Zeytinlik, North Cyprus

Zeytinlik, (zeytin meaning olive), is located on the western low-lying outskirts of Kyrenia.  As you may guess by its name, Zeytinlik was the centre of olive oil production in the past, and it still retains some of its original character with people having kept the trees in their gardens and some of the old olive groves still remaining too.

The town has its own certain presence, it’s peaceful and traditional with a few quality restaurants such as The Archway, a traditional Turkish Cypriot restaurant.  It has a great atmosphere and is always popular with locals and holidaymakers alike.  A number of expats have also made the area their home due to its close location to the main town whilst still providing a peaceful setting in which to live.

Visitors are also treated to the ever growing and international North Cyprus Olive Festival each year in October, where there are plenty of opportunities to see and buy traditional olive products and enjoy the entertainment laid on for spectators.

You can also find the old olive mill which has seen some restoration to enable visitors to see how the mill used to operate, and it still contains a clocking in book where the workers signed in each day.

Zeytinlik is definitely worth a visit, especially at festival time when the place really comes to life!

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