A Day in National Park Karpas – North Cyprus

A Day in National Park Karpas – North Cyprus

Life a Film, it will take you back to 1960th or 1970 years, Still Natural and Unspoilt, friendly, crystal Clear Sea Water, Miles of Sandy Beach, without Noise and Crowd, various tones of Green, Smell of the herbs, those words not enough to describe the Karpas National Park.

Wake up early and take your way to Karpaz I suggest you to use the Coastal road if you are going from Kyrenia Pass all the villages, and arrive to Esentepe keep going you will find Karpas Road, time for stop for coffee, and local olive bread, at Kandilli Local bakery at the Mehmetcik village, where they produce great great sweet, and wines during summer times, they do local bread, and Olive with Hallomi with Local green herbs. Its amazing taste. Just out from bakery. those breads will stay in your mind long time, look around and see the natural atmosphere, feel the cypriot people great welcome. Time to go to discover Karpas more, we are driving and passing the villages, Avtepe, Yenierenkoy, where small guest houses, and Fishing harbour, soon we will arrive Dipkarpaz village, We need break now, we are going to stop at Village centre to have our coffee’s at Greek Coffee Shop yes you didn’t hear wrong its greek coffee shop, so strange isn’t it, where on the island guns, and wars, however at the karpaz no war and no gun, no fight, Turkish and Greek people live together so many years, and Karpras is not divided, its united place In Cyprus.

After having our coffees, we leave our luggage at the Karpas Arch House where we will stay tonight, small friendly guest house, I love it, friendly atmosphere, Natural breakfast, quite atmosphere, no TV in the room, no traffic, no crowd, Cypriot houses turn to small guest houses.

After we checked in we carry our way to Golden beach and Apostolos Andreas Monastery, and natural park, wow what a amazing view of the Golden beach, yes its miles and miles, and any time its quite, doesn’t matter any month of the year still quite, and not many people around, not seen before like this natural beach before? One side Golden sand beach, one side Mountains with Green Cover.

We drive little bit more and reach the Monastery, While we are driving will able to see and feed the Local Donkey’s of Karpas, those are the locals and the Karpas, and will wait you to feed them, amazing Monastery still open you can visit Monastery’s Church. Looked after by Local prise. If you want you can leave your car there and take a walk around the Natural park or swim in Crystal Clear Mediterranean Water.

Take a walk to old City Ruins of Karpas where the Firstly City Found there, look around and feel the Cyprus. It will make you to understand real Cyprus, Rural Cyprus, Natural Cyprus.

Time for Eating Something, You will find plenty Small Friendly Restaurant where they serve Fresh Fish Caught Daily, with Local olive oil and Fresh bread, Fresh Salad. After Lunch and Relax time, we return to our small guest house, no traffic or crowd in the village, only Smiley Faces of village people and children play middle of the road, however nobody disturb them, when the dark arrive everybody moves to homes, and village stay alone, that is time, to watch the stars and listen the Karpas.

This is the Karpas and Real Cyprus.

Thank you.

Erkan Kilim

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Giant Tourism Project for Lapta

Giant Tourism Project for Lapta

Mr.Namsoy: UE will provide 471 943. Lapta Municipality 83 283 Euros to the project.

A press conference has been organised to give information about “Regional Development with Tourism and Lapta Region Capacity improvement Project” Which took effect with a contract signed by Lapta Municipality and EU Commission on 19th August 2014.

Lapta Mayor Fuat Namsoy, EU sipport office Programmes Supervisor Alessandra Vieezzer Project Manager Agustin Moya Colorada attended the conference where the aims of the Project have been described as making the town more attractive for tourist and contributing towards.

At the Conference organised by Municipalities Union, Project Detals have been Explained and Lapta Mayor Fuat Namsoy and EU Commission programme Team Leader Alessandra have made speeches.

Lapta Coastal walkway

The cost of project is 555 526 Euros. Lapta Mayor Fuat Namsoy stated that the Project will be supported financially by EU as part of living standards development amongst Rural Society programme.

Lapta Mayor Confirmed, The Area will be improved Such as new shops, new path ways, Cycle roads, Walking areas, and more public beach. and They  are targeting to get more tourist in to Lapta in 2015. Mr Namsoy added. Lapta is one of the most imprortant place for North Cyprus Tourism, We have almost 2000 Bed capacity in the area, and new famous brand of Hilton coming to Lapta Area also said Mr.Namsoy.

