About Northern CyprusAll About Northern Cyprus
About Northern Cyprus
Cyprus is a stunning island located in the Mediterranean Sea, just off the coast of Turkey. The island is divided into North, the Turkish side, and South, the Greek side, by a ‘green line’. This zone passes through Nicosia, which is the capital for both sides, and is patrolled by the United Nations.
The island had been in dispute, with things coming to ahead in 1974 when Turkey claimed the Northern peninsula following the Greek Cypriots attempts to annex the island. In 1983 Turkey declared their ‘side’ the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. However this declaration is only recognised by Turkey, and to the UN and other countries it is still known as Northern Cyprus. Although the North part of the island is Turkish, they class themselves seperate from the mainland. You will learn that they are proud of the history and island that they have called home since 1974. In 2003 the Tyrkish Cypriots made a huge step and decided to open the border to the South. This relax in rules enabled families and old friends to reunite and meet together.
As the third largest island in the Mediterranean, after Sicily and Sardinia, Northern Cyprus is 71 kilometers South of Turkey, (between Asia, Europe and Africa) allowing for hot, dry summers with mild but wet winters. The spring and autumn months are usually pleasant meaning holidays to Cyprus are the number one choice.
With an average of 300 days of sunshine every year, this beautiful island has numerous beaches and unspoilt landscapes, making it ideal for sun worshippers and keen walkers alike. With its many archeological sights there is pleanty to see and explore, and why not ask the warm, friendly locals, of whom many speak English (Turkish is the offical language), to point you in the right direction.
The island’s main income arises from tourism, especially music lovers as many concerts and festivals are hosted throughout the year. The International Famagusta Culture and Art Festival, to name just one, is held every year and you will hear music from pop to jazz and traditional Turkish music to reggae. You can also see, in and around the Famagusta area, many forms of art, such as musical performances and theatre. You will find that many shops and restaurants will accept UK Pounds or Euro, but the main currency is Turkish Lira. Some larger shops will also accept credit cards nad/ or Travellers cheques. Other sources of income for Northern Cyprus is the export of olives, citrus fruits and other crops.
Northern Cyprus Map
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