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Kourion- the Ancient kingdom of Cyprus

Kourion- the Ancient kingdom of Cyprus

The Kourion or as it is sometimes known, the Curium, is situated in Episkopi in the district of Limassol. Today this area is well maintained and managed by the Cyprus Department of Antiquities. The Kourion was an important ancient city on the southwest coast of Cyprus and has a limestone promontory which is almost 100 metres high. The earliest occupation of this settlement can be traced back to the Ceramic Neolithic period which was established during the Cypro-Geometric period in 1050 – 750 BC. Bellow the bluffs of the Kourion are the burial sites of the Kaloriziki necropolis which date back to the 11th century BC. These tombs provide a picture of a prosperous community with ties to mainland Greece. The kingdom of Kourion was at the time, one of the most influential in Cyprus even though the island came under the rule of the Egyptians and the Persians over this period.

Cypriot Folk dancing

Cypriot Folk dancing

Cypriot folk dances have been carried forward through many generations and are hundreds of years old. The traditional Greek Cypriot dances are a heritage that has kept tradition alive and many of these dances are still taught to students in Cypriot schools. Some of the dances are centered on special occasions like weddings and feast days and others have their origin from mythology. Cypriot dances have a few similarities with Greek dancing and the biggest difference is the music that accompanies these dances which is almost always a violin. In times gone by there were separate dances for males and females and they were kept apart, today you will find both men and women dancing together. The men’s dances were usually more robust and dynamic in comparison to the women’s dances that were slower and more sedate.  

International students studying in Cyprus

International students studying in Cyprus

There are thousands of students from different countries currently furthering their education in Cyprus. Part of the appeal for these international students is that they can receive a quality education in a safe and friendly environment at an affordable price. The enviable Mediterranean climate and the rich culture of Cyprus is also a huge plus. Cypriot students also benefit from the international students who bring a diverse cultural dimension to the student body. Many long lasting friendships have been formed which have later enhanced the relationships between the different countries. Cyprus offers higher education of excellent standards at all their colleges and universities. The largest higher education institutions are in Nicosia with smaller branches in Larnaca, Limassol and Paphos. Thousands of foreign students are currently studying at University of Cyprus.  Located in the nation’s capital, the University of Nicosia is a global educational centre with 20% of its 5,000 students coming from abroad, representing over 60 different countries in a multicultural learning environment that promotes friendship, cooperation and understanding. The main language of education in Cyprus is English which makes it easier for international students. Cyprus is also located at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa which makes the island easily accessible to many countries.

Living in Nicosia

Living in Nicosia

Nicosia is the capital of the Republic of Cyprus and also the administrative, commercial, educational, religious and cultural centre of the island. Geographically, Nicosia is situated in the centre of the island and is linked to all main towns and cities by a modern highway system. As a low tax destination, Cyprus offers an attractive package to anyone who wishes to live on the island. You can enjoy the benefits of island life in the Mediterranean and take advantage of the many incentives offered for business or leisure. Nicosia offers the sophistication of living in a cosmopolitan city and also offers old year charm with its abundance of historical sites. Although Nicosia is not a coastal town, it is only a half hour drive away from the glistening blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea. For those who prefer the cool air of the forest, the stunning Troodos Mountains are only a short drive away.

Limassol Marina

Limassol Marina

Limassol has always been considered to be the most cosmopolitan city in Cyprus. It is also a well-known international business centre with its bustling port and off-shore companies. Limassol has a dynamic history, evidence of which is easy to see in the well preserved archeological sites and buildings, in and around the city. Just outside Limassol are blue-flagged beaches with an abundance of water sports and a plethora of activities. The promenade is popular with cyclists and the closeness of the Troodos Mountains offers nature trails which for both hikers and bikers can enjoy. Limassol is surrounded by quant villages ready to be explored as well as wineries on the outskirts of the city which offer free wine tasting. The appeal of this city has been enhanced by the addition of the impressive new Marina which has a lot to offer with an impressive array of excellent restaurants and retail shops. Limassol is said to be the city that never sleeps and it has a rich and entertaining night life on offer.

Real Estate Limassol

Real Estate Limassol

The cosmopolitan lifestyle of Limassol and the cultural diversity, together with the excellent Mediterranean climate make this city an excellent choice, if you are considering buying a residence in Cyprus. If you are looking for peace and tranquility you can choose from a diverse selection of homes near the coast just out of Limassol town centre. If countryside living is your thing, you can choose areas like Souni or prime residential areas in Limassol, like Ayios Athanasios, Sfalagiotissa and Kalogyroi. These are exclusive sought after areas of Limassol that offer luxury residences high up on the outskirts of town and have amazing sea and mountain views. Limassol is also a huge business centre for large corporations with the draw being the largest port in Cyprus and the impressive Marina. Limassol also boasts an excellent choice of public and private educational establishments and health care facilities. The new Marina with its promenade, restaurants, shops and cafes is a close to the town centre and wherever you are in Limassol you will be able to take advantage of the motorway with its connections to all major cities in Cyprus. For those who like a quieter lifestyle, the picturesque Troodos Mountains with its boutique wineries and quaint villages are a fantastic excursion and close to Limassol.

Real Estate in Larnaca

Real Estate in Larnaca

The Larnaca area has a lot to offer with properties for sale of all types and sizes. If you are looking for peace and tranquility and want to be close to Larnaca city, for business or your children’s education, there are many coastal villas available with stunning sea views and within walking distance to the beach. Fifteen minutes outside Larnaca is the picturesque area of Pervolia which is also only five minutes away from Larnaca International Airport. Villas available in this area are ideal if you want the best of both worlds as they are extremely close to all amenities, but also offer beautiful sea views in locations that are within walking distance to the beach. One of the projects that is being currently built is near Kiti which has all amenities like supermarkets, gas station, banks and retail shops. These stunning beach front villas are a couple of minutes’ walk from the beach and the properties enjoys stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea.

Coastal residences in Famagusta

Coastal residences in Famagusta

Some of the most exclusive beachfront residences are located in the Famagusta area which is a few kilometers out of Larnaca town. Before the 1974 Turkish invasion, Famagusta was the most popular seaside resort in Cyprus. Unfortunately part of this area is still under Turkish occupation, but the areas just outside Larnaca, Ayia Napa, Protaras, Paralimni and Ayia Thekla are situated in the free zone of the Republic of Cyprus. This area offers superb luxury residences in the most amazing locations. It is well known that some of the most amazing sea views are located in this area. Blue Flag awarded beaches are plentiful and usually within walking distance of these properties.

Coastal Residences in Paphos

Coastal Residences in Paphos

The Paphos area is well known for its stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea and the perfect coastal residences, can be found in the Coral Bay area of Peyia, in Polis on the northwest coast and in Pomos which is situated near Polis. Not many people have the opportunity to live in these coastal areas which offer peace and tranquility in ideal locations. What could be better than waking up in the morning to the sound of the sea and enjoying your coffee on your veranda facing the magnificent views of the sea? Most of these villas are built within walking distance to Blue Flag awarded beaches which can be enjoyed for 7 -8 months of the year.

Want to register a company in Cyprus?

Want to register a company in Cyprus?

If you are looking to register a company in Cyprus and by association the EU, Cyprus offers the best tax-rates in Europe. With world class financial services and strategic proximity to the Middle East and Europe, it is no surprise that thousands of big companies have set up offices in Cyprus. The best way to register a company in Cyprus is to find a reputable company that deals with all the paperwork and can offer advice on the best way to proceed. There are certain steps that need to be decided before you can proceed.

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