When is the best time to visit North Cyprus?
Despite the occasional showers, spring starts early with pleasant weather that encourages walkers and cyclists to visit in February. Evenings will be cool, and spring will most likely be too cold for a sea swim. The months of March and April are much lighter, with bougainvillea blooming in towns and wild buttercups, poppies, and orchids blooming along the Besparmak Trail. May to June is the greatest season to visit North Cyprus since the sun is not as intense as it is in July and August. The months of September and October are also fantastic, with festivities honoring the carob and olive harvests. In comparison to spring, the weather is much less damp for hikers now.
North Cyprus has a sunny sky and mild temperatures in January and February, while showers are common, so bring waterproofs and long sleeves for cool evenings. At the beginning of the year, archeological sites and crusader castles are significantly less crowded, and wild and windy hikes around the Karpas Peninsula are a wonderful treat for anyone seeking solitude. In the Besparmak Mountains, wild orchids, anemones, and dark red poppies bloom in March, beside almond and orange trees. Temperatures are rising, and April and May are traditionally regarded as the finest months to visit North Cyprus for pleasant walking and riding weather. Alagadi Beach and secluded sandy places on the Karpas Peninsula provide a secure sanctuary for breeding sea turtles in May, June, and July. The sight of young turtles scurrying towards the water, two months after the eggs are placed, is an incredible sight that is best seen at night under expert supervision. Traditional Turkish-Cypriot culture, art, and music are celebrated in Bellapais and Famagusta during the summer festival season, which runs from May through June. In August, Kyrenia celebrates a bit later. North Cyprus is hot and dry in July and August, with the shallow sea bathing high temperatures and the shade of café umbrellas in village squares or wide-spread carob trees providing little relief. September is also a fantastic time to visit since it is still hot but not as oppressive, and Kyrenia is less congested as the kids return to school. At the end of October, around 6 p.m., the sun begins to set earlier, and you could see workers shaking olives from the trees in preparation for the harvest. North Cyprus is substantially colder in the evenings in November and December, with damp weather beginning to mar otherwise sunny days. In the winter, Kyrenia is still very much open for business, so do not rule out December if you are searching for cheap lodging and few other visitors.
March to early May is the greatest time to visit North Cyprus for bird migration. The Karpas Peninsula, in particular, is unquestionably one of the greatest places in the world to go bird watching. In addition, the orchid season occurs in the spring, with 26 species found in North Cyprus.