As international travel finally begins to open up again, many people are undoubtedly considering not only a short getaway, but also buying their own vacation home in the sun to retire.
But where are the best destinations for those looking to buy a vacation home?
A study of Compare The Market analyzed places around the world based on factors such as restaurants, things to do, affordability, cost of living, crime incidents and local weather, to find out.
On the resulting list of the best places in the world to buy a vacation home, three of the top ten locations were in Cyprus and Greece.
Second on the list of the world’s best vacation home buying destinations, after Venice in Italy, is Paphos, Cyprus.
“Although Venice is an amazing place to visit, you might want a vacation home somewhere with fewer tourists where you can really immerse yourself with the locals. In that case, Paphos in Cyprus may be a good choice, ”says the Compare the Market team.
The city, on the southwest coast of the island, enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with an average annual temperature of 19.2˚C. It is also among the most affordable places analyzed with an average house price of 1,570 euros per square meter.
In addition to several historical sites (especially related to Aphrodite, the goddess of love), there is also the more modern New Paphos area around the harbor with plenty of bars and restaurants to enjoy.
Sixth on the list of vacation destinations is Corfu, Greece. Dotted with whitewashed houses, Byzantine churches and the remains of Venetian fortresses and Greek temples, Corfu is known as one of the most beautiful and romantic islands of the Ionian group of islands. Corfu has something to suit all types of travelers, from verdant hills to noble mansions; idyllic beaches of Corfu, with interesting museums.
According to Greek mythology, beautiful nymphs flocked to the village of Nymfes – known as the Fairy Village in ancient times – to bathe in the crystal-clear waters of the 10-meter-high waterfall.
In ninth place among the best places in the world to buy a vacation home is Larnaca, Cyprus.
Larnaca (Larnarka) is a seaside resort and port town on the southern coast of Cyprus, known for Finikoudes Beach, a stretch of downtown sand backed by a palm-fringed promenade. Lively bars line the waterfront at Mackenzie Beach. Just offshore, the wreck of the MS Zenobia is a popular dive site.
Larnaca is known for its rich history and cultural sites such as the 9th century Church of Saint Lazarus which contains the tomb of Saint Lazarus, who is said to have risen from the dead.
You can find the list of the top ten places to buy a vacation home in the table below, and for the full list go to Compare The Market.
Heads of Greek gods found in ancient city