THE LARGE village community of Kiti is set to have its own marina in the Softades beach area, with the major project potentially offering an economic boost to both the village and Larnaca as a whole.
The proposed marina will be located on the Softades coast, which is situated between the villages of Kiti and Mazotos, and already has a designated kite surfing beach that draws in large crowds of devotees of the sport.
Under the plans, Makis Afxentiou Estate Enterprises said the marina is under study and will ‘create new high standard leisure facilities and provide greater economic benefits to the surrounding area’, with investment said to include local, Chinese and Arab stakeholders.
According to sources, the project – which will be open to the public and share many similarities with Limassol marina – will include a port, sports facilities, commercial premises, apartments, building facilities and parking spaces, with talks of a luxury hotel and possibly a casino. It constitutes an unprecedented investment in the region, spanning 500,000 square metres of land.
If the relevant permits are secured in a timely fashion, the first phases of construction are expected to start by the end of 2016, with the project’s completion forecast to take three years.
Kiti’s location makes the proposed project accessible not only for people in Larnaca, but also Nicosia and Limassol, with the potential to bring large numbers of visitors from other parts of the island, as well as tourists.
Putting Kiti on the tourism map
Located 11 km southwest of Larnaca town, Kiti is a member of the Larnaka Tourism Board and has been steadily putting itself on the tourism map through the efforts of its Community Council.
Softades beach – the area of the proposed marina – is the island’s first and only designated beach for wind and kite surfing, and offers some of the best sea and wind conditions in the whole of the Mediterranean region. The kite surfing schools/clubs located there are active in promoting the sport and regularly bring big-names from the international kite surfing community to the area for competitions, events and tuition. It is believed that the development will not affect the sport.
Other draws of the village are the main square – which was recently revamped during a three-year project – and Angeloktisi Church with its extensive public gardens.
The revamped square was given new paving, car parks, benches, covered/lighted areas, and greenery – flanked by cafes, restaurants and a Museum of Culture, whilst the church houses a very rare 6th century mosaic of the Virgin and Child between two archangels, and as such, is featured on the tentative UNSECO World Heritage Site List.
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