North Cyprus Holidays

Northern Cyprus Holidays

Book a holiday to northern Cyprus and enjoy the great weather and stunning surroundings on this wonderful Mediterranean island.  Cyprus is the birthplace of Aphrodite, the enigmatic Goddess of Love.  It is a paradise of an island, where a continual show of nature is breathtaking in its beauty. Located in the Mediterranean, just 40 miles off Turkey's south coast, the Cyprus’ strategic position has meant that it was the stepping stone between East and West - the historical crossroads of the ancient world.  We have some great deals in beautiful North Cyprus holiday resorts including Famagusta, Kyrenia as well as multi centre holidays which visit Northern Cyprus and mainland Turkey.

Historical crossroads

There have been settlements in Cyprus for over 9000 years, from Palaeolithic and Neolithic times. Remnants of great civilizations and monuments to its long and chequered past can be seen in the ancient cities, palaces, castles, churches, mosques and abbeys which are scattered throughout this unique Mediterranean island. Its pristine beaches, beautiful mountain scenery, traditional villages and ancient cities are just waiting to be discovered.

Since 1974 the island has been divided, with the North home to the indigenous Turkish Cypriot population. You will find that North Cyprus is much less developed than the South. North Cyprus still keeps its charm and beauty and remains full of character - here you won’t find the streets dominated by international chains or fast-food restaurants.

The local language is Turkish and the currency is the Turkish lira, although many traces of the British remain, as many people speak good English and driving is still on the left-hand side of the road.

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A warm welcome guaranteed

Hospitality is a way of life here, and the British in particular are treated as long-lost friends. Nicosia, or Lefkosa in Turkish, is the capital of both sides of the island, and the last divided city in the world. There is plenty of fascinating history to explore and the market is a great place to stock up on holiday souvenirs.

Outside the main towns, North Cyprus has some of the most stunning scenery in the Mediterranean. The sheer rugged beauty of the Karpaz peninsula, where you can drive for miles without passing another car, and come across completely deserted beaches, the nesting places of the rare loggerhead turtles, is absolutely breath-taking.

Kyrenia (Girne) and Famagusta (Gazi Magusa) are the two resorts which we feature. Famagusta is perhaps best known for its golden sandy beaches, and Kyrenia for its charming, picturesque harbour.Wherever you choose to stay, it is well worth hiring a car and exploring the island. Prices for car hire are reasonable and driving is on the left as in the UK. Road conditions are generally goodand there is relatively little traffic.

The fertile area of Güzelyurt (which literally translates as ‘beautiful place’), home to citrus groves, is well worth a visit. Those interested in the island’s history should make sure to take in the Crusader castle of St. Hilarion, Kantara and Buffavento, as well as the ruined Persian palace of Vuni, and the ancient city of Soli.

North Cyprus enjoys the same relaxed, informal dining experience as Turkey. The Turkish cuisine is one of the best in the world and the delicious food will ensure that eating out is one of the main highlights of your holiday. Enjoy a traditional ‘meze’, lots of small plates of hot and cold starters, sample the catch of the day or feast on a Kebab. Finish your meal off with a choice of sweet syrupy desserts or fresh fruit and a fresh, strong Turkish coffee. Whatever your choice, a meal is a social event so you can relax and take your time over your food.

You will have to find extra room in your case to take home lovely samples of the many Turkish-Cypriot handicrafts including Lefkara lace work, embroidery, hand woven kilim rugs, hand painted pottery, Mediterranean-style village basketry, sheep skins rugs and a host of other wares including genuine leather, gold and silver jewellery.

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What's the Weather Like?

Jan

16°C

Feb

17°C

Mar

21°C

Apr

26°C

May

30°C

Jun

34°C

Jul

37°C

Aug

37°C

Sep

34°C

Oct

28°C

Nov

23°C

Dec

18°C

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"I wanted to send you an e-mail now that we are back from our wonderful holiday. My wife and I wanted to express our sincere gratitude to you and the team at Diamond Star for arranging a truly unique style of holiday that we are still talking about to friends and family two weeks after we came home. The places we have visited, and the things we have seen were truly amazing, it will take a month or more to sort through our photos"  Andrew and June Welch - 24 Oct 2022

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"We arrived home from Fethiye on Monday, and would just like to thank you and Akin for planning an amazing trip. The gulet was fantastic and as usual, the Ece Saray Hotel was lovely. The staff there are some of the best we have come across, and the breakfasts were great. We are looking ahead to 2023 and were wondering if you could arrange a quote for a similar trip."  Sue and Mike Fedeczko - 28 September 2022

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