If you are thinking of Turkey holidays
next year, then you will find these travel facts about Turkey interesting.
As the 6th most visited country in the world, you can see the cultural diversity, historic attractions, and beautiful coastline makes it an ideal holiday destination.
|Infographic: Interesting Turkey Travel Facts|
This time of year, people are often thinking about Christmas.... and what presents to get our loved ones. Let’s be honest, we all love a gift under the tree. Some people are lucky enough to receive a holiday in their stocking this Christmas day.
often has requests from their clients looking to surprise their loved ones on this special day. This year is no exception with an Istanbul city break purchased as a gift, and a North Cyprus holiday purchased too.
We all love travelling... whether it’s to relax, or to take in the culture of a destination. Any travel gift is an ideal present... I know i wouldn't mind having a holiday away under my tree.
So if we are generous enough to purchase our loved ones a holiday to the sunshine, then what should we look out for in the holiday, and how can we ensure a real holiday deal
Firstly and importantly it’s not all about price. Of course competitively priced holidays is the way forward, but look out for those hidden extra costs within the package.
- A low price may sometimes be offset with low quality accommodation. Use a reputable company to arrange the holiday for you to ensure this is not the case. For example Direct Traveller hotels and holidays are all personally hand selected for their suitability and high standards within their class category.
- Is the price including your transfers, your in-flight meals, and even your baggage allowance? Many companies have hidden costs linked to their travel arrangements. The price you pay may be missing something that you would think is an obvious necessity for the holiday. Imagine flying without any clothes with you… well believe it or, many companies advertise their prices without your baggage allowance included.. .cheeky! All Direct Traveller holidays include your baggage allowance in the advertised prices. We even throw in free airport transfers for most of our holidays. Our policy is transparent pricing… and we will always keep it that way.
- Think conveniencewhen buying your parents or your uncle and aunt a getaway. The emphasis is that it’s meant to be a break... and not a trek 40 miles to the airport. The price might be tempting, but make sure you don’t force an extra cost onto your loved ones this Christmas with a heavy fee on taxi rides, or train journeys. Direct Traveller holidays are from 17 UK airports, to ensure complete convenience. Your dearest will be flying off to a great holiday from their close-by, local airport. Now that’s how to start a holiday!
- Check the small print is the key to the next point… did you know some companies call their flights direct, even when there are touchdowns involved! Just because you do not change aircraft, they describe the flight as direct... so ensure you ask for “non-stop direct flights” to your destination… Direct Traveller includes non-stop direct flights in all of their holidays as standard. If it’s not non-stop, we will stay where the flight is via... whether you get out of the aircraft or not.
- The final point to look out for is the protection of the holiday. You don’t want your money to go to waste if the supplier fails, so ensure your flight holiday is ATOL protected for your financial protection. Also ask for ABTA membership to ensure the holiday has certain standards that the company must meet. Direct Traveller holidays are both ABTA and ATOL protected for total protection.
If you’re looking for stocking fillers, or a real cracker of a present, then a holiday will definitely be remembered. In fact these tips should be remembered all year around. Whether you are shopping for your own summer holidays or winter holidays, or buying a gift for someone special.
Happy shopping, and have a very happy Christmas.
For many Istanbul
is about its amazing views, the Bosphorus skyline, fresh fish and tasty kebabs. The hilly pathways and the amazing ambience of crossing the Bosphorus waters by ferry, the history, entertainment and of course the culture.
The culture in Istanbul is apparent everywhere.. and once thing that really sticks out is the culture of tea drinking. From the shopkeepers, to the shoe shiners, chestnut stalls, to the chic boutique shops.. Everyone, everywhere has one thing in common… they all drink tea.
|Turkish Tea on the Bosphorus|
Turkey produces over 6% of total tea production in the world. Not suprising considering how much Turks drink themselves. The main area of production for Turkish tea is Rize in the North Eastern area of Turkey.
The largest well known brand for Turkish tea production is Caykur, which is government owned and employs of 16.5 thousand people. You will mainly find this brand being served in many places, and the taste is the essence of Turkish tea.
Turkish tea ranges from the most popular black tea, which you find in most places to the more varied to apple tea, green tea, early grey and organic herbal tea which are available on request at most tea gardens and tea houses.
Loose leaf tea is used as a social element for day to day living in cafes, houses, and shops. The culture of offering tea to all guests, whether in a commercial environment or social environment still continues to this day.
Visit any street in Istanbul
and you will sea the tea boy floating around from shop to shop, offering shop keepers and their guests’ fresh tea on request. Tea is seen as a sign of Turkish hospitality, and is a main social element of Turkish society. You can even have tea in local coffee houses around Turkey and there are even tea gardens, which are open gardens serving tea to locals.
So how do you serve your own Turkish tea?
- · You need a caydanlik which has two pots.
- · Stack them on top of each other.
- · Place the tea leaves with a dash of water on the top pot
- · Add water for boiling in the bottom.
- · Once the water is boiled, half fill a small glass cup with the top tea leaf water
- · Pour in the boiled water to the top of the glass.
- · Add sugar to taste.
- · Drink and refresh yourself.
If you kind find the tools to make a Turkish tea, then visit any Turkish restaurant, or coffee shop whether in Turkey or in the UK, and you will still be offered this refreshing drink. A symbol of Turkish hospitality worldwide..
I cant wait to visit Istanbul
again and have a hot cup of tea while on a ferry ride from Europe to Asia… such a simple thing, but something that has its own meaning to cultural diversity.. a pleasure we should all experience.
If you travel to North Cyprus & Turkey you’re likely to see a lot of these:
The circular blue amulets are known as ‘Evil Eyes’, and because of this can be pretty disconcerting to stare at. Don’t be discouraged though, the Nazar (as they are officially known) is actually a symbol of protection. In many Mediterranean cultures the name of this object refers to the belief that an evil look from someone can cause harm to a person’s soul or leave them with bad luck. The amulet is supposed to be a barrier to this, reflecting any negative auras back onto the person that gives them.
So, what brought about this seemingly strange superstition? Well, one idea is that it all goes back to a very stubborn rock. Belief has it that there was once a massive rock placed rather inconveniently by the sea that not even dynamite or a herd of determined muscled men could move. Luckily there was one man that lived near by who carried one of the evil eyes. The town people convinced him to come down and take a look and upon exclaiming, "What a big rock!" the rock suddenly cracked in half and that was that.
Nowadays the Cypriots use these for many things, although they are most prominently sold as souvenirs and jewellery. I’m not sure you’ll end up breaking rocks with one but the notion of spiritual power within these little trinkets still holds a very powerful significance to this day. They make a lovely gift for friends and family back home, as well as a memento to keep for yourself from North Cyprus and Turkey (and you might need it with all those jealous glances you'll be getting post holiday!)
You may have noticed that Direct Traveller
has this gem incorporated into their logo and this was no coincidence as it is considered to protect the Direct Traveller and those travelling with us.
If you enjoy nature and would like to capture what nature has to offer, then North Cyprus is your destination.
Many travellers look for places filled with natural beauty. Many would like to spend their holidays in such a tourist destination, where they can imbibe natural beauty in its full form. If you are also looking for outstandingly captivating beauty then look no further than Northern Cyprus.
|North Cyprus Walks|Discovering the exquisiteness on the island
How travellers would like to discover the beauty on the island is up to them as there are so many options for holidaymakers.
To discover natural beauty here on the med-island, travellers can go trekking in the safe forest areas. They can go hiking across nature trails, camping in the loveliest areas near Bellapais Village or in and around the Karpaz Peninsula, or on the gorgeous beaches in and around Kyrenia and Famagusta. Cycling through the labyrinth of lanes, by-lanes in Famagusta and Kyrenia Some holidaymakers enjoy cycling in North Cyprus for its independence and mobility on the island. Go across the network of lanes, by-lanes or alleys in your favorite town-like-cities such as Famagusta and Kyrenia. You can cycle through the labyrinth of routes which can lead you to the mountainous area in Kyrenia or to the most ancient villages in Kyrenia such as Monastic Village or Bellapais Abbey etc. Feel the essence of the beauty, cycling around the aromatic citrus groves or just simply go through busy market areas (And when you are tired of cycling then you can spend your time here on one of the beaches in Famagusta or in Kyreniawhere you can feel the warmth of the Mediterranean sun with a pinch of coldness in it).
