Northern Cyprus Guide
The island of Cyprus is one of the most magical places in the world and North Cyprus is part of this landscape, full of mystery-land Mediterranean fragrance. A journey to this most Mediterranean paradise will reward you wit glimpses of historical sites which have witnessed a 10,000 year history, and impressive cultural heritage and different glorious treasures of the material world at every season of the year. North Cyprus holidays have something to offer for everyone.
Gothic structures such as the Bellapais Abbey, the most wonderful example of Eastern Mediterranean art and workmanship, the St. Sophia Cathedral (Selimiye Mosque), the Cathedral of St. Nicholas (Lala Mustafa Pasa Mosque), the city kingdoms of the classical period such as Salamis and Soli, the three fairytale castles of Besparmak mountain range, the medieval citadel of Gazimagusa, recognized as a world heritage site and walled city of Lefkosa are just a few of the magical stops on this historic journey.
You will find much to do and see while you are in North Cyprus. If you are interested in the natural world, you can experience eco-tourism, discover the orchids of Cyprus, Cyprus’s endemic species, its boundless sandy North Cyprus beaches, its places of outstanding natural beauty which are home to rare protected turtles and a wealth of plant species and you can also try village life which continues unchanged after centuries.
The island’s tourism accommodation, which offers a wide range of choices, will exceed the expectations of every holidaymaker. There are many North Cyprus hotels offering perfect activities for holidaying on the island. You can choose from luxury hotels, family hotels, or boutique or ecotourism hotels which have been set up in recent years. These offer the opportunity to bath in the clear waters of the Mediterranean, fine buffet dining, conference and seminar halls, swimming pools, water-parks, environmentally integrated green spaces, recreation and entertainment activities, gaming and facilities you designed for your comfortable holiday.
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From Yesiliarmak Village in the west to the Monastery of the Apostolos Andreas in the east, every moment you spend in North Cyprus, a hidden paradise of the world, will add up a comfortable and unforgettable holiday. North Cyprus richly deserves its reputation as the pearl of the Mediterranean.
The hospitable, smiling and friendly people of the island will greet you as if every one of them was a tour guide and will do all they can to help you. Every dawn and every dusk, cries of welcome rise from the most beautiful land upon which the sun rises and sets. Skies, mountains, sea and sun end their dance at the end of the every day, but resume it with every dawning day, an unceasing cycle. It is like the infatuated love of inseparable lovers.
Mediterranean is 64 km from the coast of Turkey, 96 km from Syria, and 400 km from Egypt. It is the third largest island in the Mediterranean. Because of its location, strategically poised at the crossroads of commercial and religious traffic between three continents, Cyprus has hosted a number of civilizations over the centuries.
In North Cyprus, which has an area of 3355 km2, you can find the traces of a historic and cultural heritage going back 10,000 years. The first signs of human occupation on the island date from 8,000 BC. You can see the mark left by civilizations over the centuries from the Neolithic period up to the present day, including the Phoenicians, the Assyrians, the Egyptians, the Ptolemaic Dynasty, the Persians, the Hellenes, the Romans, the Byzantines, the Lusignans, the Venetians, the Ottoman Empire and the British.
In the course of history, the island of Cyprus has been known as Alashia, Kittim, Yadnana and Hettim, but its current name derives from copper (also known as cuprum or cyprium) of which the island boasts rich deposits. Every corner of Northern Cyprus, with its five districts and populations of 300,000, is worth visiting. We are inviting you to a historical, cultural, authentic and romantic holiday in any part of North Cyprus at any time of the year (four seasons and 12 months), from Kyrenia to Nicosia, from Famagusta to Lefke and from Iskele to Karpas and Famagusta.
Every season has something to show in North Cyprus, a green island, with its olive trees, carob trees, cypresses and rolling maquis. The stunning beauty of the plant life of North Cyprus, which has rather productive soils, arrays itself in a different colours in each of the four season. It produces citrus fruits such as oranges and grapefruit and also produces a wealth of vegetables, including its famous potatoes. The shores are lined with eucalyptus and acacia and the mountains with aromatic pines.
The climate of North Cyprus is a healthy one, typically Mediterranean. The summers are long and hot, while the winters are short with little rainfall. Cold winds, frost and snow are virtually unknown in North Cyprus. Precipitation normally takes the form of rain, but occasionally snow falls on the Kyrenia mountain range, vanishing as quickly as it came. The coldest month is January which averages 10 °C, while the hottest is July with a average temperature of 40 °C. The annual mean temperature is 15 °C.