Take a cultural beach vacation in Paphos, Cyprus
Paphos is the legendary birthplace of Aphrodite (the goddess of love) and an ancient Mediterranean port that’s absolutely steeped in Greek mythology. You can explore its fabled history as the capital of Cyprus for nearly a millennium at the Paphos Archaeological Park (and its eerie Tombs of the Kings necropolis), before setting off into the aquamarine waters that lap the city’s white-sand beaches. As the European Capital of Culture in 2017 (a title it shares with Aarhus, Denmark), Paphos will be abuzz with activity this August. Expect art trails, open-air film screenings, Cypriot folk music, and much more as visitors from across Europe flock to this evocative harbor town for a healthy dose of sun, sand and culture.