Sidestreets North Cyprus

One organisation in North Cyprus whose main aim is to integrate cultures through art is Sidetreets Educational and Cultural Initiatives Ltd, (it’s known as Arasokaklar in Turkish).  This initiative, based in Lefkoşa, has been going for some years and is rather successful in its efforts to combine art with seminars and projects as well as providing in-house facilities for residential programmes within the local community.

Sidestreets is a totally independent, privately funded organisation with a mandate to “generate spaces of creative and critical engagement with language, the arts, and culture in [Read more...]

5 Reasons to Visit North Cyprus

 So you are looking at where to go for your well deserved and anticipated, sun drenched summer holiday?  Well let us tempt you with some very good reasons why you might well consider taking your holiday in North Cyprus!

1 – Beaches

The beaches in North Cyprus can cater for all your tastes and preferences.  If your preference is solitude then take your pick of the beautiful stretches of beach dotted all along the North Cyprus coastline.  [Read more...]

Snakes of North Cyprus

As the month of May is usually the time of year such things to come out of their hibernation slumber, we thought we would give you a run down of the various species of snake that you may come across in North Cyprus!  Those of us who live here are fairly familiar with the varieties that we may all come across and, as most of them are pretty harmless, we would advise you not to panic should you come across one! Most of us treat snakes with a kind of scared disgust, imagining them to be slippery reptiles that will leap out of bushes and bite us, when in all honesty all they want is to be left alone to live quiet lives! [Read more...]

CESV North Cyprus

Formed in March 2008 the North Cyprus CESV (Civil Emergency Service Volunteers) is made up of both Turkish Cypriot and Expatriate citizens and operates in conjunction with the national Civil Defence Organisation.  

The aim of the organisation is to recruit and train individuals who are able to volunteer their time to assist in the event of an emergency, whether it is manmade or natural.  The CESV are held in reserve and used when there is a [Read more...]

Kervan Pizza Terrace, North Cyprus

If you are here on holiday in North Cyprus (or living!) and are wondering about where to go for some good value food with a great view to relax and unwind to, and take in some of the calm Mediterranean waters, then why not try and Kervan Pizza Garden.  You are also likely to hear it referred to Kervan Pizza or Kervan Terrace amongst others, but we have used the name they use on their own sign outside the restaurant for originality!

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Marriage and Weddings in North Cyprus

If you are thinking of taking the plunge, getting hitched, tying the knot or making it ‘official’ so to speak, then there are places of romance all over the world where you can do so, but a great option and perhaps possibly the only option, being the birthplace of Aphrodite, would be North Cyprus!  Add to that the sunshine, the stunningly scenic and panoramic backdrops and you can’t go far wrong!

To get the legalities over and done with first – all marriages are legal and legitimate internationally so it doesn’t matter if you come from such places as the UK, Russia, Canada, America or the rest of Europe, you can legally wed here in North Cyprus. [Read more...]

Break Pool & Snooker Hall, Kyrenia, North Cyprus

The Break Pool & Snooker Hall opened in January 2009 just behind the old Turkish quarter in Kyrenia, and is proving really popular as each time we have visited it’s been pretty busy.  Having said that, we haven’t actually had to wait for a table to become free.

Upon our first visit we were expecting to find some dark, dreary, dank and smoky men’s den of some kind, but were really pleased to find a modern, clean, bright and relaxed pool and snooker hall with men and women all playing.  Also another appealing factor is that it’s friendly and there is music playing all the time which is not intrusive at all (very refreshing!), and the toilet facilities were immaculate!

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Duty & Tax Free Shopping in North Cyprus

A nice little treat for most of us are the cheap goodies we can buy coming in and out of North Cyprus!  Note that there are limitations on what you can bring in and what you can take out however, (taking out is more relevant for the country you are travelling back to!).

When arriving into Ercan airport which serves North Cyprus you are currently allowed to bring in: -

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Büyük Han, Lefkoşa, North Cyprus

One historical sight that you have to see when visiting North Cyprus is the wonderful and vibrant Büyük Han in Lefkoşa. It’s one the main attractions for tourists, but also has its own local community feel, with residents and tourists alike spending time soaking up its unique atmosphere.

The Büyük Han (or Great Inn), located within the city walls, was commissioned by the first Ottoman Pasha to Cyprus, Musafer, in 1752, shortly after the Ottoman occupation of Cyprus. It was a familiar sight for travelling tradesman, as these types of Hans (Inns) were common in Turkey, especially in Anatolia. They were also known as ‘caravanserai’ which literally means a centre where people would commune. Apparently this Han is similar in design to only two others in the whole of Turkey, and is often compared with the Kosa (or cocoon) Han in Bursa.

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Number 14 Restaurant, Turkish Quarter, North Cyprus

Being invited out to dinner these days is quite a treat so it was a happy chappy who agreed to try out the new a la carte Number 14 restaurant in Kyrenia, located within the old the Turkish Quarter.  The local grapevine has been buzzing with good reviews of a lovely evening out in smart surroundings with a mouth-watering menu on offer.  Time to try it ourselves, being suckers for posh nosh in North Cyprus!

It would be rather pointless to offer directions to the venue, but if you know other landmarks such as Miss Knottleys or the Taekwondo gym then you will find it.  It’s actually located at the home of proprietors Cliff and Kay Hughes-Morgan and the property is called Yazade House.  It might be therefore advisable to give them a call on the number at the end of this article if you are unsure! [Read more...]