Paphos District, Cyprus
Paphos District occupies an area of 1,393 sq.km. It covers the entire west coast of the island of Cyprus and has a population of 88,266 people as of 2011. More than ⅓ of them are non-Cypriots and were born outside the country. For this reason Paphos District is the area with the highest share of foreigners as a percentage of the total population. The official language is Greek, but English is widely spoken by the local residents.
Most of the territory of Paphos District has a predominantly hilly terrain. However, the Northeast is occupied by the high Troodos Mountains.
The low-lying areas are covered with Mediterranean evergreen vegetation, and the mountain slopes are dominated by evergreen conifers species.
To the northwest is the big Akamas peninsula, which was declared a national park.
Paphos District falls in the subtropical climate zone. Through most of the year, the weather in the low-lying parts is very hot.
The mountain climate is quite cool and fresh, and the winter season brings a lot of snow, which forms a thick snow cover into the high-lying forests.
Other less known but beautiful settlements are Peiya, Polis Chrysochous, Geroskipou, Kuklia and others. The area is one of the richest in cultural heritage in the world.