I have a fascination for history and a love of castles so when, on a recent holiday to Paphos in Cyprus, I could combine the two to say I was happy is an understatement. I didn’t research Paphos before we went, and on the first night we arrived we took a walk down to the Harbour, we were staying at the Hotel Annabelle, and the first thing I noticed was the castle. It was around the other side of the harbour, past bar street and the restaurants. We walked up to it, but unfortunately it was closed, so agreed to come back during the day.
As we were on holiday we had a few days relaxing by the pool and drinking cocktails at the pool bar. It was mid week before we set foot inside the castle and what a fantastic way to spend a few hours in the afternoon. When first walking in we were greeted with a huge open space with balconies, I believe this is where they would hang those who had committed crimes. It was also interesting to learn that the castle used to be where they kept salt to be traded.
We took the stairs, which you can see in the bottom right of the photo above, to the top of the castle. The views were amazing; we were surrounded by sea and around the other side we had the harbour. When looking over the edge of the castle you had a steep drop which had boulders the size of houses at the bottom – probably best not to look over the edge.
Once walking down a different side of the castle we came across the small chambers where they held prisoners. The spaces were very small, I’m 5ft 5in and struggled to fit in. You could see the holes where they would tie their arms and to know they you’re in the same space that someone would have have been tortured and died is quite an eery feeling.
There is a lot of history behind this castle and would be the perfect location for a wedding… hint hint! On the way out there is a small board of information so you can find out more about it and see what it used to look like.
When I return to Paphos, I will be going back here. I marked our name on the glass as lots of others had done which had remained for a few years. If you want a little history on your holiday then I would recommend Cyprus.