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North Cyprus Holidays – a comprehensive guide

Your must-read guide before you go on holiday...

So what’s it like going to North Cyprus for a holiday?

North Cyprus is truly the hidden gem in the Mediterranean; lush unspoilt landscapes, coupled with friendly locals, lots to do and great places to stay, ensure you’ll have a holiday you will never forget.

Why North Cyprus – North or South?

North Cyprus is not part of the EU, and is primarily Turkish, using the Turkish Lira currency. Unlike South Cyprus, there are no big international business chains in the north, just local businesses and friendly people. North Cyprus is also quieter and more unspoilt than the south, yet still lively enough for those who want to go out on the town in the evenings.

Where is North Cyprus?

North Cyprus is just below Turkey on a map, adjoined with South Cyprus, in the Mediterranean Sea.

cyprus aerial view map 

Is North Cyprus in Europe?

Although North Cyprus is geographically part of Europe, the TRNC (Cyprus, Turkey side) is not yet part of the European Union (EU). South Cyprus (Cyprus, Greek side) is part of the EU.

Is North Cyprus part of Turkey?

North Cyprus is situated below Turkey on the map, and is also known as the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) or KKTC in the Turkish language. The main language spoken in North Cyprus is Turkish, however most people also speak English.

How to travel to North Cyprus

How do I get to North Cyprus?

You can fly from over 18 different airports in the UK to either Larnaca airport in South Cyprus and get a transfer to North Cyprus, or fly to Ercan airport in North Cyprus and either hire a car or we will transfer you to your hotel or villa.

Can you get direct flights to North Cyprus?

You can fly from these airports in the UK to Ercan Airport in North Cyprus*:

  • Stansted
  • Heathrow
  • Gatwick
  • Birmingham
  • Manchester
  • Edinburgh
  • Dublin

Flights to North Cyprus are via a short touchdown in Turkey, usually Istanbul.

North Cyprus holidays via Larnaca

You can fly from these airports in the UK direct to Larnaca Airport in South Cyprus*:

  • Stansted
  • Heathrow
  • Gatwick
  • Luton
  • Birmingham
  • Manchester
  • Edinburgh
  • Glasgow
  • Doncaster
  • East Midlands
  • Leeds Bradford
  • Liverpool
  • Newcastle
  • Bournemouth
  • Bristol
  • Cardiff
  • Exeter
  • Belfast

*subject to summer/winter schedules.

Do I need a tourist visa to travel to Northern Cyprus?

If you have a British passport, you do not need a visa to travel to North Cyprus, however you should ensure you have at least 6 months remaining on your passport before it expires.

You must ensure that you are in possession of a full and valid passport/visa for travel, as this is your responsibility. If you are travelling into Larnaca (LCA) this is in Southern Cyprus, if you are travelling into Ercan (ECN) this is in Northern Cyprus, which could have different immigration requirements for non-UK passport holders. Check with us before you travel.

North Cyprus Holidays All Inclusive

Another question we get asked a lot is “what all inclusive holidays are there in North Cyprus?”. Ideal for families, our all inclusive North Cyprus holidays include these hotels;

  • 5* Limak Cyprus Deluxe Hotel
  • 5* Merit Crystal Cove Hotel
  • 5* Salamis Bay Conti Resort
  • 4* Merit Cyprus Gardens Holiday Village

For the best all inclusive special offers in North Cyprus, you can check out our Deals page, which has all the latest North Cyprus deals and special offers from Cyprus Paradise.

What Resorts are in North Cyprus?

Kyrenia vs Famagusta

As we offer such a wide range of hotels, our Kyrenia holidays and holidays in Famagusta offer so much choice, from 3* family run hotels to 5* luxury resorts. Kyrenia holidays are the best of both worlds, quiet enough for some relaxation, yet lively enough to go out and enjoy yourself when you want to. Kyrenia also has plenty to do for families and couples, with lots of interesting places to go and things to do. Famagusta on the other hand, is ideal if you want a relaxing beach holiday, or are interested in a lot of historical sightseeing. It is a lot quieter than Kyrenia, however venture into the city and you will still find plenty of small restaurants and bars to keep you entertained in the evenings.

