Aradippou became a municipality in 1986. It is the second largest - in area - municipality of Cyprus, with a population of 20,000 inhabitants.
The town was named after King Aradippos, its founder. Excavations have brought to light important architectural remains, dating back to the Achaean Greek period. Aradippou was also renowned in Mediaeval Times because of a royal villa which belonged to the Lady Margaret de Lusignan, grand daughter of Amary, Prince of Tyre, and sister of Leon VI.