Paphos simply shined as the Cultural Capital of the EU 2017 and the whole year event in Paphos has been a phenomenal draw card for the tourism sector. Tourist arrivals reached a record of 3,652,073 arrivals clocking a 15% rise on the year before. Even the month of December 2017 has attracted very close to a 100 thousand visitors , (98,924 arrivals in fact) , an increase of 13%!
British High Commissioner Matthew Kidd visited Paphos on Tuesday to answer questions causing concern to British residents over Brexit.
Paphos is home to the largest number of Britons on the island and the first of the meetings took place for Peyia residents, followed by a second larger one to a packed audience at the Phoenix Social club in Paphos. Similar events are also taking place in other towns.
Over the next few weeks, marathons, half-marathons and fun runs abound; but there are two which stand out. The first takes place this coming weekend: a 20-year-old race that takes in some of the most sensational scenery in the country. While registration has now closed (phew!) organisers have faithfully promised the thousand-plus participants that there will be cheering spectators en route.
Starting from Aphrodite’s Rock at the crack of dawn (7.30am), the race passes along the Kouklia coastline for the first six or so kilometres before heading inland to skirt Mandria.
The main event of the coming month is, of course, the Marathon, which will take place on March 4 and start from the Paphos Castle.
Daryl Fitzgerald is happy to sponsor our local singing and DJ celebrity Simone Swift who will be running in the 5km Marathon with her team of 10 people to raise money for St.Michael’s Hospice Charity.
This attractive two level villa is perfectly positioned in a quiet cul-de-sac at the gateway to Akamas National Park with the sea a mere 350m away. Three generous bedrooms, flowing living areas, colourful garden and impressive outdoor entertainment areas are set to impress.
Be spoilt by a crisp cool interior with its sophisticated fusion of natural elements, light and space. Echoing the exclusive Mediterranean lifestyle the wonderfully appointed central living room flows onto the private patio with grand views to the sea. The immaculate, private pool terrace offers a cooling space to relax, on those warm summer days.
Despite the current torrential rain and chilly evenings, people are still arriving on the island to seek out their dream properties. In particular more people are moving over as permanent residents rather than just purchasing a holiday home.
It is also interesting to see where our clients are arriving from. Despite the Euro to British Pound rate of exchange, the British are buying properties very enthusiastically, both for holidays and permanent living. Also their close neighbour, Southern Ireland, has found Cyprus to be a favourite holiday destination as well as place to live. The added bonus for the Irish is that they are already in the Eurozone, so no currency issues to deal with.