- The beauty of this island in the Mediterranean region really offers a real escape.
- Richness in natural heritage on the island is just simply amazing.
- Wildlife flourishes here on the island.
- About 220 species of birds touch down on this island during their season of migration from one place to the other.
- This island is just simply fantastic for all those who love the outdoors.
- It is a place where you will not find crowd (65-70 people per square mile).
- It is free from pollution.
- About 240 miles of coastline, perfectly swathed in lush forests (Pine forests with maquis bush and cypress / provide a perfect sanctuary for the wildlife to flourish).
Don’t forget to talk the walk around the citrus groves (this island is just known for fragrant citrus groves). Don’t forget to catch the glimpses of the spectacular landscape of Famagusta or Kyrenia when you are here on your Northern Cyprus holidays.
|North Cyprus Landscape|
All about Natural Beauty in North Cyprus
Kantara Castle which you can reach even through Besparmak Mountains is the place you shall visit. It is a place known for springtime sanctuary where there can be many migrating birds. Visitors can also find here in this place the island’s most striking residents such as Buzzards, Falcons, Griffon Vultures etc. There are a large number of butterflies too (here are species which are peculiar of this island. Find here Cleopatra butterflies Festoon butterflies with colorful wings, reflecting the colors of sunshine).
Blooming into a rhapsody of colours
The climate is always perfect for exploring. Suitably warm climate on this island allows visitors to enjoy their holidays without any sort of trouble. Go through the open fields and mountains to find flowers blooming with all their beauty, spreading fragrance far and wide.
When you go through any hilly area then you can find golden-yellow oleanders which seem to bed the hills (Crocuses or multi-colored anemones appear during Christmas season). But it is during winter season or during spring season that the island blooms into a rhapsody of myriad hues with the island’s best known darkly red poppies, appearing here and there in bunches. Orchids come up in plenty too (known for their stunning rarity and unique beauty). There are about 32 species or sub-species of the wild orchid flora, many of them are known to show striking similarities with that of the European varieties which include but not limited to Autumn Lady Tresses Orchids (Some of the selected orchid species which are native to this island, northern Cyprus include Orchis collina, Orchis papilonacea, Neotinea maculate, Orchis simian, Orchis italic and Dactylorhiza romana etc). This island is simply famous for its olive and carob groves. It is known for its citrus groves (The Island is just totally infused with the citrus groves. The scent of the lemons, lime or oranges always drifts through the Mediterranean air). Fruit which are common or which grow in plenty here include pomegranate, strawberries and date palms.
|North Cyprus Butterflies|Visit Alevkaya Forest Station If you are interested in the plants on the island then we suggest you should visit Alevkaya Forest Station which is located near the mountain ridge between Degirmenlik and Esentepe. Here, visitors can come to know of a large number of things about the plant life on the island (There is a collection of the pressed plant specimens which can let you know more about plants present on the island. Here is a collection of plants which are endemic on the island). Information on each and every specimen is very much clear. Visitors will get to know all about where the plant is from, who discovered it or when it was discovered etc. There are about 1100 species at this forest station. The natural beauty that amazes and inspires Take a stroll during morning or evening hours to imbibe the beauty which drifts through the air or opt for a ride through the network of allies or lanes etc. Other things which the tourists can indulge in may include bird watching, mountain climbing, horse riding, camping etc. Book your holidays today. Fly from the UK, or connect a twin centre holiday with Istanbul, maybe taking an AtlasJet flight to North Cyprus from there. Packages are available near most attractions and there are over 35 hand selected hotels for you to stay in.
The World Travel Market is with us once again from the 4thto 7th of November 2013. Set in the grand Excel exhibition centre with its plethora of space, The travel exhibition is set to create a centre stage for worldwide tourism.
Notably the second largest tourism exhibition in Europe after the infamous Berlin show, World Travel Market (WTM) showcases a huge variety of worldwide destinations looking at promoting themselves to worldwide buyers.
The WTM exhibition is a powerful tool for connecting not only the UK to the world, but entirely Europe to the rest of the world. There is no exception here for North Cyprus holidays
Set with its own stand by the Turkey stand, (stand EM750) North Cyprus is ready for business. Boasting a range of hotels who have come all the way from the island, local travel agents and of course the backbone of the UK outbound tourism to North Cyprus... the UK based tour operators such as Direct Traveller.
The first day of the exhibition proved to be very popular, with a seemingly increased interest for North Cyprus.
Direct Traveller managing director, Ramadan Ozdemir says: “WTM has traditionally been a must attend exhibition, and this year is no exception. North Cyprus is proving to be popular with travel buyers, and this is further enforced by the prospective booking trends. 2014 holiday sales have started, and at a faster rate than previous years... giving a positive sign for Direct Traveller and North Cyprus overall.”
Direct Traveller is not only seeing increased interest in its 2014 North Cyprus holidays, but also its other key destinations of Turkey, Sri Lanka, Dubai and Oman. 2014 Holidays with increased interest range form beach holidays, city breaks, twin centre holidays and increasingly popular tours.
For full details of holidays visit the Direct Traveller
website or visit Direct Traveller at their stand number EM750 for friendly chat or a nice cup of Cypriot coffee.
Northern Cyprus holidays in Kyrenia There can be many things which holidaymakers may like to do when they are in Kyrenia. Often tourists consider this destination because they have the intention to enjoy their summer holidays. They come here with the intention to enjoy their beach holidays or to grasp the glimpses of the beautiful scenery in their cam. But, if you are looking for something more then we suggest you continue reading this article, because it talks about what more you can do on this island apart from just swimming, tasting delicacies, enjoying night life etc. There are really a plenty of things which the tourists can indulge in. Catching the beauty of the morning sun Well, Mediterranean morning is something to see here on this island. When you get up early in the morning then go for a walk on your favorite beach. You can feel the essence of the morning beauty on any of the beaches here. The coldness of the atmosphere slowly mingling with the warmth of the sun will surely rejuvenate your senses and you will feel the beauty of being here on the island in its full bloom. Do not forget to keep digital camera with you so that you can take pictures of the beautiful moments.
|Local Cypriot souvenir market|
Strolling in the nearby village areas
Kyrenia in Northern Cyprus always seems to be full of the tourists. Just like you, there can be many numbers of tourists who come here to enjoy their summer or winter holidays. If you are willing to find a peaceful place to spend your time in all privacy or away from the common crowd here then it is recommended that you shall visit one of those areas which are a bit away from the main centre of the city (or which can be much more suitable for you to spend your time with your family or friends etc). When you look for much calmer places here in Kyrenia then we suggest that you head towards one of the best village areas such as Bellapais Abbey or many of the smaller village areas across it.
Book Northern Cyprus holidays with Direct Traveller for the best deals to North Cyprus. They have over 35 hand selected hotels to suit any budget. Their exclusive North Cyprus hotel deals cannot be found elsewhere, making them the best option for North Cyrus holidays. From luxury North Cyprus hotels to All Inclusive hotels and family run hotels, Direct Traveller has it covered. Northern Cyprus – Now, one of the best all year round holiday destinations Northern Cyprus is now listed in the world’s best destinations for holidays. There has been noted an increase in number of the tourists who come here for their holidaymaker. Still relatively undiscovered.. Years back, it was not very known but now it claims to receive a large number of tourists not just from the UK but from various countries across the world. Why tourists are attracted to spending their holidays here in Northern Cyprus? There are many reasons which can be listed down here but some of the major reasons can be summarized as given below. Beaches– Some of the most amazing beach in the Mediterranean can be found in Northern Cyprus… Sandy bays and coves. Accessibility– North Cyprus is becoming more accessible by the day. Since the borders opened between North Cyprus and South Cyprus, then people have found it easier to travel on non-stop direct flights to Larnaca and go through the border crossings to visit north Cyprus. Also new airlines such as AtlasJet airlines and Pegasus Airlines have made it more desirable. Car rentals –Car hire in north Cyprus is very affordable compared to other destinations.
|Cypriot Life - Maras ice-cream at the Harbour|Accommodation– Hotels here in Northern Cyprus such as Pia bella hotel or Bellapais Monastery village hotel, and Arkin Palm Beach Hotel (or many other hotels) are good quality and value for money. Safety - Visitors can really have no trouble in North Cyprus. Their tour in Northern Cyprus will surely be very safe as there are some of the lowest crime levels in Europe. Cypriots are friendly– Cypriots are very friendly. They respect tourists. Tourists can really have a good time here. History– The is a large amount of history in North Cyprus, unfounded elsewhere Book your North Cyprus holiday with Direct Traveller to enjoy the benefits of North Cyprus
For golf lovers, finding that next game of golf is like an addiction.. and for those holiday making in North Cyprus or even on a business trip in North Cyprus, there is no reason to miss out on the fun. In fact North Cyprus actually accommodates an amazing 18 hole golf course, with international standards.
