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Peyia Village and Coral Bay (The Bay of Maa)

Set in the hills above the hugely popular resort of Coral Bay is Peyia village. With stunning views of the Mediterranean, Peyia has become a favourite with British expatriates living in Cyprus.

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But Peyia Village has become something of a Little Britain

 
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Once upon a time (back around 2000 to 2002) Peyia village was one of those absolutely charming Cypriot communities which simply had it all. With charm, character, a dream-location, and views over the Mediterranean Sea and the resort of Coral Bay which were simply to die for, Peyia was home to a small contingent of British expatriates living among the village's Cypriot population.

Then, between 2002 and 2004, as the Cyprus property boom started in the run-up to the Republic's accession to full E.U. membership, the little hillside community was discovered by the overseas property market, and consequently by local property developers. With ever more British homebuyers rushing to the island in search of a bargain, land prices soared, villa complexes began to sprout like mushrooms, and the traditional village of Peyia became one of the region's prime real estate hotspots. And so, the little community's character began to change. Read on...

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Its perceived closeness to the resort of Coral Bay served to increase Peyia's popularity

As the crow flies, Peyia's village centre is barely two miles from the resort of Coral Bay with its famous beach. And this simple fact was proclaimed loudly by European overseas property companies eager to cash in on the increasing popularity of Aphrodite's Isle with homebuyers and real estate investors.

What these same companies failed to tell prospective buyers, however, is that most of the distance between village and coast runs down the side of a steep hill, and that there's no straight road between the two. So while two miles may sound like hardly any distance at all, driving from Peyia village to Coral Bay beach on small , winding country roads does take rather longer than most people would expect.

 

View of Peyia Village from the Hills to the North

The Beach at Coral Bay

 

But that's hardly the point, is it? You're reading this because you want to know what Peyia village is really like in 2010, aren't you?

These days Peyia stretches for over two miles from end to end, and has become a community populated primarily by British expatriates wondering what happened to the charming, traditional village they'd planned to spend their retirement in. Like many other communities across the island, Peyia has been turned into a British outpost by a large number of homebuyers purchasing off-plan properties without ever stopping to consider what the construction of such a large number of villas and apartments would do to the village's traditional character.

So... Is buying a property in Peyia village still a viable proposition? The easy answer would be: "It depends."

If you're thinking of moving to Cyprus, and you're looking for a place where you can socialise with large numbers of fellow Brits, where there are shops run by expatriates for expatriates, where you'll be surrounded by a relatively large number of amenities, restaurants and tourist facilities, then Peyia isn't actually a bad proposition at all.

If, however, you're after a real taste of Cyprus, and you're looking for a traditional Cypriot village where you can settle in as a part of the local community, then you're best off looking elsewhere. In fact, if you want to get away from the expat crowds you might want to check out Argaka village a little to the north.

 

The Church at Peyia's village centre

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The Tsada Golf Course

About five miles north-east of Paphos town (more steep hills and winding roads), you will find Minthis Hills, formerly known as the Tsada Golf and Country Club.

As the first grass course in Cyprus, it opened its doors back in 1994 and is, at least partially, responsible for golf's meteoric rise in popularity on the island. Tsada golf course has been a firm favourite with local players for years. However, the course's acquisition by a local development company has changed its face drastically during the past couple of years.

Indeed, the course's remodelling, and the construction of a large number of villas around it means that Tsada/Minthis Hills is proclaimed to be a 5-Star golfing venue and residential resort these days. But how does reality compare to this image?
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