The beautiful island of Cyprus is famously the birthplace of Aphrodite, the Goddess of love. Michael Booker falls under its spell.
According to Greek mythology, Aphrodite, the Goddess of love, rose naked from the sea at Paphos and floated to shore on a scallop shell.
Try that sort of arrival these days and you’ll probably get arrested. Still, when your father is Zeus, King of the Gods, certain rules can be waived.
The amazing myths and legends surrounding this pretty harbour town, on Cyprus’s west coast, have always proved to be a magnet for tourists looking for that little extra from their summer holidays. And this year has seen its historical attractions take centre stage, with the town awarded the impressive accolade of European Capital of Culture.
From art installations to music and dance, Paphos has become a holiday hotspot. We discover the European City of Culture 2017
Paphos is having something of a moment. A striking geometric marble installation towering over the Mediterranean and a bronze figure clinging to the rocks are clues that there is going to be more to this holiday than sea and sun-loungers. These two sculptures are part of Paphos’s ‘Signs In Time And Space’ project, which is just one of the art events created to celebrate the city’s status – alongside Aarhus in Denmark – as European Capital of Culture for 2017.
Paphos’s historic architecture and vibrant contemporary art scene are being enhanced with a huge line-up of cultural happenings, which makes now a better time than ever to visit.
PEOPLE with visual impairments are now able to enjoy the unique archaeological treasures of Paphos.
In collaboration with the “St. Barnabas” school for the blind, bilingual explanatory signs in Greek and English Braille are available in the ‘ House of Dionysus’, along with a tactile floor plan, giving visitors a feel for dimensions and architecture of the space.
In addition, a special duplicate of a mosaic – has been created so visually impaired visitors can literally feel the characteristics and pattern.
The House of Dionysus boasts a spectacular array of fine mosaic floors which are amazingly well preserved.
The special program is already proving popular, according to experts at Paphos Archaeological Park, who have all been trained to be able to act as guides for people with visual impairments, aiming to gain the most from their visit.