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Living in Paphos

Paphos is probably one of the most popular residential seaside resorts in Cyprus and attracts a significant number of overseas buyers, particularly the British who have an historical affinity with this Mediterranean island that has made an exceptional recovery from civil war.

Inexpensive cost of living

The cost of living in Paphos is considerably lower than in northern European cities. According to Numbeo a three course meal for two at a midrange restaurant is €34, a cinema ticket is €8 and the price per square metre of an apartment in central Paphos is €1,475; outside the centre it is €1,100.


Cyprus is acknowledged as one of the more family-friendly overseas destinations for foreign buyers. The international schools on the island are highly regarded and living in Paphos there is a fairly wide choice available to you, depending on whether you want to educate your children at the state schools where they will be primarily taught through the medium of Greek, or whether you want them to attend a fee paying international school.

Living in Paphos offers great healthcare

There are no worries about the quality of healthcare in Cyprus, whatever age you are. Paphos has a new general hospital that is equipped for emergencies as well as routine treatments. Paphos also has at least three private hospitals and a number of medical centres serving the local and expat communities. You will need health insurance to use these. There is also a Blue Cross Medical centre where new residents can go if they haven’t had time to register with a doctor. If you move to Cyprus and are working, and therefore paying tax, you will be entitled to free state healthcare, but make sure you are registered to claim this.

The laid back lifestyle

Paphos has fine weather for at least nine months of the year and the laid back lifestyle, plus the top quality beaches and stunning coastline, plus the Mediterranean cuisine all provide and excellent quality of life. The infrastructure here makes it easier for new overseas residents to find everything they want that they may be used to back home, and the nightlife in Paphos is renowned for its vibrancy. And it is one of the most important centres of the ancient world, with many fascinating remains of its past surviving today.

If there is a downside to Paphos it is the number of tourists visiting during summer. However, this is a problem encountered across Europe at the most popular resort areas, and Paphos certainly isn’t alone in this. The secret is either to go with the flow, or head somewhere else during the height of the tourist season,

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The name of this famous Cyprus resort comes from a local monastery of the same name. There is hardly anything ‘monk like’ about Ayia Napa today, although the Ayia Napa monastery remains as a landmark.


The clubs and bars frequented by the younger crowd are not the only things to do in this eastern Cyprus resort just south of the city of Famagusta. As it is a seaside resort, there is an abundance of water-based activities plus, Ayia Napa has more Blue Flag beaches per capita than anywhere else in the world. The most popular beaches are Nissi and Harbour beaches. Harbour beach is a better option for families, whereas Nissi may appeal more to younger people.


Water-based activities play an important role in this seaside resort. Jet ski hire is popular and you can also test your prowess with a self-drive jet boat. If you feel like something more sedate, a boat trip out to Ayia Napa’s crystalline waters may appeal. Try the safe way to parachute: instead of jumping out of a plane, you rise up out of the water with a parachute attached to you. If you have kids with you, they’ll love the Flying Fish, or the Crazy Squab ride that resembles bouncing over the waves on an inflatable sofa. There are also the more traditional activities, such as windsurfing and water skiing.

Museums and Ruins

You may not have heard much about Ayia Napa’s museums. But, they do exist and they’re both related to maritime topics. The Museum of Marine Life was opened in 1992 and displays everything connected to Cyprus’s marine heritage and the Mediterranean in general. There’s also Thalassa Museum of the Sea, which holds cultural events as well as exhibitions.


Yes, more water-related fun. The Ayia Napa Waterworld Waterpark is the biggest in Europe. The Greece-themed waterpark has won at least 25 international awards and also provides non-water attractions such as go-karting. The kids, and probably many adults, will enjoy the selection of rides and the management has thoughtfully provided an abundance of adult relaxation areas and playgrounds for younger children. There is even a spa area where the you can have a fish pedicure. It is open seven days and week and season tickets are available.
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