Reviving Platres, the former jewel of the mountains
President Nicos Anastasiades is anxious to develop the mountain resorts which were the pioneers of tourism in Cyprus. He is the first president to show a positive interest in the mountain resorts.
He has appointed Yiannakis Papadouris – who was successful in developing agrotourism in Kalopanayiotis – to submit proposals but Papadouris is said to have stated that he will not prepare and submit a proposal for the development of Platres.
Platres saw very successful days in luxury hotel development and tourist arrivals from overseas until the Second World War. The tourists came mainly from amongst the Greek settlers in Egypt and Sudan until Colonel Nasser ejected the Greek community from Egypt and the political situation in Sudan made the Greek community leave the country.