Welcome to North Cyprus

Attractions and Activities to Explore North Cyprus

Welcome to the vibrant and diverse world of North Cyprus, where every corner is a treasure waiting to be discovered. Whether you’re a history enthusiast, a nature lover, or simply seeking relaxation on pristine beaches, North Cyprus has something for everyone. Get ready to embark on a journey filled with exciting activities and unforgettable experiences.

Kyrenia (Girne)

Exciting Things to Do

Explore the Beauty

Immerse yourself in a world of historical marvels, from ancient ruins like Kyrenia Castle and the Salamis Ruins to the timeless Bellapais Abbey. Explore the lush natural landscapes of the Besparmak Mountains, relax on the Golden Beach of Karpaz Peninsula, or soak up the sun at Alagadi Beach and Turtle Beach. Dive into the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean, try exhilarating water sports, and discover the flavors of Cypriot cuisine, from savory meze to fresh seafood.

Delve into local culture by attending vibrant festivals and events, and don’t forget to bring home unique souvenirs from the bustling markets. For those seeking relaxation, spa resorts offer rejuvenating experiences amidst stunning scenery. And when the sun sets, North Cyprus comes alive with its lively nightlife, making it a destination that offers something for everyone. Whether you’re an explorer, a food enthusiast, or simply seeking relaxation, North Cyprus promises an unforgettable journey filled with diverse experiences and warm hospitality.

Places and Activities

Golden Beach (Karpaz)

Alagadi Beach

Alagadi Beach is just one of the beaches close to Ocean Blue Retreat. It is a hidden paradise along the Mediterranean coastline. Known for its soft golden sands and crystal-clear waters, it’s a nesting site for endangered loggerhead and green turtles. Visitors can bask in the sun, swim in the gentle waves, and even witness turtle hatchings during the nesting season. Alagadi Beach offers a unique blend of natural beauty and wildlife conservation.

Turtle nesting season is from late May until late September The SPOT Alagadi Conservation Centre is a dedicated hub for the protection and preservation of endangered sea turtles, offering educational programs and opportunities to observe these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.

Korineum Golf Course

Korineum Golf Course in North Cyprus is a prestigious golfing destination known for its excellence. Set against the backdrop of the Mediterranean Sea, this 18-hole championship course offers golfers a unique and challenging experience. With meticulously maintained fairways and greens, it provides a delightful mix of natural beauty and top-notch facilities. Golf enthusiasts can indulge in the sport while enjoying breathtaking coastal views, making it an unforgettable destination for both seasoned and novice players.

Kyrenia (Girne)

Kyrenia, a picturesque town on the northern coast of Cyprus, is a treasure trove of history and natural beauty. Its charming harbor, framed by ancient Venetian architecture, is a delightful destination for leisurely strolls and waterfront dining.

The Kyrenia Castle, dating back to the 16th century, stands proudly at the harbor’s edge, offering a glimpse into the town’s storied past. Inside, the Shipwreck Museum showcases a 4th-century BC Greek merchant vessel, an astounding historical artifact. Kyrenia’s history is further enriched by its

Venetian walls and Ottoman-era architecture, creating a captivating blend of cultures. This coastal gem is a must-visit for history enthusiasts and those seeking

Salamis Ruins

The ancient Salamis Ruins, located on the eastern coast of Cyprus, offer a captivating journey back in time. Founded around 1100 BC, Salamis was a thriving Roman city and a significant center of commerce and culture. Its well-preserved archaeological remains include an impressive gymnasium, Roman baths, and an amphitheater that once accommodated thousands.

Historical references reveal that the Apostle Paul, along with Barnabas, visited Salamis during his first missionary journey, leaving a profound impact on the city’s history.

Today, visitors can explore these remarkable ruins, marvel at the intricate mosaics, and contemplate the rich historical and religious significance of this ancient site.

Let's Talk Food

North Cyprus offers a delectable journey through Mediterranean cuisine. The food culture here is a tantalizing blend of fresh, locally sourced ingredients, rich flavors, and centuries-old traditions. Seafood takes center stage, with restaurants serving succulent grilled fish and seafood meze, a delightful array of small dishes bursting with flavors.

Traditional Cypriot cuisine shines through dishes like kleftiko (slow-cooked lamb), halloumi cheese, and hearty stews. Olive oil, herbs, and locally grown produce enhance every meal.

Pair your feast with local wines or a cup of strong Turkish coffee, finish it all off with Baklava and savor the unforgettable flavors of North Cyprus.


The Besparmak Mountains, also known as the Kyrenia Range, grace the northern landscape of Cyprus with their majestic presence. These rugged limestone mountains offer not only breathtaking panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea but also a haven for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers. Hiking trails wind through dense pine forests, revealing hidden waterfalls and endemic flora.

The Besparmak Mountains are steeped in history, with ancient ruins and monasteries dotting their slopes. They stand as a testament to Cyprus’s rich cultural heritage and provide a serene backdrop for those seeking solace in nature’s embrace or eager to explore the island’s historical treasures.

Golden Beach

Golden Beach on Karpaz peninsula, is a true Mediterranean paradise. With its pristine 3.5-mile stretch of golden sands, it offers a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life. Unlike crowded tourist hotspots, this beach remains mostly untouched, providing a tranquil haven for nature lovers. It’s not only a place of breathtaking beauty but also a vital nesting ground for loggerhead and green sea turtles during the nesting season. Visitors can immerse themselves in the soothing sounds of the waves, enjoy water sports like windsurfing and snorkeling, explore historical and cultural sites, and savor delicious local cuisine. The Karpaz Peninsula promises a serene and unforgettable coastal experience.

Bellapais Abbey

Bellapais Abbey, perched on a hill in the picturesque village of Bellapais is a timeless masterpiece of medieval architecture. Dating back to the 13th century, this stunning Cypriot Gothic-style abbey offers visitors a glimpse into the island’s rich history. Its tranquil cloisters, graceful arches, and well-preserved architecture create an atmosphere of serene beauty. The highlight is the Refectory, renowned for its stunning acoustics, making it a venue for classical music concerts. The Abbey, with its historical significance and breathtaking surroundings, provides a captivating journey into the past and remains a cultural gem in North Cyprus.

The Hamam Experience

The Hamam offers an enchanting blend of history and relaxation. These traditional Turkish baths, scattered across the region, invite visitors to experience age-old cleansing rituals. Stepping into a hamam is like entering a time machine, with stunning Ottoman-era architecture, domed ceilings, and marble interiors.

The journey typically starts with the warming steam room to open pores, followed by exfoliation with a special glove (kese) to leave the skin rejuvenated. A luxurious soap massage follows, leaving you refreshed and relaxed. Hamams offer not just physical rejuvenation but also a deep cultural experience, making them an integral part of the island’s heritage.