This year From Germany, Holland, Belgium, Turkey, Poland, Norway and many other country Travel agents visited Lapta region and they already started to promote Lapta, and Mr Namsoy added, Holiday in North Cyprus perfect for families with Children, there are lost of activites and area is safe said.

Mr Namsoy said they are planning new Tourism Festival and village days for 2015 season.

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Spend a Day in North Cyprus

 

 

Kyrenia Harbour

Morning
So you have 24 hours in the beautiful island of North Cyprus Never been and looking to discover the historical Kyrenia harbour, and more, drop the luggage to the hotel, and put yourself outside to discover the unspoilt North Cyprus, shops and Cafes opens around 09.00 am, so walk down to old Harbour, and have your breakfast opposite the Kyrenia Castle, Fresh Cypriot bread, Cyprus Cheese, and Olive. Freshly brewed coffee, or Turkish Tea, you are ready for day ? not yet, Have you had your Turkish Coffee? No sugar please, after the coffee you can drink water and you will feel the great taste. now you are ready for the day, Walk around 100 meter and visit most famous Kyrenia Harbour, and Shipwreck museum, walk around the castle, and ready to Discover the St.Hilarion Castle, wow don’t think its easy to reach! you are going to claim around 750m high so don’t forget your sport shoes, once you are on top of the castle don’t forget to take picture with “congratulation” sign, This great castle build by byzantines, and used by Lusignans, and veneditians, Don’t miss the great view from Queen’s Window. Definitely must seen place.

Bellapais abbey

Lunch
After St.Hilarion Castle I am sure you are hungry and ready to visit Laurence Duress’s Village Bellapais village and Bellapais Monastery, each year hundereds of peoples visiting Bellapais village and monastery. after visiting this magnificent building and village, you are ready for lunch. Stop at Kybele Restaurant next to Bellapais Monastery. and don’t forget to order your Fish and Wine, its to early to try Raki. chill out here. time to go back to Hotel, take a taxi or Dolmush(shared mini bus) and go to city Centre to your Hotel.

Afternoon
Relax around the pool or take a taxi to Escape beach around 7 Miles to Centre, Golden Sandy beach, swim in
Mediterranean blue water, relax, and don’t forget to try Famous Efes pilsen, with local peanut! like locals, you can swim in the sea almost 10 month.
After relax afternoon, back to hotel and you are ready for night.

Dinner

There are plenty restaurant around the old harbour and also west of Kyrenia and East of Kyrenia, around the harbour if you want to try memes, and Full kebab, we recommend niazis Kebab restaurant, or if you want to try fresh fish, there are plenty fish restaurants, around. If you are having fresh fish don’t forget to try Raki Drink with water. don’t drink too much, its strong drink. Made by aniseed

Nightlife.
After Dinner its to early to go bed, if you are not to tired! Kerne still live and not sleeping, You can enjoy around the old harbour Live Guitar or if you want bit more lively dance, there are plenty night clubs around the west of Kyrenia and East of Kyrenia, Bars and pubs, are open until early morning of hours.

 

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Soli Mosaic City

Soli Mosaic City

City Structures,

Excavitons in Solu have unearted a theater, temples, palace ruins, agora, church and a necropolis belonging to different periods. A swedish excavation in the city between 1927-1930.  After the excavations of the theater building the isis Temple and the Aprodite and serapis Temple were unearted. The Aphrodite Temple is located on a hill to the west of the theater. But it is not out in the open today. The sculupture of Aphrodite found here and dated back to the 1st century is now exhibited at the Museum of Cyprus in South Cyprus. The palace building from the Hellenistic period is also located on this hill. Canadian Archeologistic continiued excavations here in the 1960s A team of experts sent by Laval  university. Quebec unearted the Early Christian Church in 1967. May tombs from the Geoketric period 1050-750Bc to roman periods 58-50 Bc 395 Ad were found in the necropolis area. The canadians also unearhed the city agora with the remains of a marble fountain, shops, dated back to the Early Roman Period 1050 750 Bc to Roman Period and ruins belonging to the Hellenistic Period. Excavation carried out by the North Cyprus Department of Antiqities and Museum in 2005 have unearthed many tombs. and very rich finds. One tomb that was carved on the rocks is famous for its three tomb architecture and is believed to belong to a noble. this tomb housed a golden crown, diadem and gold jewelery as well as other metal cups. These are exhibited in the Museum of Archeology and Nature in Guzelyurt.

