Paphos, Yeroskipou, Polis Chrysochous, and Peyia are the municipalities forming the Paphos district. The land area of this district is 1,393 km2 and includes many popular villages with a population of 66,361 (2001). Situated in the north west of the Paphos district is the Akamas peninsula. The district consists of areas varying from the mountainous region to hilly area extending from the coastal plain up to the igneous rocks of Paphos forest.
After the major tourist resorts of Keryneia and Ammochostos were invaded and then occupied by Turkey back in 1974, the Cypriot government began making heavy investments in the Paphos district. Similarly, the private sector showed interest in Paphos and began contributing to its development. The district witnessed rapid economic growth particularly in the tourism sector. The population of the district also began increasing rapidly and Paphos, the then most underdeveloped part of the country, turned into one of the most popular areas in Cyprus. With the private sector focusing on the construction of hotels, apartments, and villas and also on entertainment infrastructures, the government made investments in water distribution networks, irrigation dams, road infrastructures and constructing Paphos International Airport. Today’s Paphos is undoubtedly a thriving city with a strong economy.
Kato Paphos and Paphos town
With a population of 38,000, the beautiful coastal town of Paphos is divided into two parts: Paleo Paphos (Old Paphos) and Kato Paphos. As the lower part of the town stretched to the sea, Kato Paphos is home to souvenir shops, fish taverns, harbours, beautiful hotels, and many archaeological sites. In 1980, UNESCO included Paphos in its list of World Heritage Site.
As the old town, Paleo Paphos is situated on the top of the hill in which there is an old market that is fully covered. In the market, you can purchase everything from fresh fruit to fresh fish, souvenirs, and vegetables. Paleo Paphos is also home to various boutiques, coffee shops, and food courts. There are private medical clinics, pharmacies, private English schools, public Greek schools and grocery stores available both in Paleo Paphos and Kato Paphos. There is a large and modern general hospital in Paleo Paphos. People have easy access to all amenities and services they require no matter whether they live in Paleo Paphos, in Kato Paphos, or in the surrounding villages.
Paphos makes leading an enjoyable and simple life possible. It is filled with beauty and undisturbed spaces in which you can feel relaxed and experience peace and quiet. With the combination of this serenity and state-of-the-art infrastructures, you will have the best of both worlds. The modernisation of its international airport has added to the desirability of the Paphos district.
The adaptation of Euro as Cyprus currency in 2008 has made it easier for locals travelling across Europe and tourists visiting the country to make transactions. It has also promoted foreign investment and eliminated exchange costs.
Particularly with British expats, the housing industry in Paphos and surrounding areas has witnessed strong growth over the last decade. There are plenty of villas and properties available in the cyprus market whose owners need to sell them to access cash. There are also many seafront bungalows, villas, apartments as well as undeveloped plots of lands that can make the perfect spot for your dream home in Cyprus. Like everywhere, to purchase property in Paphos or Cyprus, you need a lawyer to do some research on the property in question ensuring that everything about is fine. Because of the economic downturn in the housing sector worldwide, the time is ripe now to invest in the Cyprus property sector. The low prices and interest rates have made the property sector in Cyprus an attractive market for investors.
Food in Cyprus
Without trying some of the traditional Cypriot cuisines and dishes, your visit to Cyprus will not be complete. Our useful tips along with the list of definitions we have created can help those who are looking for Cypriot traditional food to easily spot Cypriot cuisine. Those who are already a resident of Cyprus and familiar with its food can check out our suggested top 10 restaurants in Paphos and their reviews.
American and International franchises as well as any ethnic food are available in Cyprus. As long as you are in Cyprus, we recommend local dishes because they are tasty and fresh. There are always bakeries that are available round the clock and you can even find small pubs that dish up a great meal. The bread is always baked on a daily basis and freshly picked fruits and vegetables are always available. The Cypriot diet includes abundant vegetables, grains and pulses. Cheese olives, goat milk, potatoes, wild greens, nuts, capers, and herbs are the main delicacies in Cyprus.
