Paphos is taking shape
After months of dug up roads
and challenging obstacle courses for pedestrians, a
new-look, renovated Paphos old town is slowly emerging, but
more needs to be done to encourage investment in the area,
The works, which will see the
regeneration of the old town (Ktima), has caused a massive
upheaval to the entire central road network, with some
remaining closed to traffic and many pedestrian areas
hazardous to negotiate.
Head of the Friends of Paphos
Old Town association, Kyriacos Kyriacou, who owns a handful
of shops in Ktima, said that a lack of a master plan is
discouraging would-be investors.
“There is no serious
information or rules available on what is possible for the
area. For example, if someone wants to open a taverna, how
will it work? Are they allowed tables and chairs outside,
how must they look and so on,” he said.
However, he did note that the
town would look fantastic once the work is completed.
In 2015, €60 million worth of projects for Paphos, including
the regeneration of the traditional shopping centre and
Kennedy Square, the restoration of the municipal market, the
upgrading of the Markideio theatre, and connecting and
enhancing the squares of October 28, Kosti Palama and
Dionysios Solomos around the town hall were announced by the
Currently, owners of market shops are
concerned that a decision to remove the cover over the
central market walkway will be disastrous if something
suitable is not put in its place, and which fits in with the
In addition, more shade is needed along Makarios
Avenue, as sapling trees planted there are young and will
take time to grow before creating any shade and some have
had to be replaced after vandals cut them down, they say.
According to a municipality spokesman, the central areas of
Paphos will be completed by July 15, and the Makedeio
theatre in September or October.
arrivals up a record 15% in May
By Bejay Browne
overall number of tourist arrivals rose be 15% in May to
418,732 compared with the respective month of 2016. This is
a record for May, according to Cystat, the statistical
In January to May, the total
number of tourist arrivals rose an annual 18% to 990,756,
which is also an all-time high for this time of the year,
Cystat announced on its website.
Arrivals from the UK, which are
traditionally a main source of incoming tourism for Cyprus,
rose 20% in May compared with the same month last year.
Arrivals from Germany, Israel and Sweden rose 55%, 93% and
26% respectively and those from Greece dropped 6.4%.
Meanwhile, arrivals from Russia also rose 0.3%.
Cystat also found that the
number of Cyprus residents travelling abroad dropped
slightly in May compared to the previous year.
Meanwhile, beer consumption in
Cyprus has experienced a significant annual increase of
19.6% in May, according to the statistical service. It
reached 4,427,384 litres, compared with 3,701,307 litres in
In the meantime, beer exports
fell in May 2017 to 41,375 litres, compared with 152,040
litres in the same month last year, a reduction of 72.8 %.
British couple honoured
By Bejay Browne
couple that have holidayed in Paphos for the last two
decades have been honoured by the town’s mayor.
Sally and Peter Davis were
presented with a commemorative plaque by the mayor of
Paphos, Phedonas Phedonos, at the town hall.
He said that the item was,
“just a small indication of the Paphos Municipality's
appreciation of the couple’s long-term preference and trust
in our town.”
He added that the pair have
regularly chosen Paphos for their holidays for the last 23
years and that during this time, they have visited Paphos 26
The couple said that they feel
as if Paphos is their home and have made numerous fiends
here and feel a great affinity and bond with the locals.
As he presented the plaque, the
mayor said that the municipality will ensure that Paphos is
further enriched and enhanced as a popular tourist
Mayor inaugurates new
By Bejay Browne
The Paphos mayor officially inaugurated an upgraded park
area in the centre of Paphos, the result of a joint project
between the municipality and betting giant Opap.
“The Opap municipal park,
equipped and upgraded, meets all the requirements to become
a real gem for our city, a model green and recreation area
that people of all ages can enjoy in comfort and safety,”
said the mayor, Phedonas Phedonos.
Opap Cyprus funded the project
which cost 137,000 euros.
The park, in a residential area
in the centre of Paphos, was in desperate need of upgrading.
Phedonos said that the aim was
to make the area more attractive for residents – especially
young people and young families.
The sports facilities, the
modern playground and the development of the green area
completely reverses the previous image of abandonment it
portrayed, he said.
Phedonos said that Paphos was
changing fast and moving away from its tarnished scandal-hit
image of recent years. He said that the 16 projects already
carried out in less than two and a half years ‘speak for
He added that the main goal of the current
five-year plan is the continued upgrading of Paphos.
