on the northeastern domain of the Mediterranean, Cyprus is
the third largest island in the region. Neighbor to Africa,
Europe and Asia, Cyprus has an area of 9,250 kilometers square.
Over 9,000 years old, the island was once Anthonis gift to
Cleopatra and the birthplace of the goddess of love and beauty,
Aphrodite, as mythology has it. In addition, Cyprus
rich heritage is manifested in the plethora of Stone Age ruins,
Greek temples, Roman theaters, Venetian structures and Byzantine
A desired holiday destination, Cyprus is an attraction for
its gourmet dishes and its variety in outdoor activities.
Cyprus cuisine has been influenced by its positioning
the Mediterranean as well as its vibrant heritage of Venetians,
Greek, British and Near Eastern countries. With the aid of
the sun, which shines approximately 340 days a year, holiday
makers spend their time water sporting, hiking, parachuting
and sky diving, as well as camping on the coast or mountain
terrains. In the evenings, outings begin relatively late and
finish in the early hours of the morning.
are as warm as the summer sun and are accustomed to foreigners
as they welcome them with open arms. Often English speaking,
locals will aim to please and frequently go out of their way
to achieve this. This openness is mirrored in the charming
villages but remains as strong in the cities.
The Cypriot economy is small, diversified, and prosperous.
With a moderate industry, a healthy service sectors and the
rapid growth in exports of agricultural and manufactured products
as well as in tourism have all played important roles in making
the Cyprus Pound very strong amongst other currencies, which
has turned Cyprus into a developed nation.
Pafos is generally regarded by many as the most attractive
and ideal location on Cyprus in which to live, it enjoys the
best climate on the island with slightly cooler summers and
milder shorter winters. Surrounded by a number of smaller
outlying villages there is plenty of choice of where in the
Pafos area to purchase property, chose the location that suits
you best walking distance to the beaches and shops
or inland on elevated hilltops with panoramic views.
traditional busy fishing port with a picturesque harbour area
guarded by an ancient fortress, Pafos has a host of natural
and historical attractions which when combined with the necessary
modern-day living amenities and facilities make it the ideal
Soak in the history of the Mosaics and Tombs of the Kings;
bask in the sunshine at Aphrodites Birth Place (Petra
Tou Romiou); visit the tranquil Ayios Neophytos Monastery;
and enjoy the solitude of the Akamas National Park, but most
of all feel welcome and at ease with the warm and friendly
hospitality extended by the local Pafians. Steeped in history
and natural beauty, Pafos was named a UNESCO World Heritage
Town in 1980.
The rest of the island is easily accessible by the nearby
motorway connection, Pafos International Airport is just 15
mins drive from the harbour area with the number of flights
and different carriers increasing all the time, whilst Larnaca
International Airport is 90 mins drive away. The wide range
of shops, supermarkets, traditional tavernas and multi-cultural
restaurants along with other facilities such as exceptional
medical care services and international schooling, provide
ease and convenience of living.
Pafos also enjoys a strong ex-patriot community, with many
clubs and organisations available to meet new friends and
provide helpful support if relocating to a new residence.
Cyprus Archaeological Museum, Lefkosia.
Cypriot antiquities and art treasures from the Neolithic Age
to the early Byzantine period. Byzantine Museum and Art Gallery,
Lefkosia. Largest collection of 9th- through 18th-century
icons on the island. Kolossi Castle, Lemesos. Medieval military
architecture. Kourion. Site of an important city-kingdom whose
Greco-Roman amphitheater was built in the 2nd century B.C.
Twelve miles from Lemesos. St. Lazarus Church, Larnaka. One
of the finest examples of Byzantine architecture, built in
the 9th century and restored in the 17th century. Mosaics
of Pafos, Kato Pafos.
The 3rd-century mosaic floors, portraying scenes from mythology,
are considered the finest in the eastern Mediterranean. Kykko
Monastery, Troodos' mountains. The country's most famous monastery
was founded in 1100 and dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Assinou
Church, Troodos' mountains. Frescoes of the 12th century and
later periods are the finest Byzantine murals on the island.
Panayia Chrysopolitissa Church, Pafos. Built in the 13th century;
contains St. Paul's Pillar.