The Korineum golf course first opened its doors to residents and those on North Cyprus holidays
in April 2007 and is an international standard 18 hole with a par 72. Women’s handicap is 36 and men’s is 28.
The golf course is maintained to the Royal and Ancient Best Course Policy Initiative, and is approximately 6230m². made of Paspalum grass playing surface, it has an assortment of specifically placed challenging undulating fairways, water hazards, 2 lakes, and sand bunkers made form white sand and crushed marble. Enough tto create a challenge yet, suitable for golfers of all ages and calibers. The average per green is 500m², making it a delight to play golf. There is an average of 5 Tees per hole which is approximately 600m²
The course was actually designed by David Hemstock and Peter Harradine was also involved in the consultancy of the construction. David is an experienced and qualified Designer, Agronomist and Soil & Water Engineer. His other projects include Punjab, Ukraine, Chennai, Lake District and many more international standard golf projects.
For the comfort of golfers, there are 44 golf cars with silent batteries on the course, however this is not actually a necessity as it’s a delight to walk the grounds. If you have forgotten your equipment, or didn’t have baggage allowance for it, you can rent clubs, shoes, and soft spikes. The golf shop also sells a range of quality equipment and outfits for you to fit in.
If you need to sharpen up your skills or you are a complete novice, then you can also go for the 30m driving range, with its 34 bays. There is also a large grass tea area for touch and feel shots. For further personal development you can also use the 2 putting greens, the chipping green and the dedicated bunker practice green. Without a handicap status you can utilize the Academy course with its full length par 4 and par 5 holes, and even a par 3 to warm your golfing skills up.
If you really wish to develop your skills, then take advantage of the qualified Pro for personal or group lessons.
If you are travelling to North Cyprus whether Kyrenia or Famagusta for your holidays, then you can take advantage of the Korineum golf course. Its located east of Kyrenia and is accessible easily by car. If you are in Cyprus you can ask one of the Direct Traveller representatives to book you in for a session, or you may prefer to pre-book your sessions before departure form the UK.
Direct Traveller has specialist golf packages for golfers and holidaymakers. We have the best rates of the course and you can stay at the Korineum Golf club house
of in one of our hand selected hotels. The course is generally busier from September to March where the weather is more manageable for golf; however the course I open all year round, with the year round sunshine. Direct Traveller is experienced with dealing with individuals needs and group bookings and events for golf holidays. contact us
to find out more.
Sri Lanka, once not so very popular, is now one of the most well-known tourist destinations which the tourists look for.
There can be myriad reasons for this but one of the most talked about reasons is related to its location. Yes, owing to its beautiful geographical location, this Asian country has managed to pull a large number of tourists towards itself. It has cities, village areas which are remarkable for their history, tourist attractions, beaches and other recreational spots. Anyone who comes here for holidays will truly fall in love with this beautiful tourist-country.Why book a tour package for holidays in Sri Lanka?
Only a few places in the world offer tourists a remarkably stunning combination of history and heritage, culture and tradition, captivating landscapes and pristine beaches etc. Only a few places are known to have created an effect that lasts forever. Certainly, Sri Lanka is one among them. It is a country which is a home to the world’s best heritage sites. It is a place which is known for beaches. It is a place which is the first choice of many of the travelers who look for holidays in Asia. This country, set in Indian Ocean towards the southernmost region of the Asian continental, is a country to be seen by everyone who is looking for quality and budget-friendly holidays in Sri Lanka
This country is a home to a number of national parks (there are about 15 national parks spread across the country in major tourist centers which flawlessly showcase wildlife), beautiful and breath-taking waterfalls (there are about 350 waterfalls, the highest of them all is Bambarakanda which is about 263 km in height), museums, ancient villages etc.
Tourist places in Colombo – Commercial but the liveliest capital of the country, Sri Lanka. Colombo has always been known as the best sea port which manages to attract a large number of holiday denizens. It is blessed with a large number of tourist places which are worth visiting. This flourishing sea port which is located on the west coast in Sri Lanka is exemplary for its old and new buildings, historical and modernized tourist sites.
This city is a city which has shopping malls or bazaars for tourists who are shopaholics, well-preserved historical sites for those who are looking forward to peek into the ancient history of this world. It has some of the finest structures, dating back to colonial rule here in the country. Everything here seems to be replica of real, livelier beauty and seems to be exuding so much of wonder that the tourists who come here become of this place forever. A mere visit to Colombo city can really enthrall you like anything.Where to stay in Colombo?
Many of the best hotels in Colombo are located centrally. Tourists who come here will have no trouble in finding a room of their choice in any hotel here. Visitors even have options to select any of the best hotels as per their budget. Here are star-class hotels, budget-hotels for tourists who are looking for some quality holidays. Choose a room which overlooks mountainous area, green lush gardens, or the oceanic water. The two of the best hotels here can be “Taj Samudra” and “Galle face Hotel.” Where to go in Colombo? What you shall see when you are in the capital of Sri Lanka?
When you are in Colombo then you can visit the best of the tourist places which will just mesmerize you like never before. You can go to places which are marked as the best here such as Beira Lake, Galle Face Green, Independence Square, Colombo Fort, Cargills and Millers etc. Pettah Bazaar, Railway Museum and National Museum are three other very famous places here where tourists often go. For those who are here on beach holidays in Colombo they can go to Sri Lanka’s best beaches such as Beach Waadiya and Lavinia Beach. These two are known for fun they may allow you to have. Visitors will have no sort of restrictions. They can indulge in any water-sport they would love to. So, just pack your bags and come here.
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Sri Lanka is known for many famous tourist destinations. When you are here then you can visit so many places which speak of its natural beauty. Each and every district has got something which may fascinate any tourist who comes here. Districts such as Anuradhapura, Rathnapura, Ampara, Kegalle, Gampaha, Kurunegala, Kandy etc have got something stored for anyone who comes here to enjoy their Sri Lanka holidays
Beach holidays in Sri Lanka
If you enjoy spending your time on beaches then know this too that it has got some of the best beaches where you can spend your time in jolly way. It boasts of many of the pristine beaches with clear, aquamarine waters. Here are sandy beaches where you can enjoy doing the things you like the most. You can indulge in any water-sports you would like to by being here on any of the best beaches where you can expect to get even all of the facilities. When you are here in Sri Lanka beach holidays
then do not forget to go to these beaches which are included here.
Beaches which are famous here in Sri Lanka include Unawatuna, Wadduwa, Mirissa, Hikkaduwa, Beruwela and Bentota, Tangalle, Dondra Head, Pasikuda and Kalkuda and Negombo etc.
Why tourist choose Sri Lanka is because they have the world’s best heritage sites.
Sigiriya Rock Fortress
World’s Best Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka
It will be of interest of the tourists to know this that this island is a home to eight of the best UNESCO heritage sites. It is an island which has got remarkable history and has got so many places which speak of its glorious past.
- Central Highlands
- Sigiriya Rock Fortress and city
- Dutch Fort, Galle
- The Golden Temple of Dambulla
- Sacred Temple of the Tooth, Kandy
This tropical island-country is just full of hotels. Visitors will have no trouble in getting a hotel room under their own expected price. Here are hotels which are situated in the most beautiful settings. Visitors can find a large number of hotels, resorts particularly near to the coastal areas, towards the south and the west. The best of the hotels here are: Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo, Earl's Regency Hotel, Cinnamon Lodge, Galadari Hotel, Heritance Ahungalle, Hilton-Colombo, Ceylon Continental Hotel, Cinnamon Grand Hotel.
Just simply select one of the best holiday packages and come here to enjoy your vacation.
You are going to have fun, and be inspired - guaranteed. ???
