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Find information on Konia in our Travel Guide covering sights, foods and nightlife plus more...
Konia is a village on the outskirts of Paphos on the south west coast of Cyprus. It lies in a beautiful area of the island enjoying the magnificent scenery of the Troodos Mountains and a wide choice of wonderful sandy beaches. It benefits from the proximity of the historic town of Paphos as it is able to share its wide ranging facilities. Konia is an area popular with families and couples looking for a tranquil village environment whilst being close to tourist attractions.
Konia is a picturesque village set in peaceful surroundings where visitors can relax around a refreshing pool in a guarantee of warm sunshine. It lies in an historic area close to many famous archaeological sites and also to some of the best beaches in Cyprus. It benefits from its short distance from the airport and from its proximity to the town of Paphos.
A Konia holiday appeals mainly to families and to couples looking for a peaceful retreat from the world in beautiful countryside. Golfers are also attracted by the choice of excellent courses.
The summer season begins in April when the temperature is a pleasant seventy degrees. This can soar to the high eighties from June until September. Winters are pleasant at sea level but remember that winter is the rainy season and there can be snow in the mountains.
Konia village is almost a suburb of Paphos being less than a ten minute drive from its centre. It is a charming area which offers a warm welcome to holidaymakers. Those looking for peace and relaxation away from crowded tourist resorts will not be disappointed.
Konia is perfectly placed for exploring the historic town of Paphos and also the many important and interesting archaeological sites in the region. These include the medieval Fort near the harbour in Paphos, the Roman amphitheatre, the Venus Rock and the Baths of Aphrodite, the Tombs of the Kings as well as a number of interesting churches and museums.
Konia is also near some of the best beaches on the island which offer a wide range of water sports including jet skiing and paragliding. The water here is so clear that scuba diving and snorkelling are very popular sports. Paphos also has an excellent water park with many exciting slides and flumes offering fun for all the family.
Golfers will be delighted with the choice of three eighteen hole golf courses in the vicinity which play to a par of seventy two. For those who take a delight in the past, or who just want to relax by a pool or on a beach, Konia is the perfect holiday. It combines wonderful sunshine with glorious beaches in an area scattered with ancient ruins of towns, tombs and monuments.
Konia nightlife is very low-key which matters little if you are looking for lively venues as, only a short distance away, is Paphos, with its vibrant bars and clubs providing entertainment until the early hours of the morning.
Konia Village shopping provides for little more than holiday essentials. Paphos, however, has a good commercial centre offering a wide range of shops from clothing boutiques to specialist retailers. There are many craft and gift shops at the harbour and along the promenade. Cyprus excels in handcrafted goods and the government have recognised the value of this by creating the Cyprus Handicraft Service. There are a number of official shops around the island. There are of course many more unofficial shops in all resorts selling good quality goods that are reasonably priced. Popular gifts and holiday mementoes are the embroidered linens, the Lefkara lace and ceramic pots.
The restaurants in nearby Paphos serve a wide variety of dishes catering for most tastes. Fish features prominently on Cypriot menus with calamari, red mullet and sea bass being particularly popular. Halloumi, a cheese made from goat and sheep’s milk is an island speciality. It is often served grilled and served as an appetiser. The Cypriot equivalent of the Spanish tapas is mezze and it is a good way to sample the variety of local food.
Local wines are tasty and inexpensive.