A hand-picked selection of some of our popular Kyrenia hotels include;

  • 4* Pia Bella Hotel
  • 5* Acapulco Beach and Spa Resort
  • 5* Salamis Bay Conti Resort
  • 5* Korineum Golf Resort

Some of our most relaxing Famagusta hotels are;

  • 5* Limak Cyprus Deluxe Hotel 
  • 3* Long Beach Resort 
  • 5* Arkin Palm Beach Hotel
  • 3* Oscar Park Hotel
North Cyprus holidays

North Cyprus holidays

What is the Weather Like in North Cyprus?

Rather than give you a general run down of the weather in North Cyprus, we’ve broken it up into months, so that you can see the ideal months to book your holiday with Cyprus Paradise:

Holiday weather in North Cyprus in January

A winter holiday in January in North Cyprus is perfect for those looking for a bit of winter sunshine, with on average 5 hours of sun per day. High temperatures in January in Northern Cyprus average about 14C and lows around 5C at night.

North Cyprus weather February

Holidays in North Cyprus in February average around 6 hours of sunshine a day, with high temperatures around 15C and low temperatures of approximately 5C.

Temperature in Northern Cyprus in March

A March holiday in North Cyprus offers around 7 hours of sunshine a day, with temperatures up to 18C and low temperatures around 7C.

Weather in Cyprus in April

Easter holidays in North Cyprus offer some nice temperatures, with the high temperature averaging 22C and lows of 9C at night. Expect up to 9 hours of sunshine a day.

North Cyprus holidays in May

May is the perfect time to visit North Cyprus for those who don’t like it too hot. High temperatures of 28C make it the perfect time to enjoy the sun, with lows of 14C and around 10 hours of sunshine a day.

June weather in Northern Cyprus

June is also a lovely time to enjoy a holiday in North Cyprus, with 12 hours of sunshine a day and high temperatures of 33C and lows of 19C at night.

What is the weather like in North Cyprus in July?

Summer holidays in North Cyprus mean one thing, hot, hot, hot! July sees temperatures of around 36C during the day, down to 21C at night, with a lovely 12 hours of sunshine a day.

Weather in North Cyprus August

August sees similar temperatures to July, with the average temperature during the day in North Cyprus reaching 34C and lows around 21C at night. With an average of 12 hours of sun a day.

North Cyprus weather September

September is a popular month for North Cyprus holidays, with temperatures around 31C in the day (dropping to around 26C towards the end of the month) and lows of 18C at night. Expect around 10 hours of sunshine a day.

North Cyprus temperatures in October

October is another popular month in North Cyprus for a holiday, with many couples choosing to stay here as the temperatures are a comfortable 26C in the day and 14C at night. An average of 8 hours sunshine a day, make October a great month to visit.

Holidays in Northern Cyprus in November

November North Cyprus holidays offer temperatures of around 21C during the day and 10C at night. With around 7 hours of sunshine a day, North Cyprus is ideal for a getaway as the UK cools down.

North Cyprus winter holidays in December

Christmas holidays in North Cyprus offer much warmer temperatures than the UK, with averages during the day of 16C and 7C at night. There’s around 5 hours of sunshine a day.

