If you’re anything like us you’ll love exploring the old parts of a city or town and learning about days gone by, and our holiday to Paphos, Cyprus was no different. Looking for something different to do in the day we came across The Tomb of Kings – just a hop away from the cluster of hotels where we stayed in Paphos, these ancient ruins gave us a look back at history and proved to be a good day out for those looking to escape the busy beaches. If you’re lucky enough – one of the local cat’s might join you to guide you around.
We were surprised at how easy it was to get there! Most of the hotels have bus stops outside, or at least a small walk away, and the 615 runs from Coral Bay all the way to The Harbour and back every 10 minutes so you’ll never be short of a bus. You need the 615 bus that’s heading towards The Harbour, look out for the opening of the Tombs Park on the right-hand side once you hit the long road full of restaurants – it isn’t (or wasn’t) very well signposted so it’s easy to miss your stop. Don’t panic if you do though – the stops are often, we missed the one straight outside it but only ended up walking back 5 minutes.
Best time to go:
Trust us, you want to get here just as the park is opening. The earlier the better. We arrived at 9 am, and the weather was already nearly unbearable in direct sun – and there isn’t much shade here either. A good thing about going early though is you have the whole place to yourself! Bonus! It’s also quite a large place so allow you plenty of time to wander and fully explore.
This is a cheap and cheerful day out, for just €2.50 each you can spend as long as you want to wander around the tombs. Don’t worry about buying tickets beforehand, we never saw queues here and the size of the park would suggest they don’t really have a limit on the number of guests allowed in.
What to take with you:
– Lots of water! Lots and lots and lots of water! This place is a real sun trap, you’ll dehydrate quickly if you don’t come prepared.
– A cover. If you want to avoid blistered skin, bring something to cover your shoulders. I can’t stress enough how hot it was here, the mass amounts of sand and stone all reflect the sunshine directly back at you making it feel 10x hotter than it is. You can tuck into the tombs for a quick shade stop but they’re not all close to each other.
– Snacks. You could spend ages walking around this place, and the heat will take it out of you so water and snacks! Just not chocolate haha
What to wear:
– Nothing white. This sand will ruin it. Trust me!
– Comfy shoes – There’s a lot of walking involved, and a lot of steps so heels are ridiculous. A sturdy pair of flip-flops or flats would be ideal
All in all, have a great time! This is a great day, all the Tombs are well signposted so you can understand what happened in each one, but don’t be disappointed when you find out no actual kings were buried here. If you do visit, let us know! We’d love to hear about your experiences
Have you been to The Tomb of Kings, Paphos? Or something similar? What was your experience like? Let us know in the comments!