A coastal retreat: the best beaches in North Cyprus

Blue waters, golden sands and sunshine – what’s not to like?

Beyond the empire: the best Roman sites outside of Rome

Rome may have been the epicentre of the Roman Empire, but the reach of this vast civilisation was far greater than just the Italian capital.

The best alternative European beach destinations

There’s more to European beaches than the Costa del Sol.

Food and drink in North Cyprus

Food The range of food and restaurants on offer in North Cyprus, especially in and around Girne, is enormous, from Turkish Cypriot cuisine to…

When to visit North Cyprus

Climate North Cyprus is a year-round holiday destination, but unless you are a fan of extreme summer heat or cool winters, spring and autumn…

Travel and visas in North Cyprus

Visas British and US passport holders do not need advance visas for North Cyprus (TRNC) and a 90-day stay is permitted to all visitors.…

Bellapais Abbey

The beauty of Bellapais is legendary; when Lawrence Durrell bought a house here, he felt ‘guilty of an act of fearful temerity in trying…

Girne

Although the economic ebb and flow has taken its toll in recent years, Girne is still the prettiest town on the entire island by…

Karpas Peninsula

The Karpas has been called the nature reserve of Cyprus, with abundant wildlife and flowers, for the most part relatively untouched by encroaching development.…

Lefkoşa

Anyone who is attracted by all things Turkish should spend a day in Lefkoşa. Here, within the walls of the old city, are the…

St Hilarion Castle

This gorgeous North Cyprus castle and royal summer palace make an exciting and mildly strenuous half-day trip from Girne. Dieu d’Amour was the name…

Salamis

Ancient Salamis, the first city of Cyprus in classical Greek times, boasts some of the most impressive monuments to be found on the island.…

Buffavento

An essential outing for all who love heights, castles and adventure. This is the highest of North Cyprus’s three Crusader fortresses, and the most…

North Cyprus

For now, it’s still possible to leave the main population areas behind and discover that the rural, tranquil charm of North Cyprus remains in…