NORTH CYPRUS

A MORE RELAXED WAY OF LIFE

North Cyprus has remained immune to the fast and ever-changing fashions that have seen its southern neighbour become a somewhat homogenous ‘tourist destination’ where the native cuisine has been replaced by generic world-famous fast food franchises; indigenous arts and craft markets replaced by malls awash with branded items available the world over. Where local café, restaurant and bar nightlife has been swamped by ‘theme’ pubs and night clubs. Not that there’s anything wrong with that but some say it has lost the very ‘soul’ that first drew visitors to these delightful shores.

North Cyprus invites you to rediscover the real ‘Cyprus feeling’ that first attracted the curious traveller to this island paradise. It’s as if time has stood still; a calmer, more genuine experience being the reward for its recent isolation. The magnificent, undisturbed landscape remains a haven for unique flora and fauna and in the towns and villages life continues at a pace so much more suitable to utter, unbridled relaxation.

FAMAGUSTA

Once upon a time Famagusta was the most important port city on the island. The naturally deep harbour attracted ships, merchants and traders from all over the eastern Mediterranean and further. It was during this time that the region began to flourish with wealth, and the idea that wealth could be measured by the churches they built inspired these rich merchants to build a multitude of them. Famagusta came to be known as "the district of churches” – legend has it that at one time the area had a church for every day of the year.

KYRENIA

KYRENIA "HAS IT ALL"...

...and has done for the last 6,000 years. Early settlers were surely attracted by the idyllic location in which this beautiful port still sits. The warm clear waters of the Mediterranean lap gently along miles of gorgeous sandy beaches, backed by the verdant slopes of the surrounding Five Finger Mountains. Set as a jewel within the crown of this stunning location is the historic city of Kyrenia itself. Throughout its history it has attracted the great civilisations to enjoy and add their stamp to its rich tapestry of culture. 

LEFKE

Lefke is a small town whose outer margins encompass a stretch of picturesque coastline, the magnificent foothills of the Troodos Mountains, lakes and reservoirs. The water from the mountain springs finds its way down to the fertile coastal plain with its rich soil and benign climate. No wonder then that the area is known as ‘The Fruit Basket of Cyprus’. A wide variety of fruit and nuts flourish, along with plentiful citrus groves. Should you visit in the summer months be sure to check out the Orange Festival in June along with the Walnut Festival in July. Lefke was once a thriving copper and gold mining town, in Roman times and more recently. Vestiges of this remain, along with three mosques from the Ottoman period and houses in the centre that reflect the town’s colonial past.

NICOSIA

Nestled like a gem in the centre of the island, Nicosia, or Lefkosa as it is sometimes referred to, is the largest city and the capital of North Cyprus. Brimming with character, this historic oasis is an intriguing glimpse into the past. The city’s most well-known feature is perhaps the Venetian Wall that was built to encircle the city. Constructed in the 16th century, and still in excellent condition, the walls surround the Old Town keeping the contents preserved like a time capsule.

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