Cyprus - an Island of Dramatic Contrasts

By: john philips

Cyprus - Live Your Dreams

Steeped in history and with a rich cultural heritage, Cyprus is one of the most favored destinations in the med. Some people choose to retire to Cyprus because of the quality of life available here, the affordability of the island and also the healthy lifestyle, weather, food and friendly people and environment. An island of golden beaches, brilliant weather, mountain forests, ancient castles and sun-bleached villages, Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean and a crossroads between the Middle East and West. Cyprus is an island steeped in history and with a rich cultural heritage.

The magic of Cyprus is steeped in a rich and colorful history and its numerous archaeological treasures are breathtakingly beautiful, Although the conquerors did not affect the Greek character of the island the many pieces of evidence that they left behind make today Cyprus an attractive place to see and live history Possession of the country has changed hands on many occasions throughout history, leaving both the north and the south with diverse historical cultures that has shaped present day Cyprus. For the vacationer who wants to enjoy the hot summer days and mild winters on a more permanent basis there are ample properties within most budgets.

With its excellent climate, extreme natural beauty, famous historical sites and its friendly and welcoming inhabitants, Cyprus is truly the jewel in the crown of the Mediterranean for property investment. For interested investors there is a wide selection of houses and villas all over the island that will suit your need. An additional factor when purchasing property in Cyprus is that English is widely spoken and most shop and road signs are in English as well as Greek. The perfect way to see this beautiful Island is car rental and if you do the job right you can even save some money on your airport transfers too.

Many car hire companies offer rentals as well for those who would like to drive themselves around many of the newly redone roads of Cyprus. The cost of car rental is reasonable and, like the UK, driving in Cyprus is on the left. Nonetheless, buses in Cyprus are reasonably priced and connect most of the main points on the island for those who prefer not to hire a car. There are so many restaurants to choose from and evenings can happily be spent outside eating Meze watching the world go by.

European cuisine is widely available in Cyprus, but there are many local and typical middle eastern specialties such as meze which can be enjoyed both in the hotels and in smaller restaurants and coffee houses. The welcome is warm and friendly in all the top class restaurants and even more so in the local restaurants where your taste buds will be delighted with the local cuisine. Numerous resaurants of every nationality are in every resort and cater for all tastes and budgets and serve excellent food. All over the island, restaurants offer genuine Cypriot food.

Cyprus is rapidly becoming a popular choice of island to live on since it became a full member of the European Union in May 2004. It is the island of dramatic contrasts, a peaceful and fun place and one of the MediterraneanĂ¯??s jewels. The countryside is stunning and mountainous, while the coastal areas have beautiful Mediterranean beaches. Cyprus is a Paradise in the Mediterranean, an island of grandeur, culture and hospitable people.

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