If you’re looking for the Mediterranean the way it once was, come and find it in North Cyprus with Green Island Holidays.
The Turkish region of Cyprus, this sun-baked corner of the Mediterranean is only now awakening to mass tourism, making it one of those rare places where you can still leave the crowds behind.Think quiet beaches and rugged mountains peppered with medieval castles and monasteries. Unspoilt villages where the clocks seem to have stopped. And vibrantharbour towns like Kyrenia which still retain the charm and colour of Mediterranean ports of old. All enfolded in beautiful countryside and craggy coastlines where you can walk and relax without seeing another soul.A history of conquest by the Romans, Byzantines and Venetians has bestowed North Cyprus with a richcultural heritage. From the fairytale castle of St. Hilarion to the atmospheric ruins of Bellapais Monastery in the Besparmak or ‘Five Finger’ Mountains, the region is sprinkled with medieval treasures and relics crying out to be explored. Nature lovers will find much to inspire them, too. The island’s easternmost panhandle, the Karpaz peninsula, remains virtually untainted by modern life.Set off for the day to discover green valleys, peaceful villages, deserted monasteries and long sandy beaches where the only visitors seem to be nesting loggerhead turtles.There’s no one better than Green Island Holidays to help you make the most of this magical land. With our wealth of inside knowledge, handpicked hotels and personal service, we offer everything you needto enjoy the very best of North Cyprus - the way the Mediterranean used to be.
History & Culture
Although dubbed the ‘island of love’ for being the home of the mythical goddess,Aphrodite,
Cyprus has had an extraordinarily turbulent history.It’s believed that her earliest peoples settled 9,000 years ago, quickly followed by the Phoenicians, Persians and Egyptians, all of whom recognised the island’s vital strategic position between East and West In 588 BC,Cyprus was annexed to Rome, opening the door to Christianity. However, by the time of the fourth century AD, the island was in the gripof the Eastern Byzantine Empire. Remnants of the Byzantine era are still evident today, most notably in the name ‘Five Finger Mountains’. Legend has it that a Byzantine hero leapt onto Cyprus from Turkey, leaving his fingerprints as the jagged mountainscapes. After Richard the Lionheart conquered Cyprus in 1191, the French and Venetians ruled until 1571, when the Ottomans took over. They governed the island until ceding it to Britain in 1925. In 1960, the UN declared her independent and in 1983, she was divided in two with the proclamation of the Turkish Republic of North C yprus. Culturally, the Turkish Cypriot way of life is rooted in family and hospitality. Guests are greeted into homes with sweets and Turkish coffee - a ritual reflected in the warm welcome proffered at hotels and restaurants. Turkish customs dominate elsewhere,too.Locals puff on water pipes and play ‘tavli’ - backgammon- in village coffee houses, while local events are celebrated with Anatolian-style folk dances, usually accompanied by ‘fasil’, traditional Turkish lute or fiddle music.
Finally, wherever you go here, you’ll see ‘nazar boncugu’ or evil eye beads. These blue beads originate from Anatolia and are believed to ward off evil glances. You’ll see them everywhere - decorating cars, hanging over doors and draped inside houses.
Northern Cyprus is becoming a very popular holiday destination and it is not difficult to understand why. Both Famagusta holidays and Kyrenia holidays offer stunning beaches, warm turquoise waters, plenty of site seeing opportunities, night life and or course a large helping of local flavour. Both areas of Northern Cyprus have activities to enjoy for the whole family and in additional plenty of opportunity for relaxing and unwinding.
The Malpas Hotel offers incredible luxury and privacy with individual bungalows for guests to stay in. The Pia Bella Hotel is a family run resort that is as charming as it is friendly. The Rocks hotel is oozing with style and glamour and of course there is the Colony Hotel too with all its comfort and elegance. There is really something for everyone on Famagusta and Kyrenia holidays. All styles, budgets and tastes can be accommodated. A holiday in Northern Cyprus is not quickly forgotten. Have a look to see what great deals are currently available.