“In this context, we are
already planning to run a second large set of projects that
will complement those that have been completed and will
radically change the city’s image,” he said.
According to the mayor, the
projects include, upgrading main roads, asphalting roads and
repairing pavements, completing the regional road network,
expanding and further enriching the ten parks that have
already been built, creating two large parks in the west and
east of the town.
He said that residents must
start to take responsibility to keep their surrounding areas
clean and tidy and take pride in their neighbourhoods.
“We are also promoting the
conversion of Paphos into a ‘smart city’ through the use and
application of new technologies to upgrade existing
infrastructures, and create new ones such as modern bus
stops with telematics system and electronic information
points,” he said.
Diamond wedding Brits
invite entire village to celebrate
By Bejay Browne
celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary, a British
couple that have lived in a Paphos village for the past 30
years hosted a party for the entire community.
John and Mavis Cooper, who
first meet in their teens and are now in their 80s, said
that they wanted to hold a party for the village of Amargeti
as a way to say thank you to the community that welcomed
them as their first ‘foreign’ residents more than three
“We first visited here many
years ago and fell in love with the village. We wanted to
thank them for being so kind and helpful to us over the
years, they are such beautiful people and we wanted to give
something back,” John Cooper said.
This is the second time that
the couple have held such a party, the first was ten years
ago for their golden wedding anniversary.
married in their hometown of Bolton in Lancashire in 1957
and have three children, four grandchildren and six great
grandchildren, who have visited them in Cyprus over the
Cooper worked in civil aviation
while his wife was a teacher.
Head of Amargeti community
council, Androulla Demitriou, said that around 300 guests
attended the party and that the popular couple are loved by
the entire village.
“They are a wonderful couple
and very much loved by us all. They were the first
foreigners to settle here and since then, because of them,
we now have about 40 expat couples,” she said.
The village only has a
population of around 200 residents.
The party, which was held in
the centre of the village, was a huge success said Cooper,
and they profusely thanked the community leader, the
caterers and other helpers for their input.
“We felt like the king and
queen of the village, everyone was so caring and
congratulating us,” Mavis said.
village centre gets revamp
The centre of popular Tala village in
Paphos is encouraging new businesses to open in the area,
and local authorities hope the upgrade will increase visitor
Recently, revamped restaurants
and bars around the square have re-opened, helping to create
a fantastic atmosphere. Also, a central, colourfully lit
water fountain turns shades of blue, purple, pink and
Set in the hills above Paphos
town, much of Tala has stunning and commanding views of the
Paphos coastline and Mediterranean Sea.
A Dutch expat
couple living in the area, artist Joep Klinkenbijl and
jewellery maker Johanna Bey have opened their new business,
an art gallery, studio and gift shop, on the square, and
said the position is an obvious choice.
He said he was
enthusiastic about the renovations which he hopes will
encourage other new businesses to open in the area.
The painter, who is also a
well-known DJ, said that other professional artists will
also be invited to exhibit at the new space in the future.
“This is a great village and
since the revamped eateries have just reopened, the
atmosphere here in the evenings is superb,” he said.
According to local councillor,
Cathi Delaney, the upgrading works in Tala village come with
a 1.5 million euro price tag and are being carried out in
two phases. The project has been 70 per cent funded by the
government, with the Tala community board paying for the
remaining 30 per cent.
Phase 1 of the square was
completed before Easter and finished ahead of schedule,
taking just eight months instead of 12 months due to a mild
The first phase saw water pipes
under the square replaced, drainage improved and electricity
cables being placed underground. The square has also been
paved and pedestrianised, new lighting installed and a
fountain created. Flower beds have been planted and uniform
pergolas added for businesses found around the square.
Phase 2 is due to get underway
in October and will last for around six months. The road
network around the square will be widened where possible,
roads will be resurfaced, some roads will be designated as
one-way, and additional car parking, including disabled
parking, will be created.
The village welcomes at least
one coachload of tourists per day, mostly Russians, mainly
visiting the icon shop which is found underneath the Church
of the Birth of Christ at one end of the square.
is the birthplace of Archbishop Chrysostomos, and the church
is also the home to the ‘Archbishop’s museum’ containing
mementos of his travels, religious robes, photographs and
his book collection.
The amphitheatre, a few
minutes’ drive from the centre shows a mixed programme of
events including plays and concerts during the summer
months. Other places of interest include the Tala Cat Park,
now home to around 700 stray and unwanted cats, which are
available for rehoming, and the historic Ayios Neophytos