In this North Cyprus essential information area Direct Traveller has composed all the essential information needed for your holiday in North Cyprus. Essential Information on North Cyprus language, North Cyprus currency, North Cyprus food, North Cyprus weather, North Cyprus activities and a lot more things that you may need for your holiday in North Cyprus are presented here for your convenience.
There are plenty of unusual festivals that happen in North Cyprus each year, and these can sometimes help you to plan the time of year you want to visit.
Here is a list of some of the events you might be interested in attending.
January - 1st - New Year's Day - 24th - Mawlid Al Nabi (Birth of the prophet Mohammed)
March - Karpaz Tulip Festival - European Film Festival - Famagusta Photography and film festival
April - 23rd - Children's Day
May - 1st - Labour Day
19th - Youth and Sports Day - Bellapais Music Festival - Bellapais Silk Cocoon Festival
June - Bellapais Music Festival - Guzelyurt Orange Festival - Walnut Festival
July - 5th-12th International Iskele Folk Dancing Festival
9th - Beginning of Ramadan
20th - Peace and Freedom Day - Famagusta Culture and Art Festival - Guzelyurt Orange Festival - Miss North Cyprus Beauty Pageant
August - 1st - Social resistance day
7th - End of Ramadan
8th - Eid al-Fitr
30th - Victory Day - International Cyprus Theatre Festival - Karpaz Grape Festival - Halloumi Festival September - International Cyprus Theatre Festival - Halloumi Festival
15th - Eid al-Adha
29th - Turkish Republic Day - North Cyprus Olive Festival
November - 15th - Northern Cyprus Republic Day December - Kyrenia Jazz Festival
Beaches in North Cyprus range from small sandy coves that are seemingly untouched by tourists to large popular golden stretches that hundreds of people flock to every day. There is a great range of water sports and beach activities, with the largest concentration available in Kyrenia and Famagusta, although kite surfing is also popular in Guzelyurt. The fantastic weather also means that the sea is constantly warm and always seems inviting for a swim.
There are many beaches around the Karpaz peninsula and Guzelyurt Bay, though tourists should be cautious of these at certain times of year as they are hatching grounds for the rare loggerhead turtles. This does of course also mean that visitors can experience the once in a life time moment of seeing new born turtles struggling out of their shell and fighting to get into the sea. Many hotels have private beaches although there are also public ones for people who aren't staying in beach front properties. Glapsides Beach, which is north of Famagusta is perfect for water sport enthusiasts, while the Karpaz Golden Beach is supposedly the birth place of Aphrodite, a goddess who would have nothing less than the islands most beautiful beach as her first vision of the world.
Climate and weather
North Cyprus has a typical Mediterranean climate, with very warm summers that average around 30 degrees Celsius in July and August. You'll find that from April to June the nature comes to life best, with exotic flowers in bloom and plenty of sun, while September and October are popular visiting times due to the weather cooling down a bit so that you can still catch the sun, but without such an intense humidity. As in most places, January tends to be coldest in North Cyprus, though sunshine can still sometimes be prominent through even the winter months. Weather Chart for North Cyprus The climate in North Cyprus is typically Mediterranean, with intensely warm summers, in particular during the months of July and August. The climate stays warm with sunshine throughout the most part of the year, though is slightly cooler with occasional rain fall around winter.
Emergency Contact Numbers
Here's a list of important emergency contact numbers for North Cyprus. Note also that if in need of any help whilst abroad your representatives can always help you to contact the right services and aid you in solving any issues.
Police Emergency: 155 General Directory: 228 34 11
Kyrenia: 815 2125 Nicosia: 288 3311 Famagusta: 366 53 10 Guzelyurt: 714 2140
Fire Emergency: 199 Forest Fires Hotline: 177
Kyrenia: 815 2111 Nicosia: 227 1259 Famagusta: 366 5389 Guzelyurt: 714 2200
Ambulance Emergency: 112 Hospitals Kyrenia: 815 2266/ 815 2254
Nicosia: 228 5441 Famagusta: 366 2876/ 366 5328 Guzelyurt: 714 2125
North Cyprus Background
The regions within North Cyprus have such a rich history it's no wonder that the culture is influenced by and marked from multiple periods, countries and civilisations. From the modern Turkish influence in the language, money and food to the Roman remains and tombs as well as Byzantine castles, Venetian churches and Ottoman mosques, North Cyprus is a patchwork of historical wonders combined to create a very unique country. Almost every important empire to have passed through Cyprus has left a mark on it over thousands of years and yet in the modern there are still many areas that maintain a natural and untouched allure that draws people from all over the world every year.
Even though a large number of Turkish people are taught English at school, much like we often learn French or Spanish, their knowledge might be quite limited (as our French or Spanish might be).
So to make it easier for you with basic requests and enquiries, why not learn a few simple Turkish words and phrases?
English Turkish Pronunciation
Hello Merhaba MEHR-Ha-Bah
What Is Your Name Adiniz Ne Ah-Duh-Nuz Neh
My Name Is Adim Ah-Dum
How Are You Nasilsiniz Nah-Suhl-Suh-Nuz
I'm Fine Thank You Iyiyim Tesekkur Ederim Ee-Yee-Yim Tesh-Ek-Kewr Eh-Der-Eem
Where Is The/A Nerede Neh-Red-Eh
Bus Station Otogar Oh-Toh-Gar
Toilet Tuvalet Too-Vah-Let
Airport Havaalani Hav-Ah-Ah-Lah-Nuh
Water Su Soo
Left -Sol Soul
Straight Ahead Dogru Doh-Roo
North Cyprus Local Life
The people of North Cyprus are known for their hospitality; the sort of people who will invite you to dinner at their house and happily sit and talk to you for hours after meeting you for only a few minutes. The sort of locals who will go out of their way to accommodate for you and your family, and do everything within their power to please their guests, including serving seemingly never ending plates of food! They are naturally laid back and casual people, with a somewhat strict and old fashioned set of ideals on public behaviour (no passionate kissing or prolonged hugging). The locals are proud and generous people and it's partly because of them that North Cyprus has the charming environment that it does.
Passports and Visas
British citizens must make sure that they have at least 6 months left until their passport expires upon entry into North Cyprus. You will not require a visa if you are from any European Union country, or the following: Turkey, USA, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Israel, Switzerland, Singapore, Iceland, Norway, Australia and New Zealand. Those from anywhere else can check their passport and visa requirements with the nearest embassy, or the representative offices in North Cyprus. If you don't want your passport stamped on arrival then you can fill out a form for a visa that can be stamped instead. If you want to ask a question about applying or to find out more information about visa requirements for any of our destinations, Direct Traveller would recommend contacting their UK based tourist agency. For any assistance with your passport, visa, or any other issues that you might face while abroad there are the North Cyprus representative offices.
Through its representative offices, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus keeps in contact with other countries around the world, serving de facto embassies and consulates. This not only helps to maintain secure international relations but means that tourists can feel secure through being represented whilst abroad. It is through these offices that any visa and passport issues can be handled along with legal problems or help provided in giving just general tourist information. Turkey manages the North Cyprus representative offices, with the Ankara Embassy of the TRNC. Worldwide representative offices are in the following places:
Canada, Antalya (honorary consulate), Mersin (consulate) , France (honorary representative office), London representative office, USA Washington representative office, British high commission office, Italy, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, USA New York representative office, Canada, Pakistan (Islamabad), Germany, Austria, Australia, Istanbul consulate general, Azerbaijan, Belgium, China, Switzerland,
The above are made up of honorary representatives and representative offices.