The Republic of Cyprus is a state located in the northeastern part of the Mediterranean, divided into the southern part, the territory of the Greek Cypriot community and the northern part occupied by Turkish troops since 1974, which will become part of the European Union after the island is reunited.
The total population is 837 300 people, of which 88 100 are Turks. Also, 40 thousand Russians, 17 thousand British, 4 thousand Armenians live in Cyprus.
The island is divided into 6 districts: Nicosia (or Lefkosia), Famagusta (or Amochostos), Limassol (or Lemesos), Larnaca, Paphos and Kyrenia. All six districts are governed by small towns and bear the same names.
Limassol, also known as Lemesos, is a favorite resort and area for Russians, as well as the business center of the island. Its central position provides easy access to all major cities, as well as to the Troodos Mountains, which are only 35-45 minutes away by car. Larnaca and Paphos airports are also just a 45-minute drive from the city. Limassol is a city with a well-developed infrastructure that meets the needs of any discerning resident. The advantages of Limassol are obvious: public and private medical services, the largest selection of private schools, numerous beaches, awarded the Blue Flag, historical monuments and other attractions, branded shops, entertainment for every taste, restaurants with national and international cuisine, and many projects on the construction of the city.
Child education is important for families considering living in Cyprus. There are 10 private schools in Limassol for students who do not use Greek in their studies. If in more detail - 6 private English schools (St. Mary’s School, Logos School of English Education, The Heritage private school, Grammar school, Foley`s school, Secondary school, Pascal Education, American Academy) , 3 private Russian schools (LITC School, Pupils of Pythagoras School and Morphosis) and one Lebanese private school (Green Hill School).
Health care is a priority for people thinking of moving to Cyprus. In addition to the state clinic and hundreds of private doctors, there are private clinics / hospitals in Limassol, such as Ygia Polyclinic Private Hospital, the Mediterranean Hospital, Pantazis Clinic, the Apollonion Hospital, the Achillion Private Hospital, the St. Peter & Paul Hospital and many others. It is important to mention that in such clinics they constantly speak English and Russian.
The mayor of Limassol has ruled the city so successfully that in the last few decades he was directly elected year after year. Limassol is becoming more modern and developing very quickly. The many social and city projects that have been completed or are in the planning stage were initiated by the mayor of the city: “the Limassol Marina”, the congress center, updated pedestrian and bicycle paths along the seashore, kilometers of landscaped coastline, cafes on the seashore and on marinas , the famous "Promenade", a sports center, an Olympic level swimming pool, a new spacious park in the city center, etc.
The beaches of Limassol are spacious and varied. The coastline within the city takes 20 kilometers; it has one of the famous beaches - Dasudi. This is a picturesque beach with a calm sea, protected by breakwaters, next to the relic eucalyptus forest. 17 Limassol beaches have Blue Flag Award.
Outside the city are the famous beaches of Ladis Mile (with calm shallow water, ideal for children), Kourion Beach (for wave lovers), Pissouri Beach - 30 km, Governor's Beach - halfway to Larnaca. All 13 beaches in the Limassol area have been awarded the Blue Flag. Fasuri Waterpark is also an alternative entertainment option for the whole family.
Entertainment in Limassol never ends. A large number of nightclubs, restaurants, cafes and taverns are open almost around the clock. Other recreational activities include going to the cinema, theaters, bowling centers, amusement parks for children and an ice rink in the city's shopping center.
Shopping in Limassol will delight tourists and vacationers with modern designer boutiques, world famous brands such as Debenhams, Marks and Spenser, Mothercare, Next, Calzedonia, Intimissimi, Mango, Zara, Bershka, The Body Shop and many others. In the city center, next to the promenade by the sea, Agios Andreas and Aneksartisias streets offer a large (over 300) selection of shops. Makarios Avenue will delight you with prestigious boutiques.
The city has an abundance of local and international restaurants, including Japanese, Chinese, Syrian, Lebanese, Italian, Mexican, Thai, seafood and others.
Nicosia is the capital of the country, with the largest population, but the only city located far from the coast, and therefore not populated by tourists. There are several offshore companies in the capital, but not as many as in Limassol.
The city got its name thanks to the sandy beaches, because of them named Amochostos (buried in the sand). This is the second largest city in Cyprus, most of its territory is under occupation, (except for Ayia Napa and Protaras) Ayia Napa resort flourishes and is a popular resort in Cyprus. Ayia Napa and neighboring Protaras are the best resorts that attract tourists in spring, summer and autumn.
The city where the central airport is located, where most vacationers fly. This resort expects great development, but for now the city itself and its tourist zone offer a limited selection of areas of interest for vacationers and residents. This city is chosen by foreigners who need a secluded vacation without much choice of entertainment, since the city is generally focused on the needs of local residents. Undoubtedly, the transformations awaiting the city center will be grandiose, and the construction will take several years.
The most prominent architectural monuments are the Hala Sultan Tekke mosque - one of the holiest places of Muslim pilgrimage, the famous Larnaca Salt Lake, to which thousands of flamingos fly in winter, the Orthodox ancient church of St. Lazarus - the friend of Christ, whom he raised from the dead, an ancient settlement ( city) Hirokitia - the oldest settlement in the Mediterranean, Angeloctisti church, Stavrovuni monastery, several museums and archaeological sites.
Larnaca's tourist zone center offers a good selection of restaurants, taverns and cafes. Of the theme parks, it is worth highlighting a donkey farm in the village of Skarina and a camel park in Mazotos.
The small but growing city of Paphos is the resort most loved by the British. This picturesque place will satisfy the needs of unpretentious residents who prefer a leisurely lifestyle. A feature of this city is the terrain. Also, Paphos is very close to the second airport of Cyprus.
Paphos began to fade away after the crisis of 2008, when the British urgently began to sell real estate. As a result, the region’s reputation has been severely damaged, and the city’s economy is still in decline. Many companies were closed, and even many jobs were lost.
In the Paphos region there are a large number of architectural monuments, charming villages, as well as natural places such as Akamas, the Polis region, as well as the famous attraction - “Aphrodite's Stone”. In the city there are two Russian “Scrabble” and others, and several international schools. In the center is a well-developed network of restaurants, taverns, cafes and bars. In the Paphos region there are several golf clubs, an aqua park, horse and donkey farms, as well as a zoo.
Of the natural beauties of Paphos, it is worth noting the beaches, which are mostly located in rocky bays, while other beaches are gentle and sandy. Lara beach attracts tourists with its famous green turtles, which are protected here and breed every spring only in this place. Geroskipou Beach is one of the most attractive city beaches, and Coral Bay with gray-white sand is probably the most popular.
The very small city of Kyrenia is located on the northern coast of the island, and its entire territory is under Turkish occupation. It is best known for its tranquil harbor with dozens of boats that you can always see there, the mountains of Kyrenia, where several castles still rise, as well as bright greenery that stretches over most of its unique territory, until it meets vast the blue waters of the Mediterranean.