Pafos Medieval Castle/Fort

Originally a Byzantine fort built by the Lusignans in the 13th century to protect Paphos harbour from seaborne invaders, during its long history it has also been used as a prison, and as a storage area for salt.

Now a national monument, the castle acts as a unique backdrop for the annual Aphrodite Opera season. Its solid stone walls have also absorbed the beat of drums and electric guitars as pop concerts take place right in front of the castle during the summer months, along with displays of local folk dancing, food and wine festivals and even an annual dog show.