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About Cyprus

turtleNorth Cyprus is a place full of magic: fully deserving the title of "Pearl of the Mediterranean". It is a rich and colourful tapestry of unspoilt beauty, ranging from sparkling clear waters and golden beaches to fields carpeted by wild flowers in the Spring and the pine clad heights of the Besparmak Mountains.

Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean, 65km south of Turkey, 100km west of Syria and 420km north of Egypt.

Brief History

donkeysIn 1974, following years of violence between the Turkish and Greek Cypriot Communities and an attempted coup d'état by the Greek Cypriot Nationalists, Turkey intervened to save the Turkish Cypriots from genocide and have remained since to maintain the peace. The island remains divided today with two autonomous States. Greek Cypriots are situated in the Southern part of Cyprus and the Turkish Cypriots in the Northern part. The two States are separated by a "Green Line" which also divides the capital Nicosia, making it the last divided capital in the World.

Despite the trouble between the two Communities in the past, there is now peace on the island with the leaders of both States meeting regularly, under the careful eye of the United Nations, to try and negotiate a settlement deal that will reunite the island.

General Information

There are five main regions in North Cyprus:

The total area of North Cyprus is approximately one third of the whole island and covers an area of 3,355km2. The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus has a flag that is white, with a red crescent and star in the centre, lined by two red horizontal stripes on the top and bottom.

There are currently five border crossings, allowing passage to and from south Cyprus, offering 24-hour unrestricted access to EU citizens. However, a short visa form (available at the checkpoints and free of charge) will need to be completed when crossing north with an identity card or passport.

Climate

Cyprus has a very warm climate and generally the Summer season lasts for about eight months from April to the end of November. In July and August, temperatures exceed 35°C (95°F). The Winter weather is generally very mild and the average annual temperature is 19°C (66°F).

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Language

The official language of the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus is Turkish, but English is widely spoken as a second language.

Religion

The majority of Turkish Cypriots are Muslims and although few attend mosque services on a regular basis, almost all celebrate the religious Kurban Bayram and Seker Bayram holidays.

Cuisine

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Eating out is extremely popular amongst the locals and there is a wide range of international restaurants in and around the major cities.

Wildlife

The Northern Part of Cyprus is still relatively undiscovered and has a rich flora and fauna, more so in the Karpaz region where Tanyel Construction endeavours to protect them as much as possible when constructing your dream home.

Other Information

You can find more information about living in North Cyprus from our partner website Living North Cyprus.