North Cyprus – the pearl of Mediterranean island

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North Cyprus: Pearl of the Mediterranean island

North Cyprus is a Mediterranean island located in the northwestern section of the island of Cyprus. It is 70 kilometers south of Turkey and 100 kilometers west of Syria. Cyprus, the Mediterranean’s third biggest island, is bordered on the south by Egypt, Lebanon, and Israel, and on the southeast by Turkey. Cyprus is about 950 kilometers from Greece. Northern Cyprus is divided into six districts: Famagusta, Kyrenia, Morphou, Trikomo, Lefke, and Nicosia. North Cyprus’s capital city is Nicosia.

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Turkish is the official language in North Cyprus. Furthermore, English is one of the country’s most widely spoken languages. North Cyprus’s currency is the Turkish Lira. The Pound Sterling and Euro, on the other hand, are widely used in the country. Because of its geographic location, North Cyprus typically has a Mediterranean climate. As a result, the island has Mediterranean-style vegetation. Trees including pine, oak, cypress, and juniper, as well as olive trees and citrus fruits, are abundant in the land.

Tourist Attractions

Cyprus is a Mediterranean island situated at the crossroads of three continents, where there is always something new to explore. Every day under the sun, a new experience greets you where East meets West. Around historically rich medieval cities, there are pleasant beaches and stunning mountain routes.

The spawning centers of the endangered and protected Caretta caretta and Chelonia mydas turtles in the world are the vast, long, and unique beaches of North Cyprus with fine sand. Private Turtle Conservation Societies, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, and the people of Cyprus, who have a strong feeling of environmental conservation, meticulously watch the sea turtles that come to spawn in Golden Sand Beach (Altnkum), Alagadi, Ronnas, and other beaches. In addition, the Mediterranean Monk Seal can be seen occasionally on the coast’s rocky outcroppings. The Karpaz National Park is home to over 250 wild “Karpaz Donkeys.”

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Famagusta ancient city of North Cyprus

Famagusta is like an open-air museum, with Othello Castle, Venetian Royal Palace, St. Francis Convent and Church, St. Nicholas Cathedral (Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque), and Salamis Ruins. You will walk in the footsteps of Cyprus’ kings and queens, as well as the Crusaders, and feel the pulse of the medieval cities of Famagusta.

Nicosia and its surrounding villages

With many shops, restaurants, and retail malls, the city serves as Northern Cyprus’ economic, political, and cultural hub. It is divided into two parts: a medieval walled city centered on Sarayönü Square and a modern urban area centered on the Dereboyu sector for commerce and leisure. It has undergone significant urban growth and development in the twenty-first century, including the construction of new motorways and high-rises, and is described as a city with high levels of welfare. It attracts a large number of tourists and offers a wide range of cultural activities, including international theatrical and music festivals.

In Nicosia, attractions include the Arab Ahmet District, Lokmaclar Bazaar, Büyük Han, Surlariçi, Venetian Column, Kyrenia Gate, and Selimiye Mosque. Once the richest city in the world, Nicosia, the lovely island’s capital, and Kyrenia, where the mountains meet the sea. When it gets too hot under the scorching heat, you can cool off in the Mediterranean and compete in sandcastle challenges on the stunning golden-colored beaches.

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Other attractions in Kyrenia include the Kyrenia Marina, Kyrenia Castle, Bellapais Monastery, St. Hilarion Castle, and Karmi Village. Morphou (Güzelyurt) with its Soli Ancient City, Vouni Palace, and St. Mamas Church are among other notable places on the island.

North Cyprus also creates a lasting impression with its beautiful beaches. The most stunning beaches include the İskele Long Beach, Altinkum Beach in Karpas, Glapsides Beach in Famagusta, Bedis Beach, which draws attention with its deep blue water and yellow sand at the end of Salamis ruins, and Alagadi Beach in Esentepe area, which is one of the Caretta Carettas hatching sites.

There are many things to see and do on this island that cannot be described in this article. Simply said, if you want to take a historical, sea, and sun-filled tour of Aphrodite’s Cyprus, come to Cyprus.

During strawberry season, Limnidi (Yeşilrmak) is one of the most beautiful locations. The organic farm on top of the hill, where the entire region can be seen, is a location to be entranced by its unique perspective, located at the village’s exit.

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Traditional Cuisines

Mediterranean, Southern European, and Middle Eastern cuisines have impacted Turkish-Cypriot cuisine. This is why Turkish Cypriot cuisines share many characteristics with Turkish and Mediterranean cuisines. In Cyprus, you can get kebab, gleftiko (oven kebab), pilavuna, molehiya, pirohu, fried halloumi, and halloumi made from sheep’s milk, halloumi, and desserts such macun, gullurikya, şamisi, and ekmek kadayif. The local cuisine, particularly “meze,” is delicious. This is a Cyprus specialty that consists of a wide range of cold and hot hors d’oeuvres, including salads, meats, vegetables, and fish dishes.

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