If you are looking forward to visit a place which is blessed with remarkably stunning landscapes, pristine beaches, unbelievably great history and the most captivating culture and heritage then you ought to visit Sri Lanka. Yes, this island nation is now one of the best destinations which comes first in the “list of the tourist destinations” by a majority of tourists who look for wonderful value for money holidays.
Why Sri Lanka for holidays?
Sri Lanka, situated closer to South Asia in Indian Ocean, is one of the best destinations where tourists can have a great time. This tropical island has got everything which can make any tourist busy throughout their stay. It may even not be wrong to say that tourists who come here will have fun anyhow. It is an island where natural beauty flourishes and is abundant and unspoiled.
- It has world’s best heritage sites - it has eight of the best UNESCO world heritage sites.
- Its coastline stretches up to 1,330 kilometres.
- Abundance in flora and fauna.
- Best of the national parks which are fifteen in number.
- 350 Waterfalls.
- 25,000 water bodies.
- Culture which is typical of the islanders here.
- Botanical gardens and lush tea estates.
- Deep sea fishing, Swimming, Scuba diving, Boating, Surfing, Canoeing etc.
- Whale water rafting, Dolphin watching.
- Rock climbing, Ballooning.
- Mountaineering, Hiking, Trekking
- Wild life photographing
- Skiing (paragliding or parasailing)
It is truly an island where any tourist can have a great time.
Sri Lanka Elephant Safari
What tourist can do when they are in Sri Lanka during their holidays?
Tourist can have the chance to indulge in lot many activities. They can have the chance to do whatever they would like. They can have so many choices to choose from. This typically tropical island is just for one and all. No matter what you are interested in, you can have great time here.
Turkey or in a Turkish language: Türkiye is one of those destinations which tourists love to explore. Many of the tourists from various parts of the world come here to enjoy their holidays. The reason why it has become one of the best destinations for holidays can be attributed to its own geographical location and its splendorous beauty which is inexplicable. There are many cities which are significantly marked as the tourist cities but out of all those cities there are a few cities which every tourist feels attracted to visit. They are Istanbul, Ankara, Antalya, Izmir, Bodrum, Fethiye etc.
|Istanbul Attractions|Many people do not consider Istanbul as a beach holiday destination. Its more about the hustle and bustle of the city and its cultural emphasis. However there is a growing trend of holiday makers visiting Istanbul for its beaches. Popular with locals, these elite beach clubs are becoming more popular with foreign tourists also. Three best beaches in Istanbul for beach lovers When you are here for your beach holidays in Istanbul then you can have the chance to spend your time in an entirely a different way. Istanbul is one of those places in Turkey which is replete in a number of beaches. You can have the choice to spend your time at one of the beaches which number up to twenty. You may certainly be not able to zero in on any one of the best beaches because each and every beach here is known for something or the other. You will certainly have a hard time picking one of the best among the best during your vacation here. Here in this article we have listed down a few of the best beaches which you shall visit if you are in Istanbul. If you do not visit at least these beaches then your holidays in Istanbul can’t be labeled as “complete” because these are the beaches which are worth visiting as these can let you get the real feel of the city, Istanbul. Visit any of these beaches to enjoy any of the beach activities you would love to. Beaches here are clean and hygienic and are categorized as family beaches, beaches for couples, and for children etc. Here entry to the most of the beaches is free but for some private beaches you will have to pay from 15-40 TL to get access to.
True Blue Beach
The first beach which tops our list of the beaches in Istanbul is True Blue Beach. Why? Well, because this beach has got such a good location which can allow you to get the most beautiful view of the sea (This beach truly looks like one of those beautiful Northern Cyprus beaches or Turkish Cyprus beaches).
|True Blue Beach Istanbul|Sitting here on the beach, you can enjoy nature’s beauty, the view of boats sailing from Marina or Kalamis etc. You can have the chance to capture the beauty of the sunset and sunrise as these are going to be rare moments which can fill excitement in you. You can have the chance to play your favorite game on this sandy beach too. Swimming pool is for small children within its premises. If you are hungry after swimming then you can have the chance to lie down in your favorite corner (Please, do not forget to bring your beach umbrella, as you may not be able to find vendors here who are often seen on some other beaches selling out the same). You can gobble down your favorite sea-food at one of the restaurants as well. There is a bar too in the middle of the garden where you can get your favorite cocktail or your drink. Summer is really the best time to visit as here in summer season, there can be live concerts or events.
The second best of the best beaches in Istanbul which you shall visit during your Turkey beach holidays is Dalia beach. Yes, this beach is for one and all. It is located on the Demircikoy Cove. This beach is truly for those tourists who would love to spend their time in a tranquil or a much calmer place, away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. This is the beach which can let you get the real feel of peaceful life (much more like what the army of the Ulysses felt during their way back home from the Trojan War). This is big enough to provide space for the tourists who would love to spend their time in privacy. You can lie down under the shade anywhere and just simply listen to the sound of the water waves playing at the bank or away from the bank.
|Dalia Beach Istanbul|Even though it seems to be a quiet beach yet you can have the chance to play your favorite game if you would like to. Other tourists like you or the commoners can even join you. Here are areas which are specifically designated as the area for the boat lovers, paddlers, or the area for the trekkers etc. You can find a small restaurant or a beach stall within the walking distance. Just refresh yourself with a drink after swimming or take your favorite cocktail, sitting and enjoying your day here on this beach where beauty is calmer and much more inviting.
This is the last in our list here. Visit this beach if you are looking for something extra on your Turkey tour. This beach which is located near to Rumelishisari is one of those beaches where you may find a large number of tourists like you. It looks much more beautiful because of its own ideal location (The Sea of Marmara meets The Black Sea). You can indulge in activities such as beach cricket, beach volleyball, rock climbing etc. You can find stalls near to you as well where you can refresh yourself a bit.
|Golden Beach Istanbul|You can surely spend your time in an entirely a different way if you opt for Turkey holidays in Istanbul. Just simply bag one of the best deals which can let you take Turkey tour with all convenience. Istanbul is a popular destination for culture, nightlife, sightseeing, and great food. Its also a destination for beach holidays, and twin centre holidays with other beach holiday destinations.
Northern Cyprus is an island which is renowned for its beaches. This med island is an island which is visited by a large number of tourists from various parts of the world who would love to spend their summer holidays here on the beaches. The best of the beaches on this island are present in Kyrenia and Famagusta.
Kyrenia for holidaymakers.
To really appreciate why Kyren is called an “island for beach holidays.” Its a must that they visit one of the beaches to the east and west of Kyrenia.
below is a list of the top five beaches which are in Kyrenia and which you shall visit to get the best out of your beach holidays in Kyrenia.
|North Cyprus beaches|
Well, this beach can be the first beach here in Kyrenia which you shall visit. It is even popularly known as turtle beach (the reason is very simple. You can find turtles in a large number here, they lay eggs especially in the month of summer. Turtle watching is even regarded as one for the famous beach activities here. Those who are fond of photography can be seen here, taking pictures of the turtles). You can find this beach at a distance of some 10 miles, east of Kyrenia. This beach is perfect for the tourists who are coming here for their family holidays or couple holidays. This sandy beach with diamond-white waters, sparking in the sun will give you altogether a different kind of pleasure in swimming here. It is full of sweeping dunes and the water is shallow. There is a bar too where you can go after getting tired of swimming or to refresh yourself a bit.
If you are wondering where you can have the chance to play beach volley ball or beach cricket during your Northern Cyprus package holidays then just stop wondering. It is this beach where you can have the chance to indulge in any of your favorite games. It is true that tourists can enjoy playing their favorite water game on any of the beaches here in Kyrenia but playing or spending time here on escape beach can give anyone a very different kind of an experience. This place is always seemed to be bustling with a large number of activities. You will find tourists like you more in number. Common Cypriots too can be seen enjoying their weekends here. This beach which is located some 5 kilometers from Kyrenia is simply one of the best beaches with finer, golden sand and crystal clear waters. Apart from beach volley ball or cricket, you can enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling, boating or even surfing throughout your Kyrenia holidays here. You can have great time at the beach club too.
