For nine thousand years, Cyprus has been a melting pot of great civilizations; from the Neolithic settlements on the northern coast to the Egyptian, Persian, Roman, Venetian, Ottoman and British Empires. Its strategic location at the cross-roads of East and West has bestowed on the island with a rich and colourful history.


From succulent kebabs to mouthwatering meze and sweet, sticky desserts, food in North Cyprus is varied and tasty. Specialties to look out for include: seftali kebab - a type of local sausage made from lamb; hellim - halloumi cheese, traditionally made from sheep's or goats' milk and usually served grilled; and the delicious pilavuna.


The Cypriot culture is not only reflected in events and festivals, but also in the rich folk art of the island. Age-old crafts, handed down from one generation to another, which you will come across as you travel around Cyprus, include pottery, silver and copperware, basket weaving, tapestry and Lefkara's famous lacework.


North Cyprus is host to an eclectic mix of unusual wildlife and fascinating species can be seen at any time of year. With its miles of unspoiled coastline and magnificent natural beauty Cyprus has much to offer regarding nature, outdoor and wildlife. This untouched land has a lot to offer to nature lovers.


The island of Cyprus is one of the most magical places in the world and North Cyprus is part of this landscape, full of mystery and Mediterranean fragrance. A journey to this most Mediterranean paradise will reward you with glimpses of historical sites which have witnessed a 10,000 year history, an impressive cultural heritage and different glorious treasures of the material world at every season of the year.

Gothic structures such as the Bellapais Abbey, the most wonderful example of Eastern Mediterranean art and workmanship, the St. Sophia Cathedral (Selimiye Mosque), the Cathedral of St. Nicholas (Lala Mustafa Paşa Mosque), the city kingdoms of the classical period such as Salamis and Soli, the three fairytale castles of Five-finger mountain range, the medieval citadel of Famagusta, recognized as a world heritage site and walled city of Nicosia are just a few of the magical stops on this historic journey.

One can find much to do and see while in North Cyprus. If you are interested in the natural world, you can experience ecotourism, discover the orchids of Cyprus, Cyprus's endemic species, its boundless sandy beaches, its places of outstanding natural beauty which are home to rare protected turtles and a wealth of plant species and you can also try village life which goes unchanged after centuries.

From Yeşilırmak Village in the west to the Monastery of Apostolos Andreas in the east, every moment you spend in North Cyprus, a hidden paradise of the world, will give you unforgettable memories. North Cyprus richly deserves its reputation as the pearl of the Mediterranean.

The hospitable, smiling and friendly people of the island will always greet you and do all they can to help you.

The natural beauty of the island, the lovely climate, the warmth and generosity of the Turkish Cypriot people and the abundant selection of fresh foods make Northern Cyprus an unspoiled and non-commercialized haven. There is virtually no crime to speak of, and this country is reminiscent of UK standards long lost, where hospitality, politeness and the general enjoyment of life are the daily norm. Northern Cyprus enjoys a typical Eastern Mediterranean climate with long hot summers and short mild winters. The northern coastline, which borders the Girne (Kyrenia) mountain range, is accepted as one of the most beautiful areas in the world in which to live. Also, it is host to the Caretta and the Green Turtles.

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