1. EU MEMBER
Cyprus has been a member of the EU since May 2004, unlocking property restrictions and opening up work and business opportunities, thus broadening the lifestyle and investment possibilities. In January 2008 Cyprus adopted the Euro as its currency, raising the financial attractions even further.
Cypriot hospitality is legendary; the locals are renowned for their warm and incredibly welcoming nature and the pace of life is very relaxed. Both English and Russian are widely spoken, making you instantly feel at home.
3. RELAXED LIFESTYLE
The unhurried pace of Mediterranean life is best expressed in Cyprus, rewarding visitors and homeowners alike with a completely stress free atmosphere.
4. EASY COMMUNICATION
The Cyprus Telecommunications Authority is one of the most technologically advanced companies in the world, with cheap local and international call charges making it easy to keep in touch with friends and family.
5. A SAFE HAVEN FOR ALL
Cyprus is an incredibly safe haven with the lowest crime rate in Europe crime rate and no vandalism, plus the ben¬efits of no pollution or traffic congestion.
6. LEISURE PURSUITS
No matter what your age or interests, Cyprus has something for everyone. Choose from a wide range of fitness classes and outdoor activi¬ties, turn your hand to writing, theatrics, arts and crafts, or enjoy events put on by the numerous social organisations.
7. COMMUNITY SPIRIT
Community spirit thrives in Cyprus. For instance each village has a council headed by a locally elected official, who acts as an authoritative point of contact on many matters, from signing documents to interpreting and liaising on your behalf.
8. FIRST CLASS HEALTHCARE
Cyprus offers a superior medical system, mean¬ing that you can rest assured that your health is in safe hands.
Situated on the ecological cross roads between the Asian, European and African zones, Cyprus is home to a breathtaking 1750 floral species of which 126 are endemic. In the Akamas region alone there are 530 species of which 33 are en¬demic. Moreover the island’s climate and soil properties encourage herbs to be more potent than north European species, with particularly strong healing properties.
10. HEAD FOR THE WATER
Parasailing, windsurfing, water-skiing, jet skiing, sailing, power boating, kay¬aking, canoeing, banana and tube rides are accompanied by diverse opportuni¬ties for scuba diving, where shipwrecks and archaeological treasures create a mesmerising underwater world.
Cyprus offers the best year round Mediterranean climate. Blessed with long summers and short winters there are an incredible 340 days of sunshine per year.
12. EXCELLENT EDUCATION
The education system in Cyprus is of a very high standard and accessible to all resi¬dents. A number of private schools (Greek, English, French and Russian) are available, fees range from €3,400 - €7,000 per annum. Higher education is also available through 6th form colleges and other recognised institutions, as well as Universities in Nicosia, Limassol and Pafos. There is also an adult education program, offering a range of courses from Greek language to cookery and dance.
13. GET ACTIVE
There are 48 signed trails traversing 200 kilometres of countryside nationwide. Experienced walkers rave about the island’s varied terrain and seasonal diversity. Indeed the challenging terrain of the Troodos mountains also offers a refreshing break from the summer heat, and a great introduction to the region’s rural villages. Those seeking a more leisurely pace should head for the shady forest trails, whilst the most breathtaking coastal views can be seen from the multitude of walks that weave through the Akamas peninsula.
14. EASY ACCESSIBILITY
There are two international airports in Cyprus served by over 50 airlines, ranging from the premier sched¬uled carriers, such as British Airways, Aeroflot and Emirates to the no-frills budget carriers such as Easyjet and Ryanair. If you fancy taking to the seas you will be happy to hear that Cyprus is included on the route of over fifty international cruise liners.
15. EXCITING DEVELOPMENTS
Cyprus is being developed into a more upmar¬ket destination, which is reflected in its new capital projects. Four new marinas and eleven new golf resorts are planned island wide. The stunning Minthis Hills golf resort has recently undergone a major upgrade, making it one of the most attractive courses in Europe.
16. BREATHTAKING TOPOGRAPHY
Cyprus offers a blissful blend of secluded and well facilitated beaches along its 648km of coastline, 52 of which are rated as Blue Flag. Yet the magnificent Troodos mountain range is within an easy driving dis-tance, making Cyprus one of the few countries in the world where you can ski and swim in the same day.
17. CYPRUS RESIDENCY
Cyprus residency enables simple and easy accessibility to other European destinations in addition to a multitude of lifestyle and business benefits.
18. FASCINATING HISTORY
Moreover the island’s historic towns also play a modern entertainment role, with the Roman amphitheatre at Episkopi and the amphitheatre and castle in Paphos hosting open air music and theatrical performances. Renowned for its mythological connections with Aphrodite, God¬dess of Beauty and Love, Cyprus is also rich in antiquities. Most no¬tably Pafos is a former pre-Hellenic centre and as such is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List with the remains of villas, pal¬aces, theatres and fortresses giving the town exceptional value.
19. FINANCIAL BENEFITS
Cyprus is the destination of choice for many business-minded individuals and companies. The island offers extremely enticing tax advan¬tages and boasts double taxation treaties with more than forty countries. The cost of living is also very reasonable.
20. MOUTH WATERING CUISINE
The island of Cyprus is rich in local wines, seafood, fresh fruit and vegetables and countless other mouth-watering delights.