 

soli mosaic Lefke cyprus

soli mosaic city

Soli Church

The Roman theater in Soli was built on top of the remains of the Greek theatre, facing the sea, In daes back to end of 2nd century and begining of 3rd century AD. The seats of the spectators were carved as a half circle on the rocks of the hill. This was separeted from the orchestra in the middle by a lime stone wall. There were used in the buildings of Port Said in the 19th century This part which has a capacity of 4000 has been restored up to half of its height the stage had two floors and was covered with marbles and sculptures. The Part that is visible today was built on top of the stage.

Are you looking hotel in Lefke North Cyprus 

 

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North Cyprus Activities

North Cyprus Activities

Whether you like activities on dry land, in the sea or in the sky, North Cyprus has something to offer.

Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving is one of the main activities in Cyprus because of the crystal clear blue sea, the reefs, wrecks and different species of fish. There are PADI schools that will show you the underwater world, whether you are a beginner or already a qualified diver.

Scuba Diving in Cyprus

Scuba Diving in Cyprus

Golf in North Cyprus

Korineum Golf & Beach Resort is a must for anyone that enjoys golf. Due to the hot weather, March, April, May, September, October and November are the best months for playing golf. Although you are almost certainly guaranteed hot weather, if will not be unbearable like it is in the summer months, or possible rain for the couple of months in the winter. Relax and enjoy your game while topping up the tan.

Golf in North cyprus

Paragliding

What better way to see some North Cyprus, than from a bird’s eye view. You can tandem paraglide from the top of the mountain, around 2500ft high. With the qualified instructor you will see more than you expected on your slow decent down to the ground. Or, for the more adventurous, you can ask for fast, adrenaline ride! As a keepsake you can purchase photos, dvds and t-shirt’s.

Paragliding-north-cyprus

Paragliding-north-cyprus

Walking

Walking holidays are becoming very popular now, and what better place to walk than in a beauty, unspoilt, warm country. The weather is dry for most of the year therefore, you could even take your holiday out of season, in the cheaper months. With numerous places suitable for walking, you have a choice whether you are a beginner or more experienced, whether you want a mountain walk, town walk or a stunning coastal walk. Towards the beginning of the year you might also find one of the organised orchid or wild flower walks.

walking in north cyprus

walking in north cyprus

Turtle Hatching

The Green turtles and the Loggerheads lay their eggs in North Cyprus between May to August. The eggs will stay buried in the sand for about 50 days, when they will then be ready to hatch. If you’re in North Cyprus between August and September you could be lucky enough to see a hatching. Both species of turtles are classed as endangered. There is a turtle watch team that patrol some of the beaches and mark off where the nests have been laid, so that they are sectioned off and not disturbed by people on the beach. They will then do an organised hatching that you are welcome to go and watch.

turtle hatching North Cyprus

turtle hatching North Cyprus

Wild donkeys

Another endangered species is the wild donkey. Once part of your household, they were used to carry crop from the fields. Now, after being left to fend for themselves, there are very few of them compared to before. They were taken to the Karpas Peninsula National Park, where you can still see them today. As they have been left in the wild for so many years, they are no longer used to human contact, can be bad tempered and you should not approach them.

Wild Donkey North Cyprus

Wild Donkey North Cyprus

Bird Watching

With more than 340 species of bird in North Cyprus, some which are only found in North Cyprus. The birds migrate twice a year. There is a bird watching group, that if you want, can show you were to go and what to look for.

cyprus bird watching

cyprus bird watching

Painting Holidays

With so many beautiful sites and architecture, if you like to paint then you will find something to suit your ability. Try to avoid July and August as it might be too hot for you to sit around in and paint. But there are plenty of months when the weather will be perfect for you to capture.

North Cyprus painting holidays

North Cyprus painting holidays

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Top 10 North Cyprus Hotels

Top 10 North Cyprus Hotels

 

HOTEL SEMPATI

In the village of Lapta, Kyrenia, you will find the friendly family run Hotel Sempati This 3* hotel is popular for families, as well as repeat customers. It is just a few minutes walk to the seafront and small secluded beach. The arched main building means that every hotel room receives a beautiful sea view. They have 6 poolside bungalows and 29 new superior rooms. The superior rooms are set in the lovely gardens away from the main building. There are a few traditional Cypriot restaurants within walking distance.

