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Troodos Mountains

Troodos Mountains

Located in the center of the island of Cyprus, Troodos is the largest mountain range on the island. The highest peak of Mount Olympus is at 1952 meters above sea level, and hosts ski slopes for winter skiing. The Troodos Mountains stretch across the western side of the island and there are many ski resorts, winter retreats, and interesting churches and mountain peaks to visit. Panoramic views of the whole island can be seen from the mountain tops that host numerous springs, waterfalls, and wildlife which includes the authentic Mouflon which is a type of deer indigenous to Cyprus. This area was the center of Byzantine art which can be found in the numerous churches and monasteries around the area.

Kykkos Monastery

Kykkos Monastery

Kykkos Monastery (or the Holy, Royal and Stavropegic Monastery of Kykkos) is located in the forest of the Troodos Mountains. The Monastery of Kykkos, which is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, is home to one of the three icons attributed to the Apostle Luca. The monastery is the richest and most lavishly adorned Monasteries in Cyprus and tourists and locals visit it by the busload. It is located in the Marathasa region on a mountain peak at an altitude of 4,320 feet.

St. Neophytos Monastery

St. Neophytos Monastery

The Saint Neophytos Monastery or in Greek, Iera Moni Agiou Neophytou, is located 9 kilometers to the west of Paphos town. The monastery which was founded by the monk Neophytos in the 12th century currently houses a museum and a chapel which is built in a natural cave. Saint Neophytos pursued an ascetic lifestyle in the hills of Cyprus and found a small natural cave in this location in 1159. He excavated the cave to include his cell, a small chapel, and his eventual tomb. His table is sculptured from rock and the stone platform on which he slept as well as his grave, are still preserved in his cell. He soon accumulated followers and the area soon became a quiet monastic community in 1170, housing up to 18 monks. After the monk Neophytos died, at the age of 85 in 1219, he was buried within the Egleistra according to his own wishes. The 'Egleistra', which is an enclosure carved out of the mountain by the hermit, contains some of the finest Byzantine frescoes dating from the 12th century. The monastery is located in a quiet and beautiful mountainous area which is close to the town of Tala, Paphos.

The Akamas Peninsula

The Akamas Peninsula

The Akamas Peninsula, which is a preserved nature reserve, is located on the western tip of Cyprus and covers an area of about 230 square kilometers. The area is an important ecological site and has not been developed. The natural beauty of the area is very impressive and the diverse flora and fauna as well as the picturesque coastline is breathtaking. There are amazing sandy beaches and caves to explore and swimming in the crystal clear water of the Mediterranean Sea is a real treat. One of the most outstanding beaches is Laura’s beach were you might be lucky enough to see the nesting sea turtles.

Visit Pissouri Bay

Visit Pissouri Bay

Situated between the towns of Limassol and Paphos is the village of Pissouri. This area is part of the Limassol district and is considered to be one of the most beautiful areas on the island. Pissouri is officially in the Limassol district and it is located just three kilometers from Cape Aspro and Pissouri Bay. The area has a picturesque coastline with sandy beaches and olive trees along the hills. It is a very popular holiday resort but also home to locals and expats especially from the UK. The area has some highly recommended restaurants particularly fresh fish tavernas which are well known. Above the beach is a built up area with bars, stores and watersports facilities.

Off the beaten track in Polis Area

Off the beaten track in Polis Area

One of the most picturesque coastlines in Cyprus can be located in the Pomos and Pyrgos area. This is a true paradise for visitors that prefer peace and quiet, surrounded by greenery and beautiful beaches. Kato Pyrgos is the only Cypriot village located in the Morphou Bay that is controlled by the Republic of Cyprus. This village borders the controlled area where the Green Line was drawn after the 1974 invasion by Turkey. In 2010 a crossing line was opened in this area which allows visitors to cross over the occupied areas and travel to Nicosia.  Although this area is isolated, it can be easily reached if you are prepared to travel from Paphos to Latchi and then to the village of Pomos. Kato Pyrgos is a few kilometres from Pomos and the whole trip is well worth the journey as there are uninterrupted views of the mountains and coastline which are exclusive to the area.

Airlines to and from Cyprus

Airlines to and from Cyprus

You can get to Cyprus from anywhere in the world. Scheduled flights from Europe and the Middle East are plentiful throughout the year, with more flights during the summer months. You can find very reasonable fares through the charter and budget flights that are plentiful in the warmer months. Cyprus receives over 3 million visitors annually and you will have to book in advance if you will be visiting the island in high season which is from June to September. European based travelers will be able to find cheaper tickets through budget companies. From Greece there are regular flights from Athens, Thessaloniki and Crete. The charter and budget flights are usually directed to the Paphos International Airport with longer haul flights from all over the world arriving at the Larnaca International Airport.

Moving to Cyprus

Moving to Cyprus

Cyprus is a dream destination in the Mediterranean, close to Europe and Asia. As part of the European Union, the island has a lot to offer Cypriots who are living abroad or other nationalities. The sublime weather and the relaxed lifestyle, together with all the possible amenities you can think of, are a huge draw for any person who wants to relocate. Moving to any foreign country does have its challenges, Cyprus is no different. If you are not Cypriot or an EU citizen you will need a visa to stay in Cyprus for over three months and a work permit if you want to work on the island. It is always wise to apply for a job before you actually make the move so that you have a guaranteed income from the beginning. Your future employee will need to send you a contract and help you get the proper documentation for a work permit. This will give you the chance to live in Cyprus and test the waters before you make the final plunge. Fluency in Greek and English are a huge plus when looking for work on the island. Non Cypriots will have to register as an Alien and get an Alien Registration Card or yellow slip for identification purposes. Non EU citizens with sufficient income can also live in Cyprus. This is usually retired persons you have property and can prove that they have a regular income from outside of Cyprus. In most cases you would need to reapply for a visa on an annual basis so that you can prove that you have the necessary funds in a local bank account.

Facts you should know about Cyprus

Facts you should know about Cyprus

Cyprus is an island in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea and is the third largest island in the Mediterranean. It is located south of Turkey, west of Syria and Lebanon, northwest of Israel and north of Egypt. In proximity to Greece it is southeast.

Who is entitled to Cypriot Citizenship?

Who is entitled to Cypriot Citizenship?

Whether you want to escape the concrete jungle and the stress of living in a big city, or simply want to find a safe haven for your family, Cyprus is the ideal destination for relocation.  Often called the ‘Island of Love’ Cyprus has a rich cultural background and is strategically situated between three continents, Europe, Asia and Africa. The world is your oyster if you are living in Cyprus, with excellent flight connections you can be anywhere in Europe or Asia in a few hours.  Cypriot citizenship, whether through relationships or by investment, offers you the opportunity for a better quality of life and the prospect of doing business or studying in any of the 28 EU member states.

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