A relax day in North Cyprus by our Local holiday experts
Last weekend We have been to Guzelyurt Area, West of the Island, Guzelyurt old name is omorfo, Its great drive from Kyrenia Area to Gemikonagi, If you are going to holiday in Northern Cyprus I highly recommend for you to do this route,
anyway, We passed Karsiyaka, Gecitkoy reservoir, and we drive through olive trees, pine trees, I love this route, both side of the road Orange and Tangerine Trees, make the Road so relax and great Smell, we stopped and picked some oranges as well, once we arrived Gaziveren, we stopped at argonya Restaurant for Breakfast, its perfect place for any food, organic and great breakfast we had, full of Energy in a natural place,
I had Spinach borek, it was delicious, Still I remember the taste, it was so fresh and delicious, than I had my Turkish Coffee, with Hokum, and it was finalised fresh energy Breakfast. After that we drove to more west and eventually we arrived to Gemikonagi, we stopped there for Lunch Aspava Restaurant and We had fresh fish, with fresh chips, and Fresh salad, it was great Lunch, after our lunch we drove more yedidalga and visited Vuni palace ruins
After vuni palace ruins, we stopped at Ersun hoca’S Farm fo little break and we had our coffees, with Local Sweet Paluze, she is always warm welcome for us, great local person, she cook local food, and always she is welcoming us, the bottles you can see on the shelves are local homemade Lemonde, if you visit this place i recommend to buy, its lovely drink cold or hot, if you like brandy sour, you need homemade lemonade.
Everybody was enjoying themselves, especially children was playing running around, it was great day out, if you are visiting North Cyprus, print out this day out, and do it, and you will see and discover Real North Cyprus
Why don’t you spend Christmas Holiday in Northern Cyprus?
If you are looking to holiday During Christmas holiday, North Cyprus is best destination to go, you will ask why you should go? first is Weather even Middle of December you can have warm and Sunny day and you can do lots of walk, even Sunbathing, recent years alot of Expats moved to North Cyprus, and local Restaurants, hotels, even municapilities, started to organize Christmas Dinner, Chrismas Sing Songs, Chrismtas Charities, parties, Christmas Walks and more organizations, coming up, so you are not alone, during Chrismas period, Most of Hotels have Chrismas programme, 24th December, 25th December and you can go Home 26th or you can stay bit longer and can have New year eve party also,
Last Week Kyrenia Municapility organised Chsitmas day, in City Centre for British people, This year, Hotel Sempati, Pia Bella Hotel, Almond Hotel, Merit Christal Cove Hotel, Merit Park Hotel, Colony Hotel, have Christmas programme, also there are few more restaurant offering great programme. And if you the price comparison, Hotel prices, Drink and Restaurant prices will be much cheaper than UK and Also other European Countries, as North Cyprus currency is Turkish Lira, and this year British pound strong against to Turkish Lira, so when you change 1 Gbp you can get 3.60 Turkish Lira, That sound great isnt it?
Which Airline offering better value for North Cyprus?
I suggest Pegasus Airlines from stansted, Altas Airlines From Luton Airport, and Turkish Airlines from Manchester, Birmingham, to Ercan airport, also dont forget Liverpool to Larnaca with Easy Jet you can find good price also.
During Christmas period you can hire a car from £ 15 Gbp. or if you fancy to cycling, Bike rentals available from £ 5 Daily, its great time for cycling.
During Boxing Day, you can take nice walking Lapta Coastal Walk, or you can go down Kyrenia harbour and you can have easy relaxing day,
North Cypus will give you nice relaxing cosy holiday, during Chrismas.
What to Eat in North Cyprus During Chrismas?
Kleftigo, Tarhana Soup, Baklava, Full Kebab, meze, Pastirma Kebab.
Recent Day out in North Cyprus
I have just returned from a lovely holiday in North Cyprus It was recommended to me by some friends, and what a beautiful part of the island it is.
I went on a couple of tours, but my favourite day out was in the Kyrenia area. We started our day with a few hours of free time to do shopping, visit the castle etc. I of course started with a little shopping for souvenirs and ‘original’ fakes such as bags, clothes, watches. I then went to Kyrenia Castle, which unlike most castles is within the town centre, at one end of the harbour. The castle was built in the 16th century by the Venetians and also houses the Shipwreck Museum. This exhibits one of the oldest recovered vessels and its cargo, a Greek merchant ship from the 4th century BC. There is plenty to see in the castle and can take you as little time or as long to look around as you have. The views from up there are lovely, as you are overlooking the harbour. The harbour itself is picturesque with quaint little gifts shops, restaurants, daily tour boats and of course local fisherman boats. The tour group then met and had lunch in one of the restaurants around the harbour. Knowing that we were eating out for dinner tonight, the tour group arranged a selection of ‘Turkish Meze’ for us. The meze is a selection of small dishes normally as a starter. With the great selection of different dishes, together with homemade bread, this was more than enough to satisfy our stomachs until later.
After lunch we made our way to St Hilarian Castle. I wasn’t worried about seeing two castles in one day, as they are totally different to walk around. St Hilarian is built on top of the Kyrenia Mountain Range. Even from the bottom of the castle grounds the view is amazing. It is one of three former strongholds in the Kyrenia Mountains. To see the whole of the castle, and reach the top, there are quite a few steps. So make sure you wear suitable shoes and take a drink with you. Having said this, the pathway is good with handrails in some places. As long as you take your time you will not have a problem reaching the top. Once there, you will be pleased that you made the effort, as the view from the top is stunning.
From St Hilarian we went just 15 minutes away to the village of Bellapais. Again with free time to do your own thing, we wandered around this quiet little village looking in the gifts shops and buying a few handmade presents to take home. There is an abbey in the village which you can look around, but as we had already done the castles, we gave this a miss. We were told that they hold music concerts in the abbey in the summer and I can imagine this would be lovely to hear. The village is set in the mountain range, so again the views from up there are lovely. We had a look in a couple of the boutique hotels in the village, with a view to staying here on our next visit. We then relaxed and had a drink next to the abbey, overlooking Kyrenia and harbour.
Our day ended with dinner in one of the Bellapais restaurants. Lovely food with a stunning view of the abbey. A great day out, which you can make as busy or as relaxing as you like with your free time. Who would have thought there was so much to see within such a short distance from each other! I will certainly be recommending North Cyprus to other people.
Join our Famous Kyrenia Tour and Discover North Cyprus’s Beautiful City of Kyrenia, Once you arrive North Cyprus and if is your first time, I highly recommend you to join our tours, Once you book Our Representatives will meet you in the morning, they will confirm the pick up time for you, not to worry. They will pick everyone and first stop is Famous St.Hilarion Castle, Great Fantastic view from Top of the Castle, bear in mind, its bit difficult to claim to top of the Castle, however if you feel tired or not strong to claim top of the Castle, you can stop at the St.Hilarion Cafe and Enjoy Homemade Lemonade, or Cold beer, Once our Castle tour is completed, our bus will take us to Most beautiful village, Bellapais, we will visit Village, and Bellapais Mopnastery, after visiting, we will stop for Lunch at the Bellapais Village, and enjoy the bird view of Kyrenia.
After Relax time, our bus will take us to Kyrenia Castle, we will visit and discover Castle and Shipwreck Museum, after visiting castle we will have free time, to seat and enjoy our Drinks at the Old Harbour, you can smell the history, and relax at this old yatch Harbour. You can take a nice walk along the harbour, or you can do shopping, and around 16:00 our bus will take us back to hotel, hope to see you next trip.
Important places in this tour
Kyrenia Castle, Bellapais village, Bellapais Monastery, Kyrenia Harbour, Shipwreck Museum.
You can book your Tours when you book your holiday or you can book through our Local representatives.
Why you should book North Cyprus Summer 2015 Holidays Now?
Most of people includes me, We go at least once a year holiday or more, so Holiday money isn’t easy to save, so you have to count each penny, and save more for your holiday, however how to book a holiday cheaper and how to save money?
Yes Here is the Answers, I will give you some tips, so you can book your holiday and Save money, Most of companies start to advertise, and also holiday makers start to book their holiday end of January, of February, a major of group, so why you shouldn’t beat them and book in December and Save more, December usually people focus for Christmas and don’t think about summer holiday, so time to get the best deal and best hotel room for summer holiday, Best Month is December, Holiday offers just got ready and not many people booked yet, and also holiday advisors not so busy in December, good idea to talk more and discuss more!
You have first tip, and now I will share with you my second tip, which day you should pick the Flight, weekend? No way! Friday? No way! Try to fly Monday or Tuesday so you can get best flight price. For North Cyprus Flights, you can check our Packages with Pegasus airlines from Stansted or Atlas Jet Airlines from Luton Packages, they both fly to Ercan Airport, or you can fly From Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, Dublin to Ercan Airport with Turkish Airlines
And 3rd Tip, Where you should stay? Do I have to stay in town Centre? No way, you can stay bit further and pay less money, and you can reach your hotel with public buses or Taxi and it will cost you less money.
Most of Hotels and also A1cyprus does Early booking discounts, Free room upgrades, free car hires, for Summer period, so if you book early you will save and your money will stay in your pocket.
And will benefit of the free room upgrade!
Do I have to book my trip now or in Resort?
It’s better to book your car hire or trip before you arrive to Resort, it will save money for you.
For example, If we are talking about North Cyprus I suggest you to book your holiday now, because there is limited Hotel beds available, and also there is limited Flights available to North Cyprus, once the regulars, Villa owners, booked their flights, if you haven’t booked your holidays or flights, you will have to book Expensive class and visit North Cyprus.
So call 0203 150 0352 to book your North Cyprus summer 2015 holidays
One of the Great place in the World, History, authentic, mixture of the Cultures, here is the Istanbul, I call it City of the Dream, became home for Many of Kingdoms, Famous with Palaces, and bosphorus, Where the asia and Europa meet on same land thats Istanbul.
Flights to Istanbul
From Any UK airport to Istanbul takes approximately 3 hours flights, There are plenty Flights to Istanbul, Either you can fly to Asian Side, or European Side. There is 2 Airport available Istanbul Europan Side Ataturk Airport and Asian side Sabiha Gokcen Airport. You will able to find flights from £ 90 to Istanbul. Once you arrive to Magic City Istanbul, you can take taxi to your hotel, or you can use airport bus services to City centre, and than you can take taxi, both way is safe and secure.
Where to Stay in Istanbul
I can recommend to stay in Old City (Sultanahmet area) where all famous histroical attractions located. Such as Sultanahmet Mosque, sultanahmet Square, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Iren, Basilica Cistern, and Hippodrome, Those are the famous places for visiting, also Covered bazzar, Spice Market, are famous for Istanbul. My Favourite Istanbul hotel is Tria Hotel at the Sultanahmet area, small friendly boutique hotel, located heart of the Sultanahmet, just 2 minute walk to Sultanahmet square, and 300 meters to Sultanahmet Mosque and area, you will feel relax and cozy there, This Small boutique hotel offers friendly atmosphere and breakfast is good, also price is reasonable.
What to See in Istanbul?
Once you unpacked and ready to Discover the Istanbul don’t forget to take your Camera and City Map. You can start from Sultanahmet area, following Sultanahmet square, Mosque, Blue Mosque, Yere Batan Sarnici, Grand Bazzar and Spice Market, And dont forget to do Bosphorus Boat Trip, this trip will allow you to see Luxury old Palaces looking to Boshorus, its a great Day out.
What to Eat in Istanbul ? What is Special?
Once you are Hungry First of All I recommend to Try Historical Sultanahmet Koftecisi ( Traditional Meatballs with Beans) Don’t froget to try Ayran (Yoghurt Drink) and Turkish Tea, Delicious, following will be Turkish Baklava, I cannot miss that.
Next Day I suggest you to try Balik Ekmek ( Fresh Fish cooked on charcol actually you can see them while cooking on traditional boat, they serve from the boat) and Evening you can Try Doner Kebab with Rice, or Oberjin Kebab, Istanbul is Food of the City, Also Dont Forget to Try Turkish Pizza, Lahmacun, I can say They do great food in Istanbul, I can say, Once you are in Istanbul you will fell in love and want to visit once again once again.
Its so Easy to Discover Istanbul Call and Discover the Magic City of Istanbul
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A Day in Merit Spa North Cyprus
To ensure that you will have an excellent day fulfilled with relaxation, make sure to begin with a calming breakfast chosen from the great buffet set on a seaside venue with breathtaking views of the Mediterranean sea glistening with the morning sun. After enjoying the juiciest fruit and freshest vegetables & greens, along with many specialties of the Turkish breakfast cuisine do have a gentle stroll in the lush green gardens of the hotel premises where green meets blue in the most picturesque ways.
Sunbathing is a must whether you choose to lie on a hammock among the green grass, on great big cushions and sun loungers on the seafront terrace or even on loungers set along the sandy seaside with the most refreshing freshly squeezed juices of your choice. Head into the lobby to find the most decedent bite size deserts along with a glass of champagne found at most hours during the day. Continue your experience with the most soothing scents of essential oils generating from the spa premises completed with a steam room, sauna, Turkish bath, indoor pool, lounge area and private massage room with en-suite hot tub and shower.
To enhance your spa experience you can choose to have a one of many options from massage and skin care programs. You may also want to consider a Turkish Bath foam treatment and body scrub based on a tradition going back several hundreds of years applied by the specialists. You can enjoy a dip in the indoor pool and lay on the special centrally heated mosaic marble beds located on the pool side to boost your experience of relaxation.
Every year Online Market getting bigger and bigger, more and more people search and book their holiday online. Because Faster, Simple and They can get more discount, than High Street Shops.
However, Still some people find a bit scary, or say difficult to book a holiday online, so we have written a guide step by step to show you how easy to book online holiday
Visit A1cyprus.com and Search
When you put on your browser www.a1cyprus.com it will take you in to our website. Above you will the this page, Its give you option to book your holidays to North Cyprus with Flights or without Flights, if you are looking package holiday including flights, just search your Departure airport from Drop down Menu and next select your date, and Click “search” button
Searching best price option
Once you clicked Search button this page it will appear, and it will take around 10-15 Second to Load the Next page which Hotels, and flight details will show to you, the listing will be From most Famous Hotels to Down,
Browse Hotels and Flights
Now you will see the Hotels and Flight Details, our Clever System, put together flights, transfers, hotel, and Check in luggage for you, so there is no any extra cost will appear on next page. if you don’t like the flight you can choose above different flights, on different date, all flight is live. Hotel Reviews taken from Trip Advisor, if you want to see hotel details, you can click on Hotel picture and it will take you details page, where you can see Hotel reviews, pictures, facilities, Room details, and Area on Map. When you decide which Hotel you can click “Book Now” and it will take you next page
Review your order and confirm
Now you are on Last Page
Just feel your Details and if you want you can add extra Car hire, and you can confirm your order,
North Cyprus’s Best Beach Guide
You may think North Cyprus is a small Island and it is. However there are plenty Sandy and Crystal Clear Water Beaches. Most of beaches you will find like private and undiscovered in North Cyprus.
There are plenty beach to choose, Windy Surf Beach, Sandy Beaches and Rocky Beaches for Snorkelling.
Here is our pick of the best beaches in North Cyprus I started my selection from Kyrenia Area, and it will follow Famagusta and Karpaz Area.
Escape Beach ( Yavuz Cikarma Plaji)
This is one of the private Sandy beach in Kyrenia area The bar and food is great and water is always calm, Locals and Tourist use the beach, there are Scuba, and water sports available at Yavuz Cikarma beach, Reaching the Escape beach is easy, you can take taxi or shared Dolmush, it will take you front of the Escape beach.
This is around 3 miles away from Escape beach. Old Fishing harbour for Alsancak, Run by GAU university, sandy beach area and perfect for snorkelling and fishing, there is Beach bar and above Restaurant available when you compare with Escape beach is Less busy here, you can take again Dolmush or Taxi and small walk will take you to Camelot beach, they are itself is Old Lambusa Kingdom, you will see old Church and Stone building around the Area.
This Sandy beach belongs to Denizkizi Hotel and run by them, used by Hotel customers, and also accept guest from outside, its second busy beach around the west of Kyrenia area. There is a Restaurant and bar. Food is excellent, run by Nazi’s Restaurants where famous Kebab Restaurant in Kyrenia, around 2 Miles away from Camelot beach located west of Kyrenia Alsancak village. Water sports and Scuba diving available at Denizkizi Beach
More Rural beach located very West of Kyrenia in Karsiyaka village opposite Guzelyali Hotel and also run by Mehmet Cuma owner of the Guzelyali beach, they don’t charge Entrance fee, they charge only Services such as Sun loungers, and beds, and Showers etc. There is a Beach Bar and Restaurant available, MEHMET Cuma’s Fresh Fish is Famous. The beach is half Sandy and Half pebbles, Les crowd, and less people here. Fantastic for honeymoon couples.
Acapulco Hotel Beach
Are you looking for mile of Sandy beach, Great Sandy Beach however little busy and you will find lots of children and activates for them also, Beach Run Buy Acapulco Hotel itself Capacity around two thousand people, plus Local visitors from outside make Acapulco beach lively and busy, if you are looking quite day weekend is not suitable for you, best to go midweek, located Catalkoy area East of Kyrenia, All water Sports available, there is A Beach restaurant and Bar available there.
Karpaz Golden Beach
Yes I Kept this one last because its important and private, not seen before like this beach, far away from cities, and people, Nature and beach together, miles and miles crystal water Mediterranean sandy beach, and backdrop Green mountain portrait, Water always calm and beach never Dirty, as not many people around, even Middle of the summer, you can feel private and separate there, there is two Small restaurant available at the Golden sand beach, I stop at Burhan Beach Restaurant, and have Fresh Fish with Efes Beer.