Since 2016, Sotira Municipality has been tweaking and polishing a detailed and far-reaching plan for the development of its beachfront at Ayia Thekla.
Stretching from Potamos Liopetri (the so-called Liopetri ‘river’) towards Macronissos Bay, this 3km coastline is a raw gem – but not for long. This month, the masterminds of the plan met with all the relevant government departments to finalize and take the first real steps to start converting the plans into reality.
It will be an attractive reality, with pedestrian and cycling paths, green areas, relaxation areas, squares, parks accessible to people with disabilities, outdoor exercise area, skateboarding track, parking, gardens, a tourist beach with facilities and a series of restaurants.
The construction of breakwaters will create a safe bathing area, with a bridge connecting the Ayia Thekla beach with the small islet close to the coast. At a later stage, a dock for sailboats and a swim-up restaurant will be the highlights of the Sotira coastline.
The timing of these plans to upgrade the coastal infrastructure is not accidental. It coincides with investors’ interest in building hotel units in the area on the one hand, and progress in the development of the neighbouring €220 million Ayia Napa Marina project on the other hand. Furthermore, the Ayia Thekla plan is seen in connection with another project, which is currently under consideration: the redevelopment of Potamos Liopetri.
Tapping into funds from national and European sources, the first phase is already under way, starting with a combined pedestrian and cycling path, which is expected to be completed by July 2018.
The Sotira Municipality is keen to accelerate progress as much as possible, knowing that completion of this makeover will elevate Sotira’s coastline at Ayia Thekla, making it another magnet along the beautiful southeastern coast.