When you are moving to Cyprus you should also look into getting a local phone number and set up an internet connection.
How to get a Cypriot phone number
There are no challenges in getting a phone number whether it is a landline or mobile phone number, but if you are not a Cypriot or own property in Cyprus, you might experience some difficulties getting a subscription. In that case our advice is to get a pay as you go number, which you can get at almost any kiosk.
You can read more about getting a Cypriot phone number from these two service providers No1. Cyta and No2. MTN
Getting an internet connection in Cyprus
Google also exist in Cyprus you will of course also need an internet connection. You will want to get the process started quickly as there sometimes is waiting time before your chosen supplier is able to get you connected to the world wide web.
Internet access in Cyprus is expensive compared to wherever you are moving to Cyprus from and the options are limited. This means that you will have to choose between quality and cost – at the moment there is no way for you to get a high bandwidth connection cheap. But internet connections are available from €15 a month and upwards.
Getting a mobile internet connection is also worth considering, as the providers have 4G mobile network. two service providers No1. Cyta and No2. MTN
If you decide not to get an internet connection for your home you will have to rely on wifi access at bars, cafes and restaurants. While that will no doubt be good for your social life it will also include some costs for a coffee here or a drink or beer there.
Education in Cyprus
All the essential facts on the system and levels. Information gathered by Maispa Developers
The Education System in the Republic of Cyprus has four stages: pre-primary, primary, secondary and higher/tertiary.
Nine years of education are compulsory (and free at state schools): education is compulsory from Primary School (age 6) to the end of the third year of Secondary School (age 15)
The Ministry of Education and Culture has approval of all nursery schools (or kindergartens) operating on the island, whether a state-run public school or a private nursery school. The Ministry of Education and Culture also determines the curriculum to be followed. There are 3 categories of nursery school: Continue Reading
When driving in another country it always feels different than driving in your home country. The rules might be similar, signs will be a little different, road quality and traffic flow will be a different and local interpretation of driving laws will vary –A lot sometimes a lot. Read this it will give prepare you for driving in Cyprus
Driving in Cyprus is different than in many other countries. Being aware of local customs and traffic flow will make it a lot easier and safer for you. In this article, I have gathered these tips based on my own experience, which will make it as simple as possible for you to merge into the Cypriot traffic. Continue Reading
Paphos was the city of culture 2017 in Europe, it was very successful and Maispa was honoured with a plaque as a sponsor.
We thought it would be interesting to write some of the traditions and customs that one may come across amongst the Cypriot people. Some of these are traditional only to Cyprus, but the majority stem from Greek culture, and have been adopted and sometimes adapted over the years by Cypriots.
One of the first aspects of the Cyprus culture experienced by foreigners to Cyprus is the warm welcome. Cypriots are known worldwide for the genuine and sincere hospitality and friendliness. The words ‘Kalosorisate’ (Welcome!) and ‘Kopiaste’ (Come join us!) are frequently called to locals and foreigners alike.
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After the successful Capital of Culture 2017 year. Maispa Developers was presented with an honorary plaque for our support and sponsorship.
Paphos has now officially handed the title of the European Capital of Culture to the next European Capitals of Culture, Valletta & Leeuwarden (Netherlands)
We wish them well and hope that they can achieve the level of excellence we achieved in Paphos.
The Climate in Cyprus Weather
Cyprus has a subtropical climate – the Mediterranean and semi-arid type (in the north-eastern part of the island) with very mild winters (on the coast) and warm to hot summers. Snow is possible only in the Troodos mountains in the central part of the island. Rain occurs mainly in winter, with summer being generally dry.
Cyprus has one of the warmest climates and warmest winters in the Mediterranean part of the European Union. The average annual temperature on the coast is around 24 °C (75 °F) during the day and 14 °C (57 °F) at night. Generally – warm temperature season lasts about eight months. It begins in April, with average temperatures of 21–23 °C (70–73 °F) during the day and 11–13 °C (52–55 °F) at night, and ends in November, with average temperatures of 22–23 °C (72–73 °F) during the day and 12–14 °C (54–57 °F) at night. In the remaining four months of the year, the temperatures tend to remain mild, while sometimes exceed 20 °C (68 °F) during the day. In Limassol, in the period January–February, the average maximum temperature is 17–18 °C (63–64 °F) during the day and 8–9 °C (46–48 °F) at night. In other coastal locations in Cyprus, the temperature is generally 16–17 °C (61–63 °F) during the day and 6–9 °C (43–48 °F) at night. In March and December in Limassol the average is 19–20 °C (66–68 °F) during the day and 10–11 °C (50–52 °F) at night; other coastal locations in Cyprus are generally 17–19 °C (63–66 °F) during the day and 8–11 °C (46–52 °F) at night.
