Paphos (Click here for photo gallery)
Nestled in the South-West corner in probably the most beautiful part of the island and sheltered from the North by the Troodos mountains, Paphos, once the Roman capital of the island, enjoys mild winters and warm, seemingly endless summers. The irrigation system has helped to turn Paphos into the “garden of Cyprus” and it is also renowned as having one of the healthiest climates in the Mediterranean.
Paphos has become the focus of one of the most exciting areas for real estate investment in the eastern Mediterranean. The Government and private enterprise continue to invest heavily in the infrastructure, providing such features as extending the motorway network, extensive improvements to the quaint harbour of Paphos and coastal walkway, a new state-of-the-art marina is planned for around 1000 yachts and upgrading the International Airport into one of the most modern in the Mediterranean basin.
Paphos is renowned as having the richest concentrations of archaeological sites in the world resulting in UNESCO naming Paphos a World Heritage Site. Paphos has become a rich cultural centre hosting many international events such as operatic festivals with Paphos castle as a backdrop.
During Roman times Paphos was the capital of Cyprus and beautiful mosaics and marble columns can be seen within the restored remains of their stately villas. It is out of the foaming seas of Paphos that the goddess Aphrodite was born. It was she who the Romans called Venus but the cult worship of this goddess of love and beauty has, forever, been centred in Paphos. Within the bounds of Paphos lie the ruins of the famous sanctuary of Aphrodite, whose remains date back to the 12th century BC. The Palaipafos Museum is nearby in an old Lusignan manor. It contains rich finds dating back to the Chalcolithic period.
In times gone by the Sanctuary of Apollo was an important religious centre which dates back to the 4th century BC when Paphos was founded. Today, Paphos is a busy town full of amenities, excellent shopping facilities, bars restaurants hosting flavours from the world over and it is also home to the country’s second international airport.
The low crime rate, excellent health care and hi-tech communications, a cosmopolitan lifestyle and comparatively low cost of living create an ideal environment – what more could you ask?