Cyprus, the birthplace of Aphrodite, the mythical Greek goddess of love and beauty.
A sun-drenched island in the Eastern most basin of the Mediterranean Sea, which lies at the crossroads of three continents: Africa, Asia and Europe.
The island’s location makes it a strategic geographic position of civilizations and trade on the world map and has been a place of importance for invaders and conquerors for thousands of years. An abundance of invaders over the last 10,000 years has left a diverse and interesting array of influences to the island’s culture heritage and feature. Paphos for example, has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
An inviting blend of east and west, where old meets new, as well as more than 300 warm, sunny days of annual sunshine, have encouraged millions of tourists to incorporate Cyprus as an important and inviting holiday destination. Cyprus also has an added attraction-golf. The allure of golfing holidays, combined with luxury accommodation is gaining momentum, with the latest property niche being golfing estates.
Cyprus has high standards, yet a very low-cost of living. Its people, friendly, hospitable and very hard working, have contributed to Cyprus becoming a formidable holiday and retirement stop. The induction of Cyprus into the EU and the Euro Zone, a free market economy, a strong international banking system, double tax treaties with over 40 countries and an extremely low rate of crime, have also played an important role in encouraging non-Cypriots and business to make Cyprus their main place of residence. 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.
A unique, yet sometimes breath-taking landscape comprising mainly of mountains, as well as masses of plains and a coastline of some 650 km, Cyprus has something for everyone to enjoy. Combine that with rolling hillsides, picturesque unspoilt mountain villages, sandy beaches, vine-clad foothills, fertile citrus and olive groves, lush fine and cedar mountains, hundreds of ancient ruins and an extensive range of holiday resorts that meet all budgets and demands, then you have the setting of what Cyprus is all about.
Cyprus has two international airports. The newly renovated international airport at Paphos and the new international airport at Larnaca launched in November 2009. Its modern road network and its range of port and marina facilities form the heart of the island’s constantly improving transport network.
Regarding traveling documents entry formalities are very simple. No vaccination is required when entering the island. For most nationalities, including the EU, the Council of Europe, the USA and the Commonwealth, no visa is required for entry into Cyprus. In a few cases a visa is required but can be bought at the airport or port on arrival. Immigration as distinct from occasional or periodic visiting requires a residence permit from the immigration department, which is given fairly freely to a foreigner retiring to Cyprus, and to the senior employees of an offshore company. Non-EU foreigners, whether or not resident, require permits to acquire real estate in Cyprus, which should normally be for temporary or permanent residence.
Sea and sun that Cyprus Offers in great quantities all year round is a great combination for sports and recreation. Every town in Cyprus has dive centers ready to help you train to international standards or rent equipment experienced divers. There are also some excellent conditions for the keen sailor with strong but constant westerly sea winds.
Cyprus is becoming more and more popular as an all year round training camp for international athletes. From European football clubs to elite athletes, all these come for the kind Cypriot weather and world renowned hospitality.
Finally Arts are becoming increasingly popular in all of the island’s cities, with festivals, concerts and theatrical productions taking place throughout the year. Film festivals, classical music and opera events are now frequent items on the cultural agenda.