Where to buy
Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean though geographically it is closer to Asia than Europe. It is only 80 miles to Asiatic Turkey and 130 miles to Lebanon. Given this location, Cyprus has one of the warmest climates in the Mediterranean. The summer season tends to be long from April to November whilst the winter tends to remain mild.
The road network is excellent providing easy access to the main destinations fairly quickly from the international airports of Paphos and Larnaca. This southern coastal belt from Paphos to Larnaca also tends to be the most popular area for overseas investors.
Paphos is the most popular destination within Cyprus for property buyers due to its facilities, friendly expat communities and easy access to its international airport. It also enjoys the most sought after subtropical Mediterranean climate with the mildest temperatures of the island.
The 2017 European City of Culture has a rich history which can easily be seen with the architecture and many ancient structures and ruins in the town. The beaches are excellent and the nearby villages friendly and accommodating.
There are five championship golf courses in the locality. Kato Paphos is the fashionable and lively area within Paphos with a wide range of restaurants, tavernas, bars and access to the promenade along the old harbour overlooked by a fort. Universal, close by, is also conveniently located but offers more value.
Popular areas nearby include the lively Coral Bay, the exclusive Sea Caves area and the plush resorts of Aphrodite Hills and Minthis Hills. More affordable options exist inland in the hills that overlook Paphos such as Tala and Peyia.
Polis, to the north, is a little off the beaten track but is a charming authentic taste of Cyprus. The magnificent Chrysouchou Bay is popular as is the nearby fishing village of Latsi with its newly completed modern marina. Sailing trips along the coast to the Akamas Peninsula National Park are not to be missed.
As we head east from Paphos, we come to Limassol which is the second largest town after Nicosia in Cyprus. This is an up-and coming area which is gaining a lot of interest. The town has been transformed by the opening of its spectacular marina in 2014. This is a cosmopolitan and lively town with a good selection of restaurants and bars. There are great beaches nearby and it is possible to enjoy famous wine trails as well as skiing in the Troodos Mountains.
To the west of Limassol lies the picturesque area of Pissouri just north of Cape Aspro.
As we continue to head east, we come to the third largest city of Larnaca which also hosts the main international airport. The city is again a buzzing metropolis offering high-end shopping, restaurants and bars. There has been a number of upmarket developments completed along its waterfront in recent years. It is a striking part of the island with a number of outstanding beaches.
To the east of the city and near the airport lies Pervolia. This town is full of Cypriot character while still tourist-friendly.
Ayia Nappa and South Famagusta
The far south-east of the corner is called the Jewel of Cyprus due to its superb crystal clear turquoise waters and its fourteen blue-flag beaches.
Whilst Ayia Nappa may be the party capital of the island, there are plenty of smaller family resorts along the coast such as Paralimni, Protaras and Kapparis. The inland villages tend to be very traditional with a reputation for great produce, restaurants and Cypriot living as well as offering great value.
The northern part of Famagusta is under the control of Turkey following an invasion and occupation from 1974. We do not recommend buying in Northern Cyprus as legal title may not be sound and there may also be issues over the rights of the vendor to sell the property. At Escape to the Sun, we only deal with agents that are members of Cyprus Real Estate Agents’ Association (CREA) or the Association of International Property Professionals (AIPP) that operate in the Cypriot-controlled part of the island.