Recommended tour operator: Mosaic Holidays
Mosaic Holidays 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 and Casino bang in the centre) to family-run three star gems – the charming Onar Village for example. For beach addicts, the five star Cratos Premium Hotel is a good option.
One of our most popular hotels is the Pia Bella, 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 is especially popular with honeymooners.
Over in the east is the historic coastal town of Famagusta. Stay on the beach at the Salamis Bay Conti Hotel, a four star resort with great facilities for families.