North Cyprus displays different beauties at different times
of the year. With it's unspoilt beauties; natural surrounding
suitable for outings and picnics... The scented atmosphere
of the citrus orchards. The cleanest and safest waters of the Mediterranean; sunny, idle and stretching
beaches. Temperatures of sea waters during summer 23 degrees.
In North Cyprus you will have chance to see museums where historical
and folkloric traces of Mediterranean civilizations are displayed.
The streets full of incessant reminders and samples of the
Mediterranean's traditional architecture...
Useful Information: Geography Cyprus is the third largest
island in the Mediterranean after Sardinia and Sicily. It
lies 70 kms. From Turkey, 100 kms. From Syria and 320 kms.
North Cyprus Climate
Mediterranean climate, with long dry summers from mid-May
to mid-October and with mild winters from December to February, which are
separated by short autumn and spring seasons.
North Cyprus Religion
%98 Muslim, %2 Orthodox, Maronit and Catholic
Lefkosa (Nicosia) Population 39,176.
Gazimagusa (Famagusta) population 27,637
Girne (Kyrenia) population 14,205
Guzelyurt population 12,865
Lefke population 6,490
3,355 kilometer square.
Language is Turkish but English is widely understood.
The beaches of Northern Cyprus are among the cleanest and safest
in the Mediterranean. The average water temperature is 24C between
May and October. The summer season sees the Hotel Beaches offering
an excellent service to its customers in terms of eating and drinking
facilities, not failing to mention the provision of beach umbrellas
and beach loungers. Some of these beaches will also offer activities
such as water skiing, banana rides, jet-ski, wind surfing and scuba diving.
Please drive on the left. Traffic and road signs are International.
Maximum speed is 100km./hr. Vehicles entering Northern Cyprus must
be insured upon arrival. Seat belts must be worn.. Drivers are prohibited
to drive under the influence of alcohol. The limit is 50 mgr (As in Europe).
The code for England is 00 44 followed by the local number but omitting
the first number (0). From England the code is 00 90 392 followed by the
local Cypriot number. Public telephone booths are available and telephone
cards can be purchased from the Telecommunications Office.
The outgoing postal system is reliable. Incoming mail must
be suffixed "Mersin-10, Turkey" and not "Northern Cyprus".
The history of the postal service in Northern Cyprus will
definitely be of interest to all philatelists.
220/240 Volts A/. A standard three pin British plug is used.
A good, inexpensive network of buses and mini-buses operates
between all the main towns.
North Cyprus Restaurants
A large selection of restaurants exist, where truly ethnic cuisine
is served, to fashionable French,
Chinese and Indian Cuisine Restaurants. Prices vary accordingly.
There are also a number of excellent Cypriot Cuisine Restaurants
which offer very good value for money.
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A wide range to suit all tastes, serving, local beers, raki and brandy and of course imported alcohol.
Tourist Information Offices are available in all major towns. Tour guides,
Hotel Receptionists, Taxi drivers and the locals are also a good source of information.
Shops are open with some variations but generally
Summer: 8:00-13:00 and 16:00-19:00
Winter: 9:00-13:00 and 14:00-18:00
The Turkish Lira. Eurocheques, Travellers Cheques, Sterling, Dollars
and other major currencies may be used or exchanged in the larger towns.
NB. While no restrictions are placed on imports of foreign exchange,
large amounts should be declared to customs upon entry. Up to $10,000
may be exported.
Public Holidays in North Cyprus
1 January, New Year's Day
23 April, Children's Day
1 May, Labour Day
19 May, Youth and Sports Day
20 July, Peace and Freedom Day
30 August, Victory Day
29 October, Turkish Republic Day
15 November, Northern Cyprus Republic Day
There are also several Religious holidays or Bayrams which like the Christian festival of Easter, change every year.