St Paul's footsteps European Cultural Route

A Cultural Route highlighting the cultural values, heritage and legacy of Saint Paul’s missions to Europe, 
to honour Saint Paul, as the Apostle of the nations, through his epistles and intangible heritage in literature, arts, history, philosophy, theology and Christianity in Europe, 
towards regenerating the European ideals, with sustainable cultural tourism development and promotion along the route in several countries, regions, cities, islands, local communities and tourist destinations

Pafos, Cyprus

A year-round destination, the Pafos Region caters for all types of vacationers in search of something unique, while reveling in the culture and local traditions. Crystal-clear waters, inviting beaches, majestic countryside, ancient sites, and a surplus of outdoor activities are trademarks that define the Pafos Region. We welcome visitors to enjoy our pristine beaches, relax at one of our pleasurable hotels and resorts, taste the good life at a mountainside winery or indulge in a gastronomic experience, venture out on an outdoor excursion, or immerse yourself with nature – the Pafos Region is a recipe for the soul.

Pafos: A Good Reason For All Seasons

Located on the southwest coast of the island of Cyprus, and sheltered from the north by the majestic Troodos Mountains, Pafos boasts a temperate climate and one of the healthiest lifestyles in the Mediterranean.

The region is ideal for basking in the sunshine all year round, and experience the hospitality of its people wherever you go. Plunge into the sparkling warm waters of the Mediterranean in summer, or venture out on a splendid nature trail and observe fields blanketed in wildflowers in the spring; visit ancient and historical landmarks in autumn, and keep fit with a plethora of outdoor activities in winter. Whichever way you look at it, Pafos is a year-round destination with many reasons to visit.

Pafos is a harmonious blend of many things. A cosmopolitan resort embraced by spectacular countryside and fascinating historical sites, Pafos is a marriage of alluring turquoise waters, rugged mountainous terrain and a cultural heritage that transports you back to an ancient and mythological past.

Religious Tourism

Land of saints, painted churches, legends and miracle-working icons. Nowhere else can you see every style of Byzantine art in such a small area.

Cyprus was the first country in the world to come under Christian administration when the Apostles Paul and Barnabas visited the island in their mission to spread Christianity. See the stone column in Pafos where legend has it, Paul was flogged in AD 45 before converting the Roman governor. Byzantine art survived and flourished here, as the island escaped the iconoclastic decrees of Byzantium.

Marvel at the vivid wall paintings in the apses of many medieval churches and admire many beautiful religious artifacts.

Pafos is not just a region it represents the glory of Christianity.


World Heritage


  • Paphos
  • Philippi
  • Thessaloniki
  • Athens
  • Samos
  • Rhodes
  • Valetta
  • Syracuse
  • Rome

Via Egnatia &

Via Appia Antica

Over 50 Churches dedicated to Saint Paul (some together with Saint Peter)

St Paul's footsteps European Cultural Route