Paphos is a town on the southwest coast of Cyprus, reknowned in Greek mythology as birthplace of Aphrodite, goddess of love. Paphos has been inhabited since the Neolithic period and in antiquity was the island's capital.
The original town of Old Paphos, today the site of Kouklia, lay at some distance from the sea. New Paphos, was founded on the coast, with access to a good natural harbour.
The town declined throughout the British colonial period and Paphos remained an underdeveloped and underpopulated region of the island until 1974. After this date there was rapid economic development, especially in tourism.
Then came government investment in irrigation and transport infrastructure, including the building of Paphos International Airport. Private investment focussed on hotel and holiday home construction and the entertainment infrastructure.
Today Paphos, with a population of about 50,000 is a charming, busy fishing harbour and a popular tourist resort.
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