Basking in over 340 days of sunshine a year, Cyprus is an ancient land famous for its archaeological sites and beautiful beaches. Lying at the crossroads of three continents, it is a beguiling mix of east and west boasting mountain peaks and deserted beaches and blending untamed beauty with cosmopolitan city life. With a total area of 9250km², Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean.
Cyprus enjoys a prime location, benefiting from a wide network of air-routes from both scheduled and low-cost airlines that connect it with Europe, Africa and Asia. This, combined with its ideal climate and excellent tax and financial benefits, make it a location of choice for many affluent business-minded individuals and companies. Numerous studies have also cited Cyprus as the number one place for retirement and relocation. Its popularity is due to its first-class infrastructure, relaxed lifestyle, beautiful landscape, safe environment and of course, the personal taxation advantages it offers.
Cyprus fact file
Languages: Greek and Turkish
Member of: EU, UN, British Commonwealth
Dialing code: +357
Web domain: .com.cy
Cyprus ranks highly on several credible world ranking systems:
- The Index of Economic Freedom 2011 - World rank 18 (same as the USA), regional rank 9
- Forbes Best Countries for Business - rank 22
- Knight Frank prime international residential index (PIRI) - rank 36
- Doing Business 2011 - rank 37
- Global Competitiveness Index 2010/2011 - rank 40
The Regions of Cyprus
Pafos - Cyprus
Pafos, the mythical birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty, is situated on the South-Western coast of Cyprus. It is home to a great extent of the island’s rich cultural heritage including a medieval fortress, frescoed tombs and remarkable mosaics. Almost an open-air museum in itself, UNESCO added the entire town to its world heritage list. In addition to its rich culture, the Pafos area offers a wealth of amenities and facilities that cater to every need. Although contemporary in its offering, Pafos is a city that is in touch with its heritage, offering an authentic, relaxed Mediterranean lifestyle.
Polis - Cyprus
Polis is a small town situated on the North-Western coast of the island, at the centre of Chrysochous Bay. The picturesque town borders the protected Akamas peninsula, an exceptionally beautiful nature reserve, with a stunning array of wildlife. The area offers a plethora of secluded beaches with crystal-clear waters, undoubtedly some of the best on the island. The town centre offers a great selection of cafes and restaurants in addition to all the essential modern day amenities. Latsi is the picturesque harbour of Polis, reputed for its superb fish tavernas that overlook the newly extended marina.
Limassol - Cyprus
The second largest town in Cyprus, Limassol is a bubbling metropolis for business, shopping and cosmopolitan restaurants. Beach lovers will be equally satisfied, with seemingly infinite sandy shores that stretch miles away from the town. As a year round destination, vibrant events and street celebrations range from carnivals to wine festivals, filling up the town’s busy calendar. For those seeking traditional excursions, the ancient Kourion, Sanctuary of Aphrodite and Kolossi Castle are all within easy reach, as is the spectacular Troodos mountain range. With the possibility to ski, swim and enjoy the international flavour and historical surrounds, Limassol offers a world of opportunity, with the benefit of being conveniently located midway between Pafos and Larnaca airports.