The middle of summer (July and August) is usually hot, with an average maximum coastal temperature of around 33 °C (91 °F) during the day and around 23 °C (73 °F) at night. In the centre of the island – the highlands – the average temperature exceeds 35 °C (95 °F)). In June and September on the coast the average maximum temperature is usually around 28–30 °C (82–86 °F) during the day and around 18–20 °C (64–68 °F) at night. While large temperature fluctuations are rare on the coast, the centre of Cyprus has more variations – typically colder winters and hotter summers.
Temperature of sea
The average annual temperature of the sea around Cyprus is 21–22 °C (70–72 °F), from 17 °C (63 °F) in February to 27–28 °C (81–82 °F) in August (depending on the location). In the seven months from May to November, the average sea temperature exceeds 20 °C (68 °F).
Cyprus receives an average of 2,700 to 3,500 hours per year. In winter, Cyprus receives an average of 5–6 hours of sunlight per day, half of the 12–13 hours experienced at the height of summer.This is about double that of cities in the northern half of Europe; for comparison, London has 1,461 hours, However, in winter there can be more than four times more sunshine; for comparison, London has 37 hours while coastal locations in Cyprus have around 180 hours of sunshine in December (that is, as much as in May in London).
The higher mountain areas are cooler and moister than the rest of the island. They receive the heaviest annual rainfall, which may be as much as 1,000 millimetres (39.4 in). Sharp frost also occurs in the higher districts, which are usually blanketed with snow during the first months of the year. Precipitation increases from 450 millimetres (17.7 in) up the south-western windward slopes to nearly 1,100 millimetres (43.3 in) at the top of the Troodos massif. The narrow ridge of the Kyrenia range, stretching 160 km (99 mi) from west to east along the extreme north of the island produces a relatively small increase in rainfall of around 550 millimetres (21.7 in) along its ridge at an elevation of 1,000 meters (3,281 ft). Plains along the northern coast and in the Karpass Peninsula area average 400 to 450 millimetres (15.7 to 17.7 in) of annual rainfall. The least rainfall occurs in the Mesaoria, with 300 to 400 millimetres (11.8 to 15.7 in) a year. Variability in annual rainfall is characteristic of the island, however, and droughts are frequent and sometimes severe. Statistical analysis of rainfall in Cyprus reveals a decreasing trend of rainfall amounts in the last 30 years.
Rainfall in the warmer months contributes little or nothing to water resources and agriculture. Autumn and winter rainfall, on which agriculture and water supply generally depend, is somewhat variable from year to year.
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Cypriot cuisine is closely related to Greek and Turkish cuisine; it has also been influenced by Byzantine, French, Italian, Catalan, Ottoman and Middle Eastern cuisines.
Frequently used ingredients are fresh vegetables such as zucchini, green peppers, okra, green beans, artichokes, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce and grape leaves, and pulses such as beans (for fasolia), broad beans, peas, black-eyed beans, chick-peas and lentils. Pears, apples, grapes, oranges, Mandarin oranges, nectarines, mespila, blackberries, cherries, strawberries, figs, watermelon, melon, avocado, citrus, lemon, pistachio, almond, chestnut, walnut, hazelnut are some of the commonest of the fruits and nuts.
For Greek Cypriots, there are many fasting days defined by the Orthodox Church, and though not everyone adheres, many do. Pulses are eaten instead, sometimes cooked in tomato sauce (yiahni in Greek) but more usually simply prepared and dressed in olive oil and lemon. On some days, even olive oil is not allowed. These meals often consist of raw onion, raw garlic.
