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7 Tips for Living in Polis

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Advice for people moving to Polis or thinking about moving there.

This is a must read if you're moving to Polis or thinking about moving there.

Living in Polis as an expat or digital nomad can be an exciting adventure. This charming town offers a unique blend of traditional Cypriot culture, stunning natural beauty, and modern amenities. However, to make the most of your time in Polis, it's important to keep a few key tips in mind.

1. Embrace the Local Culture

Polis is a town steeped in history and tradition. The locals are proud of their heritage and are always happy to share it with newcomers. Attend local festivals, visit the Polis Archaeological Museum, and explore the ancient ruins of Marion to immerse yourself in the local culture. This will not only enrich your experience but also help you build connections with the local community.

2. Learn Some Basic Greek

While many people in Polis speak English, learning some basic Greek can go a long way in making your life easier and more enjoyable. It will help you navigate daily life, from ordering food at local restaurants like Moustakallis Tavern and Chix Chox, to asking for directions. Plus, locals always appreciate when foreigners make an effort to speak their language.

3. Explore the Natural Beauty

Polis is surrounded by stunning natural beauty. From the crystal-clear waters of Latchi Beach to the lush Akamas Peninsula National Park, there's plenty to explore. Take advantage of the town's location and spend your free time hiking, swimming, or simply enjoying the breathtaking views.

4. Understand the Cost of Living

While Polis is more affordable than many other European destinations, it's still important to understand the cost of living. Rent, groceries, dining out, and other expenses can add up. Plan your budget carefully and consider cost-saving measures like cooking at home or using public transportation.

5. Get to Know the Neighborhoods

Polis is made up of several neighborhoods, each with its own unique charm. The town center is bustling with shops, restaurants, and cafes, while areas like Latchi offer a quieter, more relaxed vibe. Spend some time exploring different neighborhoods to find the one that suits your lifestyle and preferences best.

6. Stay Connected

As a digital nomad, reliable internet is a must. Fortunately, Polis offers good internet connectivity, with many cafes and restaurants providing free Wi-Fi. However, it's a good idea to have a backup plan, such as a local SIM card or portable Wi-Fi device, in case of any connectivity issues.

7. Get Involved in the Community

One of the best ways to feel at home in a new place is to get involved in the community. Look for opportunities to volunteer, join local clubs or groups, or participate in community events. This will not only help you make new friends but also give you a deeper understanding of the local culture and way of life.

Living in Polis, Cyprus can be a rewarding and enriching experience. By embracing the local culture, learning some Greek, exploring the natural beauty, understanding the cost of living, getting to know the neighborhoods, staying connected, and getting involved in the community, you can make the most of your time in this charming Cypriot town.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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