At the southern limits of the old Turkish neighbourhood, large natural caves open up in the vertical rocks, surrounding the quarter.

They constitute unique natural attractions of the city, while at the same time being connected to a tragic period of the modern history of Paphos.

Here, according to oral testimonies, during the bloody, intercommunal 1963-64 conflict, Turkish Cypriots hid women and children to protect them from armed clashes.

Aiming to forge a ‘place of reconciliation’, the municipality has turned the area facing the caves into a peaceful, idyllic spot, ideal for recreation, walking, strolling and socialising.

This action was realised as part of the Mouttalos Remodelling-Highlighting Spaces project, co-funded by the Pafos Municipality and the EU Regional Development Fund.

Along the rock, a stunning pedestrian path has been created that unfolds in parallel to a strip of green. The latter includes throughout its length flowerbeds with trees and lawns, green walls that cover building facades or degraded areas, as well as community crops for citizens.

The modern, distinctive design pedestrian walkway comes with infopoints , rest areas with benches, gazebos for shade and wooden platforms for walks and events.

The simple, but modern construction materials, combined with the rich natural elements, compose an attractive and functional space, in harmony with its surroundings and the urban fabric.


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