Free guided walking tours will get underway in Paphos from this week, organised by the Paphos regional board of tourism.

The aim is part of a wider plan to enrich the tourist experience of visitors during off-peak months and the ‘meet the locals’ walk is carried out by a licensed tour guide, according to the local tourism board.

“Participants get to explore the area around the heart of the old town and the aim is to raise the profile of specific parts, as well as the less well-known neighbourhoods and highlight the projects implemented when Paphos became the cultural capital of Europe 2017,” a Paphos tourism spokesman said.

The two-and-a-half-hour walk will take place in March and April 2020 and get underway every Thursday at 9.30am. Participants will meet at the Agora (market) bus stop. It concludes at the tourist information office on Makarios Avenue.

The walk will take in the fruit market and then pass by Ayia Sofia / mosque and then onto Ibrahim’s Khan and the Markideio theatre, the old electricity power plant of ‘palia ilektriki’, Attikon cultural centre and onto Kennedy square.

There will also be an opportunity to explore the renovated square of Paphos town hall, the memorial column of 28th of October 1940,the public library and other neoclassical buildings.

Participants will then stroll on to Moussalas, Agios Theodoros Metropolitan Church and the Ethnographical museum. The tour will then take in the pedestriansed shopping area and finish up at the local tourist office.