Due to its high standards and low prices, it is little wonder that the hidden gem of North Cyprus is gaining popularity as a holiday location amongst discerning Brits.
Whatever type of holiday you want there is plenty of choice for those seeking package holidays and independent travellers.
North Cyprus is divided into six different regions, all different and each having its own flavour and attractions.
One of the two districts with the very fertile black soil; Guzelyurt is home to lush citrus groves and gives visitors an authentic taste of North Cyprus life. Quite literally, rather than the upmarket tourist establishments the local restaurants offer local fish, kebabs and more all served with warm hospitality. Visitors experience a slower pace of life and calmness in the region offering tranquillity and the feeling of stepping into the real North Cyprus.
Famagusta has beautiful golden and white sandy beaches known as some of the best in the entire Mediterranean. There is more to the region than the beach life; It’s an area with heritage, history, and tradition, full of myths and legends. There are plenty of Bronze Age sites, ancient walls and ruins, royal tombs and much more to explore.
The principal town in Girne is Kyrenia. It’s a well-known harbour town featuring a picturesque Venetian harbour, with tinkling yacht masts, cobbled streets and ancient castle that dates back to 111 BC. It’s a romantic place to spend time. There is plenty of Byzantine and Venetian architecture to explore and beach clubs and restaurants. Nearby in the foothills of the mountains, you can enjoy the 13th-century Bellapais Abbey. The region has small sandy coves and famous turtle beach.
Kyrenia is the hub of North Cyprus Holidays.
Karpaz is one of the most unspoilt locations in the whole of the Mediterranean; the northeast “panhandle” peninsula includes the northern-most point of the island. It’s a paradise for bird watchers and those seeking unspoilt quiet beaches. Karpaz is a charming area where you step back in time; the villagers still manage olives, fruit, tobacco and more on foot using old traditional horse-drawn equipment.
There are cypress, maquis and pine-covered hills. Much of the area is a nature reserve with twenty-six reptile and amphibian species a large diversity of flora, insects and butterflies making it an important area of biological diversity and of interest to nature lovers.
Karpaz is a must see for North Cyprus Holidays.
Lefkosa is the divided capital of Cyprus, the south part is is home to Greek Cypriots and known as Nicosia. The northern part of the city is home to Turkish Cypriots. You can easily cross between the two, and it is a location to see the contrasts of the two parts of the island. The southern part is much more commercialised and has American influences such as McDonald’s and Starbucks. The northern side is more historic and has a more entrepreneurial, authentic Cypriot atmosphere.
Lefke was once an industrial area, an important medieval barony and a prosperous copper mining area. The area has ancient Hellenistic, and Roman tombs and the mines are still in evidence. There is some fine Cypriot-Ottoman architecture to enjoy. Lefke is the home of the famous university of the same name.
Wherever you decide to base yourself, there is so much to see and do; that’s if you can drag yourself away from the beach!