(last updated: July 2021)
Paphos ZOO is just around the corner from where I live and despite visiting a few times, I have been a little hesitant to add it here.
I always have had mixed feelings about going to the ZOO, mainly due to the limited space some of the animals have here and I feel a little guilty paying money to see them that way.
I’ve seen pretty impressive ZOOs in different countries where the animals are free to roam around. The animals have a lot more freedom if we forget the fact that they live in captivity.
The ZOO in Paphos is a little different, as it started as a bird park and gradually expanded. Cyprus is a place where land is a luxury, which also translates to the enclosures being the size they are – relatively small.
Those are just my impressions and opinions, but feel free to visit and make your own judgment.
The photos in here are from my last visit on a gorgeous February Saturday.
It was the first very warm weekend after the rainy season took a little break and let us enjoy the outdoors again.
The ZOO in Paphos feels very lush and natural, so for us, the escape to a bit of nature was more of a motivation than the animals themselves.
Paphos ZOO at Glance
The ZOO in Paphos is a short drive away from Coral Bay and is open all year round. We paid around 30 euros for a family of three (with a discount for local residents) and ventured around.
The animal selection at Paphos ZOO is fairly diverse. The majority of the animal population consists of different types of birds – as I mentioned earlier it used to be a bird park. They have a parrot show three times a day, the first session at noon.
There is also a large playground with a small refreshment kiosk next to it and a restaurant close to the entrance.
They also have a very small museum showcasing some of the old artefacts and shells found in the area.
The food in the restaurant is pretty basic and I would compare it to the food you normally get in the touristy restaurants in Paphos Harbour. The prices are reasonable and it will fill you up. We had food here a few times and it was always satisfactory.
If you’re coming with kids, the ZOO is a great place to spend an afternoon or even a whole day. I personally normally spent 2-3 here on each occasion I visited.
Below are lots of photos where you can spot the different types of animals they have in Paphos ZOO and also a few from the restaurant.
Paphos ZOO Visitor Information
Opening Times: December – March from 9am to 5pm, April – July and September – October from 9am to 6pm, and August 9am to 7pm
Ticket Prices: not available online (well, this is Cyprus!), so buy at the spot. Adults tickets are 16.50 euros and kids 8.50 euros.
Showtimes: there is a parrot show that runs a few times each day. Check times & information here.
How to get there: there are free ZOO transfers available from Limassol or Paphos. Check the details of the service here. You can also drive there fairly easily from Paphos, in the direction of Coral Bay, and then continue further on. There are lots of clearly marked signs for Paphos ZOO along the main road. Their address for your GPS: Xylomantrou Street Agiou Georgiou Peyia Paphos CY, 8560.
Accessibility: there are no stairs within the ZOO grounds, so it’s fine to access with prams or wheelchairs.