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Visitors enjoying a holiday in Cyprus, especially a holiday in North Cyprus, will more than likely be attracted by the low prices in North Cyprus properties for sale. So what is life like for the people who do buy property and live either full time or part time in North Cyprus?
As always, there is no black and white answer. It is a very bureaucratic society so simple procedures like opening a bank account can take two hours or signing for electric or water meters take longer than they should. For those relaxed enough to take all these problems in their stride then life can be good.
There are a number of satellite systems which will give basic programmes in English like the BBC World News and Euronews. On top of that there are subscription channels giving Sky News and Premiership and European football matches live. BBC and ITV channels need a much larger investment.
There are a number of English language papers, the twice weekly ‘Cyprus Toda’ and the weekly ‘Star’ and ‘Observer’. These keep people in touch with events taking place and news from the UK.
The ex-pat community is active in driving forward many of the charity events through coffee mornings, walks, second hand clothing sales, bike rides and just about anything that will persuade people to part with money. The ex-pats also organise and run the biggest craft market in the north at Hotel Lambousa. This is held on a Saturday morning and is very popular with residents and visitors alike. Here you can buy second hand books so you need never be short of something to read, recycled dvds, music and film, carpets, clothing, new and second hand, home baked products in variety, handmade greeting cards, electric kettles, drill, tools and just about everything. The local Turkish Cypriots join in too and you can taste some of their fast food specialities.
Amateur dramatics have a role too and there are various productions of plays and musicals throughout the autumn and winter months. Various organisations and societies give a focus for residents to pursue and develop their own special interests. The involvement is there for those who wish it to make life fulfilling.
We have provided average cost of expenses below. Please note these prices are just to give you an idea of living in North Cyprus and may change anytime.
Meal in an inexpensive restaurant: £3 to £10
Meal in an expensive restaurant: £10 to £20
Snacks: £2,5 to £7
Local Beers: £1
Water (20 litres): £1.4
Bottles of wine: £2 to £20
Milk (regular), 1 litre: £0.85
Loaf of Fresh White Bread: £0.4
Local cheese, 1kg: £5.40
Rice (500g): £1.4
Eggs (15): £1.7
Chicken (1kg): £5
Red meat (1kg): £11
Petrol (1 litre): £1.25
Taxi starts from tariff: £1.7
Average monthly water bill for a couple: £5
Average monthly electricity bill for a couple: £50
Apartment rentals, monthly (3 bedrooms fully furnished): £450