Cyprus Information

Frixos Louka welcomes you to Cyprus, a charming island in the eastern Mediterranean basin. With it's unique climate, culture, customs and cuisine, Cyprus offers an extraordinary blend of east and west. Over the centuries, the island's coveted geographical location has made it a melting pot of civilizations.

Cyprus is a major tourist destination in the Mediterranean. An advanced, high-income economy with a very high Human Development Index, the Republic of Cyprus was a founding member of the Non-Aligned Movement until it joined the European Union on 1 May 2004. On 1 January 2008, the Republic of Cyprus joined the Euro-zone.

The standard of living in Cyprus is excellent and the cost of living remarkably low considering the quality of life. A virtually pollution free environment and enviably low crime rates make the island a comfortable and stress-free place to reside.[/expand]

Why Invest in Larnaka

We believe that Cyprus offers advantages that other destinations cannot offer, making it one of the best areas in the world to buy a villa, apartment or investment property. The benefits include:

Buying property in a country which has gained EU membership

Properties for sale in Cyprus can be rented out

There is a well developed and growing tourist industry

Cyprus has a healthy stable property market

Flights are readily available from the UK and Ireland

Larnaka, our main area of interest is located in a strategic position in the island. Its residents benefit from Larnaca International Airport. Also, consider Larnaca’s close proximity to the remaining cities in Cyprus. Nicosia is only a 20-minute drive away and reaching Limmasol takes just 30 minutes driving time. The recent changes in the city render Larnaca a very attractive destination to invest on property. Some of these changes are listed below:

Expansion of the Larnaca marina: The takeover of the yacht marina by a private company (from the Cyprus government), which plans to invest heavily in the marina’s expansion, will result in a sharp boost in property value in Larnaca.

Closure of the Refinery: In addition, the closure of the refinery along the Larnaca-Dhekelia Road in May 2004, which has been the primary reason as to why the value of

Larnaca’s property as not reached the peaks of the other Cyprus towns, will also shoot property value even higher.

Entry of Cyprus into the European Union and the resolution of the long standing Cyprus Problem are further indicators of the worth added to property. Property prices are expected to rise much higher.


Larnaka is the oldest living city of Cyprus, founded 6000 years ago. It was originally known as Kition, or Kittium. A legend sais that the first settlement at the spot was founded by Noah's grandson Khittim. Unlike other ancient cities of Cyprus, which were abandoned by their inhabitants, Larnaca has existed and still exists on the same site. Being in the crossroad of civilization from the early dawn of history, Larnaca has attracted many visitors. Some came as colonizers, others as traders and others as invaders, conquerors or tourists.

The Kition City Kingdom was established by the Mycenaean Greeks in the 13th century BC when it enjoyed the dual position of a rich port and a major centre of the copper trade. Remains of that period excavated in recent years can be seen in its Cyclopean walls and a complex of Mycenaean temples. The very well preserved fortified port and shipyards are of a later period. Larnaka is the birthplace of the Stoic philosopher Zenon who taught in Athens in the 4th century BC. The Byzantine period of Larnaka is of great importance. It left many interesting monuments, among them the 9th century AD Basilica of Saint Lazarus. The town regained its standing during Ottoman rule when it became the diplomatic and commercial centre of Cyprus. It was here that the British landed in 1878 to begin their rule of the island that was ended in 1960. The recent history of the town follows the very fast development of all of the country. In 1973 the population of Larnaca was 22.000. In 1974 Turkey invaded the Republic of Cyprus and the Turkish army displaced by force about 200.000 Greek-Cypriots, the inhabitants of its Northern part. Larnaca received and welcomed over 40.000 refugees, thus tripling its population overnight, now at 65.000.

Cyprus Island

Cyprus is an island of legends that basks year-round in the light of the warm Mediterranean sun. A story past 10,000 years long has seen civilizations come and go and the likes of everyone from Alexander the Great to Cleopatra stake their claim here - but then, people do tend to get possessive when faced with such beauty. Aphrodite made her home on Cyprus, and travellers throughout antiquity came here just to pay her tribute.

Today Cyprus is a modern country that effortlessly marries European culture with ancient enchantment. Here you will discover a compact world of alluring beaches and fragrant mountain peaks, vineyards studded with olive trees and ancient ruins that stir the imagination, citrus groves and old stone villages where sweet wine flows as freely as conversations at the local café. A carefree place where a sense of timelessness is magnified by the kindness of the people.

Cyprus's landscape is one of infinite contrasts, from its fertile central plain to the cool vine-clad foothills; the majesty of the cedar valley in which wild indigenous moufflon roam; mile after mile of sandy shores with secluded beaches to seek out, and hundreds of villages to explore each with its own tradition and charm.

There are six major towns Nicosia, the capital situated inland in the middle of the Mesaoria plain, and the 5 coastal towns of Limassol, Larnaca, Pafos, Kyrenia, and Famagusta. The latter two, in the north nad east respectively, have been under Turkish occupation since 1974 and are inaccessible to visitors. Nicosia has been the capital of Cyprus for 1000 years since the 10th century. The origins of Nicosia date from the Bronze Age and it has had a tumultuous history. The Mycenaeans brought their civilisation here, establishing the first Greek roots, thousands of years ago. Many others passed through, including Phoenician, Assyrians, Egyptians, Persians, Romans, Crusaders, Venetians, Ottomans and the British. The disciples of Christ walked this land. The splendour of Byzantium, founded by Constantine The Great at Constantinople, encompassed the island of Cyprus. The Lusignans made Nicosia a magnificent city with a Royal Palace and about fifty churches.

The climate of Cyprus never fails to delight her visitors and every season has a charm and beauty of its own. In summer, sandy beaches and clear turquoise waters beckon swimmers and provide the perfect conditions for sailing, skiing and all watersports under the sun. Yet a complete contrast awaits in the cool, pine covered mountains of Troodos, with delightful hill resorts.