Paphos is the perfect destination for a Hen Party seeking modern thrills combined with ancient enlightenment. Located on the Southwest coast of Cyprus, Paphos boasts the best climate on the island.
Official Language: Greek and English
Dialling Code: +357
Emergency Number: 112
Located on the Eastern tip of the island of Cyprus, Paphos manages to combine all of the prerequisites for a perfect hen do abroad. The city provides great nightlife options for the ultimate party weekend, and its location on one of the most beautiful coastlines in Cyprus, make it ideal for any number of sun fuelled beach activities. And talking of activities, Paphos is not only the cultural hub of the island, it also boasts a stunning geographical landscape meaning there are endless outdoor activities for alternative hen ideas such as abseiling, canoeing or horse riding.
Top Things to Do
- Quad Biking around the Akamas Peninsula: Seeing as you are celebrating your last days of freedom, rent monster quad bikes seems an apt and fitting idea for a hen activity which will leave you feely liberated, exhilarated and ready for a big night out.
- Visit Kato Paphos archaeological park: Including sites and monuments from prehistoric times to the Middle Ages, Kato Pafos archaeological Park is a great option if you feel like getting some cultural enrichment into your hen do abroad in Cyprus.
- Have a swim at Aphrodite’s birthplace: According to legend, the Goddess of Love was born out of the waves on a beach just outside Paphos. What better way to celebrate the imminent union of your bride-to-be then to all have a dip in the famous waters.
- Day trip to the mountain villages: Paphos is great for its beaches, its nightlife and its food but little known to most tourists the destination is also home to a charming array of mountain villages. Take a day trip out into the mountains for an alternative hen adventure.
- Watch the sunset with cocktails at the Almyra Hotel: It’s the plushest, hippest hotel in Paphos, so why not start the party with sundowner cocktails in style while you’re on your hen do in Cyprus.
- Taste the local Mezze flavours: You absolutely cannot spend time in Paphos without savouring the delicious local flavours with a full mezze dinner. This is a great idea for some quality hen group time before exploring the cities vibrant nightlife.
- Go Bar Hopping: A major priority for most hen dos is the partying, and Paphos definitely doesn’t disappoint on the nightlife front. Go for a session of bar hopping to get that party started on your hen weekend in Paphos.
- Have a stroll along the seafront: Paphos is blessed with a beautiful long coastline. Make the most of the view with a hen group stroll along the seaside pedestrian walk way from Paphos Castle all the way to Pioneer Hotel.
Top Hen Activities in Paphos
Visit the local Brewery: For an alternative hen idea that still includes the obligatory drinking, Go for a visit to the local craft brewery Aphrodite’s Rock Brewing Company. Not only do they produce some great handcrafted beers, the place is nestled in the beautiful foothills of the Paphos mountains.
Go on a Jeep Safari: The Akamas peninsula is a must see for any hen trip abroad to Paphos. Its one of the most beautiful spots in Cyprus and an excellent idea for an active daytime hen activity is to see the area on a jeep safari.
Have an Honda Enduro Motorbike Experience: Whoever said girls can’t ride bikes was sorely misinformed. Prove that hens can be hard-core too with a group trip out on Honda Enduro bikes.
Rent a Yacht for the Day(link): After a big night of partying in Paphos’ many bars and clubs, opt for a more relaxing hen activity like renting a yacht and heading out into the big blue sea for a day of swimming and sunbathing.
What to Eat
Mezze, Halloumi, Souvlaki, Octopus, Calamari, Fresh Fish
DINE OUT @ Seven St. George’s tavern, where the unique and diverse mezze is made from organically grown and sourced local produce.
What to Drink
Local beers: Keo, Leon
Spirits: Zivania, Ouzo, Mastiha
DRINK OUT @ Robin Hood Pub, for a real authentic local pub feel
Exclusive Destination Events
Cyprus Marathon: March
International Chamber Music Festival: May
Choir Festival: June
Arkadia Festival: August
Paphos Aphrodite Festival: September
Paradise Jazz Festival: September
The Cyprus International 4-day Challenge: November
Cyprus has got lots of things to tempt hen groups to celebrate on the island of love, but one thing it lacks is regular and reliable public transport. There are intercity buses, as well as good value airport transfer services but a really great idea for hen groups looking to get from A to B is to rent a mini van for the duration of the trip.
There are plenty of taxi’s but with a big group prices might start getting high. Alternatively rent out quad bikes for the day to see what lies around the beautiful town of Paphos.
It doesn’t really get much better that Cyprus when it comes to climate. Sun worshippers will be in paradise with the 365 days of sunshine that the island gets every year, meaning you are guaranteed to come back from your hen do abroad with a gorgeous healthy glowing tan – perfect for that strapless wedding outfit!
The weather does get a tad chillier around the short winter between December and January, but come Spring in Mid February to April the temperature is warm and the country is covered in flowers. Summer is hot and humid, while Autumn is the perfect time to visit. Long warm days roll into mild fresh evenings. The sea is warm and the sky is blue.
Being blessed with such amazing weather really does make Cyprus a great destination for hen groups who enjoy being outdoors. With such a range of diverse activities which are ideal for the good weather, you and your hen group will have plenty of ideas to choose from.
Cost of a good mezze in a restaurant: 20-40 Euro
Cost of a Souvlaki: 5 Euro
Cost of a pint of beer: 3-4 Euro
Cost of a cocktail in a club: 8-10 Euro
Cost of a bottle of water: 1.50 Euro
Cost of a Cappuccino: 4 Euro
Cost of a one way ticket on the bus: 1-2 Euro
Cost of Taxi (min): 3.50 Euro
Tip from a Local
“For the best beaches in the Paphos region, head out of the city and along the coast, past Coral Bay and into the stunning wilderness of the Akamas Peninsula. It’s a protected nature reserve so make sure you bring all your rubbish away with you!” – Constantina, Paphos.
Did You Know?
- Cyprus is called the island of love because it is said that Aphrodite was born into the water in Paphos.
- The Paphos mountains are home to the legendary Cyprus Moufflon which isn’t found anywhere else in the world.
- Paphos is due to be the European Capital of Culture in 2017.
Sir Paul McCartney, Emma Thompson, Simon LeBon, Rod Stewart, Prince Albert of Monaco and Gordon Ramsey are just some of the celebrities that have holidayed in Paphos.
- Paphos is one of the three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Cyprus!