Northern Cyprus is
predominately made up of four major towns.
Nicosia (Lefkosa) The capital
city which is steeped in History with some
wonderful historic buildings, the main government
offices are all located in the City. There
are many retail outlets providing for unlimited
shopping opportunities. The daily
markets are an absolute must to lose yourself
in a bygone age whilst meandering through
the side streets. The border crossing to
Southern Cyprus is also located here and
can be accessed via Car or via the pedestrian
entrance allowing you to freely explore
both sides in the same day.
The old walled town located in the centre
of this expanding city is where you can
find an abundance of shops and cafes and
is well worth a leisurely stroll. The beaches
here are unrivalled and the calm waters
of the Mediterranean ensure many relaxing
days spent on the beach. The town
also plays host to the busy commercial port
where most exports and imports are processed.
The E.M.U (Eastern Mediterranean University)
is located here and has the largest University
campus in Cyprus, it attracts many overseas
students who come to study the various subjects
that this diverse University offers. There
are many restaurants to choose from and
with the large student population a lively
atmosphere can be experienced most nights
of the week.
Lying on the West coast of Kyrenia, Guzelyurt
is renowned for its mass production of citrus
which is the main export
product for the island. Spring time is one
of the best times to visit this agricultural
area, whilst natural fragrances and beautiful
blossoms enrich this natural rural area.
The lifestyle here is much more laid back
that the other cities where you are more
likely to spend your days exploring the
natural habitat eating simple traditional
food in the many local villages.
Kyrenia - Kyrenia
as the main Tourist location
on the Island, widely referred to as the
‘pearl of the Mediterranean’ its beauty
is legendary and has been praised by every
ruler to pass through our shores.
The shopping amenities are vast and cater
for the ever demanding tourist needs. The
picture postcard harbor is the main focus
at night and is dotted with street tavernas
and local bars, the ambience is unforgettable
and will live with you forever. The
surrounding villages are unique in their
own right, all offering a wide choice of
restaurants whilst retaining their natural
village charm. Accommodation ranges from
simple self catering apartments to luxury
5 * hotels with casinos.
Places of Interest
The castle dates back to
Venetian times consisting of a simple square
with 4 towers, one on each corner. The castle
was originally protected by a moat and had
an inner harbour which connected to the
outside via a Seagate on the north wall.
The castle houses the Byzantine church of
St. George the French dungeons, Royal apartments
and the now famous shipwreck museum containing
the oldest ship ever found at sea.
port of Kyrenia
or Girne as it is also known is undoubtedly
one of the most enchanting sites in the
North of the Island. Old Venetian houses,
restaurants and Taverns border the Marina.
It attracts numerous colorful fishing boats
as well as elegant yachts. Founded by the
Mycenaean’s towards 1600 BC, the town was
protected by the construction of a fortress,
which still proudly overlooks the harbour.
miles to the east of Kyrenia nestling in
the mountains is Touching the peaceful village,
which was once home for Lawrence Durrell
when he wrote ‘Bitter Lemons’, the Bellapais
Abbey is indisputably one of the most majestic
sites on the island. It is the most impressive
Gothic Monument preserved from the Lusignan
era around the 13th Century.
Set high up in the mountains
at 2,400 ft. From here, there are spectacular
views across the beautiful North of the
and the covered market in the Turkish part
of old town in Nicosia, are enchantingly
oriental and hours can be spent watching
the locals performing their professions
in the maze of winding streets.
Without doubt the most important
and fascinating site in Northern Cyprus,
Salamis was founded around the 12th
CenturyBC and had a long and mostly affluent
development until its destruction by arab
raiders, Earthquake and tidalwaves in the
7th century. It is a large city
complex that has been partially excavated
to reveal wonders of Roman buildings and