7 amazing reasons to visit Northern Cyprus & Cyprus
Travel Department | 11 April 2019
Cyprus and Northern Cyprus are unique, rich in history, culture and are just waiting to be explored! Here are 7 reasons to visit Northern Cyprus & Cyprus for your next holiday.
1. The Magnificent Beaches
Cyprus is perhaps best known for its array of stunning sandy beaches with their dramatic landscapes and crystal clear blue waters. The majority of beaches in Cyprus have also been awarded the Blue Flag accolade. Northern Cyprus also offers some wonderful beaches with warm aquamarine waters, as well as panoramic views of its spectacular coastline from the Kyrenia Mountains.
2. Delicious Cuisine
Cypriot cuisine is largely similar to that of the Greeks, and you’ll find familiar dishes such as moussaka, calamari, kebabs and stuffed vine leaves, as well as dips like hummus, tzatziki and tahini in most restaurants. The island’s most famous export is Haloumi, a soft cheese made from goat or sheep milk, usually grilled.
3. Fascinating Historical Sites
Cyprus is a unique island steeped in history, where various sites can be found around the country, such as the Tombs of the Kings, a UNESCO World Heritage site of underground tombs dating back to the 4th century BC and the ancient city of Salamis. Northern Cyprus has a rich and varied history with periods spent under Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman and British rule. Both Cyprus and Northern Cyprus are a treasure trove of ancient riches just waiting to be discovered.
4. Amazing Weather
Situated in one of the warmest zones in the Mediterranean, Cyprus and Northern Cyprus experience long dry summers and short mild winters with an average of 320 sunny days per year.
5. Beautiful Cities and Towns
Paphos is one of the most important archaeological regions on the island of Cyprus, in fact the entire town of Paphos is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The old city of Limassol boasts many attractions including a traditional medieval fort built in the 14th century. The Old Town of Kyrenia in Northern Cyprus is very charming, most notably its British-built harbour and quay. This is where you’ll find Kyrenia Castle.
6. Cypriot Hospitality
Cyprus and Northern Cyprus are renowned around the world for their friendly people and hospitality.
7. Cultural Diversity
Nicosia is the only divided capital city in the world and a melting pot of history and culture. The southern part is inhabited by Greeks and the northern part is home to Turkish Cypriots. When visiting the capital it will seem like you have explored two countries instead of one.