Last updated on Jul 10, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Larnaca, Cyprus: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.
What do I need to know before moving to Larnaca?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Larnaca, they said:
"Before moving to Larnaca, expats should know that the official languages are Greek and Turkish, but English is widely spoken due to the country's history as a British colony. The cost of living in Larnaca is relatively low compared to other European cities, but it's still higher than in some countries. Expats should be aware that Cyprus has a Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. Larnaca is a coastal city, so it's also important to be prepared for humidity. The healthcare system in Cyprus is of a high standard, with both public and private healthcare available. However, expats may need to secure private health insurance to ensure they have access to all services. Cyprus uses the Euro (€) as its currency. Expats should also know that the banking system in Cyprus is modern and efficient, with most banks offering online banking services. Driving is on the left-hand side of the road in Cyprus, the same as in the UK. Public transportation is available but not always reliable, so having a car can be beneficial. Cypriot cuisine is a blend of Greek and Middle Eastern influences, with a focus on fresh, local ingredients. Cyprus has a relatively low crime rate, but like anywhere, it's important to take standard precautions to protect yourself and your property. The education system in Cyprus is well-regarded, with a number of private international schools offering instruction in English. Finally, expats should be aware that Cyprus has a slower pace of life compared to many other countries. This can be a positive or negative depending on personal preference," commented one expat who made the move to Larnaca.
How do I find a place to live in Larnaca?
About the Author
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.