North Cyprus is a stunning region, home to picture-postcard golden beaches and authentic monuments and castles – all making up the perfect getaway destination for travellers.
The region, whilst home to medieval ruins, is also full of traditional Cypriot restaurants and is increasingly becoming a vibrant place for tourists to visit. Its labyrinth of narrow streets reveal years of heritage including churches, mosques and colonial ruins.
The Kyrenia Harbour is one of the most iconic parts of Northern Cyprus. The dazzling site is popular with visitors due to its stunning views of the natural harbour and ocean.
The Saint Hilarion Castle is situated at the top of the Kyrenia mountain range, in North Cyprus. Built in the 10th Century, the castle is home to an ancient monastery and church. These days, the ruins are mostly visited because of the scenic view of the northern coast of Cyprus, overlooking Kyrenia Harbour and the city, from what locals call ‘the Queen’s Window’.
North of Kyrenia, visitors will find the Bellapais Abbey. Built slightly later in the 13th Century, the Bellapais Abbey are ruins of an old monastery. The Bellapais Abbey is a church placed amongst an array of archaeological structures. The site, also now a museum, plays host to concerts, lectures and festivals throughout the Summer months.
Time to Shop
The Buyuk Han (the Great Inn) is the largest inn on the island of Cyprus. Deemed the most iconic Ottoman structure on the island, the Buyuk Han was built in 1572 by the Ottomans to accommodate travellers and is located in the region’s capital. Today, the inn is split across 2 floors and visitors can find an extensive array of traditional, ethnic goods.
The Kyrenia city centre itself is also a must-see for all visitors to the region. Located around the Old Harbour, Kyrenia is a haven for those seeking items unique to the island. The main shopping area is a hub of activity where you can find everything from jewelers and boutiques, to grocers and fine wine merchants. There are also plenty of places to collect souvenirs including hand-crafted ceramics and wood carvings.
Close to Nicosia, you can find the capital of the Gazimagusa District of Northern Cyprus, Famagusta. Although close to the sea front, Famagusta is a mix of snaking alleyways and abandoned buildings, the City is a dazzling hub of old ruins and new, modern markets and stores. Here, visitors will find iconic, restored Hellenistic and Roman baths dating back to the 3rd & 4th centuries AD. Famagusta also plays host to many festivals and events throughout the Summer months within its Augustine theatre.
When You Get Hungry
Northern Cyprus is home to some of the most traditional Cypriot cuisines in the region. Seafood is a staple and is available throughout the island.
One of the best places to head to is the Old Mosaic in North Nicosia. Here visitors will find a stunning patio where you can enjoy a glass of cold wine in the sun whilst feasting on an enormous array of meze dishes including hummus, pastirma (spicy sausage) and barbunya (barlotti beans in olive oil). Alternatively, mezes in the taverns of the village of Agios Sergios are particularly famous.
Northern Cyprus is iconic for its cuisine with an assortment of unusual foods on offer. One of the most traditional Turkish Cypriot foods is Seftali Kebabi, a type of Sheftalia meaning sausage without skin and is a traditional mixed kebab. The name comes from the Turkish word Seftali, which means “peach” and has become a favourite amongst locals in the region. Most commonly eaten as ‘street food’ the Seftali Kebabı is a must have when eating out.
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The stunning Golden Sands Beach is situated around 15 km from the town of Rizokarpaso and is considered one of the finest and most remote beaches of Cyprus. It is no longer than 6 kilometres where travellers can view the iconic Caretta turtles.
Winters are cool and rainy while summers can be very hot and humid. Spring and autumn are the best times to visit the island
2 hours ahead of Scotland in the summer time and 3 hours ahead in the winter
A Turkish Airlines destination
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