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Leisure in North Cyprus


North Cyprus is the furthest east you can venture in the Mediterranean, with Turkey just 40 miles away. Yet the European influence means that miles mix with kilometres on road signs, while everyone drives on the left. British plug sockets are the standard mains connectors, and all produce is weighed in kilos.

The unique climate of Cyprus offers year-round opportunities for a perfect holiday. Rainfall is concentrated in December and January, and the average sea temperature is above 20 degrees for more than half the year. Cyprus is renowned for its wild flowers which carpet the island in spring (there are more than 38 species of orchid alone) and scent of orange, lemon and grapefruit blossom fills the air.

The coastline of North Cyprus offers some of the finest and safest bathing in the Mediterranean. Although most holiday establishments have modern pools, the crystal clear waters of the eastern Mediterranean are wonderful for swimming, snorkelling, sailing and skiing. Most of the holiday complexes are situated near the picturesque ancient port of Girne (Kyrenia) on the north coast, or Famagusta in the east. The narrow fertile northern coastal strip is backed by the spectacular Besparmak mountains - also known as the Girne range, studded with its medieval castles and fortresses. The rugged slopes are covered with Aleppo pines, olives and carob trees, with small villages nestling in the hillsides. Nearer the coast, most activity is concentrated along the coast road.

The Turkish Cypriot people are renowned for their generous hospitality and when out shopping or enjoying a meal, you are made to feel particularly welcome.