SOC - The Fishermen of Paphos

For an island, Cyprus has never been known as a fishing nation. Perhaps this is to do with its sporadic rivers – now they are there, now they are gone - while the... Show more

For an island, Cyprus has never been known as a fishing nation. Perhaps this is to do with its sporadic rivers – now they are there, now they are gone - while the deficiency of nutrients in its sea waters limits the scale of sea fishing. Yet fishing is a popular sport in Cyprus, in its many reservoirs or along the harbours and marinas of its towns and villages. One such place is Paphos harbour where men of all ages stretch along its quayside and rocky coastline, under the shadow of its castle. Unlike the ritual it guards over, the castle reflects the fickle and fluid nature of the island’s history - built by the Byzantines; rebuilt by the Lusignans after the earthquake of 1222; dismantled by the Venetians in 1570; later restored and strengthened by the Ottomans, before serving as a fortress and prison during the British occupation. Today, the fishermen seem oblivious of this UNESCO world heritage site. However, together they give a glimpse into the Spirit of Cyprus. Show less