The coastline has ancient harbours where you can dine al fresco and beaches that stretch for miles, while the depths of the crystal-clear azure seas offer many of the region's best dive sites. Indeed, visibility can be as much as 30 to 40 meters under water. A myriad of cafes, restaurants and bars await exploration in North Cyprus's beautiful towns, whilst in villages, you will encounter an abundance of old world charm. Perfect for anyone who wants to escape the crowds typical of many holiday destinations today, North Cyprus offers real character and charm and being outside the euro zone, it offers great value too. North Cyprus has five distinct areas offering unique experiences. In the West, around Guzelyurt, is the most fertile market-garden region with citrus groves and cultivated vegetables.
The long northern coastline is backed by the Besparmak (Five Finger) Mountains with their dramatic wooded slopes and craggy summits. Castles, ruins and religious relics adorn the mountains, whilst the lower hills and lowlands are alive with lush greenery, rare species of birds and butterflies, and a natural diversity of flowers that is unmatched in the Mediterranean, with an estimated 19 endemic plant species. Located in North Cyprus and close to the very heart of the island, the capital city of Nicosia (Lefkosia) offers something quite different to the large selection of bustling seaside tourist resorts scattered along the north and south Mediterranean coastlines. Nicosia is divided into two very distinctive regions - the North (Turkish occupied) and the South (Republican), following the Turkish invasion of 1974.Sandy beaches and rocky coves await discovery along the shore and the venetian harbour town of Girne (Kyrenia) sits in the centre in all its considerable beauty. In the East, the finger of the Karpaz Peninsula points to Syria. This is both a remote and beautiful landscape with deserted beaches and ancient villages with once-grand basilicas, tombs and ruins which bear testament to the area's glorious past. The eastern coastal area of Gazimagusa (Famagusta) Bay is one long, very fine beach with excellent facilities for clean safe bathing and snorkelling. The "outdoor museum" that is the town of Gazimagusa, is the centre of the region and an excellent hub for eating-out, shopping and recreation.
North Cyprus is relaxing, healthy and hospitable and you will return home feeling like you have found your very own haven with the sort of value you thought had disappeared years ago.