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Paphos European Capital of Culture 2017

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Why Pafos in 2017? Capital of Culture 2017

Paphos European Capital of Culture 2017
Paphos, situated on the southwestern coast of the island of Cyprus, the only divided country in Europe is a natural gateway and timeless bridge between three continents, Europe, Asia and Africa.
Today, this city with its long history of 2,300 years, aspires to become the first European Capital of Culture in the southeastern extremity of Europe. The big challenge is to compose through the contradictions and become a living example of the contribution in shaping the modern European multicultural identity. The tragic experiences of the continuing division of Cyprus, the mosaic of people from different nationalities and cultures representing the society of a small town of 50,000 inhabitants, the island's distance from the heart of Europe, strongly influenced the city suffered from foreign invaders, the diverse influences accepts that tourism development in recent decades and the search for a balance between the development and preservation of cultural and environmental physiognomy, determine the parameters of the project we want to undertake.

Pafos and the wider district area throughout the years have had a significant role in shaping European culture and civilization. In these area ideas and principals were fertilized and contributed in the enrichment of European culture. Ideas and principals such as love and beauty are recognized elements of the common European cultural heritage. To this direction, monuments, texts, ideas, articrafts, and the vast amount of myths and traditions have had a significant contribution. A universal recognition of this contribution is the declaration of the new Pafos area (the ancient city of Pafos) as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1981.

Pafos’s relationship with European culture is not limited in the past. Over the last 25 years or so, the area of Pafos, spearheaded by the city of Pafos, has developed a wide network of contacts and relationships with local and regional authorities, organizations and individuals in the area of Europe. Examples include the twinning of Pafos with six towns to Greece, also the twining of Pafos with Anzio in Italy, Sofia, in Bulgaria and Sefton of Great Britain, and organizations like Europa Nostra and Les Rencontres. The effect of such a relationship in European cultural activities and events cover a wide range such as arts, cultural heritage, environment, sports, youth, etc. Notable examples in the field of culture, are the internationally recognized annual opera event "Pafos Aphrodite Festival" and also the annual "International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama."

These relationships, contacts and experiences are a good basis for developing a multi-layered network of relations and exchanges between Pafos and other cities, artistic and spiritual bodies (academic), non-governmental organizations active in the broader field of culture , institutions (museums, research centers, libraries, galleries), Media etc. Through the Institution of the European Capital of Culture our ambition is to transform Pafos to a factory of European culture. Using the essential characteristics of modern European cultural creativity and prominent elements of local cultural tradition, we aim to produce an authentic cultural product, capable of enriching and enhancing European cultural identity for a long time. Understandably, such a project will promote and highlight the cultural diversity of modern Europe, while highlighting the common aspects of the Culture of Europe.

Our vision for 2017, the South East Mediterranean, which for centuries has been marked with instability, conflicts and hot debates, will form a place of cultural synergy, multicultural creation and peaceful coexistence.

Paphos Paphos
Travel guide to Paphos, featuring information on attractions, rentals, restaurants, nightlife, travel tips
Akamas National Park
Akamas peninsula is the Jewel of Cyprus.

Chloraka is a town in the Paphos District of Cyprus, located 3 km north of Paphos.

Geroskipou (Yeroskipou) is the second largest municipality in the Paphos District

Kato Paphos
Kato Paphos is the main tourist area in Paphos.

Kissonerga, a village with a long and rich history, is a treasure trove of archaeological finds

The village is built in the area where "Palaipafos" (Old Pafos) was and is the mythical birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty

Panagia Village
The community of Panagia is an original destination of alternative tourism (ecotourism, rural tourism)

Paphos Countryside
Paphos Countryside - Discover the most beautiful landscapes to visit when you are in Cyprus

Paphos town
Paphos town a lot to offer to every visitor, it combines old with new

Paphos Villages (A-M)
Paphos Villages are the most intresting places to visit on your holidays to Cyprus

Paphos Villages (N-Z)
Paphos Villages in alphabetical order N to Z

At Peyia we find large number of cafes and restaurants along the main road of Coral Bay

Polis Chrysochous
Polis Chrysochous is a popular tourism destination in Paphos

Tala enjoys a splendid view towards the sea, built at an average altitude of 280 meters

Timi Village
Timi Village is surrounded by beautiful countryside.

Over the hills and far away Tsada is there to impress you.

Burger Stories
At Burger stories you can make your own Burger

Cyprus Nature Trails
The best way to discover Cyprus is to walk at different nature trails around the island

Aphrodite Trail
Aphrodite Trail is a round trailthat takes the breath away

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