Since its separation in the seventies from the southern, Greek-identifying division of Cyprus, North Cyprus has managed to keep its miraculous beauty and heritage intact. A rare Mediterranean gem of empty, unspoilt beaches, sleepy villages and archaeological ruins, North Cyprus presents modern-day tourists with a tantalisingly different destination full to the brim with natural wonders and old-world charm.
North Cyprus may be small, but what it lacks in size it certainly makes up for in its beauty. This lesser known Turkish side of the Mediterranean island is awash with white-sand beaches and picturesque harbours and is also home to the world’s only divided capital, split in half by the island’s semi-permeable border. It is perfect for walking too, with its picturesque landscapes.
Take a stroll beside the picturesque harbours, dotted with Gulets – a traditional Turkish vessel – and plenty of lively shops and delicious restaurants. The history of Cyprus is confusing to some but in summary, back in 1974 a group of Greek military aimed to unite the island with mainland Greece but instead led to a Turkish invasion which divided the Turkish Northern Cyprus with the Greek Cypriot Republic of Cyprus in the south. Cyprus remains divided to this very day!
I was so nervous about embarking on my first Solos Holiday, but I shouldn’t have been – it was the best thing I have ever done!
Wow! Got to see the famous shipwreck beach in Zakynthos with Solos. Can’t wait to discover more of their destinations!
Our tour leader Monica was exceptional! Had such a good time and will be rebooking with Solos. Thanks for a great holiday!
Had the best time with Solos! Discovered beautiful destinations and met some lifelong friends.