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By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Polis, Cyprus: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

What do I need to know before moving to Polis?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Polis, they said:

"Polis is a small town located in the north-west part of Cyprus, known for its slow-paced lifestyle and natural beauty. Before moving to Polis, expats should be aware that the official languages are Greek and Turkish, although English is widely spoken due to the high number of British expats and tourists. The cost of living in Polis is relatively low compared to other European countries, but it's still higher than in some parts of Cyprus. The town offers a range of accommodation options, from traditional houses to modern apartments, and it's advisable to secure a place to live before moving. The healthcare system in Cyprus is of a high standard, with both public and private healthcare options available. Expats should ensure they have adequate health insurance coverage, as private healthcare can be expensive. The Cypriot cuisine is a blend of Greek, Turkish, and Middle Eastern influences, and seafood is particularly popular in Polis due to its coastal location. Expats should also be aware that Cypriots tend to eat late, with dinner often served after 8 pm. Public transportation in Polis is limited, so having a car is almost essential. Driving is on the left-hand side of the road, and an international driving permit is required. The climate in Polis is Mediterranean, with hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. Expats should be prepared for high temperatures in the summer months, which can reach up to 40 degrees Celsius. Polis has a relaxed, laid-back lifestyle, with a strong emphasis on family and socializing. The town has a range of leisure activities, from hiking and cycling to water sports and wine tasting. The education system in Cyprus is of a high standard, and there are several international schools in the country. However, these are mainly located in the larger cities, so expats moving to Polis with children may need to consider this. Finally, it's important to note that Cyprus has a complex political situation due to the division of the island into the Republic of Cyprus and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. However, this doesn't generally affect daily life in Polis," remarked one expat living in Polis, Cyprus.

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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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