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North Cyprus Holidays – a comprehensive guide
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.
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.
North Cyprus is just below Turkey on a map, adjoined with South Cyprus, in the Mediterranean Sea.
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.
North Cyprus is situated below Turkey on the map, and is also known as the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) or KKTC in Turkish language. The main language spoken in North Cyprus is Turkish.
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.
You can fly from these airports in the UK to Ercan Airport in North Cyprus*:
Flights to North Cyprus are via a touchdown in Turkey, usually Istanbul.
You can fly from these airports in the UK direct to Larnaca Airport in South Cyprus*:
*subject to summer/winter schedules.
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.
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;
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;
Some of our most relaxing Famagusta hotels are;
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.
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;
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;
Our video below shows the magnificent Bellapais Abbey in all its glory, with the Bellapais Festival concert live with Cyprus Paradise:
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.
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.
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.
The official language of North Cyprus is Turkish, although many people speak English and some speak Russian and German as well.
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.
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;
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.
Things to do on your North Cyprus holiday include;
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 25 years. Have a look at our latest special offers to North Cyprus.
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