Recommended tour operator: Anatolian Sky
Anatolian Sky says
Despite its promise of year-round sunshine, North Cyprus is much more than simply somewhere to lie on a beach. It’s a fascinating destination rich in culture and history. Its people are friendly and proud of their Turkish heritage, and the food is amongst the finest in the Mediterranean.
To really appreciate North Cyprus you need to explore, either by organised tour or hire car. You’ll find ancient cities, castles, historic abbeys, palaces, churches and mosques set against a backdrop of mountains, fertile valleys and traditional villages.
Arguably the best base is Kyrenia, a well-preserved port that really comes alive in the evenings. Dine at one of the many harbourfront restaurants and watch the world go by.
Our hotels in and around Kyrenia range from five star luxury (such as the Rocks Hotel bang in the centre) to family-run boutique gems – the charming Hideaway Club Hotel for example. For beach addicts, the Denizkizi Royal Hotel is a good option.
One of our most popular hotels is the Pia Bella, a charming luxury hotel set in fragrant gardens, a 20-minute walk from Kyrenia’s harbour.
Bellapais, made famous by Lawrence Durrell in Bitter Lemons, is a peaceful village with narrow sleepy streets and the atmospheric ruins of Bellapais Abbey. The boutique style Bellapais Gardens and the Bellapais Monastery Village are especially popular with honeymooners.
Combine North Cyprus with a few days in stunning Istanbul on a tailormade holiday.