Northern Cyprus as a state is recognized only by Turkey, for the rest of the world it is part of the united Republic of Cyprus. Echoes of this non-recognition are felt here at every step: an entry visa is placed not in a passport, but on a separate leaflet, the local airport is not listed on IATA lists, and you can get to North Cyprus by air only with a transfer in Turkey. However, this does not negate the main tourist advantages of the region: local beaches are excellent, there are many historical monuments, and local hotels offer excellent service at an affordable price.
The capital of Northern Cyprus is Nicosia, the population of the city is about 45 thousand people. In the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, especially in July and August, it is very hot. For those who want to spend their holidays in a more comfortable environment, you can come here in May-June or September-October.
North Cyprus How to get there?
You can get to Northern Cyprus by air. True, for this, you will need to fly first to Turkey. Regular direct flights to Ercan Airport depart daily from Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Antalya and other cities. Once you have landed at the airport, you can easily reach the city by bus or taxi.
You also have the opportunity to get to North Cyprus by sea. This method is especially relevant in the summer. On the ferry from Alanya and Tasucu to the city of Girne. The journey time on the ferry will take from 2 to 4 hours.
Sights of Northern Cyprus
Known for its luxury hotels and entertainment, as well as casinos, Northern Cyprus is one of the most preferred places for recreation and gambling. It offers a wonderful holiday for those who love sightseeing, as there are still a lot of medieval monuments and archaeological parks. Cyprus is full of alternatives for sightseeing. Also do not forget about the beautiful beaches and the sun. Here are some interesting places to visit in North Cyprus;
- Surlarici (City Walls)
- Venedik Sutunu (Venetian Collon Obelisk)
- Girne Kapisi (Girne Gate)
- Buyuk Han (The largest caravanserai in Cyprus)
- Selimiye Camii (Selimi Mosque / Saint Sophia Cathedral)
- Bedesten (Church of St. Nicholas)
- Bandabulya (Old Market)
- Arabahmet Mahallesi (Arabahmet area)
- Aya Napa (Resort town with stunning beaches)
- Girne Kalesi (Girne Fortress)
- Bellapais Manastiri (Bellapais Monastery)
- Salamis Antik Kenti (Ancient city of Salamis)
- Namik Kemal Zindani ve Muzesi (Underground and Museum of Namik Kemal)
Hotels in Northern Cyprus
In North Cyprus, there are any options for hotels: from the simplest to five-star hotels. Local hoteliers are concerned about adhering to international standards of hotel service. In general, hotel services are at a high level. Prices for accommodation in them are also low. In addition to luxury hotels, here you can find authentic boutique hotels. Here are some hotels where you can stay;
- Saray Hotel & Spa & Casino
- Elexus Hotel & Resort & Spa
- Arkin Palm Beach Hotel
- Gul Hanim House
- City Royal Hotel