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Pros and cons of living in Paphos

Updated: Feb 29

Paphos is a city in Cyprus and a popular destination for expats. Whether you are looking for a new country to call home or are already moving to Paphos, it’s worth looking into the pros and cons of living there. We’ve done the work for you, and this is what we found out.

Moving to this wonderful European destination is relatively easy, and new residents can get their residency sorted quickly, provided the requirements are met. You can apply for a self-employment Visa, which allows you to live and work there, or you can apply for a work permit if you have been offered a job. If you’re retired, you can apply for residency if you can demonstrate your health insurance, regular income, and the ability to be financially independent.

1. Pro: Paphos is Stunning

When somewhere is a very popular tourist destination, you know there has to be a good reason behind it. Paphos and the whole of Cyprus enjoy a stable climate all year round, meaning it’s warm and sunny, even when the UK is cold, dark and wet in winter.

Geographically, it’s stunning, with a mix of countryside, mountains and glorious beaches. So, this is an excellent destination if you enjoy the outdoors and exploring, hiking, or just soaking up the sun lazing on the sand.

2. Pro: The Standard of Living

Cyprus offers a good standard of living; they have some of the best healthcare services in the world. If you’re emigrating there with family, you can enjoy a comprehensive education system which is highly regarded across the globe.

It’s modern, clean and has excellent transport links making Paphos a great city to settle down in with your family. Of course, you don’t have to live in the middle of the town. There are many outlying areas of residential property where you can be close to all the amenities and yet far enough away that you don’t feel like you are constantly exposed to the hustle and bustle of city life.

3. Pro: It’s Affordable

The cost of living in Pathos is pretty good. Compared to many other European countries, you will find it affordable whether you are young professionals starting or looking for a retirement destination. There is a comparison between the cost of living and wages, but that’s the same wherever you go. However, you should find that your salary covers everything you need, and the cost of housing, utilities and food is lower than in Europe in general.

4: Pro: Immersive and Varied Culture

Pathos has a fascinating history; many other countries, including the UK, Turkey, and Greece, have influenced its culture. Locals are generally very welcoming, and it’s an exciting and diverse country. If you are going to live in Cyprus, it’s worth throwing yourself into the culture and enjoying the local music, traditions, and food.

5. Pro: Taxes

It’s pretty unusual to consider taxes a positive aspect, but in Cyprus, income and property taxes are low, so it’s an excellent place to purchase a home. International businesses can enjoy favourable tax breaks, and because of this, it’s a popular destination for investors and entrepreneurs alike.

So that all sounds pretty positive. However, we must look at the opposing sides, especially if you plan to leave your home country and start a new life. It’s all very well heading somewhere on holiday and finding some negative things because you know you’re coming home soon, but if you’re making an international move to call Pathos or Cyprus your new home, you need to know the bad and the good.

1. Con: Unfavourable Crime Rates

Comparatively, the crime rate in Cyprus is considered relatively high. This includes petty theft and burglary, which can concern people moving into the area. That said, it is lower than in many countries. If you are sensible and take precautions with the security of your property and personal belongings, you should have very few problems.

2. Con: High Property Prices

While property taxes are low, the cost of purchasing a home is high. Paphos is a very popular tourist destination, which does make it more expensive for anyone looking to live there.

3. Con: Not so Many Jobs

Depending on your career path, you may find that the job market in pathos is pretty limited. A lot of employment sits in the tourism sector, so if you are a young professional looking for other industries, it could be a struggle. That said, as previously mentioned, the city's infrastructure is good, meaning you have excellent Internet capabilities to work from home as a digital nomad.

4. Con: Expensive Public Transport

The public transport system is very good, and maintaining it and keeping it this way is reflected in the cost of using it. If you’re relying on public transport to commute to work, you could find that it’s pretty costly.

5. Unstable Political Arena

Political instability is not new in Cyprus, it’s well documented throughout history, and this can put some people off living there. However, in recent years, it’s been relatively stable, but events could unfold quickly, leaving some people unsure about the future.

The takeaway

Whilst there are many pros of relocating to Cyprus, it's also important to have the full picture and consider some of the negatives. If you plan to relocate to Paphos or anywhere in Europe, don’t forget that we are on hand to provide international removals you can trust.

We are more than happy to provide a quote, and you can be assured that Pinnacle Removals will take care of all your belongings as if they were our own.

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