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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,

Take a look at the properties for sale in Paphos on Umuzee.com – there are both villas and apartments.

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