In every part of the country, you can find traditional souvlaki shops serving pork kebabs and chickens on a platter or in pita bread as well as delicious gyros with beef. There is at least one restaurant in most hotels where traditional Cypriot food is served but nothing is like going to a local tavern. There is at least one tavern in almost all villages and there are several taverns in some villages. A Meze with a variety of dishes are served in all taverns and upon your request vegan Mezes are also served. A regular Meze is either fish or meat for the main dishes and many small, side dishes that range from salads, eggs and potatoes to taramasalata and hummus. As there are generally other choices, you do not need to order a Meze but it is worth trying. Remember! It is the most popular way to dine at taverns.
List of popular Cypriot food and their descriptions
Meze – Literally means “small dishes.” A style of eating that has many different courses, but each course contains just a little of each item, enough for everyone to have a taste.
Afelia: A Cyprus specialty made from pork, red wine, mushrooms, potatoes and coriander seeds.
Calamari – Fried squid. Calamari in Cyprus is tender and especially tasty with fresh lemon juice.
Feta – A salty, white cheese made from sheep’s or goat’s milk that is cured in a brine solution.
Halloumi – A Cypriot cheese made from sheep or goat milk. It has a high melting point and is usually fried or grilled. It can also be served in sandwiches, salads or with fruit particularly watermelon and wine.
Horiatiki Salata – A Greek or country salad. It is made of tomatoes, cucumbers, green peppers, feta cheese, olives, olive oil, and vinegar – but no lettuce.
Hummus – A dip made from chickpeas and tahini. This is nearly always served as part of a meze however, it is originally Lebanese.
Tahini – A pureed sesame seed paste that can be used as a dip or as an ingredient for other dishes. (This is also of Lebanese origin).
Tirokafteri – A spicy, hot cheese dip.
Kalamata Olives – The deep purple olives from the Kalamata region of Greece.
Kebob/Kebab – Skewered meat which can be pork, lamb or chicken.
Moussaka – A layered dish of eggplant, lamb, and tomatoes.
Sheftalia – A grilled Cypriot sausage made of pork, lamb, onions, parsley, salt and pepper wrapped in a membrane of a lamb or a pigs stomach.
Souvlaki – Literally, little skewers of meat. It is can be served either as a sandwich in a pita or on the skewers. In Cyprus, the souvlaki is usually pork, but could be also be chicken or lamb.
Stifado – A beef stew with onions, tomatoes, and herbs.
Tzatziki – A dip made from Greek yoghurt, cucumbers, and either dill or peppermint.
Yemista – all kinds of stuffed vegetables such as: peppers, tomatoes, onions, courgettes, aubergines or stuffed courgette petals.
Koupepia – The famous stuffed grape leaves. They can be made with meat served warm or as vegetarian dish that may be served cold.
Popular Drinks of Cyprus
Zivania, a potent clear distilled Cypriot drink with high alcohol content of 45% made from grapes.
Commandaria – The traditional sweet dessert wine of Cyprus.
Ouzo – An anise flavoured (liquorice) alcohol that is made in Cyprus and Greece. It is usually mixed with water (50/50) which creates a cloudy appearance.
KEO – A Cypriot beer. The company that makes KEO beer also sells KEO water and KEO juices.
Frappe – An iced coffee drink. It is either glucose (sweet), metros (medium sweet) or sketos (no sugar). It is also ordered with milk (me gala) or without.
Desserts and Breads of Cyprus
Souzouko – a favourite at Cyprus festivals and fairs, it is made by dipping strings of nuts in heated grape juice until it solidifies.
Glyko – preserves of almond, date, apricot, cherry, quince or grapes, always served with a glass of cold water
Kourabiedes – small almond cakes coated in icing sugar.
Melomakarona – honey cakes.
Finikia – walnut cakes.
Loukoumi – or Turkish delight
Loukoumades – very sweet, small, Cyprus style doughnuts with honey
Kataifi, Baklava and Galaktompoureko: Very rich and sweet cakes made with honey
Vasilopita – Traditional New Year’s cake with one gold coin in it. The person that gets the slice with the coin is said to have good luck all year long.
Fresh Fruit – fruit is often served as a dessert. Local fruits are watermelon, oranges, strawberries, grapefruit, tangerines, melons, apples, pears, prickly pears, cherries, apricots, figs, pomegranates, bananas, plums, grapes and dates. These are generally served fresh, in season and possibly straight off of the restaurants owners own trees! Can’t get any better!