Find Your Story in Cyprus
Living in Cyprus offers a lifestyle beyond compare – the sunny climate doesn’t only offer the opportunity of greater time spent outdoors, it also grants a happier and more positive mindset. Teamed with the slower pace of Mediterranean life and the healthy Cypriot cuisine, it’s not only a happy lifestyle that you can benefit from, but a healthy one too.
Life in Cyprus
Life in Cyprus is not just about lifestyle. The island is one of exploration and discovery, steeped in history and diversity. After all, where else could you go skiing in the mountains and still enjoy beach life, on the same day?! From the sleepy traditional villages in the mountains to the fast-paced growth of development and technology in the cities, Cyprus is not somewhere you can take for granted, nor grow bored of.
Cyprus’ coastline is packed with stunning beaches, in all shapes and sizes. From white sand beaches to jagged coastlines, secluded beaches to fun-filled tourist beaches, there really is something for everyone’s taste. The island boasts over 60 Blue Flag beaches (the most per coastline length in the world!) and is consistently crowned ‘Cleanest Bathing Waters in Europe,’ with a consistent 100% score, year after year. Sunbathing, snorkelling, sea swimming, paddleboarding, watersports, scuba diving and boat trips are all part of regular life in Cyprus.
Whether exploring the coastline or driving into the mountains, there’s plenty of sightseeing to be done in Cyprus. Find the Venetian bridges within the Paphos forests, visit the Akamas peninsula and walk the Avakas Gorge, take a photo of the ‘love bridge’ on Cape Greko, follow the wine routes and discover your favourite local bottle, or marvel at the sapphire of the Mediterranean on a trip to the sea caves.
As well as its beauty, Cyprus is inevitably rich in history, having been conquered by many civilisations over the years. Historical and archeological sites are thus plentiful including the mosaics in Nea Paphos, Tombs of the Kings and Kourion Amphitheatre to name a few. Aphrodite’s Rock, the famous birthplace of the Greek Goddess of Love, should not be missed at sunset.
Buying Property in Cyprus
It is rarely an easy decision to make when deciding if you would like to, or should, sell your property. There are many potential situations
The Mediterranean diet is not only delicious, but also one of the healthiest. Famous for preparing dishes with locally produced olive oil and making the most of fresh fruit and vegetables grown on the island, taste is never disappointing in the local cuisine. Fresh fish, fetta, halloumi, figs, watermelon and slow cooked meat dishes are a highlight. Food is at the heart of Cypriot life and is made to be shared in good company and in happiness, which really shines through in the food itself, especially in mezes!
Cyprus is rapidly becoming a sporting destination. Its location, climate, warm Mediterranean waters, and the facilities on the island play host to a range of sports and more increasingly, international events (2020 saw two European tour competitions hosted at Aphrodite Hills’ PGA National golf course). Popular sports in Cyprus include: golf, cycling, tennis, scuba diving, running, kite surfing and watersports.
Off the beaten track, rural Cyprus is another highlight of the island’s offerings. Traditional villages set in the mountainsides are truly picturesque and ‘agrotourism’ is being celebrated by the Cyprus Tourist Organisation, making rural Cyprus more accessible than ever to both visitors and residents. Some of the most remarkable aspects of rural Cyprus include Cedar Valley, Kykkos Monastery, hiking in remote forests, wine routes and wineries, Troodos, Omodos and Kakopetria villages.
Let’s not forget local crafts – pop to the beautiful village of Lefkara to watch craftswomen make their famous lace on street corners and explore Limassol’s famous ‘Krassochoria’ (wine villages) to taste the oldest wine in history; Commandaria. Traditional rural life in Cyprus is still very much alive and is a treasure to uncover.
Most frequent questions and answers
Being a member of the EU contributes to how reputable the public healthcare is in Cyprus. There are also a large number of private hospitals and health care facilities on the island, including specialist units such as the American Heart Institute in Nicosia – the first private specialised cardiovascular unit.
Greek is the national language in Cyprus, but the vast majority of Cypriots speak very well in English, and most signage is also translated into English. Russian language is also well catered to due to growing Russian business and investment on the island.
It has the lowest corporate tax in Europe of 12.5% and has an agreement with over 40 countries to avoid double taxation. The island’s location nestled between three continents also makes it a busy shipping and air hub and it has continued to grow its reputation as a stable and growing international business centre.
Above all, Cyprus is a welcoming country. Hospitality is at the heart of the Cypriot community and when you invest on the island, you will not just be buying a property, you will be buying a home.