The island of Cyprus is located in the east of the Mediterranean and is the 3rd largest island in the Mediterranean region. With its rich history, natural beauties, warm sun, turquoise sea, golden beaches and unforgettable tastes, Northern Cyprus attracts the attention of holidaymakers and investors from all over the world.
One of the features that makes Northern Cyprus unique is its historical texture. The occupation of Cyprus by different civilizations has left a rich cultural heritage to the region with the traces left by each of them. The love of Queen Cleopatra of Alexandria and Mark Antony is described in many places in Northern Cyprus as well as in many touristic places in Southern Cyprus. Historical buildings such as St.Hilarion Castle, Bellapais Monastery and Selimiye Mosque in Northern Cyprus are full of visitors almost every day of the year. These structures allow you to learn about the rich history of the region and to get to know the past of Cyprus.
There are also many natural beauties in Northern Cyprus. The unique vegetation and the warm Mediterranean climate give the region a unique atmosphere. Karpas Peninsula, which is one of the regions where endemic plant and animal species are seen most in Cyprus, is a natural reserve and one of the most important bird watching areas in the Mediterranean. This area is home to hundreds of bird species. At the same time, the famous Cypriot donkeys, whose reputation is known by the whole world, also live in this region.
On the other hand, the Beşparmak Mountains near Kyrenia are one of the highest mountains in Northern Cyprus and offer stunning views. In addition, the beaches in Northern Cyprus are also favorite spots for tourists. Its golden sandy beaches, warm sea and surrounding restaurants offer great options for relaxation and entertainment.
Kantara region also stands out with its natural beauties. On the way to Kantara Castle, there is a magnificent picnic area under the pine trees, which is especially preferred by the locals. Kantara Castle is one of the most beautiful spots in the world with its bird's eye view of Northern Cyprus, accompanied by beautiful songs of birds and pine scents. You should definitely visit Kantara.
The food culture in Northern Cyprus is quite rich and diverse. Northern Cyprus dishes, which carry flavors from the island itself as well as Turkish, Arab, Greek and Egyptian cuisine, attract attention with their taste. You should definitely try traditional Cypriot dishes such as peach kebab, herse, gullurikya, golifa, halloumi, olive bread and halloumi bread, stuffed zucchini flowers, pirohu. In addition, the national drink of Cyprus, zivaniya, and wine production are also highly developed. There are many types of wines that will add flavor to your holiday.
Northern Cyprus is a very important region in terms of tourism. It can be visited in all seasons of the year and offers many activities suitable for all ages. You can perform many outdoor activities such as swimming, water sports, trekking, cycling tours, fishing, golf. Hotels, hostels, AirBNB member residences, boutique hotels and holiday villages in touristic areas such as Kyrenia, Karpaz Peninsula, Nicosia, and Famagusta offer a wide variety of accommodation options. Tourists from all over the world visit the island and it ensures that there is a diverse foreign population on the island.
Many events are organized throughout the year in Northern Cyprus. The most important of these are village events and festivals. In addition to events such as the Cyprus Turkish Folk Music Festival, the International Bellapais Music Festival, the International Famagusta Culture, Art and Tourism Festival, the Güzelyurt Orange Festival, the Lapta Tourism Festival, the eco-fests held in the villages also reflect the culture, history and lifestyle of Northern Cyprus.
Another factor that attracts the attention of tourists in Northern Cyprus is shopping. You can buy many souvenirs such as handicrafts, carpets, ornaments, jewelry, spices and wines found in the region. You can also find traditional Cypriot products in the shops of Büyük Han in Nicosia and in Kaleici, Famagusta.
Another important feature of Northern Cyprus is that it has higher education institutions. Many universities such as Cyprus International University, Eastern Mediterranean University, Near East University, Girne American University provide education to international students. Therefore, Northern Cyprus is also a preferred destination for students.
In short, Northern Cyprus is a rich region with its history, natural beauties, cultural activities, Mediterranean life, authentic texture and higher education institutions. Northern Cyprus, which attracts the attention of students as well as tourists, can be visited in all seasons of the year and offers many activities. For an unforgettable holiday experience and a cultural tour, you should definitely visit Northern Cyprus.
You can read our Northern Cyprus Living Guide here.