Northern Cyprus is the best kept secret of the Mediterranean. The centre of our diving holidays and by far the most picturesque town on the island is the adorable harbour town of Kyrenia (otherwise known as Girne by the Turkish Cypriots.) If you are like most British visitors, you will most certainly be captured by the island’s beauty to the extent that you will want to return time and time again. Northern Cyprus has a small but very loyal following of British tourists. Small because as mentioned earlier it is so far “the best kept secret” and most wish to keep it that way! Bellapais with it’s abbey is another must see town, situated on the slopes above Kyrenia. It was also home to Lawrence Durrell in the 1950’s, British author of “Bitter lemons” and location of the famous “Tree of Idleness” which now has a restaurant named after it.
Visit Kyrenia and you can enjoy your days wandering through the meandering cobbled back streets or enjoy sitting in one of the harbour fronted bars or restaurants taking in the breathtaking views of the harbour and surrounding Byzantine castle. At night you could enjoy eating meze on a rooftop restaurant in awe of the view of the reflection of the surrounding lights on the still harbour waters, resembling that of an artist’s impression.
By day why not soak up the sun at one of the local sandy beaches or if you prefer visit the one of many attractions Northern Cyprus has to offer. Take a trip if you dare, up one of the many steps to the top of St. Hilarion castle, a castle expertly crafted into the mountain side and otherwise totally obscured from view. (It is also said to be the inspiration for Walt Disney’s Snow White castle). Or if you prefer to venture further afield then why not visit the roman ruins at Salamis or take a trip to the Karpaz Peninsula (Cyprus’s “pan handle”). An area of outstanding natural beauty and breeding ground to the Caretta Caretta turtle, it really is a must see destination. Here you can stand at Cyprus’s most easterly point and witness the immense beauty of the sea as it surrounds you on both sides.
Northern Cyprus has two hundred miles of beautiful coastline, secluded coves and constant golden sands. It is a mystical land with an abundance of scenic sites and historical monuments. There are over three hundred days of uninterrupted sunshine, clear blue unpolluted seas and the beauty of an unspoilt landscape and uncrowded beaches to enjoy. Add to all this, the superb local cuisine, the friendliness and hospitality of the local people and you have the perfect recipe for a truly idyllic holiday.