North Cyprus has a historic appeal that has long been lost in the busy resorts and cities of the south. In fact, much of the quiet charm that drew Lawrence Durrell here in the fifties is still tangible today. Northern Cyprus remains endearingly ageless and if you listen carefully, you can still hear the creak of donkey carts beneath the rumble of four-wheel-drives. The air is heavy with the perfume of jasmine, hibiscus and fig and the land is a patchwork of citrus orchards, olive groves and manicured vineyards. Northern Cyprus hasn’t entirely escaped the attentions of property developers, but there has been nothing like the construction frenzy that has concreted over much of the South Cyprus.
North Cyprus’s appeal lies in the Gothic castles that stud the mountain peaks, the Venetian fortifications which guard long-abandoned ports and the call to prayer which echoes out as it has done for hundreds of years. The melancholy wreckage of a thousand imperial dreams litters the landscape; Byzantine basilicas and abandoned amphitheatres crumble along the coast and the tombs of ancient kings yawn open; their treasures looted long ago. You can wander the wild courtyards of Famagusta, the sand-shrouded ruins of Salamis and the ruined abbey at Bellapais and afterwards watch the sun setting over a landscape that has altered little since the survivors of Troy washed up on its rocky shores.
For anyone wanting to escape the UK’s grizzly winters, North Cyprus offers a perfect refuge. In the summer months the glassy waters shimmer and the sun beats down unhampered by cloud, but we think North Cyprus is best visited in spring, when the bloom of wildflower coats the hills and fields and the air is still cool. After sunset tables piled high with mouth-watering meze spill out of restaurants and conversations get increasingly animated with every glass of raki.
The literal translation of the Cypriot word for hospitality kopiaste is ‘sit down with us and share’ - and there is certainly plenty of opportunity for doing so in the North of Cyprus. The people are friendly and welcoming and it won’t be long before you find yourself sharing a cup of coffee or a glass of apple tea with a local shop owner. A couple of weeks will give you a good flavour of the place, but (if like many visitors before you) the allure of the island proves strong; you could find yourself returning year after year after year.
Europeans who have only recently seen potential of a unified island and the prospect of Cyprus becoming part of the EEC are only now discovering the un-spoilt beauty of "NORTH CYPRUS" .
The mixture of wooded mountains, crusader castles and a beautiful coastline is proving irresistible to investors/buyers. The lack of commercial over building offers buyers the chance to find idyllic spots near the beautiful harbor town of Kyrenia where mountain and sea views are uninterrupted and the pace of life is what you make it.
Hillside villages such as Lapta and Esentepe enjoy the advantage of looking down on the coastline of un-spoilt bays and beaches. At the same time, the villages retain their unique personalities and charm as local shops, bars and restaurants create a simple community set in olive groves and woods.
Kyrenia and nearby abbey at Bellapais have historically been the focus for tourists visiting Northern Cyprus . Kyrenia, where the old Venetian harbor and castle provide one of the few complete medieval towns as yet unspoiled by time and over exposure. The growing number of fine restaurants and nightlife in the old town has reflected the international nature of the expanding community in the area. Bellapais for its beautiful ruined abbey and mountain setting.
Famagusta was for many years the place where the miles of sandy beaches proved irresistible to families seeking seaside fun and relaxation. The fortified old town and the easy access to the wild and un-spoilt beaches of the Karpas offer buyers the choice of a calm or hectic social life at prices that cannot be found in any other part of the Mediterranean .
The geography of North Cyprus is characterized by a unique blend of mountains, plains, and beaches. The Kyrenia Mountains range with its magnificent jagged limestone peaks, the highest of which is Mount Icova at 3,357 ft. runs along most of the northern coastline from a startling backdrop. To the east of the island the mountain range loses height as it extends along the narrow peninsula known as Karpas, or more affectionately,`The Panhandle'. It is here that the best beaches of Cyprus can be found, long wide empty bays of the purest sand that stretch for miles.
To the south of the Kyrenia range lies Nicosia (Lefkosa) (population 39,000), the capital of T.R.N.C., through which runs the boundary, or as it is called `The Green Line' separating the North from South Cyprus. The other major centers are the tourist resorts of Famagusta (Magusa) (population 30,000), Kyrenia (Girne) (population 22,000), and the citrus center of Güzelyurt (Morphou) (population 15,000).
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