Living in Cyprus
Cyprus’ strategic location, natural beauty and wealth of resources have rendered the island a jewel for its various conquerors and peoples that resided the Eastern Mediterranean throughout the ages. Cyprus has developed a unique culture, harmoniously blending influences from different civilisations whilst maintaining its Greek character. The rich historical and cultural landscape is reflected in the hundreds of archaeological sites and monuments located throughout the island, representing the various historical periods in the island’s evolution.
This beautiful island offers visitors a wonderful living experience that combines a comfortable and stress-free way of life in a safe environment with a modern and sophisticated character, ideal for people who seek the perfect balance between work and pleasure.
Natural beauty and climate
Cyprus has a pleasant Mediterranean climate with year-round sunshine. Stunning coastlines, golden sandy beaches and clear blue waters, coexist in harmony with glorious mountains of wild natural beauty and peaceful, picturesque villages. Cyprus’ famous beaches have been awarded with 57 Blue Flags in 2015, ranking the island first in the EU for the tenth consecutive year, including three records:
- most Blue Flags per capita in the world
- most dense concentration of Blue Flag Beaches
- most Blue Flag beaches per coastline
Culture and gastronomy
Cypriots are known worldwide for their genuine and sincere hospitality and friendliness, but also for the famous Cypriot cuisine, based on the healthy Mediterranean diet. Recipes dating back hundreds of years offer delicious gastronomical experiences, particularly the “Cyprus Meze” which consists of a large number of different cold and hot “hors d’oeuvres” such as assorted dips, salads, meats, vegetables, as well as various fresh fish delicacies.
With a buzzing cosmopolitan environment, arts and culture are flourishing with local and international festivals, exhibitions, concerts and museum nights taking place in both modern and ancient venues.
Cyprus’ pleasant weather throughout the year, allows sports enthusiasts to ski in February and March, swim and kite surf from April until December, cycle and play tennis and golf all year. A vibrant nightlife, with plenty of restaurants, bars and clubs, theatres and concerts caters to all tastes and lifestyles.
Quality of life
High quality of life is without a doubt one of Cyprus’ most attractive attributes. Indicatively, the island was ranked as the 5th best relocation destination worldwide by the 2013 Knight Frank Global Lifestyle Review, while Limassol, the second biggest city in Cyprus has been ranked 4th best retirement destination globally by the 2016 Knight Frank Global Lifestyle Review.
Besides its natural beauty, Cyprus offers a highly valued safe environment, with low stress levels and crime rates, ideal for a peaceful family life. Acknowledging the island’s safety and security standards, ValuePenguin has ranked Cyprus 5th worldwide and 1st among smaller Countries in its Safest Countries in the World study for 2015.
People choosing to make Cyprus their home do not have to worry about language and education. English is widely spoken on the island, while most people are bilingual. The country offers excellent multilingual educational institutions, where courses are taught in English, French, German, Russian, Italian, Armenian and other languages.
The island benefits from a advanced and modern infrastructure, that makes day-to-day life easy, cost-effective and efficient. Commutes are minimal in Cyprus. One can drive from the capital, Nicosia, to the beach in Larnaca, in about 30 minutes and to the Troodos mountains in just over an hour.