- Loved for its welcoming Mediterranean hospitality, North Cyprus combines intriguing antiquity and natural beauty with a sunny climate all year round, making it an ideal get-away for every season.Located at the crossroads of three continents, North Cyprus is the furthest East you can venture in the Mediterranean with Turkey just 40 miles away. Yet the island’s European influence means that although Turkish is the official language in the North, English is very widely spoken and everybody drives on the left and British plug sockets remain the norm.
It is an exciting time to visit North Cyprus as facilities are being developed and add variety to life, yet many of the sandy beaches remain untouched and undiscovered.
- The coastline has ancient harbours where you can dine al fresco and beaches that stretch for miles, while the depths of the crystal-clear azure seas offer many of the region’s best dive sites. Indeed, visibility can be as much as 30 to 40 meters under water.A myriad of cafes, restaurants and bars await exploration in North Cyprus’s beautiful towns, whilst in villages , you will encounter an abundance of old world charm. Perfect for anyone who wants to escape the crowds typical of many holiday destinations today, North Cyprus offers real character and charm and being outside the euro zone, it offers great value too.North Cyprus has five distinct areas offering unique experiences. In the West, around Guzelyurt , is the most fertile market-garden region with citrus groves and cultivated vegetables.
- The long northern coastline is backed by the Besparmak (Five Finger) Mountains with their dramatic wooded slopes and craggy summits. Castles, ruins and religious relics adorn the mountains, whilst the lower hills and lowlands are alive with lush greenery, rare species of birds and butterflies, and a natural diversity of flowers that is unmatched in the Mediterranean, with an estimated 19 endemic plant species. Sandy beaches and rocky coves await discovery along the shore and the venetian harbour town of Girne (Kyrenia) sits in the centre in all its considerable beauty.In the East, the finger of the Karpaz Peninsula points to Syria. This is both a remote and beautiful landscape with deserted beaches and ancient villages with once-grand basilicas, tombs and ruins which bear testament to the area’s glorious past.The eastern coastal area of Gazimagusa (Famagusta) Bay is one long, very fine beach with excellent facilities for clean safe bathing and snorkelling. The “outdoor museum” that is the town of Gazimagusa is the centre of the region and an excellent hub for eating-out, shopping and recreation.North Cyprus is relaxing, healthy and hospitable and you will return home feeling like you have found your very own haven with the sort of value you thought had disappeared years ago.