Three - Acapulco Beach
Well, this can be the third famous beach here on this island. It is a beach where you can have fun and that is guaranteed. When you are coming here then it is not necessary that you bring your own sun loungers or your beach umbrellas. This beach provides all of the best facilities which you can expect. There is a bar nearer to this too where you can go to gobble down or drink down your favorite glass of beer. This shall also be mentioned that there is an undertow here (if you are here with your family and your children would like to swim then they should be watched over). Feel the fun of swimming in the most crystal clear waters of Acapulco beach here in Kyrenia which is nearer to Catalkoy. If you are just looking for something more then you can go for windsurfing here on this beach. Take a note of this too that you may have to pay a little amount to get access to the beaches described above. Entry may not be free. Take a note of this too that if you are really keen on spending time on one of the best beaches then we suggest that you look for a hotel which own a beach. There are many hotels here in Kyrenia which have got their own private beaches. If you select to stay at one of those hotels then you can get access to the beach anytime. You can spend time in all privacy with no disturbance at all. Other beaches which you can visit include: Horsehoe Bay– a pebble beach for all those who love water sports like snorkeling, sailing etc Altinkaya Beach– best for those who are here on family holidays. Mare Monte -it is a golden, sandy beach where you can time in privacy. Denizkizi Beach- best for those who are on family and couple holidays. Karakum Beach– this beach is for those who are looking forward to spend time somewhere in a quiet place, away from the noisy area, it can just be like Mare Monte. Lara beach- It is for you if you are looking for total relaxation. So, just simply pick one of the best North Cyprus packages and come here for real fun-holidays.
As winners of the British Travel Awards in 2012 as “Best tour operator to East and Southeast Europe”, Direct Traveller is delighted to be in a position to be able to boast about its customer service levels, its repeat client base, and ultimately its customer service levels.
The emphasis of its service not only is directly related to the team of reps heading Direct Traveller’s offices in North Cyprus, and the equally hard working team in the UK that aims to please. Customer service as we see it is a combination of all things good. Not just the emphasis of a good holiday, a satisfied customer on an individual basis, but an overall process that is developed to ensure the closest we can achieve to 100% customer satisfaction.
|The Colony, Kyrenia - Rooftop Terrace Pool|To do this we not only have rock solid procedures for all operational activities in North Cyprus and in the UK, but also have a framework that we work to in order to ensure the long standing commitment of our suppliers to our same ethos of 100% satisfaction.
One of the ways we do this is to personally hand select our hotels. We visit the hotels, discuss our past and future seasons, and ensure they are on the same wavelength as us. In order to be a featured hotel in our brochures, and website - whether in our North Cyprus hotels or in any of our other specialist destinations, the hotel must offer exactly what
|The Colony Hotel Building|
they say. We never over subscribe what a hotel has to offer, as we believe to reduce expectations is better than over rating them and not delivering. We are committed to delivering over our holidaymaker’s expectations at every stage of their holiday.
|Outdoor relaxing - Arkin Palm Beach Hotel|Many of our North Cyprus hotels are also in the same thought, and especially a long standing partners Arkin Palm Beach Hotel in Famagusta and The Colony hotel in Kyrenia.
The Colony Hotel is located in the Kyrenia town centre. The luxury Kyrenia hotel is a perfect example of great customer service combined with quality accommodation, and an excellent location. Within seconds of the Kyrenia harbour, nightlife, many historic attractions and the shopping facilities in Kyrenia it is a popular choice for holidaymakers. The main attraction is the rooftop pool, which gives amazing views of Kyrenia. The Colony as its name suggests is designed with the British Colonial era in mind, and so designs are high quality and feel uniquely of the Colonial British era
|Amazing Sandy Beach - Arkin Palm Beach Hotel Famagusta |The Arkin Palm Beach Hotel is also a luxury 5 star hotel with a unique Colonial feel, just reopened last year, it offers modern facilities in a charming location. Set on a beautiful sandy beach in Famagusta, near the old town, it is a firm favourite for those looking for a charismatic and boutique five star hotel with an amazing beach which renowmed for its gorgeous sunset views.
Here is our latest review from a loyal repeat client who has travelled with us on our North Cyprus holidays many times over the years, Mrs Carol Tweedale:
|Arkin Palm Beach Hotel Famagusta - lobby|“For years we have always gone to the Colony Hotel in Kyrenia, so what a wonderful surprise to find that some of the Colony management were at Palm Beach, and made us welcome. Jackie your rep was really helpful too. The hotel and interior design is of a high standard. We had a bedroom with a balcony overlooking the sea, and was a joy to pull back the drapes each morning, and greet another perfect day. The beach has really good sun-beds with 2 umbrellas to laze away the day.Food in the restaurant is plentiful with something for all tastes, we also attended the Cyprus Night which was great. We only spent a week here, and were very, very sad to leave when we were transferring for our second week at the Colony. The Colony hotel rooms are excellent, as always with plenty of room, and very cool with Air Conditioning, a must in July. The Maids are very good at keeping the rooms spotless, as is the whole of the hotel.
My favourite soup is Lentil, and the chefs were only too pleased to grant my request for this delicious soup. Food is excellent, and something for all tastes. I did really enjoy it more on one evening, when there was a function on the roof, we ate inside, and the food was warmer and the fare included Turkey Curry, Swordfish, and deserts to die for.
On our last day we were very sad to leave, especially when the Manager came over to shake our hands, and stated we were always welcome to our second home.
Thanks to Direct Traveller we had a fantastic holiday, and are looking forward to booking for next year.” For more details on Direct Traveller holidays, please visit the Direct Traveller website.
For many years travellers have been longing for direct flights to north Cyprus. The dream of being able to fly directly to the Northern airport Ercan, has always been a vision for many travellers looking for convenience and bringing down their travelling time to the island. Since late 2003 the borders of North Cyprus and Southern Cyprus opened, and so it led to a natural flow of people travelling from North Cyprus and vice versa. People now visit both sides for multiple days, take holidays, or even day trips for shopping or visiting beaches and attractions. Another benefit of the borders opening was the fact travellers could use Larnaca airport in the South to fly direct from the UK and then travel onward to their desired location in North Cyprus. The direct flight holiday route for Northern Cyprus holidays was born. People now flock to Larnaca airport and travel from their local airport in the UK saving on convenience in the UK, and also wiping off 1/3 of flying time when compared to he flights to Ercan airport.
There is a choice of 17 UK airports, and transfers to Famagusta are only 35minutes, while Kyrenia transfers are equally convenience at 1hour 15 minutes.
|British Airways Larnaca Flights |So have travellers abandoned Ercan airport you might ask… well not quite. A few years ago the collapse of the national airline Cyprus Turkish Airlines meant that there are now only a couple of private carriers flying to Ercan. Flights are mainly from Stansted and one flight from Manchester also exists. The prices have risen over the years, with a few carriers entering the market such as AtlasJet Airlines. Currently scheduled flights to Ercan airport are operated by Pegasus Airlines and Turkish Airlines only. All airlines must touch down in Turkey, with Pegasus Airlines only requiring a touch down on many of their flights and Turkish Airlines requiring you to change aircraft. Flights to Ercan airport are a minimum of 6 hours including the touch downs, while transfers to Kyrenia and Famagusta are approximately 45 minutes. What does that mean for travellers? Well many people are opting for non-stop direct flights to Larnaca airport for their North Cyprus holidays. The sheer fact of lack of capacity for flights in the North is driving up prices, and the convenience factor of shorter and local flights with reputable carriers such as British Airways is an easy decision for many travellers. Going back to when the borders opened, Direct Traveller was the first UK tour operator to offer the direct flight holiday services to travellers. The sheer demand for these holidays along with investment in technology offering the first dynamic packaging holiday experience to north Cyprus meant fast growth and saw Direct Traveller enter the “Sunday Times Fast Track league tables” in 2010 as “#77 fastest growing private company in the UK”, among 2 million private companies. So which option is better for travellers? Well that is for holiday makers to decide. Managing Director of Direct Traveller, Ramadan Ozdemir says: “Even though Direct Traveller pioneered the direct flight route for North Cyprus holidays, we do also offer Ercan airport for our travellers. Our commitment is for flexibility and convenience, along with a high service quality. Both options have their benefits, and with over 110 flights to choose from that can only be decided by our travellers and their requirements” About Direct Traveller holidays to North Cyprus
Direct Traveller is a specialist in Northern Cyprus holidays since 2003 and has been helping people experience perfect holidays that are tailor made to suit their needs. It is for this reason Direct Traveller has become the fastest growing tour operator to Northern Cyprus. There are a two ways that you can have a Northern Cyprus holiday. Either fly direct into Cyprus at Larnaca Airport or via Turkey into Ercan Airport. Direct Traveller is one of the few companies that can provide them both and with a number of airlines. North Cyprus Flights are available from 17 UK regional airports with Direct Traveller.
|AtlasJet Airlines Cabin Crew|Direct Traveller has special relationships with various airlines that fly into Larnaca Airport or Ercan Airport so we are able to provide the best prices and flexibility for your North Cyprus Flights and holidays. Direct Traveller is a leading tour operator to North Cyprus and was the first to offer flights to Larnaca Airport and provide transfers through the border for our customers. You would be hard pushed to find a better deal anywhere else for your Northern Cyprus Flights and holidays. Direct Traveller is a fully bonded ATOL tour operator and voluntary members of ABTA so when you book your holiday through Direct Traveller you are fully financially protected. With our years of experience and great savings on all our North Cyprus Flights, you are sure to have a holiday that exceeds all your expectations. Our website can be found at www.directtraveller.com and here you will find plenty of information about us, the whole range of Northern Cyprus Flights and holidays we have available.
