About Buying Cyprus Property
What is it about buying Cyprus property that appeals to so many Europeans especially the British? Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that Cyprus was a British Colony untill the 1960s and much of the English influence has remained. It is fair to say that compared to other parts of Greece and The Greek Islands Cyprus seems to have developed much quicker in terms of its modern infrastructure.
Most Cypriots speak English as a second language (its taught in all the schools.) All the road signs are in both Greek and English so getting around the Beautiful Island is easy especially using the modern motorway network that links all the main towns and holiday resorts. The Cypriot people are probably the friendliest you will ever meet anywhere, their lifestyle is very relaxed and laid back but nothing is ever to much trouble for them. They are very family orientated and outgoing so don't be surprised if they invite you to join them for a meal as soon as they meet you.
After the reserved attitude of the British they are a real breath of fresh air and for many people who visit Cyprus this is perhaps the biggest culture shock of all. The Cypriot people have had their share of adversity over the years but they still welcome visitors to their beautiful Island and treat everyone they meet with the greatest respect. They are also very hard working especially during the holiday season when they may put in twelve hours a day seven day a week or even more. They also have a remarkable ability to pace themselves when working in the long hot Cyprus summer. Many people have made the mistake of assuming that they are too laid back and that it is difficult to motivate them. This however is not the case it is just the way these hard working people pace themselves for the long hours in the heat.
The country itself is stunning with miles of beautiful coast line and authentic remote villages where life has continued in much the same way for generations. Where else could you ski in the mountains in the morning then swim in the sea in the afternoon? Cyprus also has a rich cultural heritage with influences from countless invading nations that have claimed this beautiful Island as their own including amongst others the ancient Egyptians and the roman empire. You will find an abundance of historical and archeological places of interest to visit and I for one am still finding out new things about the countries history after visiting regularly since 1996.
Then of course there's the weather. Over 300 days of sunshine every year, clear blue skies and gentle sea breezes making for the perfect Mediterranean climate. The sea stays warm enough to bath in until the end of November and if the suns too hot for you in the summer you can always retreat up into the cool lush Troodas mountains. There is a very short winter in Cyprus which last from around the beginning of January until the end of February. This is when Cyprus receives Gods gift of rain on it's parched earth after the long hot summer months. The Cypriots love the rain and boy does it pour down, roads turn to rivers within minutes and the huge flat plains become lakes within a few hours.
There has never been a better time to purchase a property in Cyprus and prices look set to keep rising making them a great investment too. With so much going for it Cyprus is the ideal place to buy a holiday home or a place for your retirement. The U.K. and Cyprus also have a reciprocal tax arrangement and you can have your pensions paid there too. We ourselves have purchased several properties in Cyprus over the years and are more that happy to pass on the benefit of our experiences all of which I might add have been only positive.
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