Bellapais Abbey is one of our must-visit places to go

Bellapais Abbey is one of our must-visit places to go

Places to Go in North Cyprus

Our articles offer some more insight into the excellent historical sites and things to do in North Cyprus, but some of the must-visit places include;

  • Kyrenia Harbour – Even if you just visit for a stroll around, Kyrenia Harbour is a great place to relax, enjoy some traditional cuisine or a cold beverage and watch the world go by. Read more....
  • Famagusta Walled City – Steeped in history, Famagusta City is full of interesting streets, places of historical interest and small shops and restaurants to visit. Read more...
  • Salamis Ruins – One of the best tourist attractions in the North of Cyprus, Salamis Ruins, is an ancient Roman city just north of Famagusta. Read more...
  • Bellapais Abbey – This old 13th Century abbey still hosts concerts and events and is truly an amazing sight. Bellapais Village also offers lovely taverns and restaurants and spectacular views of Kyrenia. Read more...
  • Karpaz Peninsula – Also known as the panhandle, the Karpaz Peninsula is well worth a visit while you are in North Cyprus. See wild donkeys and amazing flowers and landscapes. Read more...

There are plenty more tourist attractions in North Cyprus, things to do for families and couples alike. Some of the best tourist attractions in the north include;

  • Turtle watching
  • Mountain castles
  • Scuba diving
  • Fishing villages

Our video below shows the magnificent Bellapais Abbey in all its glory, with the Bellapais Festival concert live with Cyprus Paradise:


What Currency Used In North Cyprus?

The currency used in North Cyprus is the Turkish Lira (TL). Exchange your money at one of the Exchange Bureau when you get here for the best rates.

Are Euros Accepted In Northern Cyprus?

Euros, Pounds Stirling and US Dollars are also generally accepted as well as the Turkish Lira in North Cyprus. There are many currency exchange shops in case you need to change your money from £ to TL.

What Is The Time In North Cyprus?

The time difference between North Cyprus and the UK is 2 hours. North Cyprus is two hours ahead of the UK, so if it is 2pm in the UK, it will be 4pm in North Cyprus.

What Language Do They Speak In North Cyprus?

The official language of North Cyprus is Turkish, although many people speak English and some speak Russian and German as well.

What Type Of Electrical Plug Is Used In Northern Cyprus?

North Cyprus uses the same type of plug as in the UK, the 3 pin plug. Generally, you won't need a travel adaptor to travel to North Cyprus, as your mobile phone charger, hairdryer etc will be the same plug type. Check with your holiday advisor before you travel.

Pide Bread which is a type of Turkish Pizza

Pide Bread which is a type of Turkish Pizza

What Food Do They Eat in North Cyprus?

North Cyprus cuisine is varied and delicious, ranging from tasty fish dishes to succulent meats. Some of the food to try on your North Cyprus holiday includes;

  • Lahmacun – a type of thin Cypriot pizza
  • Shish Kebap – a delicious skewer of marinated lamb
  • Mousaka – layers of mince, potatoes and aubergine baked in the oven
  • Turkish Meze – a variety of small appetisers including salads, meats and vegetable dishes

Eating out in North Cyprus couldn't be easier, with a plethora of restaurants and taverns to choose from. Experience traditional Cypriot cuisine, or indulge in your favourite international dishes, ranging from Asian to British to Indian, there is something for every palate. 

Watching the baby turtles hatch is a truly amazing experience

Watching the baby turtles hatch is a truly amazing experience

Experiences and Culture

Things to do on your North Cyprus holiday include;

  • Scuba diving – North Cyprus has an abundance of underwater wildlife and great places to dive
  • Turtle watching – watch the mother turtle come to lay her eggs at night or the baby turtles hatch – an amazing experience!
  • Cyprus night – experience true Cypriot hospitality, cuisine and entertainment at a Cyprus night
  • Sandy beaches – experience the tranquillity of walking along an unspoilt, uncrowded beach at Golden Sands in the Karpaz

Ready to Book Now?

Booking your North Cyprus holiday with Cyprus Paradise couldn't be easier, just search the hotel you would like to book on our search engine on the home page, give us a call on the number at the top of the page, or contact us via the Live Chat link at the bottom right hand side of each page. Remember, we are fully ATOL protected and have been taking holidaymakers to North Cyprus for over 26 years. Have a look at our latest special offers to North Cyprus. 

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