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Paphos Town (Pafos) - The Gem of Cyprus' West Coast

Paphos (Pafos); the gem in the west of Cyprus has long been a firm favourite with visitors and property buyers alike. Aphrodite, the Greek Goddess of Love’s birthplace is just south of Paphos according to legend. The town itself was founded by King Kinyras around 1400 B.C. Today, Paphos, also spelled Pafos is one of the main destinations for both visitors and home buyers in Cyprus
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View across Paphos Harbour seen from the top of Paphos Castle

Paphos 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 tourist development.

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 times.

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.

The 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 of Paphos.

The town of Paphos is a firm favourite of home buyers in Cyprus

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