The most traditional fish is salt cod, which up until very recently was baked in the outdoor beehive ovens with potatoes and tomatoes in season. Gilt-head bream is popular because it is relatively inexpensive and like sea bass extensively farmed
Many fish restaurants also include in the fish meze a variety of different food which includes fish, for example, fish souffle and fish croquettes.
Salad vegetables are eaten at every meal, sometimes whole. More often, they are prepared chopped, sliced, and dressed with lemon and olive oil. In the summer, the usual salad is of celery leaves and stalks, parsley, coriander leaves, tomatoes, and cucumber
Bamies (okra or ladies’ fingers) are baked in the oven with tomato and oil, and kounoupidhi (cauliflower) is also given this treatment.
Vazania/patlican (aubergines) can be prepared in a variety of ways, including stuffed and in moussaka. They are commonly fried and stewed slowly in oil, where the cooking time brings out the flavour and also allows them to shed the oil they have absorbed
Preserved pork is very popular, and before refrigeration, it was the main source of red meat available to Cypriots.
Lountza is made from the pork tenderloin. After the initial brining and marinading in wine, it is smoked. Although it can be aged, many prefer younger, milder lountza
Lamb and goat meat are also preserved as samarella, made very salty to prevent the fatty lamb meat from going rancid. Very popular amongst both communities is preserved beef. The whole silversides and briskets are salted and spiced quite powerfully to make pastourma/bastirma.
Many Cypriots consider snails a delicacy. The most popular way to prepare snails is to barbecue them. Another popular variation is to cook them with onions, garlic and tomatoes.
Mezedes is a large selection of dishes with small helpings of varied foods, brought to the table as a progression of tastes and textures. The meal begins with black and green olives, tahini, skordalia (potato and garlic dip), humus, taramosalata (fish roe dip), and tzatziki all served with chunks of fresh bread and a bowl of mixed salad. The meal continues with fish, grilled halloumi cheese, lountza (smoked pork tenderloin), keftedes (minced meatballs), sheftalia (pork rissoles), and loukaniko (pork sausages).
Loukoumades (fried doughballs in syrup), loukoum, ravani, tulumba and baklava are well-known local desserts. There are also pasti?, cookies made of ground almonds, that are offered to guests at weddings.
Cypriots also make many traditional sweets that are usually made of turunch/ bergamot, figs, tiny aubergines, fresh fleshy walnuts, watermelon or pumpkins processed akin to jam but without the over-cooking.
Halloumi is a semi-hard white-brined cheese with elastic texture, made in a rectangular shape from a mixture of goat and sheep milk; it may be sliced and eaten fresh, grilled, or fried. Aged halloumi may be grated over pasta dishes. It is the national cheese of Cyprus.
Anari, is a crumbly fresh whey cheese, similar to ricotta, made from goat or sheep milk. Two varieties exist, dry and fresh anari. Dry anari is salted and is much harder than the fresh variety, and is served grated with pasta dishes and Giouvetsi, while fresh anari is eaten in slices with honey or carob syrup.
Ayran is a traditional drink made of milk. Its recipe varies from region to region.
Among Cypriots, traditional brandy and zivania are of the most popular drinks on the island. Zivania, a grape distillate similar to Cretan raki, is another popular spirit.
Evidence of wine production on Cyprus goes back for millennia. Commandaria, the oldest wine in continuous production, is a popular dessert wine.
before you move
A checklist of things you have to consider
Getting everything to move to another Cyprus involves a lot more than packing. If you do not prepare in advance, you may have problems when you arrive (or even be refused to entry into Cyprus).
The most important thing when planning your move abroad is time. Make sure that you consider everything you have to do well in advance and know all the deadlines for getting each item done. The following checklist is designed to make this task easier and help prevent problems that might occur :
- Ensure that all your passport is valid. The process of applying for a visa may take several months and some countries require at least six months of passport validity to issue a visa, so be careful.
- Find out if you and/or family members need a visa and make the application as soon as possible if you do.
Getting ready to go
- Buy your tickets and make any necessary reservations for your trip.
- Check if you need an international driving license (remember that it is valid for only one year and it cannot be renewed, you must apply for it again).
- Make sure you and your pet have all the vaccines required to travel abroad. It may be required that your pet goes into quarantine.
- Arrange your travel insurance and your health insurance abroad (do not forget all other family members).
