This lovely unspoilt area of the Mediterranean is just waiting to be discovered. Its untouched beaches are backed by beautiful mountain scenery, which is home to many rare wild flowers and a variety of some of the most colourful birds in Europe. Add to this the traditional villages, ancient cities, crusader castles and year-round sunshine, and you will understand why holidays to North Cyprus are so popular with those in the know.
North Cyprus is located just 40 miles off the Southern coast of Turkey and it is truly a little piece of paradise basking under the Mediterranean sun. You'd be forgiven for thinking this lovely peaceful destination has not borne witness to many great events, but in fact its strategic position placed it very much at the crossroads of the ancient world. If you are a history buff then holidays in Northern Cyprus will not disappoint, you can spend days visiting the fascinating ancient cities, castles, palaces, churches, mosques and abbeys; remnants of once great civilisations, and monuments to its long and somewhat eventful past.
It was in 1974 that the island of Cyprus was divided, and holidays in North Cyprus are a very different experience to those in the more commercial south. Despite the recent developments in the island, North Cyprus still retains its charm and natural beauty. The area is home to the indigenous Turkish-Cypriot population, the local language is Turkish and the currency is the Turkish lira. Many traces of the British remain, as many people speak good English and driving is still on the left-hand side of the road. Hospitality is very much a way of life here, holiday in North Cyprus and you will find that you are treated very much as a long-lost friend.
Whilst enjoying the sheer serenity of North Cyprus holidays, you should also take the time to visit Nicosia, or Lefkosa in Turkish, it is the capital of both sides of the island and the last divided city in the world. The market is a great place to stock up on souvenirs such as lace work, rugs and hand-painted pottery, and there is plenty of fascinating history to explore as well.
Outside of the main towns, holidays to Northern Cyprus revolve around some of the most stunning scenery in the Mediterranean. Discover the sheer rugged beauty of the Karpaz peninsula, where you can drive for miles without passing another car, and visit its deserted beaches, the nesting places of the rare loggerhead turtles.
We feature a wide range of holidays to North Cyprus, villas are ideal for families seeking independence and we also have a large choice of family-run and boutique hotels in Kyrenia and Famagusta.
Romantic Northern Cyprus Holidays, Honeymoons & Weddings
Holidays in North Cyprus are also perfect for romance, this lovely destination is blessed with sunshine, simply stunning scenery and charming hotels. We feature a selection of intimate boutique hotels perfect for a relaxing holiday for two, and for a child-free break we also have some stunning hotels that do not cater for children under a certain age, guaranteeing a peaceful time away.
If you are planning a wedding abroad then North Cyprus is a truly unique destination with a choice of venues such as the romantic ruins of Bellapais Abbey and a choice of luxury hotels in glorious beachfront locations. If you are getting married in Turkey you could opt for a honeymoon in North Cyprus, just a short flight away, or vice versa. This is a place of outstanding natural beauty with an abundance of sunshine, and close enough for your guests to come too.
Turkish Cypriot Cuisine
Holidays to Northern Cyprus offer the same relaxed, informal dining experience as Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot cuisine is delicious. For the Turkish Cypriots, meals are a very much a social event, so you can take time over your food and relax, eating out is truly one of the highlights of Northern Cyprus holidays. Evening meals begin with the 'meze', which are lots of small plates of hot and cold starters, and almost a meal in themselves. With a wide range of kebabs made from succulent meat and a huge variety of fish and seafood available, freshly caught that day, you really are spoilt for choice. Try the excellent local wine with your meal, or the refreshing lager, Efes, or the national tipple, raki. You should round off your meal with a cup of thick, sweet Turkish coffee and some of the world-famous Turkish Delight.
Combine a week-long programme of discovering the traditional handicrafts and food which are native to Cyprus with a relaxing resort break in Kyrenia.View Details