Hotel Sempati

Hotel Sempati

PIA BELLA HOTEL

Situated on the outskirts of Kyrenia city centre is the 4* Pia Bella Hotel Just 15 minutes walk to the city centre, or a few minutes on the bus, it is the ideal location for being near town but without the noise. The majority of the rooms have a pool/garden view and a few rooms have a sea view. This hotel has 2 freshwater swimming pools, indoor and outdoor restaurants, casino and games room. They have regular entertainment throughout the summer months. The Pia Bella is the ideal hotel to suit all the family.

Pia Bella Hotel

LONG BEACH CLUB

North of Famagusta, on the East coast, is Long Beach Club. The hotel has a beautiful beachfront location. Set on one of the safest beaches in Cyprus, this hotel is not only popular with those who want to relax, but also families. The turquoise shallow waters is the ideal place to cool down in when the weather is hot. With a selection of bars, restaurants and children’s play area, this resort 10 miles outside of Famagusta, is a good choice to combine relaxing as well as exploring the local history.

Long beach Club

 

MERIT CRYSTAL COVE HOTEL

Just 6 miles from Kyrenia town centre is the Merit Crystal Cove Hotel. This 5* All Inclusive hotel, set on the seafront, has everything you need without leaving the hotel and its grounds. With its own private beach, indoor and outdoor restaurants, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, spa center tennis courts and shops. It has a selection of standard, suite and king suite rooms, some with sea views. Not only do they have the All Inclusive restaurant, but you can also find international cuisine in one of the other restaurants. If you are looking for a luxurious hotel, then this is the ideal choice.

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OSCAR RESORT HOTEL

1.5km from Kyrenia centre is Oscar Resort Hotel Suitable for couples as well as families, this 4* hotel offers good value for money. Not only does the hotel have a freshwater pool, they also have two themed pools, one with slides and the other a wave machine. If you want to relax then you can do so in the outside Jacuzzi, sandy beach or spa and wellness centre. Here they offer Turkish Bath, sauna, steam room and a selection of massages and skin care programmes. Also on offer is a children’s play area, or casino for the adults.

Oscar Resort Hotel

BELLAPAIS GARDENS UNIQUE HOTEL

If you want to relax in a quiet location with stunning views of Kyrenia, the surrounding areas and the sea, then there is no better place than Bellapais Gardens Hotel  Situated in the Five Finger Mountain Range, in the village of Bellapais, with just 17 cottages, you are sure to receive a good personal service from the staff at the hotel. Set amongst the citrus and fruit trees, with the aroma of the garden flowers, you can’t fail to relax. This hotel received a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence in the year 2012.

Bellapais Gardens Hotel

ROCKS HOTEL

In Kyrenia centre, just around the corner from the picturesque harbour, is this 5* hotel and casino. You can relax and enjoy the sun on the seafront pool and terrace. The hotel has a bar, a la carte restaurant, casino, spa and fitness centre. Something you won’t find in most hotels are the limo service and babysitting service that they offer. Just a few minutes walk from a selection of shops, bars and restaurants.
The Rocks Hotel Kyrenia have received Certificate of Excellence awards in 2012 & 2013, and the Travellers Choice awards in both 2013 & 2014.

Rocks Hotel North Cyprus

Rocks Hotel North Cyprus

ROSE GARDENS HOLIDAY VILLAGE

Set in a garden of beautiful roses, this small, family run hotel is great value for money. 20 minutes from Kyrenia centre, in the village of Lapta, you will receive a friendly welcoming and personal service throughout your stay. Rose Garden Holiday village gallery bungalows are set to the side of the main building and at the back of the gardens so you are guaranteed peace and quiet. With an indoor and outdoor bar and restaurant you will find a good standard of food. However if you want to go out for the evening there is a selection of good restaurants within 15 minutes walk.

rose gardens holiday village

rose gardens holiday village

 

MERIT PARK HOTEL

Part of the Merit Group, this 5* All Inclusive hotel offers nothing but luxury. Merit Park Hotel is Situated 6km outside of Kyrenia you can enjoy the Olympic size swimming pool, indoor pool and spa center, beauty salon, shops, bars, restaurants, Turkish Bath, sauna, children’s play area and casino. With a choice of standard rooms or suites you be spoilt for choice at this hotel. If you have young children then you can benefit from the Kids Club and also babysitting service.

