North Cyprus is a truly magical place with so much to offer. Superb climate, wonderful beaches, warm turquoise seas with equally warm and friendly people and great value for money.
North Cyprus is a colourful tapestry of unspoilt natural beauty, with sparkling crystal waters and golden beaches. In the spring the fields are carpeted with wild flowers and on the Beşparmak mountains are carob, olive and pine trees.
Turkish Cypriot cuisine reflects the influence of many cultures with Turkish being the most predominant. The freshest of produce and the prevalence of delicious herbs and spices make any meal in North Cyprus a treat.
Cyprus is actually two countries – The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (recognised only by Turkey) and the Southern Republic of Cyprus. In 2003 the border opened allowing access to and from both the North and South of Cyprus.
An island in the far eastern Mediterranean sea, 40 miles south of Turkey and 60 miles west of Syria. There are two large mountain ranges on the island, the Kyrenian range in the North and the Trodos Massif in the South. The northern mountains are mainly lime stone and the southern are volcanic rock the ranges are separated by the Mesaoria Plain.
Barely 140 miles (224km) long and 60 miles (96km) wide, North Cyprus has 480 miles (770km) of coastline. It has a diverse mixture of landscape, culture and history. There are 1800 varieties of plant on the island, of which 22 are endemic to Cyprus, and there are over 30 types of wild orchids. Cyprus is home to over 340 species of birds and also provides a resting place for migratory birds.
North Cyprus is also one of the most successful nesting area for the green and loggerhead turtles in the Mediterranean.
The Cypriot climate is typically Mediterranean, with hot summers in July and August and over 300 days of sunshine a year. The rainy season is between November and February (although little rain will fall) with January and February being the coldest months. Even in the winter months there is still lot of blue skies and sunshine making North Cyprus the perfect get away from colder and wetter climates.
Getting to North Cyprus
There are plenty of scheduled and chartered flights from the UK and other European Countries to the island. More than 60 flights per week arrive at Ercan airport in the summer. North Cyprus only has direct air links with Turkey, meaning flights into the North of Cyprus must first touchdown in Turkey. It is hoped that direct flights to Ercan will happen in the near future. You can fly directly into South Cyprus, Larnaca, where the transfer time is about an hour or Paphos with a two and a half hour transfer.
The local currency is Turkish Lira (TL) but Sterling, US Dollars and Euros are also accepted. Major credit cards are accepted in most shops and hotels.
Driving is on the left in North Cyprus and international road and traffic signs are used. Seat belts are compulsory. There are regular bus service’s running throughout the day as well as Taxis.
240 Volts, Plugs are 3 pin exactly the same as the UK.
Tourist Information (UK)
North Cyprus Tourism Centre
29 Bedford Square
UK Tel: 0207 631 1930