For cheap Northern Cyprus Flights and accommodation to suit your needs and requirements, contact Direct Traveller today on 0844 414 1686 to see how we can help. With attention to detail and a personal service, Direct Traveller stands head and shoulders above the rest. Our competitive prices also ensure excellent value for money is always received by all our customers and we are delighted to say that a great number come back to us year after year.
Direct Traveller is again shortlisted by the British Travel Awards as Best Holiday Company to East and Southeast Europe. Direct Traveller is a specialist tour operator offering tailor-made holidays for over 10 years. Specialist holidays include Northern Cyprus Holidays, Turkey, Oman, Dubai and Sri Lanka Tours. The 2012 winner of the British Travel awards for the same category, Direct Traveller was winner of Best Holiday Company to East and Southeast Europe in the 2012 British Travel Awards. Ramadan Ozdemir, Managing Director says: “We are delighted to once again be nominated for this prestigious award. As winners of 2012 British Travel Awards for the same category, we feel our formula for tailored personal service with value-for-money prices is popular with travellers looking for a quality and memorable holiday experience.”
|2012 British Travel Awards Winner - Direct Traveller|BTA’s chief executive Lorraine Barnes Burton said: “ Direct Traveller is to be congratulated on reaching the finals of the prestigious British Travel Awards. The largest consumer voted awards programme in the UK, The BTAs are designed to reward the best companies in travel, and the winning accolade is the benchmark for excellence when it comes to finding out who really is the best in the business of travel for the UK consumer. Good luck to Direct Traveller!” The next stage sees the shortlisted companies put before the public vote with voting promoted through BTA media partners and through Direct Traveller’s existing database of happy customers for votes! The winners will be the companies with the most votes - in 2012 over one million votes were cast with the voting process and results scrutinized and audited by independent auditors Deloitte LLP. Direct Traveller is one of the prestigious winners of the 2012 British Travel Awards. The winners of the 2013 British Travel Awards will be announced at a glittering ceremony on 31 October at the Battersea Evolution in Battersea Park, London. The British Travel Awards is the largest awards programme in the UK created to reward the best companies in travel. The British Travel Awards are easily the most recognisable of all travel industry accolades amongst consumer and industry professionals alike with categories spanning all types of holiday experience - transport, destination, cruise, customer service, holiday extras, and accommodation. The British Travel Awards symbol is the benchmark for excellence when it comes to finding out who really is the best in the business. To vote at the British Travel Awards and to vote for Direct Traveller visit www.britishtravelawards.com. Direct Traveller holidays are available form 17 UK airports and so local departures are available for convenience. Direct Traveller is a multi award winning tour operator offering authentic holiday destinations. Specialists in North Cyprus holidays, Turkey holidays, Sri Lanka holidays and Oman holidays. Direct Traveller awards include: In 2012 Direct Traveller was awarded by the British Travel Awards as “Best Small Tour Operator to East & Southeast Europe”. In 2012 Direct Traveller was recognised by the North Cyprus Ministry of Tourism for their success in Tourism. The Award was presented by the Minister of Tourism Unal Ustel at an event in London. In 2011 Direct Traveller were awarded by the Sunday Times in the Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 league tables as the 77th fastest growing company in the UK amongst 2 million private companies, across all sectors. The award was presented at Sir Richard Branson’s Oxfordshire home. In 2011 Direct Traveller’s Managing Director was awarded “Turkish Entrepreneur of the Year by Business network. The award was presented by Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP, British Secretary of State for Business. In 2010 Direct Traveller local offices in North Cyprus were awarded the title of Tourism Travel Company of the year for their level of service in the national consumer awards in North Cyprus.
For further Direct Traveller information visit www.directtraveller.com or call 0844 414 3073
For a holiday with all the benefits of a Mediterranean destination without the crowds book Kyrenia Holidays
. Kyrenia is a very picturesque seaside town in Northern Cyprus
offering beautiful coastline and all the charms of a Mediterranean holiday. Kyrenia Holidays are accessible directly into Cyprus
at Larnaca Airport
in Southern Cyprus or via Turkey
into Ercan Airport
has miles of beautiful and breathtaking coastline to the front and a dramatic backdrop of the Five Finger Mountain
range. Kyrenia Holidays
are popular with artists and budding novelists as North Cyprus
has a thrilling history going back to the days of Richard the Lion Heart and Alexander the Great and it is probably one of the most scenic towns in Cyprus
. Kyrenia Holidays provide the perfect base to explore the island with hotels available to suit all budgets and all tastes.
has a good selection of restaurants, lounge bars providing local specialities and traditional food of Northern Cyprus
. There are many places that also offer Turkish dishes as well as Mediterranean
and international cuisine. Majority of Kyrenia
is concentrated around the charming U-shaped harbour with stylish cafes and attractive shops lined up along the harbour.
For those who wish to step bank in time there is so much on offer with two of Cyprus’s crusader castles based in Kyrenia. Kyrenia Castle located by the Venetian harbour gives an imposing presence on the Kyrenia coastline with its high fortress walls. St.Hilarion castle on the other hand is set on the peak of Kyrenia five finger mountains giving it unparalleled views of the island. Breathtaking is an understatement from this viewpoint. St.Hilarion castle was Walt Disney’s inspiration for the palace in “Snow White”.
Bellapais Abbey (Abbaye de la Belle Paix)
known as the abbey of peace in French is also set in the foothills of Kyrenia Mountains, in the village of Bellapais with its 12th
century Lusignan gothic architecture monastery. This is also the place Lawrence Durrell lived and wrote his book “Bitter Lemons”
Miles and miles of sandy coves make for the perfect place to rejuvenate yourself from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. You can while away the hours just lying under the glorious sun that Northern Cyprus holidays
are so well known for. Kyrenia Holidays
are great for those who want to do nothing but relax but that is not all that Kyrenia has to offer. Kyrenia
coastline offers some of the most beautiful scuba diving experience in the Mediterranean
. The oldest shipwreck ever to be found was off the coast of Kyrenia
so try your luck at treasure hunting in the sea. Of course there are many other water sports to take part in if Scuba Diving does not take your fancy.
Why not get in touch with Direct Traveller the leading specialist Tour Operator to North Cyprus and book your Kyrenia Holiday with us. Direct Traveller have knowledgeable staff who can guide you in booking the perfect break for you. Call Direct Traveller on 0844 414 1686 or log onto www.directtraveller.com and find out more on Kyrenia, North Cyprusin general and how to book your holiday.
North Cyprus has over the years become a cosmopolitan destination for beach lovers, and those who love history, amazing food, and relaxing nightlife in a charming setting. What’s the latest development in North Cyprus? Well North Cyprus is seeing an influx of tourists discovering it as the new hot-spot for holidays. Tourists are choosing North Cyprus holidays
over other tourist destinations in South Mediterranean and North Africa. Positioned in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, North Cyprus is an ideal spot for summer holidays and also winter sunshine holidays.
The ideal tourist spot has over the past years seen a controlled development of Lavish 5 star hotels, and also boutique hotels, and family run establishments. 5* hotels have made the area appealing to discerning travellers with affordable luxury North Cyprus holidays
at the forefront of what is on offer.
