The enchanting and temperate island of Cyprus sits in the Mediterranean Sea and is filled with sandy beaches, pretty bays, and coves – all looking out to azure waters.
Indeed, Cyprus has the cleanest beaches in Europe, with around 70 boasting Blue Flag status. From Makronissos and Limnara to Kourion and Coral Bay, there are options aplenty.
Cyprus also offers glorious scenery and unspoiled nature, particularly in areas like Akamas Peninsula and Cape Greko National Parks. There’s history galore too, with Pafos Archaeological Park offering a glimpse of the isle’s ancient past. These enticing features attract tourists time and again.
Indeed, many people move to Cyprus to enjoy island life permanently.
Each of Cyprus’ coastal areas has characteristics that are suitable for varying lifestyles, be it culture, food, or activities like yachting – an increasingly popular sport among residents and visitors.
In collaboration with Cyprus Sotheby’s International Realty, we’ve collated the five most popular cities for permanent living or investment – go on a journey with us from east to west.
Top 5 cities on Cyprus’ coasts, and properties for sale
Limassol on the south coast
Known as the business capital of Cyprus, cosmopolitan Limassol was once an independent Greek state, before falling under the rule of the Romans, Crusaders, Byzantines, Venetians, Ottomans, and British. That history is reflected in the cultural atmosphere of Limassol and its architectural features.
The bustling metropolis has well-developed infrastructure across entertainment complexes, shopping malls and modern medical centers, and boasts European standards of education, including English curriculum schools. Out and about, the promenade runs alongside the entire city – perfect for walking or jogging all year round. Top beaches include Dasoudi, Akti Olympion, Lady’s Mile, Curium, and Governor’s, if relaxing is more your style.
It’s worth noting that apartments in Limassol make up some of the most expensive real estate in the country. For example, this beachfront five-level condo is on the market for €12,700,000 and has 506 square meters of space. Situated in the suburb of Amathousia next to the award-winning St. Raphael Resort & Marina, you’ll enjoy an open-plan layout with an extra room for staff, plus private balconies and cleverly planned wide glazed frontages.
The prestigious complex offers residents a fully equipped gym, a sauna, a communal swimming pool, a gated entrance, 24/7 security, and concierge services.
Back in the heart of Limassol’s affluent waterfront is this exceptional five-bedroom penthouse spanning 478 square meters. On the market for €8,900,000, the spacious interior is light and calming. In total, the impressive estate is made up of three beachfront towers, two are already close to completion. High-end shared amenities include health, fitness and spa facilities, plus an indoor and outdoor pool, a gym, tennis court, gardens, and a children’s play area.
Pafos on the southwest coast
Pafos is home to scenic landscapes, unparalleled sunsets, and a rich cultural heritage. It also boasts a host of small beaches such as Blue Flag Neo Chorio, Peyia and Yeroskipou, plus a quaint harbor lined with restaurants and shops. Slightly further afield you’ll find the legendary Aphrodite’s Rock and Coral Bay. The small, low-rise town is adored by Europeans (not least because of the English curriculum international schools), and is filled with top-quality villas at varying prices.
Pafos airport is close by, and the area has low levels of crime, noise, and pollution coupled with first-rate services. Oh, and you’ll find three top golf courses within easy reach: Minthis, Secret Valley, and Aphrodite Hills.
In terms of properties, a good example could be this luxurious five-bedroom, five-bathroom villa, located basically on the seafront. With contemporary interiors, ample indoor-outdoor living opportunities and an inviting pool, there are plenty of spaces to admire the glorious sunsets and sea views from.
The property pricing at €2,650,000 has direct access to a small bay that is hidden away from the public eye. It is part of a gated and secure development with manicured gardens and several private pathways to the picturesque coastal promenade of the area.
Polis on the northwest coast
Located in a valley that runs from the verdant Pafos mountains down to the Mediterranean, the small village of Polis is primely situated on the rugged and untouched far west coastline.
What’s more, the dramatic surrounding landscape includes Akamas National Park, Aphrodite’s Baths, and the quaint fishing harbor of Latchi.
Known in ancient days as the city of Marion, Polis isn’t very big but has all the amenities you need, from shops and restaurants to a charming square.
Property-wise, this modern four-bedroom seafront villa is on the market for €3,000,000. Newly built, the spacious home spans 275 square meters and sits on a manicured plot of 896 square meters. With verandas, sundecks, a pool, and barbeque areas, you’ll undoubtedly spend a lot of time outside. Inside it’s no less impressive – here contemporary blends with traditional Cypriot simplicity.
Larnaca on the southeast coast
The third-largest city in Cyprus, Larnaca is one of the oldest towns in the country and the center of Cyprus’ cultural heritage. Its name comes from the Greek word “Larnax” (sarcophagus). Why? Because over 3,000 ancient tombs were discovered in the area. In terms of historical landmarks, Larnaca is home to a medieval fortress that’s now a public museum with three exhibition halls.
The city is situated in a desirable location between the capital Nicosia and the more touristy areas of Ayia Napa and Protaras. Not only that, but it’s also well-served by a seaport and an international airport. Finikoudes is one of the locality’s top beaches – you’ll find it by the main street, and it’s the spot where festivals and events are often held.
Properties in Larnaca are particularly suitable for young people and families because prices have historically been lower than comparable homes in Limassol or Pafos. Although change is afoot, with large-scale investment and modernization projects in the pipeline, plus a new marina. Developing rapidly, the metropolis is an appealing place for real estate projects.
This unique five-bedroom penthouse highlights the city’s potential, spanning 593 square meters and on the market for €12,012,000. Located in the highest building in Larnaka, the eye-catching structure faces the Mediterranean sea and Finikoudes promenade, and is just 10 minutes from Larnaca airport. Contemporary all the way, the condo features floor-to-ceiling windows opening out onto large verandas.
For those with a lower budget, this modern three-bedroom flat is housed in the same complex and on the market for €4,345,000. Spanning five bathrooms across 250 square meters, the chic apartment boasts sea views and elegant decor.
Shared amenities include an indoor infinity swimming pool with vistas out to the water, a public plaza with shops, an art gallery space, a members-only clubhouse, and two upscale restaurants. There’s also a reception that’s open 24 hours a day, plus a gym, spa, and children’s play area.
Meanwhile, this luxe three-bedroom apartment spans 109 square meters and is situated in a mid-rise modern building. The distinctive architecture features a facade that reflects the ever-changing surface of the sea with its waves, dips, and peaks. On the market for €1,200,000, the residence will overlook the new port and marina.
Ayia Napa on the east coast
This sea-facing town is known for its pristine beaches such as Nissi and Konnos Bay, while its main landmark is the Venetian-era Ayia Napa Monastery, standing proudly in Plateia Seferi. The locals are hospitable and welcoming, and in terms of cuisine, freshly caught seafood is the order of the day. Cape Greco National Forest Park is just a 10-minute drive away, offering all manner of activities from swimming and diving to fishing, climbing, and hiking.
The area offers an array of amenities, including medical, sports and educational institutions, alongside bars, restaurants, shopping centers, and playgrounds. There’s also an impressive marina that accommodates yachts of up to 85 meters.
Modern real estate in Ayia Napa spans apartments and deluxe houses, many of which are water-facing. For example, this striking seafront villa is on the market for €5,350,000 boasting a plunge pool, modern bedrooms and living areas, floor-to-ceiling windows, and offering open-plan living.
Each dwelling has access to concierge and security services, fitness and wellness centers, child care, and serviced beaches.
If you’re looking for a high-end property in Cyprus as an investment, a second home, or to live in year-round, contact Cyprus Sotheby’s International Realty for more information and advice.