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About Cyprus

Cyprus is famous for its healthy and pleasant climate; the island enjoys dry summers and mild winters. The sun shines for more than 300 days per year. Minimum temperatures in the winter are 6°C to 13°C and warmest temperatures in the summer vary between 21°C to occasionally 40°C. Every day is a sunny day.

The natural beauties of the island, its unspoiled environment, the archaeological wealth and the traditional hospitality of its people, make Cyprus an ideal place for holidays, relaxation and retirement.
Today Cyprus is a modern country which effortlessly marries European culture with the culture of the Middle East, along with ancient enchantment. A small island, in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea,  with a big heart.

The Cyprus mystique is a product of its legendary beauty and millennia of competing empires, all unable to resist the strategic allure of the island. The perfect location, of course, never stops to attract people all over the world. But close as Cyprus may be to the world's centre stage, it is a distinctive place that can feel blissfully apart from it all.
 
Abundant copper in antiquity put small Cyprus on the map. In fact Cyprus (Kypros in Greek) gave copper its Latin name: cuprum. In the late Bronze Age, Mycenaean Greeks settled on Cyprus and established trade links with Egypt and the Aegean islands. This is also the period when ceramic art first flourished. As centuries drifted by, the island came variously under Persian, Assyrian, Egyptian, and Roman rule. It was during the latter era that Marc Antony, enraptured by the island's sweet wines, gave Cyprus as a gift to his lover, the matchless Cleopatra. After a long period of Byzantine domination, European awareness of Cyprus surged with the Crusades. In 1191 a fierce sea storm led Richard the Lionheart to put his ship into port at Limassol (Lemesos). He claimed the island as his own.

The Republic of Cyprus achieved independence in 1960 and is now a member the European Union.

From independent travelers to honeymooners, archaeology aficionados to friends of nature, everyone have a reason to visit Cyprus. Food lovers will find farm-fresh halloumi cheese and delectable meze, the local specialty appetizers that mix Western ingredients with Eastern zest. Good company along with finest wine is a way of life. A place that measures up to its mystique: Cyprus.
 
You won’t find it difficult to feel like home; most of the natives speak English fluently.

Cypriots are famous for their hospitality. In every town of Cyprus: Nicosia (Lefkosia), Limassol (Lemesos), Larnaca (Larnaka), Pafos (Paphos) and Famagusta (Parlimni, Agia Napa and Protaras), you will find friends
 
 Cyprus has a great history and a bright future to come. Be a part of the warm and sunny sky of the Mediterranean Sea.

GOVERNMENT
Cyprus is an independent sovereign Republic with a presidential system of government. Under the 1960 Constitution, executive power is exercised by the President of the Republic, elected by universal suffrage for a five-year term of office. The President exercises executive power through a Council of Ministers appointed by him. Ministers may be chosen from outside the House of Representatives.

Cyprus is a member of the United Nations and U.N. Agencies. It is also a member of the Council of Europe, the Commonwealth, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and many other international Organizations.

Following the signing of the EU Enlargement Treaty in Athens on April 16, 2003 and its subsequent ratification by the Cypriot House of Representatives, Cyprus officially joined the EU on May 01, 2004.

JUDICIAL SYSTEM
The legal system of Cyprus is very similar to the English Law. Cyprus was a British colony before 1960 and many of our habits reflect the English way of life.

The administration of justice is exercised by the island’s separate and independent Judiciary. Under the 1960 Constitution and other legislation in force, the following judicial institutions have been established: The Supreme Court of the Republic, The Assize Courts, District Courts, Military Court, Industrial Disputes Court, Rent Control Courts and Family Courts. The Supreme Courts is the final appellate court in the Republic and the final adjudicator in matters of constitutional and administrative law.


CYPRUS AND THE ILLEGAL GOVERNMENT OF NORTH CYPRUS
In 1974, the Turkish troops, invaded Cyprus. This short war ended living many losses, a lot of pain and an island divided in two.

The Cyprus Government is a member of the United Nations and U.N. Agencies. It is also a member of the Council of Europe, the Commonwealth, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and many other international Organizations.

The illegal government that is formed on the North part, the so called “Government of North Cyprus”, is not recognized from any Official and International Organization, or Government.

It is a matter of great importance for you to know, before you make an investment here in Cyprus. Buying property from the North part of Cyprus is illegal. No country or any International Court will recognize this property transaction.


HEALTH & SAFETY

Medical Services and Hospitals Diagnosis Units

Medical care-needs in Cyprus are met through:
1. Government General Hospitals
2. Private Clinics/Hospitals

Government General Hospitals and Private clinics/hospitals are mostly concentrated in urban areas, while health centers, sub centers, and dispensaries function in the rural areas, provide a network to meet the medical needs of the whole population.
All Government General Hospitals as well as some private clinics have Accident and Emergency Departments for emergency cases.

