If you are looking for a holiday destination that is undiscovered, somewhere that has glorious weather, fascinating history and rich culture then a holiday in beautiful Northern Cyprus is a perfect choice for you!Here the sun shines 340 days a year, there are over 30 unspoilt sandy beaches plus local prices are low. For example a coffee is £1.50, a kebab in pitter is £4 and a beer is just £2. Your search is over, you've found Northern Cyprus!
Cyprus has been inhabited by Greek and Turkish Cypriots for many years. In 1878 Cyprus came under British rule although Greek Cypriots, who were the majority, desired an end to British rule and union with Greece.In 1955 a campaign was launched by EOKA (Ethniki Organosis Kuprion Agoniston - National Organisation of Cypriot Fighters, attacks were made against Government buildings and against certain individuals who opposed a union with Greece. A state of emergency was declared which continued until the attacks stopped. However, riots and civil disobedience continued until 1959 when plans were made to make Cyprus a republic with an agreement that Britain retain two military bases on the island. In 1960 Cyrpus became an independent republic, but then trouble flared between the Greek and Turkish communities until 1974 when there was a coup which aimed to unite Cyprus with mainland Greece. This resulted in Cyprus being invaded by Turkey and the division of the island which remains to this day.
The people of Northern Cyprus are rightly very proud of their history which stretches back thousands of years. However, it is true to say that events in the last 50 years occupy their mind more than what happened a thousand years ago!Turkish Cypriot culture is rich and varied with strong influences from Turkey and the surrounding Mediterranean countries, and that's what makes Northern Cyprus what it is, a melting pot of influences from the many cultures that have swept across this island for centuries.
The traditions and customs are best observed in festivals and ceremonies such as weddings, a celebration of a baby being born and feast days. Folk dancing is widespread in Northern Cyprus as it is a very good way to express their culture and every day life, there are numerous folk dancing festivals too.
You will often see the blue eye hanging in houses, cars, restaurants and shops, this is to ward off evil spirits. Food in Northern Cyprus plays a big part in everyday life and culture. There are Turkish influences of course but also from the middle east and across the Mediterranean. There are also various festivals with a food theme that are on all the year round.
Turkish is the language of Northern Cyprus, English is also widely spoken.
The weather in Northern Cyprus is hot and dry. The sun shines 340 days a year with temperatures often exceeding 40 degrees during high summer.
The Georgraphy of Northern Cyprus is a mixture of Mountains, plains and beaches. The mountain range running across the northern coastline is called Fiver Finger and has magnificent jagged limestone peaks that give it its name.
Northern Cyprus is divided into six districts, or regions. The capital of Northern Cyprus is Nicosia, Lefkosa in Turkish.
There are six cities in Northern Cyprus.
• Nicosia; The capital with a population of 39,000 people. A fascinating walled city with 11 bastions and 3 gates.
• Famagusta; Another walled city dating back to medieval times. This is also a popular holiday resort/town.
• Kyrenia; A wonderful town on the north coast, famous for its beautiful harbour and castle.
• Guzelyurt; Famous for its museum with art dating back to the 16th century.
• Lefke; A small city and home to the Soli and Vouni Palace part of which dates back to the 5th century.
• Yeni Iskele; Another small city steeped in history of the partition.
Passports and visas
British passport holders do not require a visa for holidays up to 90 days.
The currency of Northern Cyprus is Turkish Lira.
Highlights at a Glance
Undiscovered is a term you can genuinely use to describe Northern Cyprus and that's what makes this beautiful part of the Island so charming. Known for its beautiful beaches this is only part of the story, here you will discover fascinating ancient history plus breath taking scenery and nature.Take time to relax on the numerous sandy beaches, here you can soak up the sun while the warm Mediterranean Sea laps the shore. Then head inland for that history, crafted by thousands of years of different countries and cultures.As the sun sets its time to enjoy dinner in a restaurant serving delicious locally grown food before enjoying a drink together as the day draws to a close. Then it's time to do it all again the next dayâ¦
Famagusta is famous for its stunning beaches, clear blue waters, picturesque landscapes as well as its history, wonderful architecture and fascinating culture. Combine all these and its easy to see why this wonderful town and resort attracts tourists from all over the world.
One of Famagusta's most iconic landmarks is the ancient walled city, enclosed by impressive Venetian fortifications. Within these walls lies a treasure trove of historical sites, including medieval churches, Ottoman-era architecture, and remnants of its past as a bustling port town.
Famagusta's cultural scene is vibrant, with annual festivals, art exhibitions, and performances that celebrate its diverse heritage. Though Famagusta has endured a turbulent past it maintains an enduring charm and a stunning natural beauty that continues to make it wonderful choice for a holiday.
Kyrenia, a coastal gem on the northern shores of Cyprus that offers thousands of years of history, beautiful nature and a fascinating culture. These all combine to provide a living testament to the diverse civilisations that have shaped its character.
Kyrenia's centre piece is its iconic harbour, framed by the imposing Kyrenia Castle. This medieval fortress, perched near the water's edge, offers a glimpse into the region's rich past and maritime heritage. Wandering through Kyrenia's narrow alleys, you'll find charming streets lined with stone houses, local shops, and welcoming cafes. The town's historical architecture and sense of timelessness create a unique atmosphere that captivates visitors.The natural beauty surrounding Kyrenia is equally enchanting. The mountainous backdrop, lush with vegetation, provides a striking contrast to the azure waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Add to this Kyrenia's beautiful sandy beaches and tranquil coves and you have a paradise for sun-seekers and water enthusiasts too. All in all Kyrneia certainly ticks all the boxes for a holiday full of sunshine, relaxation, history and culture.