Blevins Franks update – government service pensions


Article released by Blevins Franks, which is of interest to expatriates living in Cyprus:


UK government service pensions can continue to be taxed in Cyprus, for now.

Cyprus and the UK have agreed an amendment to the new double tax treaty which means that, if you live in Cyprus and receive a UK government service pension, the income can continue to be taxed in Cyprus for the next five years. READ MORE.



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This weekend’s ‘Epiphany’ explained

epiphanyEpiphany ‘Fota’: The 12th day of Christmas – 6th January

The festival of Epiphany (6 January) is a national public holiday known in Cyprus as ‘Ta Fota’ which means ‘the light’ and is a big festival that celebrates the baptism of Christ and celebrations take place in all the harbours. The Bishop leads a procession of school children and members of various youth organisations accompanied by the local band along to the harbour. During the Epiphany service, the Bishop dramatically tosses his processional cross into the sea to bless the waters and scores of local lads dive in quickly to retrieve it – he who does is ensured of good luck for the year!

Locals spend time in the harbour area and wander, dressed in their best clothes enjoying a tray of lokoumades (tiny honey-soaked doughnuts) bought from roadside stalls. Away from the hustle and bustle of the festivities, some of the older Cypriots may quietly wash their fruit and vegetables in the blessed seawater to ensure that they have a bountiful harvest in the autumn.

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Festive favourite – The Sound of Music comes to Cyprus

New theatre show one of the season’s favourite things

The hills are alive with the first snowfall in Cyprus, meanwhile, Limassol’s theatres are putting on a festive treat – seven performances of The Sound of Music. The performances will be taking place at Limassol’s Pattihio Theatre on December 30 to January 2, and at the Strovolos Municipal Theatre from January 4 to 6, the production features performers and a creative team of 50 from London’s West End. With only seven performances, it’s worth booking that ticket now!

For more details and info on how to get your hands on tickets click HERE.


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Discover Cyprus – Kremmiotis Waterfall

Kremmiotis waterfall, Paphos, Cyprus

Only recently made accessible, Kremmiotis waterfall in the village of Krito Terra {click for Googlemap location} is a hidden gem that not many have explored. Take your walking boots, it’s a slippery rock clamber to get there (literally, you will have to crawl through a little cave), but it will be WELL worth it!

Read MyCyprusInsider’s full article here.


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Discovering Cyprus: scuba diving – try dives and try diving

Scuba diving image

Cyprus’ waters are the perfect place to learn to scuba dive – they are warm, clear, calm and very safe. Our favourite dive centre, Cyprus Diving Adventures in Pissouri Village, is headed up by Steve Ford who offers our guests a 10 – 20% discount (depending on group size) and a brilliant free visiting service and free pick up and drop off service. So there are no excuses not to get your wet suit on, dive in and try an exciting new activity! Check out Steve’s fab blog post where he explains try dives and try diving HERE.


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December’s astronomical wonders

We’re in for a fab couple of weeks of astronomical events – so, get your blankets at the ready and go catch sight of the wonders of the sky!

Right now: the Geminids meteor shower is peaking this week, with rumours that the best sightings will be the morning of 14th December. Read about the Geminids here.

16th December: Wirtanen, the Christmas 2018 comet. It’s the brightest comet of 2018, and although not easily visible to the naked eye, have some lovely tips on how best to view it: read here.

21st December: December solstice – the shortest day of the year. Here’s to lighter, brighter winter days!

22nd December: the peak of the Ursids meteor shower. A lower-key affair than the Geminids (you may be able to view up to 10 meteors per hour), the Ursids will be active between 17 – 26 December. Read about the Ursids here.


Happy sky watching!

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Discover Cyprus – cozy, traditional tavernas

Traditional Cypriot taverna, and roaring open fireAs temperatures cool down for winter time in Cyprus we recommend experiencing the coziness of a traditional Cypriot tavern coupled with hearty Cypriot food.  The reward of delicious traditional cooking will make the journey more than worthwhile and you just can’t beat the charm of an old taverna with old-school Cypriot hospitality.

Mycyprusinsider reckons that these three particular tavernas will ‘take you back in time’: Read here

Take the drive up to one of these magical little villages – we promise you wont regret it!


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