Make the most of 14 days in North Cyprus

Day 1

Arrive in North Cyprus, unpack and settle in at your accommodation. Relax around the pool, check out the facilities and local area. You may need to acclimatise, the temperature can reach 30°C in the summer. Don't forget to put on your sun protection!

Why not head for a stroll in the picturesque Kyrenia Harbour in the evening? Soak up the atmosphere, the tranquil harbour houses plenty of bars and restaurants which are open late 7 days a week. Don't miss out on this experience. The Time Out Cyprus Visitor's Guide describes the harbour as "still being the most idyllic spot on the whole island of Cyprus, with intoxicatingly serene atmosphere!".

Day 2

Why not spend the day on the beach? Kyrenia has some excellent coastline, which is both clean and uncrowded. You may wish to use the facilities local to your accommodation, or why not visit one of the more exclusive Beach Club's, such as the Escape Beach Club or Camelot Beach Club? The Escape Beach Club is situated on what is known locally as the "Landing beach", the spot where many thousands of Turkish Troops entered Cyprus during the Peace Operation in 1974. This area is now landscaped with grass, flowers and fauna. The bar/restaurant serves delicious refreshments, and these can all be served while you relax without leaving your sun-bed. Relax and enjoy the sun & the sea.

In the evening, why not sample one of the local restaurants? Alternatively, why not spend the evening in one of the 5 star Hotel resorts? Most also house casinos where you can have a flutter, unsurprising since North Cyprus is known as the Monte Carlo of the eastern Mediterranean. The concentration of hotels & casinos in the Lapta area have earnt it the name of "Little Vegas" amongst the local ex-pat community.

Day 3

A visit to Saint Hilarion Castle in the Five Finger Mountains is a must. Not only does the castle provide breath taking views of the island, the mystical remains and hidden rooms and tunnels are yours to explore. The castle was rumoured to be the inspiration for Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty Castle, so why not take a bottle of water with you and say you've seen the original! The castle is open in the morning until 1pm in the summer months, so be sure to get there early.

In the afternoon, you could return for relaxation around the pool.. Or you could visit Kyrenia Castle, which guards the entrance to the old harbour. This Venetian structure houses the Chapel of St. George, and a Lusignan dungeon. The shipwreck museum is also housed in the castle, where you can view the oldest shipwreck ever recovered in the world.

The castle also hosts many events, during your stay you may get to experience a concert or play. From Turkish Pop Concerts, to Shakesphere's Othello. Even the Bolshoi Ballet have performed here in the past!

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Climate

The climate of Cyprus is typically Mediterranean. Summers (June to September) are hot and dry; winters (November to March) are moderately rainy, with a mild temperature. Spring and autumn are warm and pleasant. The average annual temperature is 20°C (68°F). Summer temperatures average 30°C (90°F) with the coldest months of January and February 10°C (50°F).

Uncrowded Sandy Beach

Uncrowded Sandy Beache

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