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There is so much for families to see and do in North Cyprus that you are sure to find something to suit everyone; whether it be enjoying sun swept beaches, watersports, horse riding, parasailing, exploring castles and ancient ruined cities, awesome aqua parks or sampling delicious local dishes. The only problem is whether you can fit it all in!

Water Sports

Thecoastline of North Cyprus is varied;luxurious sandy beaches lapped by the clear blue waters of the Mediterranean, enchanting coves backed by wild dunes and stretches of rocky coast. Its beaches are among the cleanest and safest in the Mediterranean with an average water temperature of 24C between May and October. There is a wide choice of activities; swimming, snorkeling and excellent opportunities for all sorts of exciting watersports.The miles of sandy beaches around Famagusta are great spots for swimming and snorkeling.Scuba divers can delight in discovering the world under the sea. Why not experience an exhilarating dive safari allowing you to explore reefs and unusual rock formations.

 

If it’s excitement and adrenalin you crave then try out wake boarding, jet skiing, wind surfing, kite surfing or the thrill of a banana boat ride. Professional instruction is available on many beaches and safety is paramount.Perhaps you prefer a slower pace and would like time to explore and enjoy the magnificent scenery, if so then paddleboarding or canoeing could be for you. Stand up paddling is a relatively new sport where you stand or sit on a longboard and use a paddle to propel yourself as you hug the coastline to see rocks and coves close up. A canoe/ kayak is another way of exploring sea and coastline. A wonderful way to get a bird’s eye view is parasailing, you can fly high above the calm, deep waters without ever getting your feet wet. North Cyprus has everything for sea-lovers.

Wild Life

If more rugged scenery is required then head for Cyprus’ ‘panhandle’ as The Karpaz Peninsula is known. Breathe deep and experience the fantastic sense of freedom, away from mass market tourism and over development. This National Park has a wealth of indigenous flora and fauna. The most famous of North Cyprus’s flowers are theorchids, which are rare and exotic. One of its most famous residents is the endangered Green turtle and Loggerhead turtle. Nesting peaks in late June/early July, whilst the hatching season starts in mid- July. The Marine Turtle Research Group, co-ordinated by Exeter University, carries out daily nest excavations which anybody can observe. There are also great opportunities to go bird watching, with over 300 species of birds here including migrating birds.

Ancient Ruins

Northern Cyprus has many rambling ruins to explore. Those with a love of history have plenty of sites to visit: castles, basilicas, ruined cities and windswept monasteries. The 12th century monastery Antiphonitis has within its walls beautiful frescos. Bellapais Monastery is a beautiful 12th century monastery at the heart of the pretty, peaceful village set high in the Five Finger Mountains.One of the most-visited sites in Northern Cyprus is St. Hilarion Castle. This 8th century castle, built by the Byzantines, perches precariously on the rocks 660m above the sea and though the climb is steep your efforts will be rewarded by the breath-taking views from the top. Buffavento Castle is an imposing sight sitting on a rocky hilltop 950 m above   sea level, standing strong against the ‘gusty winds’ which is the meaning of its name or visit the castle at Kyrenia which overlooks the calm harbour.

Golf

If golf is your passion you will love the 18 hole championship golf course at the Korineum Resort which is popular all year round. The setting is truly dazzling; 65 hectares of natural carob and olive tree scrubland where every hole boasts spectacular scenery. The facilities are excellent and the clubhouse is as fine as any around the world.A PGA professional is also available to help you perfect your swing.The setting is truly dazzling; flanked by the ‘five finger’ mountains and on the fringes of the glistening Mediterranean. Many tour operators and specialist companies offer golf holidays to this resort.

Trekking

With an average of 340 days of sunshine a year, North Cyprus is the perfect year-round destination for walking. The majestic ‘Five Finger’ Mountains flank the Kyrenia Coast and its foothills provide prime walking territory. The village of Bellapais is a popular base for walkers and ramblers of all abilities, as the starting point for several marked routes of varying length and difficulty.The climate tends to be milder in spring months and, typically from late February onwards, you will be rewarded with the site of exquisite wild orchids in full bloom. Also look out for remnants of the Island’s fascinating history along your walking route.

 

 

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Holiday Activities in North Cyprus

Family AttractionsThere is so much for families to see and do in North Cyprus that you are sure to find something to suit everyone; whether it be enjoying sun swept beaches, watersports, horse riding, parasailing, exploring castles and ancient ruined