North Cyprus - Touring Holidays
If you’re after a sun-packed holiday destination that boasts a fascinating history and a stunning landscape, an escorted tour to Cyprus is sure to be right up your street.
This beautiful island, which is the fabled birthplace of Aphrodite the goddess of love, rises from the eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea approximately 30 miles south of Turkey. Boasting a lovely year-round climate, with hot summers and mild winters, check out its pristine beaches and take long walks along a coastline backed by scented pine-clad slopes.
A divided island
A divided island, the northern part is under Turkish control, while the southern part is an independent republic, and those who choose to holiday in Cyprus will be able to put into practice both their holiday Greek and Turkish - its two official languages. As Cypriots are known for their friendliness and hospitality, you’ll have plenty of opportunity for a chat with the locals. Why not share a mezze and try delicious Cypriot specialities such as grilled halloumi cheese or a sheftalia – a grilled sausage made of pork, lamb, onions and parsley.
Divided capital Nicosia
A visit to Nicosia, the island’s capital which is split in two by the ‘Green Line’ dividing the Turkish and the Greek Cypriot communities, will introduce you to a captivating old town which is a picturesque mix of 16th century walls, charming squares and inviting pavement cafés. Cross the border into southern Cyprus and you’ll be rewarded with a journey back in time as you ponder the ancient exhibits on display in its Archaeological Museum.
Holidays in Cyprus offer something different to every traveller. The beach-lover will find holiday heaven on the sandy beaches and in the clear waters found around Ayia Napa, Protaras and Larnaca, while the history buff will discover more than enough to satisfy their curiosity amid the many ancient ruins and archaeological sites that pepper the island.
Impressive statues, a Roman bath house with traces of its original mosaics and a fine Roman amphitheatre can be seen at the ancient city of Salamis. At Paphos you’ll find the Tombs of the Kings, an impressive necropolis carved out of solid rocks, which date from 300 BC, and a stroll around the ancient walled city of Famagusta will give you a taste of its medieval past.
Walkers too are in for a treat when they visit Cyprus – the Troodos Mountains are rugged but accessible and crisscrossed with nature trails, ancient frescoed churches, wine-making villages and pine forests, while the wild flower-strewn Kyrenia Mountains, known as the Five Finger Mountains, are a joy to traverse in the spring as they burst into a riot of colour. Nature-lovers will be delighted to learn that Cyprus’s beaches are an important nesting site for two of the world’s seven species of sea turtle – the loggerhead and the green turtle – both of which are endangered.
So, whether you are strolling along tranquil woodland or trekking up glorious mountain paths, spectacular views are waiting to be discovered around every corner. And with familiar traces of home – driving on the left, red pillar boxes and even branches of Marks & Spencer – you’re sure to fall in love with Aphrodite’s stunning island.
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Turtles of Northern Cyprus
One of the planet’s most ancient creatures, sea turtles have been living in the world’s oceans for more than 100 million years. Found in all warm and temperate waters around the world, they are known to migrate long distances between their nesting and feeding grounds, sometimes as far as 1,400 miles.