The pearl of the Mediterranean, the center of the world cultural heritage and unlimited entertainment

Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean after Sicily and Sardinia. It lies 65 km from Turkey’s southern coast.

Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus or North Cyprus is a small country, only about 120 miles from east to west and about 15 miles from north to south. However, the location of North Cyprus in the Eastern Mediterranean makes it a strategic crossroads among Europe, Asia and Africa continents and has been used by travelers in their various journeys throughout history of Cyprus. Northern Cyprus is at the cross-road of Europe, the Mid-East, Asia and Africa, with a coastal line of 396 km laden with pristine beaches, plains and mountains, creating a unique experience. Due to its history and location, Northern Cyprus is an amazing synthesis of the Western and the Eastern cultures. Diverse cultural heritage is comprised of ancient monuments and archeological sites all around the country, dating back to more than 11,000 years.

Northern Cyprus presents an extraordinary environment and flavors to the visitors every season. Cyprus that is the third biggest island in the Mediterranean Sea with its strategic location as well as political, commercial and religious reasons, has been the center of attention and never lost its attraction in all periods of history.

In addition to its beautiful nature and history, Northern Cyprus has become a brand in tourism, reaching 50.000 beds, thanks to high-end hotels opening recently. Northern Cyprus started to claim a share in alternative tourism such as International MICE, Wedding Tourism, scuba diving, trekking, para-gliding, surfing, golf courses and football fields. These amenities definitely render Northern Cyprus as a brand-new center of attraction in the Mediterranean Sea. One of the most impressive element in the island is the local cuisine.

Weather & Climate

North Cyprus as well as the whole island enjoys typical Mediterranean climate with long, warm and dry summers from mid-May to mid-October and mild and wet winters from December to February. The short autumn and spring periods complete the seasons of the year.

Summer in Northern Cyprus is a season of hot weather, high temperatures and cloudless sky, but the sea breeze make a pleasant atmosphere in coastal areas. The temperature of the hottest months of July and August crawls to 34 °C and even to 40 °C. In the interior of the island the temperature during the coldest months is between 7 and 15 degrees. As the relief grows higher, the temperature gets lower. That is why the coastal areas boast higher temperatures while the Kyrenia Mountain range gets more rainfall and the temperatures are lower. Winters are mild with some rain and only occasional quick-melting falls of snow on the Kyrenia Mountain range. Whole Cyprus enjoys high sunshine duration in all coastal areas, even in January there are generally six hours of bright sunshine during the day. The weather in North Cyprus provides the visitors a truly pleasant holiday all year round.

Area

The total area of the island is approximately 9,252 sq km, North Cyprus covers a total area of 3,515 sq km or nearly one third of the whole island. It is some 242 km wide and 64 km deep approximately at its extreme points.

Coastline

The coastline consists of enchanting coves, rocky coast and long golden sandy beaches. The beaches of Northern Cyprus are among the cleanest and safest in the Mediterranean. The average water temperature is 24C between May and October. The summer season sees the Hotel Beaches offering an excellent service to its customers in terms of eating and drinking facilities, not failing to mention the provision of beach umbrellas and beach loungers. Some of the beaches of Northern Cyprus will also offer activities such as water skiing, banana rides, jet-ski, wind surfing and scuba diving.

Sea and Shore

The northern and eastern shores of North Cyprus are lapped by the clear, blue, warm waters of the Mediterranean. All along the coastline are bays and beaches where swimming and sunbathing can take place the whole year round. The largest bays are Güzelyurt and Famagusta and main peninsulas are Zafer, Korucam and Kasa.

North Cyprus has a varied coastline and amenities for swimmers; luxurious beaches of big hotels or remote ones behind wild dunes. All along the coastline are bays and beaches where sunbathing and swimming can take place the whole year round.

North Cyprus Currency

The new Turkish lira is the current currency of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus,

Sterling, US Dollars and other major currencies may be used in large stores or exchanged. Sterling is the best form of currency to bring. If you feel uncomfortable carrying large amounts of cash then Eurocheques, Travellers Cheques are accepted and easily exchanged in banks, exchange bureau.

While no restrictions are placed on imports of foreign exchange, large amounts should be declared to customs upon entry. Up to $10,000 may be exported.

Population

The population of the North Cyprus is 374.299. 50% of the population lives in the cities and 50 % in the countryside.

Language in Northern Cyprus

Turkish is the main language of Northern Cyprus; English is spoken and understood.

Time

North Cyprus is normally two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT/UTC), and seven hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST).