Guide to Visiting North Cyprus

There are many things to see in North Cyprus and visitors can come to this country at any time of the year because the days in this country are almost always sunny. Clear and blue sky, unpolluted sea with clean beaches, amazing scenery and the utmost affability and hospitality are all you will get in North Cyprus. Various kinds of cuisines which are all mouth-watering will make you want to stay longer. Typically beautiful beaches with secluded coves for a little more privacy and perfect getaway can easily be found there, not to mention the scenic historical movements and old sites of ship wreckages, museums and many more. Forthcoming environment will give you some feeling that you are welcomed there.

North Cyprus is located in the Mediterranean. At the east of the country lies the mountains along the peninsula called the Panhandle or Karpas. Karpas is a house where a lot of species of flowers and plants native to North Cyprus can be found. A lot of researches visit this place every year to have some studies about the plants. If you want to see how the flowers and other plants are blooming, you should arrange your vsit between February and June. In addition to the native exotic flowers and plants, there are also native animals such as butterflies, lizards and green turtles you will not find in other places. The most beautiful beach in North Cyprus can be found in Karpas. There are also some white sandy bays. The beautifully traditional Kyrenia town lies on the northern coast while the similarly stunning Famagusta is on the east.

Language

People in North Cyprus speak Turkish so it will be an advantage to know some basic Turkish expressions. However, English is also widely used.

Population

Around 264,000 people live in this beautiful country and half of them occupy the cities.

Demographics

Most people living in the cities are working in some industrial and service fields. They also work for construction, clothing and beverage companies. Other people live in the villages and there are around 195 villages where people usually live on agriculture. They grow many kinds of crops such as barley, wheat, olives, melons, carobs, figs, grapes and potatoes which are usually sold for a commercial use. Actually, citrus comes as the main product from North Cyprus but as the export for general items from North Cyprus is restricted, this fruit is not widely exported anymore. Industry grows slowly in North Cyprus which gives good impacts on tourism because there is not much pollution. In terms of education, North Cyprus has started to give its attention to a better education marked by the existence of five big private universities, giving more chances for the students from other countries to study there. Most of the foreign students are from the Middle East, Turkey and also Africa.

Climate

Typical Mediterranean climate is what you are going to experience in North Cyprus. From June to September you can enjoy dry and hot summer while from November to March you will meet rainy winter. However, you should not worry about extreme weather as in North Cyprus; temperature will only be from 10 °C at the coldest until 30 °C at the hottest. Almost all seasons are in pleasant weather and visitors can see the sun almost every day.

Voltage and Electricity

There have been no problems dealing with electricity in North Cyprus and if you need to use some appliances you will just need to contact the hotel receptionists to help you set them up.

Traffic

In North Cyprus, traffic goes on the left and NOT on the right. When you are on the street, pay attention to the traffic signs which are internationally recognized, yet they are placed on the left side of the street. The speed limit and the distance in North Cyprus are using kilometers rather than miles. For motorists, the maximum speed limit is varied depending on where you are travelling. On motorways, it is 100km/h while on other streets it is 80km/h and the lowest maximum speed is 50km/h. The lowest maximum speed is usually applied in urban areas. Don’t forget to equip yourself with the required gears such as helmet or seat belt.

Currency

In North Cyprus, people are mainly using Turkish Lira which is worth 100 kurus. The bank notes are available from 5 Turkish Lira until 200 Turkish Lira while the coins are available from 5 kurus until 1 Turkish Lira.

There are many great things you can see and do in North Cyprus so make sure to book the holiday for several days if you don’t want to miss any great things in the country.