North Cyprus offers; favorable, extraordinary, enjoyable, mystic, spiritual and peaceful holiday environment for you any season of the year. Cyprus, third biggest island of the Mediterranean is always desired in every period of history for strategic, political, commercial and religious reasons, and does not lose its charm at any time...
North Cyprus location is at the crossroads of Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa. Closest neighboring locations are Turkey, South Cyprus, Lebanon, Greece, Egypt, Israel and Syria. Its coasts are approximately 396 km long with a unique blend of beaches, plains and mountains. Moreover, with its historical past and location, Northern Cyprus is in many ways a surprising synthesis between eastern and western cultures; and with its rich multicultural heritage, in every part of the country you will find ancient monuments and sites that belongs to more than 11 thousand years of civilization and history makes the country exceptionally beautiful.
Six different areas in North Cyprus are becoming part of the Natura-2000 of the EU. In addition to Natura 2000, there are more than 20 turtle nesting shores in Northern Cyprus. Also, sandy beaches and endemics and wild donkeys are main attractions for the IFF. There are many monuments from Byzantive Period (AD 324-1119), Early Frankish Period (1191-1192), Lusignan Kingdom (1192-1489), Genoese Occupation (City of Famagusta) (1373-1464), Venetian Colonial Rule (1489-1571), Ottoman Period (1571-1878), British Colonial Rule (1878-1960). Especially one could see all of the signs of those civilizations in the city of Famagusta. Please visit the historical tourism page of this site.
Tourism is one of the leading growth sectors in North Cyprus and all authorities places a high degree of priority to the development of this sector. In line with increasing visitor arrivals, Northern Cyprus offers a wide range of accommodation from 5 star luxury hotels to holiday villages. Addition to swimming in crystal water, soaking up the sun 300 days of a year, North Cyprus offers wide range of special tourism products such as bird watching, golfing, turtle watching, diving, historical site visit, nature visits, eco/agro-tourism, walks to endemics, traditional village fests.
Girne is a fascinating town on the northern coast of Cyprus founded by the Myceans ca. 1600 BC. Its tiny horse-shoe shaped harbour with the backdrop of the Besparmak Mountains help to make Girne one of the most beautiful areas on the island. The Old Harbour is bordered by what used to be carob warehouses but are now cafes, restaurants and bars. Fishing boats, colourful yachts and excursion boats are moored in this pretty spot and to the east of the harbour is Girne Castle. A truly magnificent edifice constructed by the Byzantines in the 9th century to ward of Arab invaders. This fortress was further enhanced by the Lusignans and then by the Venetians and is one of the most imposing sites in the Mediterranean. The Castle houses the Ship-wreck Museum where the remains of a 4th century cargo boat including a number of artefacts and it's cargo of amphorae are displayed.
Gazimagusa was originally a small commercial and fishing port but with the advent of the Crusades and the reign of the Lusignans it attained much greater significance. The Old Town is surrounded by magnificent walls, 17 meters high and 9 meters wide, which were constructed by the Lusignans and further reinforced by the Venetians in 1489. There are reputed to be 365 places of worship in Gazimagusa and among the foremost of these is the Lala Mustafa Pasa Mosque. Formerly St. Nicholas Cathedral, where the Lusignan kings were crowned, its name was changed after the Ottoman conquest of the island in 1571. It remains as one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture to this day. The Knights Templar, The Knights Hospitaller and Othello also share in the great history of this city.
Once the ancient kingdom of Ledra, Lefkosa flourished when it become the capital of the Lusignans. The Old Town is surrounded by a star shaped wall of about three miles in circumference, which was further fortified by the Venetians in 1567, and flanked by eleven Bastions. The Selimiye Mosque, formerly St Sophia Cathedral, is the earliest and perhaps the finest of the Lusignan churches, commissioned by the Queen Alix Of Champagne, wife of Hugues I, and build in the style of the cathedrals of Rouen and Chartres. In the 16th Century it was transformed into a mosque with the addition of two minarets.