Merit Park Hotel

Merit Park Hotel

 

Denizkizi Royal Hotel

In the village of Alsancak, 5 miles west of Kyrenia, is the Cypriot family run beachfront hotel of Denizkizi. Overlooking a sandy cove, you only have a few minutes walk to relax on the beach and cool off in the clear blue waters. The large, freshwater swimming pool has a shallow children’s section as well as a waterfall. The Denizkizi Roayl Hotel has a fitness center, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi. The hotel has its own diving school, so whether you are a beginner or already qualified diver, they can show you the beauty of the underwater world.

denizkizi royal hotel

denizkizi royal hotel

 

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North Cyprus Summer Special offers

North Cyprus Summer School Holiday Offers

A1cyprus Holidays offering great package holidays for Summer School Holidays, Flying from Luton with Atlas Jet, prices Starts from £ 399.00 Person, there is limited offers available for those prices dont be late, book today. You will see top 5 North Cyprus Holidays below, and information. North Cyprus is great Destination for your family Holidays, guaranteed Sunshine, family friendly resorts, and more.

North Cyprus Holiday offers

North Cyprus Holiday offers

 

Hotel Sempati

This Family Friendly place located west of Kyrenia, great place for summer holidays, there are poolside bungalows, and superior rooms for families, Large Swimming pool, and the public beach is only 100 meter away from the Hotel, you can swim, or snorkelling, suitable for both, there are several good restaurants around the hotel, if you walk or take minibus to Lapta Strip you will find more restaurants and bars, there, such as calamari, Veni vici, Hanimeller Restaurant. During summer holiday period there is live Entertainment evenings.

hotel-sempati

 

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North Cyprus Map

North Cyprus Map

North Cyprus spans from the Karpaz Peninsula in the North East, to Morphou Bay in the West and further South to Louroujina, covering 1.295 square miles. Kyrenia, on the North coast, is the most popular tourist resort. Not only for the large choice of hotels, but also due to its central location for travelling both to the East and West of the island. Popular for its sandy beachfront hotels, Famagusta on the East coast is the 2nd popular tourist resort. Lefkosa, or Nicosia as it is also known, is the capital city of Cyprus. It is the only remaining divided capital in the world, divided by the Turkish North side and the Greek South side. Throughout the year you will find festivals in some of the smaller villages.

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Kyrenia

Situated on the Northern coast, Kyrenia is the resort most holiday-makers go to in North Cyprus With the picturesque harbour and castle in the town centre, you can study some of the history, go shopping and relax by the harbour, all within walking distance. With a selection of hotels ranging from 3* – 5*, most offering bed and breakfast or half board. You will find some of the 5* hotels are all inclusive. Within the Kyrenia district, one of the main attractions is the village of Bellapais. The small village in the mountains has a beautiful view of Kyrenia town centre. The abbey was built in the 13th century and is now used as a museum and also venue for music festivals. St. Hilarian Castle sits on top of the mountain range, giving a spectacular view of Kyrenia. If you don’t mind the height, then walking to the top of the castle is a must.

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Famagusta

Situated on the East coast of Cyprus, Famagusta has the deepest harbour on the island. Now a small port, Famagusta used to be a fishing village. Famagusta is renowned for its beachfront hotels. Situated on long sandy beaches, they are popular for anyone wanting to truly relax. St Barnabas Church is now used as a museum and holds a collection of artefacts. North of Famagusta is Salamis Ruins, an archaeological site where relics and gold coins dating back from 411 to 374 BC have been excavated. Further north still is the Karpaz Peninsula, known as the Panhandle. The Karpaz is virtually unspoilt and is known for its wild donkeys and deserted long, sandy beaches.

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Nicosia

The capital city of Cyprus is divided between the Turkish, North side of the island, and the Greek, South side, since 1974. The city is enclosed by a 16th century wall, built in the Venetian times, to protect the city from the Ottomans. There are three gates and Kyrenia Gate is now used as a Tourist Information Centre. The town centre has a selection of medieval buildings, museums and ancient churches. The centre of the city, narrow streets, shops, restaurants and cafes, is the liveliest part. There is plenty of history in Lefkosa and two of the main places to visit are Selimiye Mosque dating back to the 14th century, and The Great Inn (Buyuk Han) dating back to the 16th century.

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