Cyprus property, Cyprus Itself
Cyprus itself became a member
of the European Union on the 1st May 2004. It has a lot to offer
both the foreign resident and the holidaymaker. If you come
to this island to make it your second home, knowing what to expect
can help you to adjust and make the most of your new environment.
Being fully aware of some matters that can affect your daily life,
you can avoid unpleasant surprises and ensure that life in your
new home in Cyprus will be a truly sunny experience.
Cyprus is the third largest Mediterranean island after Sicily
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It has a population of circa 750,000 with an area of 9.251 sq.
km. The history of the island dates back to the Neolithic
Age. Historical and Archaeologically valuable sites are
only a few kilometres away from modern cities. Cyprus is
a fascinating mosaic of time combining the old with the new.The
islands landscape, with sandy beaches and rugged coves which border
the central plain that rises up to the pine covered mountains
with several attractive ski slopes in the winter.
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Larnaca and the South East
Larnaca is fast becoming a very popular are to live and work or even
retire. The area is flat and excellent for walking whereas Paphos
is very hilly. Larnaca boasts a beautiful sea front marina and harbour
and is home to Larnaca International Airport which is the main airport
in Cyprus. It is perhaps less popular with tourists but does appeal
to expatriates seeking a better lifestyle. The sea front promenade
has recently be improved and is now a very pleasant area lined with
cafes and tavern's. There are a number of museums, theatres and cinemas
and it is a very popular destination for water sports enthusiasts.
As a result of its relative lack of tourists, renting or buying in
Larnaca can be cheaper than other coastal resorts which could be a
deciding factor when thinking about moving to this very welcoming
town and its friendly people. The prices are rising though as more
people look away from Paphos and its high property prices. There has
been a noticeable increase in prices since 2004.
This is the only divided capital left in Europe and is separated
by the "Green Line" which is the United Nations buffer zone separating
Greek and Turkish area's of Cyprus. There is only one crossing point
near the Ledra Palace Hotel with a no-mans land on the other side.
The old city stands within Venetian walls which date back more than
400 years, with many of the streets having been pedestrianised.
Housed within these walls are a number of shops as well as the Cyprus
Museum, St John's Cathedral and some Byzantine churches. Beyond
the walls is the new city, which is home to more shops, modern hotels
and offices, schools and suburban districts. Nicosia is a cultural
city and is host to a cultural centre, an arts centre, and a number
of theatres and cinemas. An expatriate living here would rarely
be short of things to do.
Limassol and the South West
Limassol is the second largest town in Cyprus and is the main
industrial port for the island, with a constant stream of ships
on the horizon. It is a very popular tourist destination having
only recently been usurped by Ayia Napa as the most popular resort
in Cyprus. The town is full of tavern's and cafes and has a popular
shopping area in the old town near the castle known as St Andrew's
Street. The main strip along the sea front stretches from the old
port for over 15 klms along to Amathus and the large hotel complexes.
Behind the lines of hotels lien apartments and schools with the
main housing area's being located further back again. Limassol has
many amenities such as gardens, theatres, cinemas and a thriving
night life. There are nearby historical attractions such as Kolossi
Castle and the ancient Roman site of Kourion. Limassol is very much
a working town which means there is something happening all year
Paphos and the West
Paphos is a town divided into two main area's. Kato Paphos and
Paphos. Both are part of a thriving, year round resort that combines
the old and the new through its rich historical sites and modern
hotels, bars and night-clubs. There a a number of excavated Roman
villas which ensure a large number of tourists visiting the town
throughout the year. Kato Paphos is the lower part and runs along
the harbour and is home to many tourist attractions including bars,
taverns and night spots, not forgetting the shops. Paphos itself
is home to the more commercial side of the town with shops and offices.
There is a large number of new housing developments in and around
Paphos to cater for its growing popularity with expatriates. The
airport is close to Paphos and is undergoing many improvements.
Further west are the towns of Polis and Latchi. Smaller quieter
resorts which are becoming more developed but still retain much
of the original character.
The spectacular scenery is a particular enticement to those
who choose to make the mountains their home. There is a great deal
of peace and quiet to be found at 1400 metres above sea level and
many Cypriots have weekend homes in the mountainous villages where
they go and relax in their spare time. There are many tourist excursions
which run in the Troodos mountains to area's such as Omodos which
is a restored conservation village and the Kykkos monastery, but
it is not a tourist resort for those seeking sun and sea. Skiing
is popular in the winter. For those expatriates wishing to live
the simple life and experience the real Cypriot ways, living in
a village such as Prodomos or Platres could be ideal. There is obviously
less in the way of amenities and a car is essential. Many villages
are only a short drive from urban area's that provide more in the
way of entertainment. Most villages will always have a tavern or
Latest news on the application to the European
The Republic of Cyprus became a member of the European Union on
There will be many changes afoot with the laws and regulations now
in Cyprus to comply with European Union legislation.
Talks are ongoing to find a solution to the Cyprus problem which
the Greeks rejected in the referendum on the 24th April 2004 based
on the Annan plan at that time.