Mavi Koşk, North Cyprus

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 [Read more...]

Mevlevi Tekke Museum, Lefkoşa

 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.   

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Eastern Mediterranean Yacht Rally

Come the early summer months North Cyprus is again due to see the wonderful plethora of yachts entering Kyrenia’s harbour ports, and if it’s a fine day, which it should be at this time of year, you can sit and watch them arrive over the horizon from the south coast of Turkey, whilst sipping a few drinks at one of the harbour cafes!

It’s a great day to be in the harbour area, whether it be the old harbour over past years but more recently the new harbour, as lots of people come down to [Read more...]

Barber Shops and Haircuts, Turkish Style!

We have spoken to many a tourist who has had the guts to walk in to a traditional Turkish Cypriot barber shop in North Cyprus  after hearing some of the tales that have been told about big cut-throat razors and pummelling bone crunching massages, so we thought we would give you the low down on what to expect if you decide to give it a go – and we have to say it all sounds very sedate!

Firstly, it is worth mentioning that you should always ask what their prices are before committing yourself to a seat in the barbers’ chair, as they have been known to charge [Read more...]

Arasta Shopping, Lefkosa

 Fancy a bit of a shopping trip whilst visiting North Cyprus?  Why not make a visit to Arasta in the heart of the walled city of Lefkoşa to experience some modern shopping, located in a wonderfully historical location!  Arasta is located at the top end of Girne Caddesi which is the main road leading up from the Kyrenia Gate – keep walking and you will come upon it one way or another!  You will know you have arrived when you enter a vibrant and busy shopping district.

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Salamis, North Cyprus

 One must see on your list of historical sights in North Cyprus should definitely be the ruins of Salamis in Famagusta, not just because it’s a great place to walk around and explore but also because it is undoubtedly the most important archaeological site on Cyprus to have been unearthed to date.  Spanning at least one square mile, only a small part of the area has been excavated so far and it is believed that up to 90% is still lying underground. 

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Historical Lambousa, North Cyprus

 Recently when thinking about going for a day out, and then finding that it was the afternoon before we actually committed to doing something, a friend suggested we take a trip to the Lambousa tombs and the surrounding areas, which are still very much intact and an interesting site to spend some time exploring.

You can find the ruins of Lambousa by taking the main coastal road from Kyrenia to the west towards Lapta, and upon seeing the signs for the now closed [Read more...]

Gazi Magusa Art & Culture Festival, North Cyprus

Every year the Gazi Magusa International Festival of Art and Culture event has proved hugely popular for people who enjoy a variety of musical genres and the festival has had great success in obtaining some big names in the world of music to tempt audiences year after year.  The fact that the events are held at the historic and mystical ruins of the Salamis amphitheatre, just to the north of Famagusta, also adds to the special atmosphere that this festival manages to generate.

Originally reviewed in 2009 the festival has seen some equally big names from the world music scene, such as Loreena McKennitt, a Canadian born Celtic [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...]