One day in the early 1990s, I was eating lunch at Hondros Restaurant, near the harbour of Kato Paphos when I was approached by an elderly man, who introduced himself as a long-time ex-pat resident of Paphos. He told me he had a collection of photographic slides (remember the days before digital?) showing the Paphos Harbour during the mid-1970s – 1980s, when the very first modern hotel was being constructed. (He was referring, of course, to the Paphos Beach Hotel, now called the Almyra.) He said he also had slides of other locations in/around Kato Paphos from the same period. He asked me if I would be interested to make copies of them, which I surely was and readily did.
As historical documents these photographs are both interesting and important, because they show us how much Kato Paphos has changed, for better or worse, during all those years of development as a major tourist resort. Thanks to the kind efforts of Ingela Brylde, who painstakingly scanned large numbers of slides in my collection, we now have many of these early photographs of Kato Paphos in digital form. I share a collection of them here: