Nicosia’s centrality, on the other hand, maybe a little too far inland for people who wish to fully enjoy island living and all of the Mediterranean beach-going attractions it provides. Areas closer to the shore are also likely to offer more chances for persons interested in working in the hospitality and tourist industries which employ nearly 10% of the country’s total workforce.
The TRNC has struggled to keep its residents connected to the power grid (though blackouts in recent years have become a feature of life for inhabitants of the south, too). Because the island is too small to experience a wide range of temperatures from one end to the other, both the north and south are vulnerable to the infrastructural issues that can arise as a result of weather conditions: when the summer heat strains the island’s air conditioning units, it puts a strain on the power grid, regardless of one’s exact location in Cyprus.
Apart from these difficulties and the allure of places, the northern part of the country remains the cheapest by far in terms of living costs and real estate purchases. The latter task should be undertaken with a thorough understanding of Cyprus’ legal system, as well as the procedures for completing title deeds.
Northern Cyprus is a unique place…
Cyprus is a culturally diverse island with a long history spanning multiple civilizations and abundant natural beauty. It is also an educational island. The northern part of the island is an active supporter of higher education, acknowledging its importance to the island. Northern Cyprus’s higher education sector accounts for 40% of the economy. This is why higher education is an important aspect of government policy in North Cyprus, and why it is regarded as the oasis of higher education. The northern part of the island has a population of around 330,000 people.
Lefkoşa (Nicosia), Girne (Kyrenia), Gazimağusa (Famagusta), Güzelyurt (Morphou), and İskele (Trikomo) are the five districts that make up the TRNC. Lefkoşa (Nicosia) is the capital city of North Cyprus.
North Cyprus, like the rest of the island, has a Mediterranean climate with long, hot, and dry summers (mid-May to mid-October) and moderate, wet winters (December to February). The brief autumn and spring seasons round out the year’s seasons. Summer in Northern Cyprus is a season of hot weather, high temperatures, and clear skies, although the sea breeze creates a nice mood along the coast. In the peak months of July and August, temperatures can reach 34 °C and even 40 °C. During the coldest months, the temperature in the interior of the island ranges between 7 and 15 degrees.
The clear blue waters of the warm Mediterranean Sea are almost irresistible in the northern part of the island. Water activities (windsurfing, water skiing, mono-skiing, jet skiing, motor boating, canoeing, sailing, and scuba diving, among others) are also available to take advantage of this wonderful aquatic playground. The beaches between Boğaz and Famagusta known as “Altin Kumsal” are located on the eastern shore between Boğaz and Famagusta (Golden Beach). The sandy beaches cover a total distance of 24 kilometers. A variety of sandy beaches on the northern shore, on either side of Girne, are a sanctuary for all forms of water activities. A 32-kilometer stretch of isolated bays separates these activities.
The northern part of the island provides a variety of golf courses that will challenge both experienced and inexperienced golfers. These are ideal golfing conditions all year round, with temperate temperatures and pleasant sea breezes. Paintball has grown in popularity to become one of the most exciting outdoor participation sports in the world, with a stronghold in North Cyprus. Men and women of different ages, races, and lifestyles participate in paintball. Paintball can bring back memories of childhood games like “Tag” and “Hide and Seek,” but with added complications. There are numerous ways to participate in this fun sport. The closest venue is only 500 meters away from the famous Cyprus International University (CIU).
The picturesque Kyrenia mountain range, which runs along North Cyprus’ coast, provides an excellent option for paragliding. You can fly like an eagle down to the shore in the northern part of the island by taking off at 2500 feet from a launch spot over the gorgeous St.Hilarion castle. Paragliding is the way paragliding was designed to be: thrilling and inexpensive.
Scuba diving is a sport that involves diving underwater. In the pristine seas off the coast of North Cyprus, there are several opportunities to learn, improve, and practice scuba diving. For nine months of the year, the Mediterranean waters provide great diving conditions.
Electricity voltage and appliances
North Cyprus uses a three-pin 13-amp socket system (based on the UK system), which necessitates the usage of adapters for electrical equipment from other islands. These are widely available in supermarkets. The system operates at 50 Hz and 220/240 volts A/C. Electrical appliances (irons, kettles, toasters, and so on) are fairly priced and can be found in most supermarkets, with three-pin sockets.
Traffic in North Cyprus
The driving system in TRNC is on the left side of the road, and all signs are in Turkish and English. Vehicles entering the island must be insured with the TRNC. TRNC nationals and citizens of other countries with residency permission can receive TRNC driver’s licenses. TRNC licenses cannot be obtained without either citizenship or a residency permit. At the age of 18, a TRNC vehicle or motorbike license can be obtained after passing a theory and practical exam on public roads. TRNC licenses, like all other licenses, are valid for usage globally for the time period specified by the applicable country.
The Republic of Cyprus has accepted TRNC-issued licenses as valid for use on their roads for a period of 12 months from the inauguration of the border controls in Cyprus. The licenses issued by the Republic of Cyprus are also valid for 12 months in TRNC and are treated the same as any other internationally-issued license.