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Recent research for another article led to lots of Google searches and the like and subsequently inspired this article about one of the most popular social networking sites Facebook, and what you may be able to find on its pages to do with North Cyprus.

These days the worldwide web can assist everyone in communicating with friends and family, and Facebook has played a huge part in allowing people to promote all aspects of life, and North Cyprus is no exception.  If you are an FB addict like us, then you can join all sorts of groups that feature everything from social, activity and supportive based interests.  Of course, you have to have a Facebook account to be able to go around the site and find things of interest, so hopefully if reading this article you will already have one or will sign up now!

On researching for this article we were amazed at the amount of content for North Cyprus on Facebook, and below we will detail some of the more interesting groups that you can join and participate in.  Some groups are started to promote the abolition of embargoes in North Cyprus whilst some are purely for fun, friendship and active participation.

DJ Joker – probably one of North Cyprus’ best known DJ’s – if you want to keep abreast of the best clubs, promotional nights and DJ sets, not just for DJ Joker but for a whole host of stuff on the clubbing scene in North Cyprus then this is the group to join!  Regular emails via Facebook will certainly keep you ahead of the game for the best nights out in North Cyprus!  http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=665355424&v=feed&story_fbid=87641988566#/group.php?sid=c0e5a7061d7a766ef951cca3f672f43a&gid=2233278956&ref=search

Sofa Restaurant – this super a la carte restaurant linked to one of the best boutique hotels in North Cyprus, Bella View in Bellapais, has a solid membership to their Facebook group and you can catch a glimpse of some of the most mouth watering dishes on offer via their photos section – simply heavenly!  http://www.facebook.com/s.php?ref=search&sid=c0e5a7061d7a766ef951cca3f672f43a&init=q&q=north%20cyprus&n=-1&o=4&hash=ac7916d6c1e94b654440dbf412dd353c&sf=p&s=50#/group.php?sid=c0e5a7061d7a766ef951cca3f672f43a&gid=129784475191&ref=search

North Cyprus Renewable Energy – this group is run by Henrik Personn, a German national raised in North Cyprus.  The aim of his group and company is to push renewable and clean energy sources in Cyprus. Henrik and his brother Peter have won awards for their efforts towards making alternative energy sources a reality in the house building sector and they are very open to providing free advice if required. http://www.facebook.com/s.php?ref=search&sid=c0e5a7061d7a766ef951cca3f672f43a&init=q&q=north%20cyprus&n=-1&o=4&hash=ac7916d6c1e94b654440dbf412dd353c&sf=p&s=50#/group.php?gid=39809421664&ref=ts

Easykart – if you are a bit of a sports or activities enthusiast then why not check out some of the groups available to join such as Easykart – this is the go-karting circuit in Alayköy which can provide a great day out.  Owner Rustiye Kaya holds regular go-karting events including a Cup challenge so why not join in!  Unfortunately only in Turkish, but you can’t go wrong with checking the dates for events and there are English speakers who can help translate for you.  http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=88538960909#/group.php?sid=8dd0b4f5fdd3befd3ef9e0312e4fd87f&gid=75314974369&ref=search

Turkish Cypriot Cause – if you are a sympathiser to the North Cyprus cause of being recognised as a country in its own right then why not sign up to the global group Get the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus recognized as a country.  Already a well signed up group, they are also petitioning to get North Cyprus on the choice of countries available on Facebook – we wish them all the very best of luck and hope their membership continues to grow. http://www.facebook.com/s.php?ref=search&sid=c0e5a7061d7a766ef951cca3f672f43a&init=q&q=north%20cyprus&n=-1&o=4&hash=ac7916d6c1e94b654440dbf412dd353c&sf=p&s=50#/group.php?gid=2253961317&ref=ts

Sidestreets – if you are interested in arts and culture in North Cyprus then the group to join would be Sidesreets based in Lefkosa. The group is updated on a regular basis with notifications and details of events which are happening all over North Cyprus.  Alternatively read our article on the Sidestreets organisation for more information! http://www.facebook.com/groups.php#/group.php?gid=27335394325

You Know Your Living In Cyprus When….. – a very light hearted group aimed at injecting some humour into aspects of living in North Cyprus such as “you know when are living in North Cyprus when you can come to class 15 minutes late but it doesn’t matter because your teacher isn’t even there yet” and “you leave the post-code part on the app forms because you don’t have one” – take a look and add some yourself!  http://www.facebook.com/groups.php?id=592466882#/group.php?gid=6529863028

