is a sleepy Mediterranean island, just waiting to be discovered. It is a treasure trove of historic remains – from ancient Roman cities to Gothic monasteries, Crusader castles and medieval walled cities. It is also spectacularly beautiful and astonishingly unspoilt. The Karpaz peninsula
is home to golden sandy beaches without a sunbed in sight!
is home to a picture-perfect, horseshoe-shaped harbour, which is just made for an evening promenade. The warehouses, which were once used to store precious carob beans, are now lively bars and buzzing restaurants. Try the local tipple – brandy sour – perfect on a warm, summer’s evening!
2. Hunt for orchids in the foothills of the Five Finger Mountains
The beautiful Kyrenia Mountain
Range, also known as the Five Finger Mountains, provides the backdrop to the clear Mediterranean. In spring it is home to a carpet of beautiful wild flowers, including rare indigenous orchids. If you want to explore with an expert, why not check out our special Northern Cyprus wild flower tours?
3. Survey the eerie ‘ghost’ town of Varosha
Abandoned in 1974, Varosha, was once the most popular resort on the island. Right next door, is one of our favourite hotels, the Arkin Palm Beach
. It sits on the golden sandy beach and enjoys beautiful views. It’s also a great place from which to explore the medieval walled city of Famagusta, and the Greco-Roman remains of Salamis.
4. Learn to cook traditional Cypriot food
The Turkish Cypriot cuisine is a delicious blend of fresh, local ingredients and diverse influences. Learn how to make tasty bread, flavoured with olives and halloumi cheese in a traditional oven or pick your own lemons from which to make fresh ‘limonata
’. Stay in the family-run Lapida Hotel
and learn from the locals with our Taste of Northern Cyprus cooking holiday.
5. Contemplate the views from beautiful Bellapais
The ruins of the Gothic Abbey of Bellapais retain a charm and serenity, which make it a beautiful place to visit at any time of year. It nestles on the hillside, surveying the glittering Kyrenia
coastline below. Bellapais was home to the writer, Lawrence Durrell and is also the setting for the idyllic Bellapais Gardens Hotel
, located at the foot of the abbey walls.
Wherever you choose to stay in Northern Cyprus
, you’re sure to be enchanted by this beautiful corner of the Mediterranean. What’s more, the currency here is Turkish Lira, which is at an all-time low against the pound – so if you holiday in Northern Cyprus in 2018, you’ll find it’s better value than ever!
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