's Church, where centuries-old stories are etched into the walls, or stroll through the village square, where the authentic charm of Kissonerga comes to life.

Paphos’ museums offer a fascinating journey through time, showcasing artefacts that span millennia and providing insights into the rich and diverse history of the region.

Here are a few of the museums to visit:

 Paphos Archaeological Museum
The Paphos Archaeological Museum stands as a testament to the city's historical significance. Housed in a modern building, the museum displays a remarkable collection of artefacts dating from the Neolithic period to the Roman era. Visitors can explore intricately crafted pottery, statues, and tools that reveal the evolution of civilization in Paphos. The highlight of the museum is the collection of Cypriot antiquities, providing a comprehensive overview of the island's history.

Byzantine Museum of Paphos
For those interested in the Byzantine era, the Byzantine Museum of Paphos is a must-visit. Located in the heart of the city, the museum showcases a remarkable collection of religious icons, frescoes, and artefacts from the Byzantine and post-Byzantine periods. Visitors can gain insight into the religious and artistic traditions that shaped Paphos during this influential period.

Ethnographical Museum of Paphos
Delving into the cultural fabric of Paphos, the Ethnographical Museum offers a unique perspective on the daily life of the city's residents. Housed in a traditional 18th-century building, the museum displays a diverse array of exhibits, including traditional costumes, household items, and agricultural tools. This immersive experience allows visitors to connect with the traditions and customs that have defined Paphos over the centuries.

Culinary Delights

No holiday is complete without indulging in the local cuisine, and Kissonerga delivers a gastronomic adventure. Savoury aromas waft through the air from traditional tavernas serving freshly caught seafood, locally sourced produce, and mouthwatering Cypriot specialities. Discover the art of meze, savouring a symphony of flavours that embody the essence of Kissonerga's culinary bliss. 

Harmony Restaurant - traditional Cypriot restaurant. Telephone +357 26954387. The restaurant’s location can be found here on Google Maps.

Sunset Breeze Restaurant and Lounge- Delicious Mediterranean cuisine. Telephone +357 96239030. The restaurant’s location can be found here on Google Maps.

Poppadums Indian Restaurant - popular Indian restaurant. Telephone +357 26949435. The restaurant’s location can be found here on Google Maps.

Pizzeria Caliano - serving pizza, Italian, burgers and a variety of specials. Pizzeria Caliano Wood Fired Oven. Telephone +357 77777011. The restaurant’s location can be found here on Google Maps.

Souvlaki Grill House - Cyprus Homemade food. Telephone +357  70009891. The restaurant’s location can be found here on Google Maps.

Julies Bar - bar showing live sports and live music as well as serving snacks and drinks. Telephone +357 26950101. The restaurant’s location can be found here on Google Maps.

Baracas Lounge - seafront lounge bar with live music during the summer months. Telephone +357 99082363. The restaurant’s location can be found here on Google Maps.


Philippos Supermarket: This is the biggest supermarket in the Coral Bay Area. It offers a huge variety of products including many UK brands, at low prices. The supermarket offers free home delivery. The supermarket’s location can be found on Google Maps.

Lidls - the supermarket’s location can be found on Google Maps

Papantionou  Supermarket - the supermarket's location can be found on Google Maps 



A regular bus service operates in the area of the Coastal Road to Paphos Town, Kato Paphos Harbour and to Coral Bay. Visit Cyprus by Bus to view routes and times.

Car, Bike and Quad Rentals

To make the most of your visit, consider renting a car, bike or a quad bike to explore at your own pace.

Car hire - The Villa Group can assist with car hire, view Extras 

Quad and Bike hire - The Villa Group can assist with the hire of quad bikes, view Extras   


The area boasts several well-equipped pharmacies, a Government hospital within 20 minutes and a private medical centre in the neighbouring Coral Bay ensuring that your health and well-being are in good hands during your stay.

Eleni Costidou Pharmacy, Kissonerga. Telephone +357 26939756

Tasos Aspros Pharmacy, Chloraka. Telephone +357 2620120

Paphos  General Government Hospital. Telephone +357 26803100. The hospital's location can be found on Google Maps

Coral Bay Health Clinic. Private clinic. Telephone +357 26600815. The medical centre's location can be found on Google Maps

Banking and ATMs: The nearest banks and ATMs are located in the neighbouring area of Chloraka Centre and also in Coral Bay.


In the embrace of Kissonerga, a Paphos holiday transforms into an enchanting odyssey. The village's blissful blend of nature, culture, culinary delights, and adventure beckons travellers to immerse themselves fully in the charms of this Mediterranean haven. As you plan your next getaway, consider Kissonerga—a destination where every moment is a celebration of life's simple pleasures. Your journey to unravel the charms of a Paphos holiday begins here.  


Paphos International Airport 20 km

Larnaca International Airport 135 km

Coral Bay 5 km

Kato Paphos Harbour 7 km

Tomb of the Kings area  5km

Paphos Town Centre 12km

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