Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean after
Sardinia and Sicily. It lies 70 km from Turkey.
climate, with long dry summers from mid-May to mid-October
and with mild winters from December to February, which are
separated by short autumn and spring seasons.
English widely understood.
%99 Muslim, %1 Orthodox, Maronit and Catholic.
Lefkosa (Nicosia) Population 39,176.
Gazimagusa (Famagusta) population 27,637 , Girne (Kyrenia)
population 14,205 , Güzelyurt population 12,865 , Lefke
population 6,490 , Yeni Iskele population 2,814.
By Air - Cyprus
Turkish Airlines, Turkish Airlines and Istanbul Airlines provide
an important network from international airports to Ercan
via Turkey. For the timetables, prices and information, inquiries
can be made at the offices of the above mentioned airlines
and also from the travel agents and foreign representatives.
By Sea - There
are scheduled ferry-boat services from Mersin to Gazimagusa
(Famagusta) three times a week. There are daily sea-bus and
ferry services from Tasucu to Girne. Also from Alanya, Antalya
and Anamur services are organised during summer months to
Passports & Visas:
A valid passport is necessary for entering and a visa is granted
on entrance to North Cyprus.
beaches of North Cyprus are among the cleanest and safest
in the Mediterranean. The average water temperature is 24C
between May and October. The summer season sees the Hotel
Beaches offering an excellent service to their customers in
terms of eating and drinking facilities, not failing to mention
the provision of beach umbrellas and beach loungers. Some
of these beaches will also offer activities such as water
skiing, banana rides, jet-ski, wind surfing and scuba diving.
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A wide range of accomodation is offered, ranging from 1 to
5 star Hotels, Hotel-Bungalows, Hotel-Apartments to camping
and Self Catering Apartments and Villas.
on the left. Traffic and road signs are International. Maximum
speed is 100km./hr. Vehicles entering North Cyprus must be
insured upon arrival. Seat belts must be worn. Drivers are
prohibited to drive under the influence of alcohol. The limit
is 50 mgr (As in Europe).
can be made from North Cyprus to any International telephone
To call North Cyprus from abroad, the code is + 90 392 followed
by the local number.
Public telephone booths are available and telephone cards
can be purchased from the Telecommunications Office.
There are 2 GSM mobile telephone networks that provide international
roaming to visitors. TR TELSIM & TR TURKCELL
postal system is reliable. Incoming mail must be suffixed
“Mersin-10, Turkey”. The history of the postal
service in North Cyprus will definitely be of interest to
220/240 Volts A/. A standard three pin British plug is used.
A good, inexpensive network of buses and mini-buses operates
between all the main towns, in addition there are Dolmus (shared
taxis) operating on the same routes. Taxis are also widely
A large selection of restaurants exist, ranging from the humble
Çorbaci (Soup Houses) where truly authentic cuisine
is served, to fashionable French, Chinese and Indian Cuisine
Restaurants. There are also a number of excellent Cypriot
Cuisine Restaurants which offer very good value for money.
range to suit all tastes serving local beers, raki and of
course imported alcohol.
Tourist Information Offices are available in all major towns.
Tour guides, Hotel Receptionists, Taxi drivers and the locals
are also a good source of information.
Opening Hours (Shops):
Summer - 8:00-13:00
Winter - 9:00-13:00
Opening Hours (Banks):
Summer< - 8:00-12:00
Winter - 8:00-12:00
Opening Hours (Public Services):
Summer - Monday,
07:30-14:00 and 15:30-18:00 Tuesday-Friday, 07:30-14:00
Winter - Monday-Friday,
08:00-13:00 and 14:00-17:00
Lira. Eurocheques, Travellers Cheques, Sterling, Dollars and
other major currencies may be used or exchanged in the larger
Credit Cards are also accepted in larger shops and hotels.
Money can be withdrawn using a bank cards from ATM's displaying
the VISA sign.
1 January, New Year’s Day
23 April, Children’s Day
1 May, Labour Day
19 May, Youth and Sports Day
20 July, Peace and Freedom Day
30 August, Victory Day
29 October, Turkish Republic Day
15 November, Northern Cyprus Republic Day
There are also several Religious holidays or “Bayrams”
which like the Christian festival of Easter, change every