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Discover the Hidden Gem of Northern Cyprus. The Karpaz Peninsula

When it comes to picturesque beaches and serene landscapes, the Mediterranean island of Cyprus has much to offer. While many tourists flock to the southern part of the island, Northern Cyprus remains a well-kept secret. One of its hidden gems is the stunning Karpaz Peninsula (alternatively spelled Karpas), home to the mesmerizing Karpaz Golden Beach. If you’re looking for a tranquil paradise away from the crowds, read on to discover the beauty and charm of this pristine destination.

Karpaz Peninsula: A Natural Wonder

Nestled in the north-eastern corner of Cyprus, the Karpaz Peninsula is a region untouched by mass tourism, offering visitors a chance to experience the island’s natural beauty in its purest form. With its lush forests, rugged cliffs, and pristine coastline, the peninsula is a haven for nature enthusiasts and adventurers.

Feeding donkey at golden beach

The Locals

Don’t forget your carrots so you can pay the toll! The wild donkeys rule this part of the island. As you get closer to the end the donkeys will greet you along the road. Some patiently waiting for their treat. Some…not so much.

The Golden Beach: Nature’s Masterpiece

The crown jewel of the Karpaz Peninsula is undoubtedly Golden Beach, a 3.5-mile (6-kilometer) stretch of unspoiled golden sands, gently kissed by the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea. This remarkable beach is often compared to the world’s finest, offering a unique blend of tranquillity and natural beauty.

Here are some of the reasons why Golden Beach stands out:

  1. Untouched Beauty: Unlike crowded beaches elsewhere, Karpaz remains mostly undeveloped. You won’t find rows of sunbeds, loud music, or bustling beach bars here. Instead, you’ll be surrounded by the soothing sounds of nature and the gentle lapping of the waves.
  2. Sea Turtle Nesting Grounds: Golden Beach is also home to loggerhead and green sea turtles, which come ashore to lay their eggs during nesting season. Witnessing these incredible creatures is a unique and heart-warming experience that few other destinations can offer.
  3. Water Sports and Activities: While the beach is tranquil, it’s not devoid of activity. Visitors can enjoy water sports like windsurfing and snorkelling, or simply take long walks along the shoreline to appreciate the panoramic views of the sea.
  4. Historical and Cultural Sites: The Karpaz Peninsula isn’t just about natural beauty. It’s also rich in history and culture. While visiting, be sure to explore ancient monasteries, churches, and the iconic Apostolos Andreas Monastery, which dates back to the 15th century.
  5. Local Cuisine: The Karpaz region is known for its delicious Cypriot cuisine. Sample fresh seafood, traditional meze, and mouthwatering local dishes in the quaint village restaurants.

Getting There

To reach Karpaz Golden Beach, you can either take advantage of our rental car or take a guided tour from major cities in Northern Cyprus, such as Famagusta or Kyrenia. The drive is an adventure in itself, as it takes you through charming villages, olive groves, and scenic landscapes.

Ocean Blue Retreat is perfectly positioned to act as a base for sightseeing during your stay. Just remember to book in advance, especially during the peak tourist season.

If you’re searching for a secluded paradise with breath-taking natural beauty, rich history, and a touch of adventure, Karpaz Golden Beach on the Karpaz Peninsula in Northern Cyprus is your ideal destination. Here, you can immerse yourself in the tranquillity of untouched nature, witness the wonder of sea turtle nesting, and explore the region’s historical and cultural treasures. Discover the hidden gem of Northern Cyprus and create unforgettable memories at Karpaz Golden Beach.

Photo Credits: Julian Nyča, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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