With thousands of years of history and cultural wealth, Northern Cyprus continues to be the perfect destination for cultural and historical experiences. Travel through time by following the footsteps of ancient civilizations in Cyprus to discover its historical and cultural heritage.
If you’re planning a cultural holiday for a chance to step into the world of new experiences and adventures, then buy a ticket to Northern Cyprus for your next adventure.
The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, a corner of paradise in the Mediterranean, is the top destination for cultural trips rich in history and natural beauty. The object of desire for many civilizations past and present, Cyprus serves as a habitat to countless living things thanks to the Mediterranean climate. With its thousands of years of history and generous gifts of nature, Northern Cyprus is in high demand, especially when it comes to cultural trips. The six cities of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Kyrenia, Nicosia, Famagusta, Lefke , Morphou, and İskele, all offer a golden ticket for culture tour enthusiasts.
A world of culture with novel experiences awaits you in North Cyprus. Should you decide to travel solo without a Cyprus tour package, remember to rent a car in Cyprus. This way, you can travel around the island as you please. Just remember, traffic flows from the left.
Another point to factor in is the timing of your tour. Northern Cyprus is very hot during certain months due to the Mediterranean climate. So much so that shops and government offices tend to be closed in the afternoons due to extreme heat. So bear this in mind when planning your holiday. The best time to book a tour in Northern Cyprus is between April and October. So what’s stopping you from booking your trip to Northern Cyprus?
The island of Cyprus, located in the middle of the Mediterranean, is a piece of land that has preserved its geo-political importance throughout history. Due to its strategic location and natural beauty, it has not only been invaded by many ancient civilizations throughout the centuries but has also attracted travellers from all around the world. It is known as the birthplace of Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love and Beauty. So, come prepared to listen and learn.
Your jaw will drop as you hear tales of yore, myths and legends about Northern Cyprus, where our protagonists are dukes, kings, nobles, barons and pashas mentioned in history books. Each historical ruin around Northern Cyprus will whisper its story to you, one by one.
Northern Cyprus is home to countless historical artefacts crafted by skilful hands. Among these works, city walls, churches, palaces, mosques, cathedrals, and castles come to mind. Some of them perch on mountain peaks and along trekking paths, while others overlook the seashore. During your cultural holiday in Northern Cyprus, you will have the chance to look upon the best examples of gothic architecture. If you’re a history buff, you will be chuffed!
Northern Cyprus is undeniably a beautiful destination not only in terms of history but also in terms of nature. There are approximately 40 hiking trails from Yeşilırmak to Karpaz that highlight the island’s preserved natural life. It is worth noting that Cyprus is one of the most beautiful places in the world with its variety of birds, flora, the famous Karpaz donkeys, and turtles.
How would you like to do some birdwatching? There are 371 migratory bird species in Cyprus. This is a complete bird paradise. Along their migratory path, thousands of birds must use their intelligence to escape predators like eagles, hawks, and falcons. You won’t want to take your eyes off of the view of the sky and treetops.
If you visit Northern Cyprus in the spring, you’ll be just in time to breathe in the scents of wildflowers, orange, lemon, and grapefruit flowers. Just close your eyes and imagine. During this time, Northern Cyprus appears to be covered by a colourful blanket thanks to the 1,500 or so plant species growing in the spring. There are 20 rare orchid species here. The ruby-red medosh tulips and orchids that bloom on the mountain tops, especially in Alevkaya and Girne, deserve to be seen in real life.
There’s very little that has made it to the present from the past. But trees and flora in Northen Cyprus seem to be challenging this hypothesis, like the fig tree in Famagusta. Although it was planted in 1200 B.C., it is known as the oldest living tree in Northern Cyprus, gripping the ground with its mighty roots. There is also the ancient vine, which has made it into the Guinness Book of Records in 1947… It intrigues onlookers with a diameter of 85 centimetres and 3 tons of grapes every year. This is all in addition to the 2,000 date trees that date back to Ancient Egypt…
However, the stars of nature in Northern Cyprus are the wild Karpaz donkeys and sea turtles. Wild Karpaz donkeys famously roam freely on unspoiled fields in the Karpaz Peninsula. A few seconds in their presence will prove that they are no stranger to human visitors and some may even appear to pose for the cameras. Creatures of habit, sea turtles have been visiting certain beaches in Northern Cyprus for a very time. Having the honor of watching mother turtles laying their eggs at night and the hatching of baby turtles is an unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime experience. Golden Beach (Altınkum), one of the most famous beaches in the world, is just one of the rare nesting areas for these turtles.
Other than flora and fauna, Northern Cyprus is also known for its natural caves. There are 85 natural caves in the north of the island. So make sure you take all of this into consideration when planning your Cyprus tours.
It is quite normal to feel lonely when you’re on holiday in brand new place. One of the characteristic Cypriots are famous for is their “hospitality“. You can be sure that friendly and hospitable locals will welcome you with a smile. You will experience this first handwhen visiting the villages of Northern Cyprus. The English village Karmi is among the most famous and scenic villages in Northern Cyprus. Its reputation travels far and wide with its beautiful houses, squares, and gardens. It won’t be long before someone asks you “How do you take your coffee?” Since coffee culture is the foundation on which socialising is built onin Northern Cyprus, it is inevitable that you will be served coffee even when in unknown domains. Carefully prepared walnut preserve is a sweet served alongside the dark and bitter coffee. You’ll need to energy for all the chit chat you’ll end up doing.
There are millions of people from around the world who come to Northern Cyprus to gain new experiences. One trip to Cyprus could possibly mean meeting new friends from different parts of the world.
You can never be too young or too old to go on a cultural holiday as they offer a bit of something for everyone. Especially festivals! Numerous festivals are held throughout the year in Northern Cyprus, where you can feel the sense of community and camaraderie.
‘Yeşilırmak Strawberry Festival‘ in April, ‘Tepebaşı Medoş Tulip Festival’ in March, ‘Bellapais International Music Festival’ in May, ‘Ozanköy Carob Molasses Festival’ in June, ‘International Olive Festival‘ in October… there is a festival for almost every month in Cyprus. So the excitement never ends…
If you come across a festival during your Cyprus holiday, make sure not to miss it.
Northern Cyprus is a great place for foodies! Northern Cyprus cuisine, which has been under the influence of many cultures throughout history, offers you world-famous local flavours. Arguably one of the most famous food in Cyprus is Sheftali Kebab. Although it has nothing to do with peaches (which is also şeftali in Turkish), this is a spicy meatball made of sheep or goat meat wrapped in tallow and cooked over hot coal or by frying. The name comes from Chef Ali.
But there are many local delicacies unique to Northern Cyprus such as hellim, green walnut preserve, Chicken and Macaroni (magarına bulli), lalangı, thief’s (cube) kebab, molehiya, and tarro stew (kolakas). You won’t want, or be able to, to leave the dinner table.
Halloumi has a very special place in Cypriot cuisine. It ranks first among the most famous flavours of Cyprus. Breakfast without hellim isn’t breakfast in Northern Cyprus.
Enjoy a glass of wine with hellim on the side. Since the Bronze Age, vines have been grown and grapes have been crushed for wine in Cyprus. Wine tasting at vineyards can be yet another unforgettable experience for an unforgettable vacation.
Since Cyprus is an island country, fresh fish play a key role in Cypriot cuisine. Indulge in a wide variety of appetizers, scrumptious seafood, and fresh salads for a healthy mind, body and soul.
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