Kyrenia Harbour, Cyprus

North Cyprus

Where ancient history blends with myth and legend in a melting pot of cultures

Adventure Holidays in North Cyprus

By legend the birthplace of the ancient Greek goddess of love Aphrodite, Cyprus' modern history has, in contrast, been dominated by enmity between its Greek and Turkish inhabitants. But there’s an abundance of archaeological remains from many civilisations that inhabited the island over many centuries, and it is considered the most beautiful and historically interesting part of the island.

Yet, North Cyprus remains a hidden gem of the Mediterranean. Thanks in part to separation in 1974 it’s far less visited than the rest of the island, meaning you’re likely to have some of its stunning coastal walking routes all to yourself. With superb trekking opportunities through unspoiled areas and mesmerising wildlife, and the relaxed local Turkish Cypriot culture, this is a place you’ll want to return to. And after a sunshine-filled day exploring, settled down in a taverna and savour the mouth-watering Cypriot cuisine; halloumi cheese, meze, fresh seafood and baklava for pudding.

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Cyprus Adventure Holidays

Top reasons to visit Cyprus

Walking: with a rugged coastline stretching for more than 100 miles, Northern Cyprus is an unspoilt haven for walkers and wildlife alike. Lizards dart across your path as you explore the pine and eucalypts-scented mountains and cliff paths. Here there are 280 species of bird, including the roller and the golden hoopoe. And we visit some of the island’s many castles, some perched dramatically on cliff edges, including Kyrenia's Crusader Castle.

People: the hospitality in Cyprus is unlike no other and unique to the island - the friendly locals are always keen to offer you some good wishes, and good food. Cypriots believe hosting is extremely important so it’s not uncommon to be offered a drink while you’re browsing a shop. Slow the pace and enjoy the laid-back vibe and warm conversation.

Wine: whether it be a crisp white Pinot Grigio or a rich velvet Malbec, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to wine here. Favourable climate and fertile soil means that the drink of the gods has been produced in Cyprus for over 4,000 years.

Responsible Travel

We offer more than 500 holidays across 100 countries on all seven continents. And although we’ve grown in the last 40 years, our philosophy stays the same: to bring like-minded people together on authentic adventures, with minimal impact to the environments and cultures we visit. We only work with reputable partners, with whom we’ve built longstanding relationships, and work on various community and environmental projects around the world. Read more about our Responsible Travel initiatives here.

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