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Cyprus is a paradise island of incomparable natural beauty, full of unique historical treasures.

North Cyprus provides a most hospitable welcome, with its friendly people, and its beautiful natural attractions, unspoilt, unpolluted and uncrowded with miles of coastline and golden sands bathed in sunshine almost every day of the year. There is much of historical interest to reflect nine thousand years of history. Gothic churches rub shoulders with crusader castles, and ruined temples with British Colonial architecture in a fascinating blend of styles. The all-pervading sense of the past adds to the enchantment of the present to make an unforgettable holiday.

Touched by myriad cultures, Cyprus is passionately aware of its identity.


Cyprus is the most easterly of the Mediterranean islands and the third largest in the area after Sicily and Sardinia in the Mediterranean.

It lies in the clear blue waters of the Eastern Mediterranean. At the nearest coastal points it is 40 miles from Turkey, 60 miles from Syria, and 250 miles from Egypt.

North Cyprus is some 100 miles long, 40 miles across at its widest point and has a total area of 1357 square miles, comprising nearly 36% of the island of Cyprus.



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To the south of the Kyrenia range lies Nicosia (Lefkosa) (population 39,000), the capital of North Cyprus, through which runs the boundary, or as it is called 'The Green Line' separating the North from South Cyprus.

The other major centers are the tourist resorts of Famagusta (Magusa) (population 30,000), Kyrenia (Girne) (population 22,000), and the citrus center of Güzelyurt (Morphou) (population 15,000).

Public Holidays:

January 1 New Year's Day
February 1 - 4* Kurban Bayram (Feast of the Sacrifice)
April 23 Turkish National Sovereignty and Children's Day
May 1 Labour Day
May 19 Atatürk Commemoration and Youth & Sports Day
July 20 Turkish Intervention, Peace and Freedom Day
August 1 date of T.M.T (Social Resistance Day)
August 30 Zafer Bayram (Victory Day)
October 29 Turkish Republic Day
November 15 Republic Day of T. R. N. C.
November 3* Ramazan (End of Ramadan) or Seker Bayram


Nicosia Old Town
Nicosia Old Town, Turkish Side - Photo by Halil Lisaniler.

Wikitravel - Northern Cyprus Travel Guide

Lonely Planet - A Beginner's Guide to North Cyprus

Rough Guides - North Cyprus

Trip Advisor - Kyrenia (Girne) Northern Cyprus

Trip Advisor - Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus

Just Landed - North Cyprus Guide - Northern Cyprus


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