Welcome To Northern Cyprus .

North Cyprus

Is one of the most magical places in the world, full of mystery and embroidered with aphrodisiac fragrance of ancient medieval. A journey to this paradise island in Mediterranean region will reward you with unforgettable glimpses about rich history, cultures and ancient cities which have been existed over 10,000 years back.

Explore Northern Cyprus


 

Girne (Kyrenia)

Girne was founded in 10th century BC., by Achaean settlers and for many centuries was one of the tenth kingdoms of Cyprus. In the 7th century the island was taken and fortified by the Byzantines who built the original Kyrenia Castle that was later expanded by the Lusignans and then again by Venetians.
The town still retains its medieval picturesque of antiquities and ancient forts serving many restaurants, hotels and bars along the harbour and sandy beaches that spreading from east to west of the town. The town, today became an attractive holiday resort with floating boasts. There are several historic sites that are very worth of visiting if you are in Northern Cyprus. Among these; are Kyrenia Castle, Shipwreck Museum, St. Hilarion Castle, the Bellapais Abbey and the Old Harbour.

Places of interest in Girne
  • Bellapais Abbey
  • Museum of Folk Art
  • Kyrenia Castle
  • Kyrenia Harbour


 

Lefkosa (Nicosia)

Lefkosa, is a capital of both North and South Cyprus, and currently is the biggest and most densely populated city on the Island. Lefkosa is an urban with modern design and yet still a historic and charming city of major centre for arts, culture, diplomacy and business. The city hosts beautiful building structures depicting Gothic and Ottoman empire’s architectural forms. The etymology of this crime-free city has flourished during the Lusignan era; where churches and authoritative palaces were built, particularly during the Ottoman period. The city gained a new vigour, after all religious skirmishes came to creased onward.  The mosques, saunas,administration offices and other institutions were established, and a new community have learned to live along one another. Lefkosa has grew in size and its population day by day is  expanding.

Places of interest in Lefkosa
  • Mevlevi Museum
  • Samanbahce Quarter
  • Venetian Museum
  • Buyuk Han
  • Selmiye Mosque (St. Sophia Cathedral)
  • St. Nicholas Church (Bedestan)
  • Covered Bazaar (Bandabuliya)
  • Old Town
 

 

Magusa (Famagusta)

Magusa was originally a small port for commercial and fishing. Famagusta lies on the eastern coast of the island, it’s the deepest harbour available in Northern Cyprus that can able to accommodate big vessels and haulage of heavy sea cargoes. The town has wall and ruins around the city which peppered by dozen civilizations ranging from Assyrians, Greeks, Persians, Romans,Byzantine, Lusignans and Venetians.

Magusa still hosts some of the best art and architecture of Medieval. The beautiful golden sandy beaches and tropical bays in Magusa are well known through the world for their touristic attractions.

Places of interest in Magusa
  • St. Barnabas Monastery
  • Salamis Ruins
  • La La Mustafa Pasha Mosque (St. Nicholas Cathedral)
  • Plaza Del Proveditore
  • Ruins of the Venetian Royal Palace
  • Sinan Pasha Mosque (Church of Saints Peter and Paul)
  • The Sea Gate
  • The Ramparts (The City Walls)
  • Othello Tower


 

Güzelyurt

Guzelyurt is a market town located in the west of North Cyprus. It is one of the richest agricultural areas of North Cyprus, famous particularly for the citrus (orange, lemon & grapefruit) and strawberries, these fruits thrive well in Guzelyurt’s fertile red soil. A large portion of the citrus fruit made here exported to foreign markets, and the rest is made into fruit juice and canned for local consumption. Guzelyurt area grew more than half of Cyprus’s citrus fruits.  This place is not a typical tourist destination, but suitable to those who want to see a part which is least affected by tourism and modern modification.

The town was founded by the Spartans, who brought along the worship of the Goddess, Aphrodite. The epithet Aphrodite Acidalia was occasionally added to her name, after the spring she used to bathe in. She was also called Kypris or Cytherea after her alleged birth-places in Cyprus and Cythera, respectively. The island of Cythera was a center of her cult.  Aphrodite had a festival of her own, Aphrodisiac was ritual  celebrated during Hellenism, particularly in Athens and Corinth.

