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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.

Fishing in Cyprus

Fishing in Cyprus

Cyprus is one of the best places to enjoy deep sea fishing or angling in the many dams and harbours around the island. There are many areas that are ideal and waiting to be discovered by amateur and experienced anglers. The obvious choice would be the sea, but there are also some amazing dams that offer a stretch of water and beautiful scenery. The warm sunny climate for at least 9 months of the year makes Cyprus the ideal location for those who enjoy fishing.

Best Seaside Resorts in Cyprus

Best Seaside Resorts in Cyprus

Cyprus is the ideal place to have a 5 star holiday. There are many beautiful hotels that offer the best in luxury, all along the coastline of the Republic of Cyprus. The best seaside resorts can be found in Paphos, Limassol and Ayia Napa. All along the coastline of these seaside towns you will find the perfect hotel for a luxury break on the Mediterranean Sea. The small island of Cyprus offers amazing landscapes and beaches and is a haven for millions of tourists. With over 300 days of sunshine every year, Cyprus has a lot to offer the discerning traveller who wants only the best. The following three luxury seaside resorts have been awarded many distinguished awards for their luxurious accommodation and hospitality.

Best Beaches in Cyprus

Best Beaches in Cyprus

Cyprus is blessed with over 3 million tourists yearly. Most of the visitors to the island come to enjoy the sun and sea, for which the island is famous for. There are many beaches located around the island, you will find sandy beaches in the south, rocky bays in the north and rugged cliffs in the west. Cyprus has many blue flag awarded beaches which are enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. Discovering these beaches and some of the secluded areas with sea caves and natural habitat is very rewarding. Below are some of the most popular beaches in the Republic of Cyprus.

Cyprus Campsites

Cyprus Campsites

For those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, camping in the beautiful sites around the island is the perfect setting. Cyprus is blessed with natural landscapes and you can choose a seaside retreat or a mountain area with its crisp fresh air and beautiful scenery. Most of the camping sites are organized and have amenities but some are off the beaten track with no extras except the luxury of sleeping under the stars in a unique spot. Apart from nature lovers that make use of these facilities, you will also find tourist who want to discover the island at a very low cost. All you need is a tent and some supplies and a small fee to enjoy the great outdoors. The campsites of Polis in Paphos and the Troodos campsite in the mountains are the most popular sites. These are available from spring to October and they are completely different as the one is by the sea is surrounded by eucalyptus trees and the other at 1600 meters above sea level is in the pine trees perched on the Troodos Mountains. These are organized sites and they offer basic facilities such as potable water, barbeque sites, benches, tables and washrooms. The Forestry Department has developed these sites and they are continuously improving the facilities so that more people can enjoy the great outdoors that Cyprus has to offer. You will find picnic spots, cycling paths and hiking trails near these sites. Some of the camping sites also have children’s playgrounds, electricity, washing up facilities and kitchens. Below is a list of the most popular camping sites in Cyprus.

Easter in Cyprus

Easter in Cyprus

Easter is celebrated throughout the Republic of Cyprus and is considered to be the most important religious holiday of the year. Unlike other holidays, Easter is not on a set date every year, and this is set according to the Orthodox Calendar which places the first Sunday after the full moon that occurs at the spring equinox as Easter Sunday. Although there are church services for the whole week before Easter, public holidays are observed on Good Friday and Easter Monday. In days gone by most of the Orthodox population would fast for up to 50 days before Easter. Nowadays most families are known to fast for a week by not consuming any meat or dairy products before the Easter Sunday celebrations. The holy week usually sees most household preparing the traditional ‘flaounes’ which are unique to Cyprus. These are delicious bread pastries filled with an aromatic mix of cheese and mint which are sometimes baked in traditional outdoor wood ovens. The preferred sweet pastries are ‘tsourekia’, a rich leavened pastry which is formed into a plaited loaf and sprinkled with slithered almonds and baked until golden. Another tradition is the painting of boiled eggs in red which symbolises the blood of Christ. These are made during the week and eaten on Easter Sunday after a competition to see who has chosen the strongest egg.

Christmas in Cyprus

Christmas in Cyprus

The Republic of Cyprus is predominantly Greek Orthodox and they celebrate the birth of Christ on the 25th December like all Christians around the world. The Russian Orthodox, who take their calendar from the Julian calendar celebrate on the 6th January. Although most Cypriots are very traditional, they have not remained untouched by the commercial side of Christmas and this is evident in stores and in all walks of lives. Traditionally gifts are exchanged on the 1st of January which is the feast day of Agios Vasilios, or St Vasilios. A Christmas tree is usually erected in homes at the beginning of December and only taken down after the Epiphany on the 6th January. The streets in all large cities are decorated with Christmas lights and there are many events planned around the holidays which include carol singing and other celebrations. For those who prefer to be in a winter wonderland, the Troodos Mountains have magical accommodation in hotels and agro tourism cottages that you can rent and enjoy the festivities in the snow covered areas of Platres, Pedhoulas, Agros and Kalopanayiotis. You can spend the days skiing and enjoying winter sports and the nights around a fireplace taking in the delicious authentic Cypriot cuisine.

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