A few words about Cyprus
Cyprus lies in the Eastern Mediterranean at the crossroads between Europe, Africa and Asia and is an island of extreme natural beauty with a long and rich heritage.
With a climate offering over 340 days of sunshine every year, it is not surprising that the islands inhabitants lead a very healthy and active, outdoor life.
Couple this with its numerous blue flag beaches and crystal clear warm waters along its coastline and it is easy to see why Cyprus is the ideal location for the perfect lifestyle.
When it comes to property purchases, Cyprus provides a stable and secure market with a comprehensive legal system. Furthermore, the island boasts one of the lowest crime rates in the world and benefits from a very favourable economy with the lowest tax rates in Europe.
Since the 1st of May 2004 Cyprus joined the European Union. The benefits to Cyprus as a whole from membership of the EU are quite substantial, with the whole population of the Island benefiting from political, economic, social, environmental and other advantages. The EU is Cyprus' main trading partner accounting for approximately 50% of total trade, the United Kingdom being Cyprus' main export destination. Furthermore, Cyprus is a member of the United Nations, the Council of Europe, the British Commonwealth and also a member of the Non-Aligned Movement.
The ideal weather and ideal location define the ideal lifestyle of this magnificent Mediterranean island. With more that 340 days of sunshine, residents and tourists get to enjoy the clear warm waters of Cyprus throughout the year.
In November you can swim in the warm Mediterranean sea in the morning and ski on the slopes of Troodos Mountains in the afternoon.
The sun has an incredible effect on the Cypriot lifestyle and reveals itself in many ways, especially through the diet and characteristics of the Cypriots.
Two of the main industries on the island are tourism and farming that prosper from the sun. Cyprus produces a wide array of fruits, vegetables and free-range meat resulting in a delicious and healthy diet evolved from many influences. Greece , Armenia , Lebanon , Syria and Italy have all left their mark on the Cypriot cuisine.
Dining in Cyprus is a very sociable affair and is usually the main reason for friends to meet friends and family to meet family!
Cyprus also has a long tradition of wine making that goes back to over 4,000 years. In ancient times, wine was a major source of wealth for the island. Approximately 10% of the island is covered in vineyards. The wines are best sampled at the annual wine festival in Limassol in September.
Cypriots widely speak English as a result of the British influence, and of course to accommodate the great numbers of English speaking tourists that visit the island.
Criminality in Cyprus is one of the lowest in the world according to the European Crime Prevention Network. It seems that the rate of serious crime in Cyprus, compared to international standards as indicated by International Crime Statistics, can be described as very low.
Whilst the average serious crime / population ratio per 100,000 people, in a number of countries in Europe is about 4800, the ratio of serious crime in
Cyprus, in 2010, is only about 1044.
Cyprus enjoys the best Mediterranean climate with more than 340 days of sunshine per year. Larnaca, being a coastal city, enjoys cooler summers and short mild winters.
The swimming season begins from very early April and lasts up to late October, offering the local people and tourists a nice getaway almost all year around.
For the Mountain Resort lovers, Troodos mountains and its surrounding traditional villages are covered in snow from late November up to late January.