Town in the east of Cyprus
Like Ayia Napa, Paralimni enjoys
an excellent tourist infrastructure and has proven
a very popular holiday destination recently.
Paralimni is now the largest town in
the free Famagusta (Ammochostos) district, situated
in the southeast of Cyprus. The modern city of Paralimni
bears little resemblance to the insignificant sleepy
village of the early 1970s. Paralimni's metamorphosis
happened in 1974 when the town of Famagusta's Greek-Cypriot
population fled south after the Turk’s invasion.
The word Paralimni means "settlement by the
as it was built on the shores of a shallow lake, which
used to fill with water only in the wintertime.
However, in the beginning of the 20th century, the
whole of the lake bed was reclaimed for agricultural
purposes as a result of reclamation work.
Now sitting motionless and derelict, one can still
find some of the old wind mills and waterways which
were used to irrigate the surrounding area in the
province of Famagusta
climate and fertile red soil of the Famagusta province
together with its underground water supply has contributed
enormously to the increasing development of agriculture
and farming. The main produce of the villages around
Paralimni town are potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers,
fresh vegetables, watermelons, melons and broad beans.
The town has not always been where it is now. Originally it was built on a hill,
which was situated between Dheryneia and its present location.
However, it was moved inland to avoid detection by the sea pirates
in the 15th century. The first people to settle at Paralimni arrived
just after the capture of the nearby town of Famagusta (Ammochostos)
in 1571 by the Ottoman Turks.
North of Paralimni the abandoned town of Varosha is a melancholy
reminder of the island's troubled political history, while to the
east you'll find some of the Cyprus' best beaches and most animated
Paralimni has proven a popular holiday resort, whilst also becoming
a very sought after residential area causing local
property prices to rise considerably. From an investment point
of view, property in Paralimni and its surrounding
area are proving to give a good return on capital.