The unspoilt natural beauties of Northern Cyprus, the friendly people, the splendid nature of its immaculate and undisturbed coastal strip of kilometers long sunbathing almost all year round; golden sandy beaches and a magnificent 9000 year history, it is a paradise island in the Mediterranean. Together with the Gothic churches, the Five Finger Mountains dominate the crusader castles, temple ruins and examples of British colonial architecture as a fantastic mix of history.
Man has a rich history and architectural heritage left over by various civilizations established over the centuries. It is possible to see the traces of 9000 years of civilization from Soli and Vouni in the West, Arabahmet Mosque in Nicosia, Apostolos Andreas Monastery from Salamis in Famagusta in the East.
Northern Cyprus has clear beaches that are difficult to find in the Mediterranean. There are different coastlines and facilities for swimming, from the luxurious beaches of big hotels to the beautiful beaches of small hotels that are lost behind sand dunes. In the eastern coastline between Famagusta and the Bosphorus, golden beaches reach up to 15 miles long. On both sides of Kyrenia in the north there are beaches where bars are located and various sports activities are carried out. In addition to this, the unseen roads decorate the landscape for 20 miles.
On both sides of Karpaz, the beautiful and wide sand dunes covered with macaroni and wild olives are waiting for the marvelous and well-equipped marchers. At the same time, there is no paved road in this dream area which is National Park. For this reason, a reliable land vehicle should be preferred for transportation to the region. In the west, the Güzelyurt bay, which is ideal for adventurers, lies in an incredible range.
For nearly a hundred million years, your waters have been visited by green turtles (Chelonia mydas) and logger head (Caretta caretta) turtles. The green head spawning is only in the family, on the south eastern shores of Turkey and sometimes in Israel. These fascinating creatures come to the shores of Northern Cyprus between May and August to lay eggs. Alagadi, one of the beaches where they lay eggs, is under protection.
After sunrise, adult female turtles, sometimes more than 100cm in shell size, are suitable for laying on the beach. They leave between 65 and 110 eggs depending on their species. Each tortoise spawns five to six times in search of 10-15 days.
When the ovulation is complete, the tired female turtle returns to the sea. The same plaja comes back after two years to repeat ovulation.
Ecologists and students are observing the spawning grounds to help protect the sea turtles facing the danger of extinction.
Observing this natural phenomenon is also an exciting experience for visitors.
They are always impressed by the hospitality of the Turkish Cypriot people, who are not only warm-blooded and güler-faced, but also very open-handed. This traditional hospitality was described by Charles C. Flankland in 1827: “… weighed heavily on the kingdom, with hookah and coffee, then served with a paste for each unit … followed by a wonderful sherbet … followed by a rosewater and smelled in a silver tobacco bottle. ”
In northern Cyprus, coffee houses are one of the main places where traditional hospitality continues. It is not surprising that one of our most known ancestral words is “forty years of a cup of cabbage.”
Another proverb that associates coffee with your hospitality is one that best summarizes the warm bloodiness and friendly vitality of our people: “no heart, no coffee, no coffee, no coffee”.
The exotic Cypriot cuisine reflects its own historical and marine culture, as well as a common synthesis of eastern and western cultures.