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Family Activities in North Cyprus

North Cyprus offers plenty of fun family-friendly activities and things to do, whether you are travelling with toddlers or older children, they will never be bored!

Something for all the family to enjoy

Family friendly activities in North Cyprus

Enjoy the Beach

North Cyprus has some of the cleanest waters in Europe, so the beaches are an amazing place to spend the day. Younger children can enjoy building sandcastles, finding interesting shells and paddling, whilst older children can explore the rock pools and do some snorkelling, as there's a whole world of colourful underwater life to discover in the clear blue waters. Pack a picnic, bring some beach games, and let the kids play in the sand while you relax and soak up the sun. Alagadi Beach, Escape Beach and Acapulco Beach are some of the best options for families with children.


Escape Beach & Denizkizi Beach in Alasancak and Mehmetcik Bafra beach are famous for their watersports. From banana boat rides to surfing, jet skiing, kite surfing, pedalos, parasailing, diving, canoeing and snorkelling, there are water sports and activities for all ages to enjoy. Check with your hotel or Holiday Representative which beaches are offering water sports, as some hotels also offer their own services, and these may change depending on the season.

Dive into Aqua Park​

With fun-filled slides, flumes, and huge swimming pools, the Acapulco Beach and Spa Resort Hotel near Catalkoy offers one of the best aqua parks in Cyprus. Featuring 24 colourful waterslides, exciting water chutes, and water guns, plus 3 amazing outdoor pools, this is a fun day out for all the family. There is a small entrance fee to pay if you are not staying at the hotel, but this gives you access to the whole park, including the Luna Park funfair.​

Turtle Watching

Make your family holiday unforgettable by swimming alongside majestic turtles at Alagadi Beach near Esentepe. This once-in-a-lifetime experience will leave a lasting impression on everyone. Also, you can join the turtle tours held at night (usually all night long) and offer the chance to see the huge Caretta or Loggerhead turtles during the nest.

Nature Walk

North Cyprus has so much nature to discover. Take children on one of the various walking trails available, or even just explore the local area. They will be fascinated by the different animals to be found, including chameleons, lizards, cicadas and geckos. There are plenty of flowers to discover too which they will probably have never seen, such as the pretty bee orchid. Make a day of it and see how many new things they can discover!

Feed Karpaz Donkeys

The Karpaz Peninsula is a remote and unspoiled area of North Cyprus that is perfect for families who love nature. Here, you can spot wild donkeys and sea turtles, and enjoy the unspoiled beaches. The drive up to the Donkey Sanctuary on the tip of the Karpaz Peninsula is well worth the "are we there yet", as when you get there, the children will love feeding the friendly and tame wild donkeys, as well as the amazing views along the drive. Just don't forget the carrots!

Explore the History

North Cyprus is rich in history, and there are plenty of historical sites to explore. With several amazing castles to choose from, kids will love exploring all the different areas, even if they are not really interested in history. Kyrenia Castle features a shipwreck dating back to 300 BC, offering amazing views across the island.These sites offer a fascinating insight into Cyprus's past and are sure to capture the imaginations of both kids and adults.

Discover Salamis

One of the most popular activities for kids in Famagusta is visiting the ancient city of Salamis. Imagine walking through the ruins and pretending to be a Roman emperor! The mosaics and artefacts are also a great way to learn about the past in a fun and interactive way. And don't forget to take a family photo in front of the ancient theatre!

Experience Karting

Would you like to take a whizz around a track with the whole family? Karting fans might be happy to learn that North Cyprus is home to some great tracks to race on. Zet Karting is an organisation located in Nicosia, the carts can be rented along with helmets. There is also a café and a place to eat or snack while you watch the racers whizz by. There is also a Max Power Go-kart which can be found in Famagusta to name a few. It makes for a great fun experience for adrenaline seekers!

Stay Active

The majority of the hotels in Northern Cyprus offer sports facilities, including football pitches, tennis, volleyball, basketball, water aerobics, or classes and day trips for other activities such as horse riding or go-karting. Just ask at Reception, or enquire with your Holiday Representative when booking your holiday. Also, there are some hotels offering retreat packages including yoga and pilates.

Visit the Fairs

There are many fun fairgrounds to visit dotted around the island where you can hover around on aeroplanes, take a ride on bumpy rides or tuck into some fluffy candy floss. Some ones to note are one found in Kyrenia near the Acapulco Beach & Spa Resort and also one near Famagusta. The fairgrounds also often offer many different street foods for the whole family to enjoy, such as Doner kebabs and sweet corn in a cup.

Family Holiday Deals

Ready to plan your next family adventure? Our unbeatable family holiday deals include return flights, hotel accommodation, local transfers, and full ATOL protection, ensuring your peace of mind. The best part is, kids stay free! You only have to pay for their flights, making it easier to plan your next family holiday. Take advantage of our low deposit option and start planning your next family adventure today.

Chill at your Hotel

Many of the North Cyprus hotels offer entertainment and activities specifically for different age groups of children, from infants to older teenagers, allowing adults a well-earned rest. From animation shows, water games, play parks, and kids' entertainment, to just enjoying the hotel's swimming pool, sometimes you crave nothing more than a day spent lazing by the pool with your chilled cocktail in your hand.

Go on a Family Hike

North Cyprus is home to some stunning hiking trails that are suitable for families. Some of the popular trails include the Kyrenia Mountain Trail and the Buffavento Castle Trail. These trails offer breathtaking views of the countryside and are a great way to spend quality time with your family while staying active.

Do Water Sports

Many beaches on the island provide fun water sports and activities for all ages to enjoy. From banana boat rides to surfing, jet skiing, kite surfing, pedalling, parasailing, diving, canoeing, and snorkelling. Check with your hotel or Holiday Representative which beaches are offering water sports, as some hotels also offer their own services, and these may change depending on the season.

Take a Boat Tour

There are some spectacular boat trips that depart from Kyrenia Harbour each day. You can choose from two different types of trips, a relaxing and quiet boat cruise, or a fun-filled boat adventure with foam parties and music, ideal for younger travellers. These tours offer stunning views of the island from a unique perspective, and kids will love the excitement of being out on the water.


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