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Northern Cyprus

Those who visit Northern Cyprus usually return. It is a quiet place. It has not been overrun by tourists. Northern Cyprus is a land of beaches, mountains, castles and villages where time stood still many years ago - well, actually, sometime in the late fifties. If you are old enough there are many things here that you will recall from your childhood, including the music!

Even in Kyrenia, a major town by the standards of Northern Cyprus, the old harbour looks pretty much as it did in 1914, although what once were Carob warehouses are now restaurants and bars.

There is one Turkish word that visitors quickly learn : Yavash=Slowly. There is time. And there is Cyprus time. In Cyprus, no one is in a hurry.

But, like all countries where the pace of life is slow, the people are friendly, and the Turkish Cypriot smile is as bright and as warm as the Cyprus sunshine.

North Cyprus Hillside Town

About 200,000 people live in this small country, which is only 120 miles from east to west and about 15 miles from north to south. However, the topography, from the dry central plain, to the mountains, to the coast and beaches, is dramatic in its contrasts.

In addition, Northern Cyprus has a wide variety of wild flora and fauna, and is a stopping off point for many species of migrating birds, and there is also a green turtle conservation area.

Historically, there is also much of interest. Cyprus was repeatedly invaded over the centuries, each invasion leaving a legacy that survives to this day.

So, when you visit Northern Cyprus, forget time, forget stress, forget rain and grey days, just relax in the sunshine and do your own thing.

Best time to visit Northern Cyprus

The winter months are December, January, and February with max temperatures from 17°C to 19°C and rain is to be expected. Rain here is often torrential, but does not usually last long. However, even in the winter months, when the sun shines, which is more often than not, it is warm enough to eat breakfast on the patio.

At any time of the year, the sunlight is intense. When you sit outside, it is necessary to position oneself in the shade. In November, and the winter months, and to a lesser extent in October and March, day time temperatures are usually pleasant, comparable to the best early summer days of Northern Europe, but once the sun begins to set it does begin to feel chilly, and you may then need to wear a sweater. But it is often possible to eat your Christmas dinner outdoors.

March sees the beginning of the tourist season even though it can still seem (to the acclimatised!) a little chilly at nights. April, May and June are very popular months, nights are warm, and the fields are carpeted with spring flowers.

This is followed by the hot, dry months of July and August. These two months are strictly for dedicated sun-worshippers. It can be very hot indeed, and there is never any rain. Then follows the 'second spring', when a little rain is to be expected.

September and October are many peoples' favourite months. It is still very warm, but not unbearably so.

Cyprus has a Mediterranean climate. No matter what the time of year, it is always warmer than northern climates. In the gardens of Cyprus you will see flowers during all seasons of the year.

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