town and its history
For those visitors seeking to explore and relax,
the town and district of Pafos (Paphos) provide an
ideal tourist centre.
Until 1974 it had remained the
most underdeveloped part of the island but based on
its rich history and natural beauty, has seen major
Major investments by the private sector and the government
were made in the district of Pafos (Paphos) following
the Turkish invasion and occupation of the major
tourist resorts of Ammochostos (Famagusta) and Keryneia.
The economic activity was rapid in all fields, but
in particular in tourism.
Two major areas divide the town - Ktima, on the sea
terrace being the main residential district and Kato
Pafos, a district down by the sea consists of the
entertainment and most of the luxury hotels of the
city and is built around the mediaeval port.
Nicocles, the last king of
Pafos (Paphos) built the port of Pafos at the time
of Alexander the Great. Pafos (Paphos) was the capital
of Cyprus during the Hellenistic period and into Roman
The town is littered with historical monuments
and visits to the famous ‘Tombs
of The Kings’,
the wonderful mosaics and the museums
are a must for any visitor.
province of Paphos
Paphos is not only one of the most popular seaside resorts in Cyprus,
it is also a charmingly beautiful little town.
Playing an active role in the cultural, political and
social life of Cyprus, Paphos has a population of
about 47,000 and is the island’s
fourth largest town.
Statistically speaking, 15% of the total area of Cyprus
is occupied by the province of Paphos, with a total
population of only around 53,000.
In the east of the province, the Troodos
Mountains gently slope
down towards the low lying areas.
In the past, inhabitants of the province worked mainly as farmers
and in recent years, improvements to the irrigation
system have led to considerable agricultural development,
involving the growing of vines and bananas, although,
unsurprisingly, tourism and the Cyprus property market
form the backbone of the local economy.
It is interesting to note that Archbishop Makarios, the Republic
of Cyprus' first political leader, who was forced
into exile by the coup which led up to the Turkish
invasion, was born in a small village in the province