Cities in Cyprus
If Cyprus is the country of your expat dreams but you’re not sure where to settle then read all about the country’s most popular cities!
The capital of Cyprus lies in the northern central part of the island and with a population of over 186,000 it is the most populated city in Cyprus. Nicosia is also the main business centre in Cyprus although due to the nations bailout the Cypriot banking sector is set to decline by a significant amount. The northern part of the city is divided by the Green Line with the part of the city beyond being controlled by the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Cyprus.
Nicosia has been inhabited since the early Bronze Age, the area has had humans living there since 2500BC!
Nicosia, is now the only capital in the world to be divided between two ‘nations’ – the Republic of Cyprus (South Cyprus) and the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus, which is an unrecognised nation occupied by Turkey.
The Byzantine Museum in Nicosia holds the largest collection of Byzantine Art in Cyprus.
The second largest city on Cyprus has a population of around 101,000 and is located on the islands southern coast. Limassol is one of the busiest trading ports in the Mediterranean and is home to the largest in Cyprus. The city is also a major tourist destination and the surrounding area has many archaeological sites.
Limassol is situated between the two ancient town of Amathus and Curium.
The history of the city is closely tied to Richard the Lion heart and the Third Crusade
Most of the wine made on Cyprus is made in Limassol
Berengaria Castle is where Richard the Lionheart married his queen, Berengaria the only wedding of an English monarch held on foreign soil.
Located on the south-western coast of the island Paphos is said to be the birthplace of the Greek goddess Aphrodite. In Greco-Roman times Paphos was the capital of Cyprus and is famous for the remains of a Roman Villa which attracts tourists from all over the world. The city also enjoys the mildest temperatures on Cyprus and is a popular tourist destination.