Places of interest in Guzelyurt
  • Guzelyurt Muzeum of Nature and Archeology
  • St. Mamas Monastery
  • The Ruins of Soli
  • Vouni Palace


 

Karpaz Peninsula

Karpas peninsula, the easternmost part of the island, where the land tapers into a thin strip which stretches towards main Turkey, to form what known as “Panhandle of Cyprus” which is a breath-taking adventurous and secluded spot that narrowly go on for some miles. This greenly area blends with the turquoise of the Mediterranean. It’s lovely, unspoilt and the gorgeous countryside, you will feel in touch with nature, and falling in love with Karpas at first sight.

Places of interest in Karpas
  • St. Trias Basilica
  • Apostles Andreas Monastery
  • Wild Donkeys of Karpas
  • Golden Sands Beach
  • Dipkarpaz Village.


Tourists’ Favored Activities


 

Biking

The mountain biking trails in our program are spread out geographically, covering a variety of topography to give you a well-rounded feel of North Cyprus. We will visit Güzelyurt, the citrus capital in the flat west, Kyrenia Mountain Range with views of the Mediterranean in the north and the plains in the south and along the secret beaches of Karpaz peninsula in the very east. The mountain biking trails are mostly made up of narrow forest roads and occasional tarmac roads with little or no traffic.

In general, the rides are leisurely with intermittent breaks for snacks and exploring interesting spots such as the Kantara Castle, abandoned Copper mines of Lefka, aqueducts of Lapta, and the roman chapels of Karpaz. All rides are accompanied with two local guides providing guiding, interpretation and technical support. The difficulty of the trails requires skill level “B” and fitness level “2”.

Skill Level B: Can cycle on loose gravel, off road trails, typically at trail centers but stays away from any demanding terrain such as rocks and roots.

Fitness Level 2: Cycles two or more times per week at a steady pace for 3-4 hours and likes rolling trails with some long climbs.


Hiking

Cyprus, the island of Aphrodite, belongs to the most beautiful destinations at the Mediterranean Sea. Due to the fascinating coasts, forest and mountain landscape North Cyprus is a walking paradise. The multifaceted scenery offers many different places of excursions.

Hiking in North Cyprus offers many opportunities to experience a unique natural environment. One of the sole features of North Cyprus’ habitats is the wild and sharp differences in elevations and habitats in different parts of the island as well as different climate conditions, all of which supply a diverse habitat for a unique collection of flora and fauna. Hiking in the trails offer you to examine the unique vegetation of North Cyprus with its endemic plants and flowers, like orchids, tulips, coastal sand dunes, shrub lands, olive groves, juniper bushes, and pine and cypress forests on the mountains. In addition to flora and wildlife, look out for remnants of the island’s fascinating history along your walking route.

The difficulty of the trails consists of easy, medium, difficult and very difficult. From novice to expert, there is a perfect trail for every level of expertise.

 


 

Diving

Likely named for its most famous daughter, Aphrodite (the goddess of love and beauty) and also called Kypron in ancient Greek, Cyprus is a special island surrounded by the deep blue Mediterranean and washed by the gentle currents running along the Egyptian coast across the opening of the Suez Canal, carrying marine life from the Red Sea, such as parrot fish.

North Cyprus is a totally new destination for divers, with the most exciting reef formations in the Mediterranean where you will find in large numbers of marine life and an incredible variety of marine species of all sizes. With unique diving sites at the east and west of Kyrenia region, diving with Wintersun Travel and Cyprus Dive Shack, makes it possible to explore the fascinating and unique underwater world of the island, where you can enjoy one of the longest diving seasons in the Mediterranean. From simple, sandy-bottom dives for beginners, to excellent enriched air diving on the Zenobia, named one of the world’s top ten dive sites by The Times in March 2003, the island’s diving offers something for everyone.


 

Off-Shore Fishing

The Mediterranean Sea is a very important area for fishing resources. The north coasts of Cyprus, especially Kyrenia coast, is one of the best areas to fish for Albacore tuna in the Mediterranean, so much so, we’re almost guaranteed a catch.

Our deep sea fishing trips start in the Kyrenia Harbour. It is here where you will board on our specialist fishing boat “Alp” equipped with all necessary equipment to fish and to ensure a fair battle between fish and fisherman. It’s a very short trip from Kyrenia Harbour to reach the fishing grounds and the trip lasts approximately 6 hours and includes swimming.

Our fishing trip includes: diesel oil, all fishing equipment, boat rental and lunch (fish, chicken or meat) with a soft drink and drinking water.


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