Branch out from the same overcrowded summer destinations with our guide to the best alternative beach holidays.Read more...
Alagadi - A view from our expert author
© North Cyprus Tourism Centre
A favourite for nesting turtles, this long stretch of sand is one of the most beautiful spots on the island.
At 18km from Girne, this is the longest stretch of sand on the north coast and unquestionably one of the most beautiful spots on the island – it has now been designated a ‘Halk Plaj’ (public beach), so there’s no access fee. Inland the view looks directly onto the five peaks of Beşparmak Mountain. Access from the main road is from a metalled road leading to a large, well-defined car park, next to which is a reasonably priced restaurant. Alagadi is often referred to as ‘Turtle Beach’ as it is a favoured spot for loggerhead turtles to come ashore and lay their eggs. Volunteers try to keep the beach clean and access is limited to guided turtle-watching groups between 20.00 and 08.00.