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

old_paphos_2018_01

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

old_paphos_2018_02

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

old_paphos_2018_03

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

old_paphos_2018_04

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

old_paphos_2018_05

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.

Page 1 of 8

Related Blogs:

Old Town Cementography

You could be forgiven for not knowing anything about Cementography. It is a modern, Cypriot art form, that was celebrated in the dying days of Paphos 2017 by the placement of eight murals in and around Paphos Old Town. You may well have seen some of them on your travels, and some have featured in previous blogs. However, the murals actually depict different stages in a Cypriot fairy tale, so we thought it about time we presented the murals in order, with the accompanying story attached...

Pumpkin House

Paphos Old Town has been transformed over the past couple of years, in a good way, I feel. A walk through its streets will reveal a multitude of delights from beautifully decorated traditional coffee shops to quirky fashion boutiques. You will also find trendy eateries and theatres, not to mention an abundance of art and craft shop offering hand-crafted creations. Today we will be looking at one of these; a very special place, slightly off the beaten track, but well worth taking a diversion to...

The Girl and the Sparrow

A new sculpture has come to Old Paphos. Courtesy of Cypriot artist, Yiota Ioannidou, the piece shows a young girl, sat by an olive tree, with a sparrow in her hands. It is a thing of beauty, I am sure you will agree...

Take a Virtual Tour of The Old Town of Paphos

It has been several months in the making but we are pleased to announce that our new site on the Old Town of Paphos is now up and running! Now you can enjoy a virtual tour of over 200 panoramic images, and get lost in the winding streets as you take a virtual stroll. All that is missing is the aroma of souvlaki!

A Last Look At The Old Old Paphos

Old Paphos is undergoing a transformation. Not only that, but in a few days time, Paphos 2017 will officially get underway. So we thought we would take a last stroll and a few snaps of the area before the transformation is complete.

Old Paphos Revisited

Six months ago we posted a blog optimistically titled "A Last Look at Old Old Paphos". It proved very popular. In fact, with nearly 3000 views, it is our most popular blog to date. Six months down the line, the renovations are still not yet complete. So we thought we would take another look, to see how the work was progressing.

New Old Paphos

It's been a few months since we last reported on the progress of the Old Paphos Regeneration Scheme.I had to visit the main Cyta Shop recently, and as I had time to kill I decided to take my camera for a stroll, to see how things were progressing. Autumn was in the air and the skies were fairly grey. There was even some rain at some point. However, the pictures will still hopefully show what a wonderful place Old Town Paphos is becoming.

Kennedy Square - Looking Good

Yesterday I popped down to the Old Town to see how it looked after the opening ceremony. I had noticed in the pictures from our guest blogger that Kennedy Square had had some new additions, and I wanted to see if they were a new permanent fixture. I was pleasantly surprised with what I found.

Peace 2 Peace Exhibit Again

You may remember back in Spring we blogged about the The Patchwork Tree in Ivis Maliotou Park. That was assembled by Peace2Peace. Well, they will soon be doing another installation at Ibrahim's Kahn, in Old Paphos. But prior to that, we caught up with another of their exhibits, at St. Sophia Mosque. We also took the opportunity for another stroll around the area, to have a look at the brand new Markideio Theatre...

The Patchwork Tree in Ivis Maliotou Park

I noticed this tree when I was out logging shops for the Paphos Life Directory. I was intrigued by it so thought I would take a closer look.

Old Town Christmas Lights

Christmas is here again, and on Friday the lights were officially switched on. We thought we would avoid the crowds, so waited until saturday before we had a wander around. This is what we saw...

Paphos Murals

If you take a wander around the streets of Paphos, both old and new, you will occasionally stumble upon some random art installations.The patchwork tree is one such example, but there are other exhibits too numerous to mention here. Today, we are going to have a look at a subset of these works, and examine some of the murals you will find. Most of them are situated in a small area to the west of Kennedy Square. However, there are a few others scattered around, so it pays to explore...

More Paphos Murals

Over the weekend I was out with my camera, seeing how work on Old Paphos has progressed in the last six months. That is the subject of another blog (watch this space). However, while I was taking photos I found some more murals which I think warrant their own article...

Even More Murals

Each time we take our camera around the new old Paphos, we seem to discover another set of murals. Last week was no different. I had to visit the main Cyta Office and as I had some time to kill I took the camera for a wander. I will publish most of the shots in the next blog, but this is a small article to show the murals we had previously missed.

Latest Blog Articles

Limni Crystal Hunting

We've long been fans of hunting for exotic crystals in the countryside of Cyprus. Half the fun of it is finding an interesting geological location. But it can also be a lot of hard work. So we thought we would show you it is possible to find some nice crystals with nothing more than a little hammer. They won't win any awards, but they are easy to find, and make a change from looking for shells on the beach...

Pafos Zoo

Paphos region is full of beautiful countryside, interesting villages and historical sites but earlier this week we decided to take our daughter to visit Pafos Zoo.

Mousere

If you are driving to Troodos on the Kouklia - Dora road, you will pass through Mousere just after Archimandrita. It isn't a very big place, but it is worth a look around, as there are some nice views coupled with some interesting ruins. Plus, the locals are very welcoming...

Polis Beach

Polis Beach took a bit of a battering over the winter months. An unexpected river came for a visit, and left it in a bit of a state. We were curious to see if it was once again beach fit...

Latest News Articles

Hot weather set to return next week

While temperatures have been lower than normal this week, it is time to enjoy the last of the relief as they are set to increase over the weekend with a long spell of very hot weather expected next week.

Weather portal Kitas Weather said that temperatures inland are expected to reach 38C on Saturday, 39C on Sunday and Monday and 40C from Tuesday to Sunday.

Attempt to obstruct turtle protection programme on Polis beach (video)

There were astonishing scenes on a Polis Chrysochous  beach yesterday when the community leader and residents of Argakas attempted to prevent a team from the turtle protection programme from doing their work, Phileleftheros reports.

Two and a half years for man who killed Briton in hit-and-run

The Paphos Criminal Court on Thursday sentenced 35-year-old Demetris Ilidzides to two and a half years in prison for causing the death of father-of-two Robert James (Charlie) Birch, 39, through reckless driving last year in Peyia.

Large Hellenistic complex found in Yeroskipou

By Stefanos Marangos

A large complex from a temple of the Hellenistic period was discovered in Yeroskipou during excavations conducted by the Department of Antiquities, it was revealed on Thursday.

The Director of the Department of Antiquities said the excavations took place under the building programme submitted by the Church of Cyprus, according to daily Politis.