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Mazotos is a farming village on the way to Limassol

At least Mazotos village used to be a tiny farming community on the way to Limmasol until it 'was discovered' by countless British expatriates who chose it as an ideal location for retirement.

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These days, the face of Mazotos has changed quite dramatically.

 
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A ten minute drive from Pervolia along the old coast road to Limassol will bring you to a large roadside sign proudly proclaiming that you've arrived at the Camel Park, the only such leisure venue in Europe. This sign also marks the turn-off to Mazotos village, which is located about a mile and a half inland.

During the course of the past six years this little farming community has more than doubled in size, with villas and apartment complexes being constructed both around its village centre, and along the neaby coast. The reason for this rapid expansion is to be found in the fact that the construction of a new marina was announced back in 2004, an announcement which triggered a short-term construction boom and an expatriate land-rush to the village and the surrounding area.

 

Entrance to the Camel Park at the Mazotos turnoff on the coastal road

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Many people feel that the Mazotos marina is not what estate agents claimed it would be

The newly constructed Mazotos Marina, seen from the north-western break water

But while the average estate agent five years ago was conjuring up visions of highly exclusive yachting marinas in his or her clients' eyes, the finished article has turned out to be a far cry from the many fine promises made in those days. The 'marina' is actually a rather utilitarian little harbour, barely a hundred yards across, and designed to provide moorage for a portion of the south coast's fishing fleet. What's more, it's also a three mile drive from the centre of Mazotos; hardly on its door-step.

Pervolia's cobbled main street is lined with restaurants and tavernas

 

Talking to some resident British expatriates, one certainly gets the impression that many feel the village to have been misrepresented at the time they decided to buy a home there. To be sure, Mazotos is a picturesque enough little community, but it is miles from anywhere, and its infrastructure has not grown along with its size.

While other villages, such as Oroklini for instance, have seen the arrival of new supermarkets, shops, and a host of other facilities following the arrival of a few thousand British expats, Mazotos has remained relatively unchanged. As a result, the village's handful of small shops, and one or two tavernas, are now woefully inadequate in view of the massive increase in population seen here in recent years.

Mazotos village does, however, boast one single real estate gem, an amazing seven bedroom villa set on its own 17 acre hill on the village's eastern fringes. As well as astounding 360° sea, mountain and countryside views, this unique property also features its own crazy golf course and fishing lake. Read more...

To put the village as a whole into context, if one wants to buy a week's shopping, one either needs to take twenty-five minute drive into Larnaca, or a fifteen minute drive along small country roads to the Plus store in Alethriko.

Then of course there's Mazotos beach, which is about a mile and a half from the village proper. A narrow stretch of shingle and sand, barely a hundred and fifty metres long, it is not one of the better beaches in the area. The nearest proper beach is a small strip of sand adjacent to the 'marina', where a local entrepreneur has erected a makeshift beach kiosk, complete with parasols and sun-loungers, called the 'Alaminos Secret Paradise'.

 

Villa on the outskirts of Mazotos

It has to be said that unless living miles from anywhere, with no amenities to speak of and only a bunch of other expatriates and a few camels for company, is your idea of rural bliss, Mazotos is unlikely to be your cup of tea.

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