The Ayia Napa Municipality is planning to construct two new piers on its walkway in a bid to help swimmers access the sea without having to tiptoe through the rocky shore.
The piers will be created within plans to renovate the existing pedestrian walkway, covering sections of the rocky shore currently making it almost impossible for people to get into the sea at that point.
There have been several cases of people, mainly tourists, being injured on the rocks when trying to cross over them to reach the sea.
The Ayia Napa Municipality recently made modifications to its original plan – which aimed to better preserve the Vermetus sea snails and Cystoseira brown algae at the site – after concerns were raised over the impact the project would have on them.
These include changes to the way in which the piers will be attached to the rocks and also modifications to their lighting.
The Town Planning Department has sent a new application for the piers’ creation to the Environment Department. If and when relevant permission is given, the piers will be constructed at two points west of Ayia Napa’s harbour, towards Nissi Beach.
The renovated walkway incorporating the two new piers will be divided into pedestrian and cycling paths, with a total 5m width.
The 2.85km walkway renovate project is anticipated to cost €6.5million and will also include the creation of three playgrounds, a flower garden showcasing endemic plants, international-standard beach volley and beach football pitches, a skate park, and parking facilities.
There will also be benches, refuse bins, drinking water fountains, public showers, and toilets and changing rooms along the length of the walkway.