The amazing luxurious Rocks hotel
on the Venetian Kyrenia harbour has further developed its facilities and now boasts an outdoor lounge popular with couples, and friends whom are looking for an entertaining and quality upmarket night out.
|Cratos Premium Kyrenia|
The Cratos Premium hotel has also opened a couple of years ago with its extravagant lobby and entertainment areas. It boasts its own Port and has a multitude of bars, and restaurants all making it a very popular choice for tourists. Celebrity events are always on the agenda at this hotel, and this has proven to make it one of the must-stay hotels in the Med. Acts such as Gypsy Kings and Anastasia have both given lucky tourists nights to remember.
This year the lavish Palm Beach hotel in Famagusta was also reopened after a long period
of Restoration. It is now a Lavish 5 star hotel, and still offers its high repeat client base an challenged sunset view, not found elsewhere.
With so many improvements in Kyrenia hotels and Famagusta hotels, and their surrounding areas, North Cyprus has become a cosmopolitan destination appealing to not only the British holidaymakers, but now nationalities from all over Europe are trying North Cyprus. North Cyprus was in-fact dubbed the must-visit hot spot of 2013 by Rough Guides, and quite rightly so. For more details on North Cyprus holidays and North Cyprus destination guides, visit Direct Traveller’s destination guide pages.
For Northern Cyprus holidays you will not find better range in price or choice than Direct Traveller. We are a leading specialist tour operator for Northern Cyprus and have arranging package holidays for past 10 years. As an independent tour operator Direct Traveller is able to select flights and accommodation to suit your needs perfectly. Direct Traveller has a whole host of Hotels in Northern Cyprus for you to select from.
|Palm Beach Hotel Famagusta|Direct Traveller
offers a our whole range of products including a full range of hand selected Northern Cyprus hotels
. Browse the website or search the hotel directory to find the right hotel that meet you holiday needs. Direct Traveller directory also provides photos and detailed information regarding each of our Hotels in Northern Cyprus
. Direct Traveller has many different types of North Cyprus hotels
ranging from small boutique style hotels, perfect for those romantic breaks, to large family friendly resort style hotels. Hotels in Northern Cyprus vary in prices also to suit the different size budgets. if you're interest din what you read about North Cyprus, then visit the Direct Traveller North Cyprus Deals
pages for the latest offers.
Majority of Hotels in Northern Cyprus
are located in and around the northern area of the island in a town called Kyrenia. Kyrenia is a seaside town with spectacular views of crystal clears water of the Mediterranean Sea on one side and the rugged Five Finger Mountain range as the backdrop. Kyrenia town is famous for its Venetian harbour with its charming little cafes and restaurants along cobbled streets. It makes for romantic stroll or having a coffee whilst watching the world go by.
Some Hotels in Northern Cyprus
are perfect for beach lovers as the beaches are on their door step like the Denizkizi Hotel
. Other Hotels in Northern Cyprus
like the Oscars Resort Hotel
that has an Aqua Park and a Wave Pool on site to keep children entertained. visit Direct Traveller North Cyprus hotels
pages for a full guide to what is on offer in Northern Cyprus.
Turkey is a perfect holiday destination offering many resorts such as Bodrum, Dalaman, Kalkan, Istanbul, Fethiye etc.
These days, it is not difficult to get a cheap holiday package to Turkey
. It is a destination that caters for everyone, whether you are looking for a luxury 5 star or a small self cateting resort then there will be a holiday package in Turkey that is well within your budget.
Each and every city here in Turkey is unique and wonderful. You, as a tourist, can have the chance to relax and enjoy your holiday. You can go to the best of the best beaches, best of the best historical places, best of the best museums or the best of the best hotels, restaurants etc.
Famous Shop Markets in Istanbul
When you are in Turkey during your Turkey holidays then do not forget to spend your time in one of the best markets here which can let you know a bit about this Turkish land. Here are so many markets which you should visit.
The Grand Bazaar which is very famous here is one of the most beautiful markets here. This bazaar is really one of the biggest bazaars here which was founded by Sultan Mehmet in the year 1701. This bazaar covers some 65 streets. Visitors who come here can find thousands and thousands of shops here. At very corner you can find stalls which seem to attract a lot. Visitors who are looking for wonderful shopping experience during their holidays here should take some time out and spend their time here in the market. You are sure to find anything you desire of.
You can simply be sure of finding anything you would like to take home from this bustling market (And do not forget to capture the images of the seven fountains which are in the bazaar itself).
Another market which can really fascinate you can be the market which is a bit nearer to Blue Mosque. When you are in Istanbul and when you visit blue mosque then please, do not forget to visit this market area as well which is known to be Handicraft Center. Visitors can find in this indoor market a lot many things. If you are looking for any type of handmade ceramics or if you are looking for any handicrafts then it is necessary that you come to this indoor market and get what you are looking for or what you plan to take back to your home land for yourself or your family, friends etc. You can find so many things which you can present to your family members, friends, colleagues too. You can find here anything from a hand painted baby doll to any beautiful but typically Turkish Anatolian dolls. You can really pick up something unique here.
There can be plenty of food markets too in any of the city you visit in Turkey for your wonderful Turkey holidays. If you are a foodie then you can find so many hotels or restaurants here which serve typically Turkish food
plus any type of food you would like to take. Do not forget to visit Egyptian Spice Bazaar which is in fact one of the oldest markets here in this country, Turkey.
Carsi Market in Marmaris
Those who are looking for jewelry can prefer to come to Carsi Market in Marmaris. This is really one of the biggest markets here where you can find around 200 stalls. You can find jewelry of your type plus a chance to find the best clothes for you. This is really one of the famous markets. Sundays are always very busy. If you are serious about buying something from here then it is really good that you come in between Monday to Saturday. You can perhaps have the chance to haggle over the prices with the locals here but if you come here on Sunday then maybe you will not get a chance to haggle over prices.
For those among us who’ve have ‘gone travelling’, the concept of taking in multiple destinations over the course of one trip is nothing new. Without it the point of travelling would be baseless. Indeed, the traveller would scoff at the mere thought of restricting themselves to dual destinations. I have no definitive idea, but I imagine a sojourn of two or three months in travelling terms might typically yield anything upwards of 20 ‘centres’. But the point of the twin or multi centre holiday is not to emulate the liberation or adventure of going travelling (when you’re dealing in days and weeks, who has time to gamble with rats and cockroaches?) but to merely add a second dimension to your temporal budget. Looked at it this way, the twin centre holiday
isn’t as extravagant or frivolous as it might at first seem.
For starters, the twin centre holiday
depends on establishing either a geographical or logistical common ground, and often both. This is to say, if it is to make any financial sense – giving up a chunk of time and blowing out that second annual trip abroad so many of us have become accustomed to – then the countries that one “twins” have to have something that obviously binds them: normally a physical proximity, but it could also come down to a shared airline or tour operator who can put together a package that works.
How to choose your twin centre stay
| ||Having said all that, to match like for like almost defeats the whole object; after all, twin holidays ask that you give up the best part of the day to make the transfer – time that could be spent lying on the beach, strolling around town or, at the very least, stuck in the hotel bar. The “twins” need their own distinct personalities to make it worth your while. The whole idea is to include countries one genuinely finds appealing – killing two birds with the proverbial singular stone – not tack another country on to your holiday for the sake of doing so; that would be extravagant and frivolous. |
One particular combination that has been proving popular lately is the pairing of Turkey
and North Cyprus
. You can see why: geographically they’re little more than 100km apart, and they share the same language, currency and climate. So if you’re partial to the weather in one you’re bound to like it in the other – same with the food, more or less – and you won’t have to suffer the hassle of doubling up on your currency. Ostensibly, they might seem almost too
close and too
similar, but they can actually fulfil two very separate roles.
Firstly, there’s the small matter of Istanbul
, a city not just markedly different to the rest of Europe but completely at odds with most of Turkey too. In fact, if you like culture on a grand scale and plenty of things to see and do – maybe with a bit of night-life thrown in for good measure – then there’s not going to be any conflict of interest whatsoever, because Northern Cyprus just can’t compete on this level. If, on the other hand, you’re all about sitting in the sun, preferably on a sandy beach with a deep-blue sea spread out in front of you, then you might have to plan a little more carefully.
