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Beat the winter and ‘back to school’ blues

27th October 2006 Print
With the end of summer, even one so extended as this year’s, the trudge back to school provokes dreams of changing lives and warmer places. With around 340 days of sunshine a year, a half term or Christmas trip to Cyprus could inspire a family move to enjoy warm weather year-round.

The country’s high standard of living at relatively low cost, makes Cyprus the perfect place for families with children of all ages. A recent international poll found Cypriot towns to have some of the lowest costs of living within a developed nation – about 1/3 to 2/3 of most parts of Europe, Japan and the USA. EU membership means that all EU nationals have the right to work in Cyprus. Balanced with the beneficial tax regime and low crime rate, Cyprus is a financially appealing as well as physically healthy environment for families.

Another attraction for British families is the strong British connection with Cyprus, which includes driving on the left side of the road, the same electric plugs and wide range of English speakers as at least 80% of the population speak English.

Litsa Chrysostomou, Marketing Manager for BuySell Real Estate, the largest real estate organisation in Cyprus, advises: “Cyprus is a paradise for families. The warm summers and mild winters, combined with the safe environment, ensures children grow up playing outdoors – the best way to keep them away from the television or computer. The low cost of living means families can live comfortably on a lot less than it would cost in England.”

Cyprus has an excellent state-funded school system as well as many private, international and foreign schools. Children who do not speak Greek can receive special lessons in their own language so that they can go to state school.

Interested buyers can book one of BuySell Real Estate’s three night inspection trips for £49 or, if already on the island, visitors can book a two day customised tour to learn more about how and where they could buy a new home. BuySell Real Estate’s property viewing tours are free, with no pressure to buy although people who do buy a property with BuySell Real Estate as a result of their viewing tour will be offered two complimentary return flights back to their home country - conditions apply and can be viewed at

For more information on Cyprus, inspection visits and properties for currently for sale, visit