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Cyprus was an island where the pirates had been living since Ottoman period. As the pirates attacking trade and passenger ship made Mediterranean dangerous waters, Ottoman Empire conquered Cyprus due to its security. Coming ashore of Limassol with 60 thousand people, the Ottoman declared its sovereignty on the island with submission agreement of 5 articles of Famagusta Castle Command. The island was tried to be Turkified with the settlement of Turks brought from Anatolia later on. Leased to the United Kingdom after Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78 and entered into the domination of the United Kingdom again, the island was divided into two in 1974. Since then, the Turkish citizens are allowed to enter the island without passport and visa. Northern Cyprus is comprised to 6 settlements; Lefka, Kyrenia, Trikomo, Famagusta, Nicosia and Guzelyurt (Morphou).
Cyprus, the 3rd biggest island of Mediterranean, is located 65 km away to Turkey, 112 km to Syria, 267 km to Israel, 274 km to Greece, 162 km to Lebanon and 418 km to Egypt. Dry and hot in summers, warm and less rainy in winters, the island is under the effect of Mediterranean climate. Island has an average temperature of 5-15 degrees in winters and 20-30 degrees in summers. Containing oak, cypress and pine forests in generally, the island is the short term sheltering spot of the birds migrating between Europe and Africa due to its location. Hosting at coasts also caretta carettas for ovulation for one hundred million years, the island reflects the beauties of the nature with its natural caves.
Cyprus, where the entertainment continues till early in the morning, is an ideal holiday spot for those who prefer night life rather than daylight. Make sure that you’ll get confuse while choosing place to have fun as there are plenty of alternatives in Cyprus in terms of live music performances and foam parties at the bar, disco, restaurant and other entertainment venues. If you’re ready to join the entertainment, then hurry up; otherwise you may not find place in crowded venues. You can not only join the parties in land but also many interesting party tours on Mediterranean by boats or have dreamlike nights by stopping by many different venues.
You can visit Surlarici, Buyukhan, Selimiye Mosque in Nicosia and do souvenir shopping in Buyukhan. You must also see St. Hilerion Castle, Bellapais Abbey, Kyrenia Castle and Karaoglanoglu Museum and Martyrdom and Mavi Kosk (Blue House). Church of St. Mamas and Nature and Archeology Museum in Guzelyurt are the outstanding places for tourists. Varosha, Namik Kemal Square, Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque, St. Barnabas Abbey and Salamis are the places that you must see in Famagusta to take a cultural journey. Apostolos Andreas Monastery, Cape Apostolos Andreas in Tikomo and famous Altinkum Beach are likely to make your holiday special.
Thanks to the development of tourism which shoulders the economy of Cyprus, the island is also assertive in hotel management in world standards. Even though the Cyprus hotels are comprised of 5 star properties in general, it is possible to find cheaper hotels. You can turn your Cyprus holiday into a quite budget-friendly holiday especially with early booking advantage. You can also taste the delicious meals of world cuisine as well as the traditional foods of Cyprus at the properties which are full pension and able to meet any needs. Access to the island is pretty easy after you decide your hotel; you can land Ercan Airport by plane or reach to Cyprus by ferries from Mersin Tasucu Harbor.
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