Still, Turkey has this all covered – and more. It’s got almost everything, in fact. It has the modern, sprawling metropolis, family-orientated coastal resorts, it’s got the beach and bar thing going on, and it has ancient ruins – proper ruins too, dating back to pre-Roman times. It even offers an impressive side-line in eccentricity: Cappadocian Fairy Chimneys, for example, or ancient monasteries built into the side of steep cliffs.
| ||So where does North Cyprus fit into all this? Why not just split your time between, say, Istanbul and Oludeniz? The first reason that comes to mind is because that’s what everybody else is doing. Most tourists don’t give North Cyprus a second thought. Most people assume it’s just the northern half of Cyprus, without realising that the people who live there, and their Turkish cousins, recognise it as a separate country entirely. This is why you don’t have to worry about an ever-strengthening Euro – or a continually weakening Pound – and can just stock up on Turkish Lira instead, which exchanges more favourably. |
More importantly, though, there’s still something of the ‘untouched’ about North Cyprus, which can’t be said about Turkey any more. And it’s more manageable: there are beaches to rival those in Turkey, and mountains inland just as picturesque; the harbour towns have character, and there’s a degree of nightlife if you want it (although not of the kind you’d expect to find in some of Turkey’s more bloated resorts) – and you can have it all because everything is within easy driving distance of each other.
North Cyprus, then, can be seen as either a state of recovery or of preparation. Whatever the geographic and climatic similarities, the tourist will find a very different ambience in Northern Cyprus than they will in Turkey. And this is what the twin holiday is all about. It’s not about slumming it so you can turn a country or a continent inside out. Nor is it about constantly being on the move, stopping for a night here or a day there – that’s what pleasure cruises are for. It’s about economy: economy of time and economy of money, and of off-setting one experience against the other to create a holiday that serves a dual purpose. And maybe you’ll end up somewhere that you’d only previously given cursory consideration, and it might actually end up being the favourite half of your holiday.
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A symbol of how Cyprus has changed over recent years in terms of agriculture and transport is most certainly the donkey. A traditional way for farmers and families to take goods around the island due to their durability, hardy nature and immense strength, donkeys have been used for hundreds of years in place of horses for their brute strength but since tractors and lorries have become common replacements, the Cypriot donkeys have been unfettered from their lives of labour. Walking around coastal areas of the Karpas peninsula it’s easy to find them rambling through scrub, hunting for a snack. They vary in colours from brown to grey and black, and although it’s easy to consider them as adorable and sweet animals, appearances are most certainly deceiving as the nature of the donkeys are anything but. Curious and largely unafraid of humans, the donkeys are bad tempered and tolerate very little in the way of interference, so if you’re travelling with children or those who don’t know better, make sure to advise them away from touching or approaching the animals. However, as they live on the far reaches of the peninsula, it’s uncommon to come across one without fair warning of a long distance sighting, and there’s no worry of stumbling across one and unknowingly irritating it. Despite their temperament, the donkeys are still a classic symbol of ancient Cypriot life and (as long as you’re at a fair distance) are pretty delightful to watch roaming around. Although their numbers have dwindled, and they create an annoyance for farmers with their foraging natures, they are undoubtedly a heart warming sight and if you’re passing through the peninsula a spot of donkey watching is a must for animal lovers.
I find ghost towns fascinating in the way that they can be time capsules to the past, and also a creepy reminder of how the world would look if we were to just suddenly disappear.
Kaya village, also known as Kaykoy is 8km south of the Fethiye region in Turkey. It has been deserted since 1923, after a population exchange agreement between the Turkish and Greek governments. Now the village is an interesting destination for tourists to visit, considered a ‘museum village’, with snacks and drinks available for those looking to spend the most part of a day here exploring.
?Much of the scenery is still untouched and in ruins, though some of the houses have been restored. The two Greek Orthodox Churches in particular are highlights to see, along with a fountain source from the 17th Century. It has since been adopted as a world friendship and peace village of UNESCO. You’ll find some magnificent views surrounding the area too, with the Greek island of Rhodes being visible on a clear day.
A little side fact about Kaya is that it is thought to be the basis for the fictional village of Eskibahçe, which author Louis de Bernieres used for his novel ‘Birds without Wings’. If you’re in the Fethiye or Oludeniz area then this is a great day trip idea, with a somewhat haunting and lonesome atmosphere that creates a strong historical presence.
The International Bellapais Music Festival is one of the best known music festivals in North Cyprus, and has been running since 1996. It is hosted annually in Bellapais Abbey, which is near to the Kyrenia region. This setting provides beautiful gothic architecture as scenery that perfectly emphasises the grandeur and sweeping clarity of classical music. The abbey also brings to life an atmosphere of the past and present, providing an experience that is full of enlightening spirit.
Festivals are all about bringing people together, and every May/June the Bellapais does just that through gathering some of the most talented classical musicians from around the world. It is not just about promoting the North Cyprus culture, but about becoming grounds upon which there can be an inspiring collaboration of joint passion for music and art. You’ll find staged classical performances along with modern concerts, jazz, piano recitals and brass performances also. Seeing some of these amid such incredible nature and architecture gives a festival experience like no other.
If you'd like to find out more about the festival you can visit their website here.
What to pack?
You might find that this post is kind of stating the obvious, and I guess you could be right. Though if you’re anything like me (one of those last minute “it’ll be fiiiiine, I’ll pack in the morning before we go!” types) then this might actually be useful!
North Cyprus is pretty much your standard beach resort in terms of which essentials to bring. Let’s start with the big one: Sun cream. I know, I know, I’m sure you’ve already thought of this, but just a reminder that North Cyprus can get extremely warm, especially in the midst of the peak summer months. Besides, the Aloe Vera lathered lobster look is never a comfortable one!
Similarly to the above, a hat and sunglasses are good essentials for keeping the rays at bay and staying comfortable in the heat.
Whilst you may just be planning on staying beach/poolside for your holiday, North Cyprus has many exciting activities on offer if you change your mind and feel like doing something a little different. Mountain hikes in particular are popular, especially around the Kyrenia mountain range. For this reason a good pair of walking boots/shoes would be advisable. These will also come in handy if you’re planning to explore the many historical sites such as the Salamis ruins.
Scuba diving and snorkelling are extremely popular, and even if you’re not planning on doing either of these things be prepared that when you’re faced with the crystalline waters of North Cyprus, their waves winking reflections of sun, you might be swayed to change your mind! Whilst there are rental services available for this equipment, you may still want to come prepared.
A camera is definitely advisable. With such an abundance of beautiful scenery and fascinating historical sites, you’ll find plenty of picture-worthy moments (that you can also use to make friends and family back home jealous when you do the obligatory photo album share!)
Lastly, North Cyprus is a wonderful location for driving around, with so much vast landscape that is scattered with history and beautiful Mediterranean nature. Just make sure you remember to bring your driving licence if planning to rent a car.
I’ll leave it there I think. Perhaps mentioning a reminder about clothes and money is a little too obvious.
Direct Traveller is proud to announce that it has won the British Travel Award (BTA) for being the Best Small Tour Operator to East & Southeast Europe.
At a glamorous ceremony held on the 1st of November, the multi-award winning North Cyprus tour operator, Direct Traveller was recognised for its quality service through winning a prestigious British Travel Award!
Managing Director Ramadan Ozdemir has responded with:
“An amazing night, with an exciting result! Thanks to everyone for voting and everyone at Direct Traveller for their hard work! We are proud to be recognised for our level of service by the British public, and hold our place at such a key industry event” The BTA’s are the largest consumer voted awards programme in the UK. More than one million votes were cast this year, and competitors included well known travel companies such as Thomas Cook and Abercrombie & Kent.
For each of the seventy-five categories, nominees must first be approved by a panel of industry insiders before facing the public vote. The outcome is not only judged by customers though, but also must be confirmed and audited by Deloitte LLP. BTA chief executive, Lorraine Barnes Burton has said of the award: “It is a benchmark for excellence when it comes to finding out who really is the best in the business of travel for the UK consumer.”
The BTA logo is one that is recognisable as reassurance of quality and professionalism. This acknowledgement emphasises Direct Traveller’s trustworthy image for ensuring the comfort and safety of travellers, as well as reflecting the company’s high levels of customer satisfaction.
This wonderful achievement also coincides with Direct Traveller’s approaching 10th year anniversary, illuminating how far the company has come with much hard work. Winning a British Travel Award marks the start of many more exciting developments to come!