Ayia Napa’s quaint fishing harbour is to have its own little mermaid as part of a makeover to ‘restore its identity’, Mayor Yiannis Karousos said on Tuesday.
Karousos told the Cyprus News Agency that in recent years the harbour had become a place to avoid rather than to visit. The makeover is part of the EU programme for the reconstruction of fishing shelters and will have a budget of €380,000.
The first change will be the erection of a Fisherman’s Monument, which will be dedicated to the traditional fishermen of Ayia Napa, and the second will be a ‘little mermaid’. There will also be a number of sundials and a large anchor over three metres in height, the mayor said.
Karousos also said traditional boats would be bought for landscaping purposes and the harbour would be illuminated at night while two jetties would be created to improve the appearance of shops in the area, which will be brought under a single roof.
“The owners of the premises have agreed to drop illegal constructions,” said Karousos.
Bids for the shops’ project are expected within days, and construction will begin in November, the mayor said.
He said he had consulted with the fisheries department to ensure that large yachts visiting the harbour would no longer be intermingled with the traditional fishing boats.
“We have asked that the yachts dock on the southern breakwater so that the northern breakwater will only have boats that have a traditional character,” he said.
“The department of fisheries is also proceeding with plans, as promised, for an artificial reef in the area of Pernera,” added Karousos.