Medical treatment and assistance is offered free of charge to international tourists in case of health emergencies at the Accident and Emergency Department of Government Hospitals/Institutions. Out-patient and in-patient treatment is provided against payment of the prescribed fees, except for EU citizens who are settled by their country's health care authorities, a E111 form. Holiday-makers can also make use of their health insurance, which covers medical expenses, provided that this insurance covers the length of their stay on the island.

Almost all manufactured medicines are available in Cyprus. Local newspapers list pharmacies which are open during the night and on weekends/holidays, as well as the names of doctors who are on call on weekends/holidays.
Information on private doctors on call on weekends / holidays is given by the following telephone numbers:
Lefkosia: 90901422
Pafos: 90901426
Lemesos: 90901425
Ammochostos: 90901423
Larnaca: 90901424
Most hotels make arrangements for Medical services for their guests.


FOOD SAFETY & DRINKING WATER QUALITY

In Cyprus the safety of food and drinking water quality is monitored by the Health Inspectors of the Medical and Public Services of the Ministry of Health and the Local Authorities. Food and drinking water are of high quality, absolutely safe and no food or water-bore diseases occur.

Water is safe to drink in Cyprus, as water pollution is negligible and every home has fresh running drinking-water.
All the District Water Boards are in constant collaboration with the Government Health Services and the General Laboratory for the prevention of any toxicological and bacteriological infection of water in Cyprus.
Tap-water in hotels, restaurants, public premises, etc., is safe to drink.

Cyprus is also free from dangerous infectious diseases. No vaccination requirements for any International Traveler.

DRUGS - PSYCHOTROPIC SUBSTANCES - NARCOTICS
According to Cypriot Law, the Importation, Possession and Use of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances, is strictly prohibited.

Cyprus has one of the lowest crime and drug level in Europe.

Health – care products and cosmetics are available in supermarkets and convenience stores, in every town: Nicosia (Lefkosia), Limassol (Lemesos), Lanaca (Larnaka), Pafos (Paphos) and Famagusta (Paralimni and Agia Napa).
Furthermore various health food items and health-care products are found in Pharmacies, all over the island.

LARNACA (Larnaka)
Every town of Cyprus: Nicosia (Lefkosia), Limassol (Lemesos), Pafos (Paphos) and Ammochostos (Paralimni and Agia Napa), has a magic of its own.
Larnaca is a nice quite town; Beautiful with sunny sky and blue beaches.
Larnaka attracts many tourists all year long. Always something is happening in Larnaca. Events, festivals, and vivid nightlife, make this town glow during the night and during the daytime, the nice weather, the landscape, along with the people’s culture and attitude make Larnaca colorful and human.    

The seafront is vaguely reminiscent of a Continental promenade, with its line of mature palms and its languid air of sleepy charm.
Cafes and taverns line the area near the sea, coloring the atmosphere sith sounds and tastes. It is a popular spot for visitors and Cypriots alike. Nearby is the Marina, frequent by yachtsmen, from all over the world. At the western end of the promenade is a mid – evil fort, over 400 years old.

The island’s main international airport is situated in Larnaca. After your landing in Cyprus, it won’t take you long to see the beautiful salt - lake, home, during the cooer months, for dozens of graceful flamingos and other migratory birds.

Larnaca’s Archaeological Museum and the Pieridis Foundation Museum, exhibit particularly interesting antiquities and amazing pieces of art. The ancient city – kingdom of Kitio, established by the Mycenaean Greeks in the 13th century, the church of Agia Fnaeromeni (built over a rock cave), dating from the 8th century B. C. and the Saint Lazarus church, dated in the 18th century, are just some attractions of great historical value, you can see here.

Larnaca has an open air amphitheatre and an indoor municipal theatre, where exhibitions, concerts, drama and folk festivals are organized, with famous singers, actors and other artists, from all over the world.

Why Larnaca, is best choice of your investment? Mostly of or projects are situated in Larnaca, because of the faster rhythms of growth. The new town plans show a future evolution of the town’s port, seafront and marina. The international airport is already under reconstruction.
A future Golf Course at Tersefanou area, (near Larnaka), will maximize the Property values of the around villages. Voroklini (Oroclini), Pyla, Paralimni, Tersefanou, Kiti, Meneou, Pervolia, Paralimni, Agia Napa, Protaras and the town center, are all areas that are rabidly developing.

Larnaca is not just a small town. It is a wonderful place of enormous beauty with an amazing easy going way of life. Nowadays when crime, drugs and uncertainty is rising, Larnaca looks like an illusion in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea.

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