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Paphos is a port town in southwestern Cyprus Island (Greece) with population around 33,000 and served by the international Paphos Airport (located approx 7 km / 4 ml southeast of the town). Paphos is on the Mediterranean coast, and approx 50 km (31 ml) west of Limassol (Cyprus Island's largest seaport) connected via A6 highway.
In terms of international trade, Port Paphos is not important as most shipping operations are via Limassol. Paphos Marina has historical and cultural importance and is largely used for fishing. The harbor has a small marina (providing mooring for yachts and pleasure boats) and a fisherman shelter (with capacity 300 boats).
Local economy is largely based on tourism. Nearby are located 4 premium resorts (Aphrodite Hills, Coral Bay, Kato Paphos, Latchi), of which Kato Paphos is the largest (employing over half of city's population). Another major industry is farming - especially grape, banana, tobacco, with vast water distribution network irrigating around 5000 hectares (50 km2).
Paphos has Cyprus Island's second biggest airport (after Larnaca). Paphos Airport (civil-military, opened in 2012) is located approx 7 km (4 ml) southeast of the town. The airport is mainly used by foreign and Greek tourists vacationing in western Cyprus. A dedicated 4-lane road links the airport with the town to avoid congestions on roads B6 and E603 during peak-summer season. The airport has as facilities 7 gates, 22 aircraft stands, bars, restaurants, cafes, bank, duty-free shop, gift shop, tourist info desk, car rentals, refrigerated storage facilities. Almost all international flights are seasonal, linking to large airports in the UK, Ireland, Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland, Poland, Russia, Germany, Holland, Finland, Estonia, Israel, Egypt.
Near Old Paphos (Palaepaphos) is the birthplace of Aphrodite - Greek goddess of beauty and love. Old Paphos was the most important place for Aphrodite worship in the ancient world. The New Paphos was nominated "2017 European Capital of Culture" - along with Aarhus Denmark. Paphos was once Cyprus' only traffic-free city. However, things changed after urbanization and the rise of population in less than 10 years. The problem is mainly in downtown, where the tight roads can't serve the hugely increased traffic.
Paphos cruise terminal
As cruise port, Paphos is visited mainly by smaller-sized luxury ships and megayachts. Larger cruise liners anchor at sea and transport their passengers to Paphos Harbour via their tender boats. Cargo vessels and passenger (ferry and cruise) ships usually dock at Port Limassol (approx 60 km / 37 ml away).
A new (large) marina is planned to be built approx 10 km (6 ml) north of Paphos - next to Coral Bay. The new yacht marina is with planned max capacity 1000 slots.
Port Paphos cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Paphos, Cyprus. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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A cruise passenger with serious health problems has been airlifted by Cyprus rescue services and transported to Paphos hospital early Monday, July 22...July 22, 2019
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The building of a pier for the docking of cruise ships is due to be incorporated into a study to be conducted for Port Paphos' marina. The proposal...July 10, 2019
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