Be sure to read our North Cyprus activities page also to get a better idea of how to occupy yourself or your group/family during your visit to North Cyprus.
Cyprus is the most ideal country to visit for a long weekend break or a full summer vacation. Located in the blue waters of the Eastern Mediterranean, the island is one of the most traveled destinations by Europeans, Turks, Russians and even Middle Eastern visitors.
Cyprus has a temperate Mediterranean climate, with the summer season starting from April. The other months, though considered as ‘winter’ are a good deal milder than other countries and as such Cyprus is a holiday destination that can be visited for four seasons.
A trip to Cyprus, should be divided into two categories – daytime living and nightlife. With the nightlife full of casinos, bars, coffee-lounges and dance clubs in Cyprus, the day-to-day lifestyle is of beaches, slow lunches and cultural heritage for its visitors. When you take the first step to Cyprus, we can point you in the right direction for all the activities that are suited to you and your group.
The most beautiful place in Cyprus is of course the coastal city of Girne. The first thing you will notice in Kyrenia will be the Girne Castle, which has been well preserved to the present day. The castle was built by the Byzantines against the Arab invasions in the seventh century. The Venetian Tower, dungeons, the Sunken Ship Museum and the Hill Tombs are among the cultural heritage you will see.
After visiting the fort, you can take a short walk at the foot of the city walls and enjoy the magnificent view of the Mediterranean. After you visit the castle, there are cafes and restaurants with the most pleasant views of Cyprus in the harbour area where you can reach the town center by heading directly towards the mountains. Call in to a cafe where you can have a traditional lunch during the daytime, and feel rested and relaxed. If you stay for dinner, you will enjoy a perfect Mediterranean evening accompanied by the silhouette of the castle and live music performances.
The mansion, also known as the Blue Pavilion, was built in 1957 by Paulo Paolides of Italian descent. Paolides, who was an advocate of the Greek leader Makarios, was also one of the fastest arms smugglers of his time. The mansion, designed in a way that a smuggler can live, remains a mystery even today. It’s not easy for you to notice the building until you get to the Kaçakçı Pavilion. In the 74 operations, the owner of the house escaped to Italy via the private tunnel built in the mansion, and sent the repair costs of the mansion every year. Until he was killed by the mafia in a dark gathering in Italy in 1986.
The Barbarism Museum, located in Nicosia, the capital of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, is open to everyone’s visit in order to prevent the reccurrence of one of the worst even
its in human history. On December 4, 1963, racist incidents that had emerged as a fire in Cyprus jumped into the home of Major Nihat İlhan, a member of the Turkish Cypriot Forces. EOKA-affiliated Greek gangs press the house of Major Ilhan and kill the inhabitants of the house. After this event, the house was converted into a museum. After the massacre, the house was opened to visitors. So you’re not actually going to a museum, you’re going to visit the home of the Major’s family.
Built by the Lusignans in the 12th century as a cathedral, the building is another name for the church, ‘Sophia Cathedral’. Located in the capital Nicosia, the building is inspired by the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. The cathedral, which carries the traces of its Gothic architecture, was converted into a mosque after the Ottomans took the island. Today, the cathedral is used by Muslims for worship, under the name of Selimiye Mosque since 1954. One of the most interesting mosques you’ll see.