Paphos Old Town in 2018

Published 3rd of May, 2018

Last year we chronicled the redevelopment of Paphos Old Town over a number of blogs. Now that the glitz and glamour of Pafos2017 has finished, and the camera crews have departed, how have the final stages of the redevelopment progressed? Let's find out...

Kennedy Square

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I decided to write this blog now because somebody asked on our Facebook Chat Group whether Old Town was suitable for wheelchairs. What better way to find out than to take my camera for a walk through the shiny new streets?

First, let's set some landmarks. It is useful to have a few, because the Old Town is a maze of twisting streets and it is easy to lose yourself in it's charms. Kennedy Square is our first landmark. There are many eateries and coffee shops here plus parking on the other side of the busy main road.

Markideio Theatre

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North of Kennedy Square, and to the west of the main road, you will find Markideio Theatre. We covered this in the blogs you will find at the foot of the page.

Car Park and Loos

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West and slightly north of the theatre is the Pervola car park. This is your best bet for a public loo, from what I could see. I mention this because the question of disabled toilets was also asked. There were no disabled facilities here, from what I could make out, but there was quite a lot of space. As to their condition, they were not horrendous. If anybody has more - current - information on the disabled loo front, please let us know.

Moutallos Mosque

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This is a very useful landmark. You will not mistake that minaret.

If you explore Old Town and don't go beyond these landmarks, you shouldn't get too lost for long.

Now that we have established some boundaries, let's talk about wheelchair access. There is good news on that front. I saw lots of ramps and wide pavements on my travels.

Wheelchair-Friendly Curbs

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Not only that, but if you do have to pull a wheelchair up a curb, a chunk of the curb's edge has been shaved off to make this easy. Every little helps.

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