High Society   This group describes itself as being created to combine all the “ladies who are from North Cyprus and are known in High Society”.  Well we tried to have a look but you have to be invited to the group to view it, so not really one that we can recommend, but thought it should be included from a humorous standpoint!  We were very upset to not get an invite!  http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=665355424&v=feed&story_fbid=87641988566#/group.php?sid=c0e5a7061d7a766ef951cca3f672f43a&gid=30520100605&ref=search 

Karpaz Eşşeklernin Yok Olmasina Dur Diyelim!!! – If you love animals and have a heart for the humble Cyprus donkey then this group has been set up for you!  With over 1,000 members this group aims to highlight the plight of the animal that has become a symbol of Cyprus and one which has been subject to some controversy of the past few years.  In efforts to voice concerns worldwide this group should help the donkeys plight no end, so join up and support those that cannot speak for themselves!  http://www.facebook.com/groups.php?id=592466882#/group.php?gid=23648785208

And last, but certainly not least, we have also started an Essential Cyprus Facebook page too – please feel free to like our page where will be provide more news, articles and information – https://www.facebook.com/essentialcyprus

There are obviously many more groups that you can become members of from village communities to hotels, sports groups involving diving and surfing, 4×4 vehicle off road clubs and many more.  Have a trawl and see what you fancy!

 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. 

When it comes to choosing the best accommodation in North Cyprus suited to your own requirements and tastes, take a look at this article which gives food for thought on the individual suitability of available accommodation.  There are so many different types of accommodation from 5 star to 1 star, holiday villages, budget accommodation and guesthouses, that you should have no trouble in finding what you need.

Starting with luxury hotels, you may have a problem in deciding which one to choose!  Classic, modern, themed, opulent are just a few of the words we can use to describe some of them, and you will not be disappointed as we can safely say that they are first class.  With new players coming into the game on a regular basis, you are spoilt for choice.  See our selection of luxury hotels for some ideas.

The Mavi Köşk is an almost secretive place that we had been seeing the odd snippet about in the press for ages.  It’s a place hidden away in an army camp belonging to the Turkish Peace Forces and located out towards Güzelyurt.  There is not much to read about it officially to be honest, so we thought we would go and see if we could expand on that which has been written a bit!  Now we can safely say, if you are looking to have a day out in North Cyprus then we would recommend you go and see it, it’s fascinating.

To get to Mavi Köşk, take the coastal road out to the west, working your way up through the landscape continuing towards Camlibel where you will see signs to turn right for Guzelyurt, Çamlibel and Mavi Köşk.  From here it’s not far and is signposted well for visitors.  You then turn

If you’re thinking of relocating to North Cyprus with a view to starting a new business, or even perhaps relocating your current business to the island, there are many things to consider!  Initially it can be very confusing, we will not tell you otherwise, but once you have done the deed and you have all that is required, then things can be relatively straightforward and problem free in terms of running your business on the island.

There are also other reasons for setting up a company in North Cyprus, for example you may want to purchase land of over one donum – which is the limit for a foreign purchaser unless they buy through a limited company.

PLEASE NOTE THAT AS OF 2013 THERE ARE CURRENTLY NO FERRY SERVICES TO SYRIA

We have had a few people recently ask about the option of travelling to Syria or Lebanon via North Cyprus (and vice versa of course!).  Despite their own troubles these countries remain appealing places to visit for intrepid travellers, so we have delved a littler deeper after having mentioned it in our general overview of Ferry Boat Travel in North Cyprus.

 If you have just relocated to North Cyprus and made it through the inevitable trauma of bringing your beloved pet with you, got it through the required quarantine and made sure it has acclimatised to its new surroundings, without cracking up, then congratulations to you! 

It can be a tough time relocating pets to North Cyprus or anywhere else in the world for that matter, as most of us have been brought up with the view that

 If you’re going to Lefkoşa for the day then perhaps you might consider visiting the Mevlevi Tekke Museum which is one of the city’s quieter and more peaceful places to enjoy. 

It’s  a landmark that has stood for thousands of years and which is a site you may well have missed whilst negotiating your way around the city, such is its unassuming location.  The Mevlevi Tekke Museum is a place of contemplation for many, and it was used for just that purpose in its past form by the Mevlevi religious order in Cyprus.