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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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...]

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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Beaches West of Kyrenia, North Cyprus

North Cyprus has some wonderful beaches, and whether it’s long soft stretches of sand you’re looking for or indeed some rocky little coves or deserted coastline, then there is something on the island for everyone.  In this article we will detail the particular beaches and seaside facilities to the west of Kyrenia.

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Beaches East of Kyrenia, North Cyprus

Some of the best beaches you will find in North Cyprus are to the east of Kyrenia, and if you’re not particularly interested in mingling with lots of other people then the further east you go, the quieter the beaches become!  In this article we will detail the main beaches along the coast up to the Karpaz and back down on the southern stretch through to Famagusta.

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Beach Clubs in North Cyprus

If you’re looking for some rest and relaxation, a bit of pampering and some activities to keep your children occupied – and this applies to all those holidaying or living in North Cyprus – there are now a number of beach clubs that can cater for all your whims!

If you like to be sociable and want to become part of the social beach scene then there are great facilities available at some great venues!  In this article we will detail the main beach clubs for you, giving their locations and what they can offer their guests. We have been quite selective as there are not many true beach clubs on offer, but the ones that are good deserve recognition!

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North Cyprus Casino & Gambling Scene

The Casino scene in North Cyprus has been hitting seriously dizzy heights over the last few years, and a mix of holiday makers and big spending gamblers from Turkey, the south of the island and the Middle East make the industry one of the highest profit earners on the island.  Come to North Cyprus for any of the major public holidays and you will see what we mean!

Gambling is not legal in many countries and therefore people are prepared to travel to North Cyprus to satisfy their wish to hit the jackpot, as it were!  A law dating back to 1975 actually allows for licensed betting and casino premises to open on the island, but only in the1990s did the trend for gambling really become popular and since then more and more casinos have been built to accommodate this now popular pastime.  Besides casinos there are a number of specialist high street betting shops these days as well, where horse and dog race betting is popular and of course having the odd flutter on football games too!

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Kyrenia Casinos, North Cyprus

The centre of the casino world in North Cyprus is most certainly Kyrenia, it being the most popular destination for holidaymakers and visitors on the island too.  Casinos on the island can certainly satisfy most peoples’ gambling tastes, but at the same time many boast excellent additional on-site facilities for those who also enjoy a relaxation break, providing luxury accommodation, spa packages and dining excellence for example.

In this article we will detail casinos available in the Kyrenia area and its surrounds, but if you would like to find out about the selection of casinos available in other areas then please read our article on premises in the Famagusta and Lefkoşa areas, or our more general overview article.

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Lefkoşa and Famagusta Casinos, North Cyprus

The highly successful business of casino gambling in North Cyprus means that there is a fair amount of competition to offer the most up to date technologies and the widest array of gaming options to patrons, and in this particular article we detail a selection of the casino offerings available in the Famagusta and Lefkoşa areas.

Famagusta is one of the holidaying hotspots in North Cyprus, and as a result it caters for a variety of gambling tastes at the 5 star accommodation in the area.  Lefkoşa seems to offer visiting businessman suitable gambling venues, but it’s also worth remembering that these venues can also provide a great option for a weekend away from home, or for city break lovers.  Please also check our other articles on casinos, and Kyrenia casino options.

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