A unique blend of ancient traditions and modern day culture, Paphos appeals to a wide audience of visitors from around the world. In recent years, a large number of expatriates have chosen to buy property for sale in Paphos, attracted by the superb weather and beautiful beaches which undoubtedly characterise this stunning city.
Paphos is one of the most popular tourist resorts on the island of Cyprus in the Mediterranean. Historically part of Greece, the island can boast a combination of Lebanese, Syrian, Turkish and Greek culture – part of the reason behind the success of Cyprus as a tourist destination. Paphos was traditionally split into Old Paphos and New Paphos – with Old Paphos now becoming the town of Kouklia and New Paphos becoming simply Paphos.
The city experienced a surge of wealth and popularity during the early 1970s – with both the Cyprian government and foreign investors pouring money into properties for sale in Paphos and transforming it into a sought after resort. The trend has continued throughout the decades since the expansion is still evident around Paphos.
Paphos is around 150km away (90 mins by road) from Nicosia, the main city of Cyprus – a distance made more pronounced due to the rocky interior of the island. Paphos International Airport is the second largest of its kind on Cyprus – catering to most of the western resorts and responsible for almost 2,000,000 passengers.
Cyprus is home to a permanent population of approximately 1,000,000 people, a number which can vary drastically during the summer and tourist season. The population of Paphos as a city makes up a relatively small proportion of the island’s population – at just more than 30,000. Including the outlying suburbs, that number grows to around 65,000 people whilst the wider Paphos district encompasses almost 90,000 people. An eight month long summer and the most stable and bearable temperatures on the island ensure that the population of Paphos stays higher than the census indicates for a large proportion of the year. With glourious weather and a long and interesting history, it's easy to see why there is such a demand for property for sale in Paphos, whether it's people looking for a holiday home or to relocate.
Paphos is almost entirely dependent upon the tourism trade, with the climate and landmarks the main attractions. Integral to its survival as a resort, landmarks have been meticulously preserved and resorts are kept clean and tidy to attract tourists. Some of the more popular landmarks include the Byzantine Paphos Castle and the infamous catacombs. The city itself has been listed as an UNESCO World Cultural Heritage, whilst it has also been voted as the European Capital of Culture for 2017.
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