If you have come to this page searching about the Cyprus-Turkey problem, i request you to look elsewhere. There are umpteen number of sites that discuss this issue in detail. If you are indeed looking for information on this, i have one advise. Look at material written by people from either side (and also the british media), because people on either side have totally different accounts of what happened!
Back to my area of concern! If you are on a visit to the southern side, make sure that you allot some time to visit the north side too. Northern Cyprus has got some really beautiful sites for the casual tourist and is also much more greener and scenic than the southern side. You don’t need a visa to go to the north, just a valid passport. You are given a piece of paper (called the visa) at the border and the passport is not stamped (if at all that is your concern). You can drive across with your own car or a rental one. The Northern side charges 10 CYP per car as an insurance fee.
I know of two places where you can cross-over by car. One is the Pyla Crossing between Larnaca and Ayia Napa. Other is the Ayios Demitos in central Nicosia (Just follow the kyrenia board on entering Nicosia). You have to choose the crossing based on the places you want to visit in North Cyprus. If you plan to go to Famagusta (Gazimagusa) or Salamis first, then choose the Pyla exit. Otherwise, if you plan to visit Kyrenia first, choose the Nicosia exit.
North Cyprus has something to offer to everyone, whether you are the nature-lover, whether you are the one in search of the perfect tan or even if you are the rich and spoiled brat who wants to donate money to the casinos! Springtime is perfect for the nature-lover with wild flowers blooming throughout the landscape.
Choose the links below for details on the various sights to see in North Cyprus. Or if you just want to see few photos, head over here.
- Kyrenia/Girne, the harbour town
- Kyrenia Castle and Shipwreck Museum
- St Hilarion Castle
- Buffavento Castle
- Kantara Castle
- Bellapais Abbey/Cathedral
- Drive to the eastern tip of North Cyprus
- Salamis Ruins
- Beaches of North Cyprus
Enjoy North Cyprus!