Is the 3rd largest Mediterranean island – covering 9,251 square kilometres, 240 km from west to east and 96 km from north to south – with a population of approximately 700,000. Being at the cross-roads of three continents – Europe, Asia and Africa – it has one of the oldest histories of the world, dating back 9000 years. Its strategic position, its wealth in forests and mineral deposits, as well as its skilled craftsmen, made it the prized possession of the powers of the day. Cultural influences came from all directions – all major regional civilizations left their mark on the island of Cyprus, contributing to the development of a very rich and diverse cultural heritage.
Communications – Cyprus is served by approximately 30 major airlines, linking it to the four corners of the world through its international airports at Larnaca and Paphos. Driving is on the left in Cyprus and distances between towns are relatively short, covered by a good network of modern roads. Cyprus telecommunications are among the best in the world – an important factor in establishing the island as an offshore business centre.
Flight Times to Cyprus
|London to Larnaca||4:30|
|Belgrade to Larnaca||2:30|
|Dublin to Larnaca||5:00|
|Copenhagen to Larnaca||4:20|
|Amsterdam to Larnaca||4:00|
|Bahrain to Larnaca||3:00|
|Rome to Larnaca||2:45|
|Luxemburg to Larnaca||3:45|
|Paris to Larnaca||4:00|
|New York to Larnaca||11:00|
|Madrid to Larnaca||4:00|
|Lisbon to Larnaca||4:45|
|Berlin to Larnaca||3:45|
|Cairo to Larnaca||1:15|
|Athens to Larnaca||1:40|
|Helsinki to Larnaca||3:30|
|Vienna to Larnaca||3:00|
|Zurich to Larnaca||3:30|
|Moscow to Larnaca||4:30|
|Stockholm to Larnaca||4:00|
Excellent weather with more than 340 days of sunshine
|Nicosia||7-16 C / 44-61 F||24-39 C / 76-102 F|
|Limassol||9-18 C / 48-67 F||23-34 C / 73-93 F|
|Larnaca||7-17 C / 45-62 F||23-33 C / 73-92 F|
|Famagusta||7-17 C / 45-62 F||21-30 C / 72-90 F|
|Paphos||8-17 C / 46-62 F||21-29 C / 69-86 F|
|Mountains||1-7 C / 34-44 F||20-29 C / 67-84 F|
GOVERNMENT – Cyprus is an independent sovereign republic with a presidential system of government. Its fully democratic system retains the respect of individual rights and encourages private initiative.
COST OF LIVING – The relatively low cost of living in Cyprus has an added appeal for the potential buyer, offering a full, but comparatively inexpensive lifestyle.
CRIME RATE – Cyprus enjoys a remarkably low crime rate,1/6 of the European average.
BANKING – Banking practice, the range of services offered and the methods of management and control closely follow the British pattern.
EDUCATION – There are both junior and secondary schools of a high standard catering for English, French and Italian speaking pupils in Cyprus.
LANGUAGE – Greek is the mother tongue of the Republic of Cyprus, however English is readily spoken and understood almost everywhere.
PETS – Cats and dogs are permitted to be brought into Cyprus provided a licence has been obtained in advance.
CYPRUS MAJOR CITIES
Nicosia Cyprus (around 200,000 population) – Nicosia lies at the center of Cyprus, no more than one and a half hours from any mountain or coastal resort. As the administrative center and the seat of Government, the city is dotted with the various ministries and diplomatic missions. Over the last decade, the capital has experienced impressive progress, as Cyprus approaches accession to Europe.
Sophisticated facilities, professional services, regular trade fairs and exhibitions have made Nicosia a favourable canter for both local as well as offshore businesses. Alongside its importance as a commercial center, the
city boasts a number of sights and events of cultural as well as historical interest. Overall, Nicosia is known for its successful union of business and pleasure, of the functional and the beautiful. It is unmistakably the cosmopolitan capital of our island.
Limassol Cyprus (around 160,000 population) – Limassol, on the south coast of Cyprus, is the country’s second largest city. It lies between the sites of two important historic city kingdoms that dominated the island in antiquity: Amathus to the east and Curium a few miles to the west. Both have Yielded some of the most remarkable archaeological finds in the eastern Mediterranean.
With its modern Cyprus properties, villas, apartments, shops and restaurants, high standard of medical services and reputable schools, Limassol offers its visitors and residents a hignh standard of living. And there’s no shortage of culture in this south coast town with its museums, castles, theaters and galleries. Within easy reach are some of the island’s most celebrated historical monuments.
Larnaca Cyprus (around 70,000 population) – The graceful row of majestic palms lining Larnaca’s seafront are a reminder of the 17th century, when Larnaca was the diplomatic and trading capital of Cyprus. But Larnaca sits
on foundations of great antiquity. It was once an important city-kingdom known as Kition, allegedly founded by Noah’s son Khittim who is mentioned in the Bible.
Nowadays Larnaca is a thriving modern seaside town with excellent Cyprus properties, villa, apartment, shops and restaurants, several museums, a large harbour, a cosmopolitan yacht marina with 200 berths and a number of luxury hotels on the golden sands stretching away to the east. It is also the home of the island’s main international airport. Larnaca Cyprus is standing on the shore of a nearby tranquil salt lake is one of the world’s most historic mosque, while the lake itself – home to tens of thousands of migrating birds every year – is a bird lover’s paradise. Also within the area is one of the finest Byzantine mosaics in the eastern Mediterranean.
Paphos / Pafos Cyprus (around 45,000 population) – The mild, healthy climate and beautiful countryside surrounding this south-western coastal town have attracted visitors to Paphos throughout history. Legend has it that the Goddess Aphrodite was born in its warm, translucent waters.
Over the centuries, countless civilizations have left their mark, rendering Paphos as a veritable treasure trove of antiquity, much of it still to be unearthed.
The special colors of the Pafos landscape, lush scenery and a magical coastline give the area a unique charm of its own. Admirably suitable for sports, recreation and relaxing lifestyle, the west coast enjoys long Summers, mild winters and sensational beauty in springtime. In addition to the wealth of historical interest in and around Paphos itself, the unspoiled Akamas peninsula provides endless opportunities for swimming, boating, walking, observing bird and wildlife.
Furthermore, one can experience the complete contrast of majestic cedars in the mountains, or visit impressive hillside monasteries and painted churches.