- Check whether your contributions towards your pension are recognized in the country you are moving to.
- Make sure that you and your family get medical and dental examinations, take a copy of the results. Also, take documents that prove and describe your insurance cover.
- If you are renting a house, tell your landlord. Under many contracts, you are required give notice several months in advance.
- Sell anything that you are not taking with you (cars, furniture, property, etc). Otherwise, you can ask friends to take care of it or put it in a deposit.
- If you are leaving for a long period, perhaps you should give “powers of attorney” over your financial affairs to someone while you are absent.
- Cancel your utilities in advance: electricity, gas, oil, water, telephone (also your mobile) and internet.
- Cancel your subscription to any clubs, associations, courses, newspapers, etc.
- Close your bank accounts unless you think that you will use them.
- Inform the tax authorities that you are leaving.
- Give your new address to your friends, family and business associates.
- Redirect your mail to the Post Office.
- Pay all outstanding bills and loans before you leave the country. Give back any money you borrowed from friends.
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It is difficult to say anything overall about living costs in Cyprus as it depends on what you compare it with and where you come from. It is not as cheap as it used to be before Cyprus joined the euro and had the Cypriot Pound.
But very few things are expensive and most goods and commodities are average price compared to the rest of Europe. Many daily groceries are around 10-20% cheaper than in Northern Europe.
Here are some things that stand out cost-wise:
What’s is cheap in Cyprus
These are some of the things that will help you keep the costs of living in Cyprus low:
Local seasonal fruit
Local fruits and veggies are very cheap to buy at the local fruterias and supermarkets
Renting property is cheap.
Most utility bills
Electricity and particularly water bills are usually very low.
Hiring a cleaner (and most other services)
Hiring people to help you with various services such as cleaning, gardening, babysitting and similar is cheap. Often the hourly cost starts at €5, but there’s usually an increase in the quality if you go a bit higher.
Getting your car washed
This is magnificent. Get your car washed for as little as €5
Beers and local spirits
If you do enjoy the odd drink this is good news. Local spirits and beer are very cheap.
What’s expensive in Cyprus
Here are some of the services and products in Cyprus that are relatively expensive:
Internet access in Cyprus is quite expensive, but you can get reasonably priced internet.
Milk is one of the few everyday products that are quite expensive. Most of it is imported as there’s not a lot of cattle in Cyprus.
The purchasing power in Cyprus is lower than in many other European countries. However, this isn’t reflected in costs of electronics. But there are some cheap alternatives available or you can order it online.
Clothing is not as such cheap – there’s just limited options and very little that is very cheap saying that prices are coming down. Luckily the internet is full of great options for online shopping. Just make sure they send from the EU to avoid import taxes.
Electricity bills in summer and winter
This is only relevant if you are a heavy user of air conditioning. If it’s cooling most of the day during summer and heating during winter, you can expect a significant increase in the numbers on your electricity bill.
However, if you plan on living in Cyprus it might be recommended to get used to the temperatures (particularly during summer) and save some euros from your budget.
You should look into installing solar panels. With the Net Metering scheme in Cyprus, you can save up to an estimated €1,250 yearly for up to 25 years. All it takes is a one-off investment.
Bringing your best friends(pets) to Cyprus
If you have a pet at home, whether it’s a cat, dog or something more exotic, you’re likely to want to take them with you to Cyprus when you move.
Don’t worry, we can put you in touch with experts who have years of experience in helping people move with any number of weird and wonderful pets. If you’re concerned about bringing your best friends(Pets) don’t be It is relatively easy to bring pets into Cyprus after obtaining an import permit from Cyprus Veterinary Services. Pets must be kept under ‘house quarantine’ for six months, however ‘home quarantine’ is also possible in a previously agreed area where the Veterinary Services Department will inspect the pet at intervals. This quarantine has now been lifted for pets if specific documents and certificates such as the following are submitted:
• An examination certificate that states that the pet was clinically examined 72 hours before exportation.
• Confirmation that the pet was kept in the exporting country since birth or the six months prior to shipment, with no outbreak of rabies.
• That the pet was treated with echinococcosis and hydatidosis prior to its shipment.
• That the pet was treated with an insecticidal preparation against ectoparasites prior to its shipment. Continue Reading