Like Ayia Napa, Paralimni enjoys an excellent tourist infrastructure and has proven a very popular holiday destination recently.
Paralimni is now the largest town in the free Famagusta (Ammochostos) district, situated in the southeast of Cyprus. The modern city of Paralimni bears little resemblance to the insignificant sleepy village of the early 1970s. Paralimni's metamorphosis happened in 1974 when the town of Famagusta's Greek-Cypriot population fled south after the Turk’s invasion.
The word Paralimni means "settlement by the lake" as it was built on the shores of a shallow lake, which used to fill with water only in the wintertime.
However, in the beginning of the 20th century, the whole of the lake bed was reclaimed for agricultural purposes as a result of reclamation work.
Now sitting motionless and derelict, one can still find some of the old wind mills and waterways which were used to irrigate the surrounding area in the not-too-distant past.