Northern Cyprus is the most eastern of the Mediterranean Islands and at the nearest coastal point it is approximately 40 miles from mainland Turkey. The land is some 100 miles long, 40 miles across at its widest point. The area consists of Kyrenia (Girne) between the sea and Besparmak Mountains on the north coast, where most of the hotels are situated. Famagusta (Gazimagosa), the ancient port on the southeast coast with its long open beaches and UN border. Bogaz is a quiet fishing village to the north east of Famagusta near Kantara Castle. The capital city, Nicosia (Lefkosa) lies in the centre and finally, Guzelyurt famous for its citrus groves on the western coast.
Cyprus takes its name from being a rich source of copper and is the legendary birthplace of Aphrodite, the goddess of love. According to legend, Julius Caesar gave this island to Cleopatra as a token of his love.
The remains of ruined castles at Kantara Buffavento and St Hilarion bear the insignia of Richard the Lion Heart who was captivated by the area and celebrated his marriage here. Lost empires from the Hittites of Anatolia to the Ancient Egyptians, from Mesopotamia to the Aegean civilizations all left their splendid remains. Roman Salamis dating back to 100BC, the Chapel of St Barnabas where St Paul visited in early 45AD, Bellapais Abbey and the church founded by Augustinian canons around 1250 and Kyrenia castle used by Byzantines, Lusignans and Venetians.
North Cyprus has a varied coastline and amenities for swimmers. On the East Coast between Famagusta and Bogaz, a sandy beach stretches onwards for about 15 miles. On the north coast, on the other side of Kyrenia cosy beaches with bars and sport facilities or isolated creeks decorate the landscape for nearly 20 miles.
With Metak, your holiday does not have to be restricted to one or two weeks. Flexibility is the keyword with Metak. Our expert knowledge of the island and our transport system will suit your requirements of any other duration as we have almost daily departures to Northern Cyprus.
SHOPPING AND CURRENCY
The unit of currency is Turkish lira. Major credit cards and sterling traveller’s cheques are accepted in most major hotels, restaurants, shops and other outlets. The exchange rate is more favourable if you exchange your currency locally. Northern Cyprus is a favourite destination for shoppers interested in local crafts. Good local buys are lace work, embroidery, rugs, woodcarvings and leather goods.
It is highly recommended to hire a car and explore this island at your own pace. You can enjoy the delights of the open country-side, driving alongside citrus groves, remote villages, mountain retreats, remote crusader castles and the breathtaking views of this ancient island.
Driving is on the left; roads are well maintained and well connected.
A full driving license is acceptable to hire a car.
THE CLIMATE AND NATURE
Cyprus is an all year round destination due to its mild climate. The coolest months are December and January with average temperatures of 55°F (13°C). April to June is when the island is at its most pleasant with flowers and sweetly scented orange, lemon and olive trees. The island is a botanist’s paradise with hundreds of species of wild flowers. Summers are hot in July, August and September with temperatures can rise to 90°F (33°C) or above.
TURKEY AND NORTHERN CYPRUS TWO CENTRE
Metak Holidays, specialist for two centre holidays will combine your holiday to Northern Cyprus with a stay in Istanbul. You are in the hands of a small team of professionals to arrange a holiday that will suit you best. Please see pages 114-117 for more information.
We can make flight only arrangements for you leaving you free to explore this island at your own leisure. Consult our reservations staff for more details.
EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT
It is advicable to book early in order to secure the holiday of your choice as most popular accomodation fills up very quickly. Details of early booking discounts can be found on applicable hotel pages. Early booking discounts will only apply to adults and not child prices. These offers are limited and subject to availability.
FREE CAR HIRE
As an added bonus, Metak Holidays is pleased to offer free car hire at selected hotels. Look out for the special symbol. The offer applies only on holidays with 2 people sharing. Free car hire can be utilised at the beginning of your holiday. This offer does not include CDW, which is compulsory and £3 per day to be paid locally.
Approximate regional temperatures are given below as information.
Temperature may vary from resort to resort.