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With its unspoilt beaches, dramatic landscape and Turkish influences, North Cyprus is a destination that’s fast coming onto people’s radars. Home to historic castles and ornate buildings, a getaway to North Cyprus is perfect for those wanting to embrace a destination with a rich history.
North Cyprus is a haven of relaxation, made up of large-scale resorts and 5* beach hotels. Direct flights to Nicosia take you within a short drive from popular resorts including Famagusta and Kyrenia, allowing you to embrace all that this thriving country has to offer.
Where to stay
Found on the east coast of North Cyprus, Famagusta welcomes thousands of tourists each year. Preserved 15th and 16th century Venetian walls surround the city, while nearby seaside towns are popular with those who want to escape the city’s hustle and bustle.
Hotels in Famagusta are dotted along the coast, allowing quick and easy access to the beaches. The area is home to a range of 3, 4 and 5* hotels, many of which contain features including outdoor swimming pools, casinos and water parks.
Just a 35-minute drive from Nicosia airport, Kyrenia is a city on the northern coast of Cyprus. Known for its dramatic castle and picturesque harbour, Kyrenia is a favourite destination for holidaymakers in need of some R&R.
Luxury 5* spa hotels sit alongside stylish and comfortable 3 and 4* accommodation. Just as in Famagusta, some of the hotels are attached to casinos, ensuring night-time entertainment aplenty - other beach-side hotels include large outdoor pools: perfect for cooling off during the warm summer temperatures.
What to see
Northern Cyprus features a whole range of cultural sights and outdoor activities, making it a destination that’s perfect for everything from couple getaways to family retreats. The Kyrenia Mountains runs for around 100 miles along North Cyprus’ northern coast. Keen hikers can enjoy long walks through the mountains, or take a trip up to Saint Hilarion Castle, a former monastery that was built as early as the 10th century.
There are several spots in North Cyprus where visitors can see Loggerhead and Green turtles hatching on the beaches. Alagadi beach - a 20-minute drive out of Kyrenia - is one of the most popular. Mid-June to mid-July offer the best chances of seeing hatching sea turtles, with visitors encouraged to book onto tours as soon as possible.
Just outside of Famagusta sits the ancient city of Salamis. While many items from the city’s archaeological dig now live at the British Museum, the Salamis Ruins are well worth a visit. Excavated sights include a 15,000-seater theatre, as well as pristine marble columns and Roman statues.
From casinos to nightclubs, beach bars and restaurants, North Cyprus has a colourful selection of nightlife. In Kyrenia there’s a generous dose of just about everything, including swish cocktail bars, karaoke and laid-back lounges. The harbour area comes to life at nighttime with groups eating out at restaurants and enjoying post-meal drinks. Famagusta also has its fair share of pubs, bars and clubs, although they are few and far between. Instead, many of the resorts put on a full programme of entertainment and vibrant nightlife.
What to eat
With lashings of Mediterranean and Turkish influences, the cuisine in North Cyprus is guaranteed to keep food-lovers satisfied. Key dishes to look out for include Adana kebab - a kebab that contains spicy red pepper - as well as patlican, which is a kebab of meatballs and aubergine. Get a taste for Turkey by trying a local lachmacun, a type of Turkish pizza that’s topped with minced meat, vegetables and herbs, and stay full with a hearty moussaka that’s made with layers of mince, potatoes and aubergines. There are some vegetarian meals and snacks, including vine leaves stuffed with rice (yalanci dolma) and feta cheese that’s been rolled in filo pastry (sigara borek), while meze offers the best of both worlds: available in a number of North Cypriot restaurants, a meze is a selection of small dishes, which can include everything from olives to grilled halloumi cheese.
For unique gifts and one-of-a-kind souvenirs, head to one of the major city’s markets. North Nicosia’s bazaar, around Arasta Sokagi, is the perfect spot for picking up cheap clothes and household items, while the nearby arts and crafts shops at Büyük Han has local crafts in abundance. Fake designer clothing is a popular sight in Kyrenia but prices can vary between shops and stalls so be sure to shop around. The open-air Kyrenia market on Wednesdays is also a fantastic shopping destination, even if you’re more in it for the atmosphere. The stall-holders shout out about their wares while tourists and locals alike weave their way past stalls selling local wares, clothes and household goods.
Fast Facts about North Cyprus
- Direct flight time: 4 hours 40 minutes from London
- Time Zone: GMT+2
- Currency: Turkish lira
- Language: Turkish
- Average price of a domestic beer: €1.73
- Average price of a bottle of wine: €5.84
- Number of Brit tourists per year: Around 73,000