Discover Northern Cyprus – The New Expat Paradise!
Europe Properties are delighted to promote Northern Cyprus – the new paradise destination to buy your dream home in the Mediterranean!
Reasons to Buy in Northern Cyprus
To name just a few here are the benefits of buying in Northern Cyprus – A new International Airport opening soon, over 27 international universities, affordable and high quality healthcare, low crime, low cost of living, residential benefits, a beautiful climate all year round & great investment opportunities!
North Cyprus has a historic appeal that has long been lost in the busy resorts and cities of the south. In fact, much of the quiet charm that drew Lawrence Durrell here in the fifties is still tangible today. Northern Cyprus remains endearingly ageless and if you listen carefully, you can still hear the creak of donkey carts beneath the rumble of four-wheel-drives. The air is heavy with the perfume of jasmine, hibiscus and fig and the land is a patchwork of citrus orchards, olive groves and manicured vineyards. Northern Cyprus hasn’t entirely escaped the attentions of property developers, but there has been nothing like the construction frenzy that has concreted over much of the South Cyprus.
North Cyprus’s appeal lies in the Gothic castles that stud the mountain peaks, the Venetian fortifications which guard long-abandoned ports and the call to prayer which echoes out as it has done for hundreds of years. The melancholy wreckage of a thousand imperial dreams litters the landscape; Byzantine basilicas and abandoned amphitheatres crumble along the coast and the tombs of ancient kings yawn open; their treasures looted long ago. You can wander the wild courtyards of Famagusta, the sand-shrouded ruins of Salamis and the ruined abbey at Bellapais and afterwards watch the sun setting over a landscape that has altered little since the survivors of Troy washed up on its rocky shores.
For anyone wanting to escape the UK’s grizzly winters, North Cyprus offers a perfect refuge. In the summer months the glassy waters shimmer and the sun beats down unhampered by cloud, but we think North Cyprus is best visited in spring, when the bloom of wildflower coats the hills and fields and the air is still cool. After sunset tables piled high with mouth-watering meze spill out of restaurants and conversations get increasingly animated with every glass of raki.
The literal translation of the Cypriot word for hospitality kopiaste is ‘sit down with us and share’ – and there is certainly plenty of opportunity for doing so in the North of Cyprus. The people are friendly and welcoming and it won’t be long before you find yourself sharing a cup of coffee or a glass of apple tea with a local shop owner. A couple of weeks will give you a good flavour of the place, but (if like many visitors before you) the allure of the island proves strong; you could find yourself returning year after year after year.
Europeans who have only recently seen potential of a unified island and the prospect of Cyprus becoming part of the EEC are only now discovering the un-spoilt beauty of “NORTH CYPRUS”.
The mixture of wooded mountains, crusader castles and a beautiful coastline is proving irresistible to investors/buyers. The lack of commercial over building offers buyers the chance to find idyllic spots near the beautiful harbour town of Kyrenia where mountain and sea views are uninterrupted and the pace of life is what you make it.
Hillside villages such as Lapta and Esentepe enjoy the advantage of looking down on the coastline of un-spoilt bays and beaches. At the same time, the villages retain their unique personalities and charm as local shops, bars and restaurants create a simple community set in olive groves and woods.
Kyrenia and nearby abbey at Bellapais have historically been the focus for tourists visiting Northern Cyprus . Kyrenia, where the old Venetian harbour and castle provide one of the few complete medieval towns as yet unspoiled by time and over exposure. The growing number of fine restaurants and nightlife in the old town has reflected the international nature of the expanding community in the area. Bellapais for its beautiful, ruined abbey and mountain setting.
Famagusta was for many years the place where the miles of sandy beaches proved irresistible to families seeking seaside fun and relaxation. The fortified old town and the easy access to the wild and un-spoilt beaches of the Karpas offer buyers the choice of a calm or hectic social life at prices that cannot be found in any other part of the Mediterranean.
The geography of North Cyprus is characterized by a unique blend of mountains, plains, and beaches. The Kyrenia Mountains range with its magnificent, jagged limestone peaks, the highest of which is Mount Icova at 3,357 ft. runs along most of the northern coastline from a startling backdrop. To the east of the island the mountain range loses height as it extends along the narrow peninsula known as Karpas, or more affectionately, ‘The Panhandle’. It is here that the best beaches of Cyprus can be found, long wide empty bays of the purest sand that stretch for miles.
To the south of the Kyrenia range lies Nicosia (Lefkosa) (population 39,000), the capital of T.R.N.C., through which runs the boundary, or as it is called `The Green Line’ separating the North from South Cyprus. The other major centers are the tourist resorts of Famagusta (Magusa) (population 30,000), Kyrenia (Girne) (population 22,000), and the citrus center of Güzelyurt (Morphou) (population 15,000).
The island of Cyprus is located in the Eastern Mediterranean. Its neighbouring lands at the nearest coastal points are Turkey 40 miles north, Syria 60 miles east, Lebanon 108 miles south-east, Israel 180 miles south-east and Egypt 230 miles south.
Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean. It is smaller than Sicily and Sardinia and larger than Corsica and Crete. The area of the whole island is 3584 sq. miles. (9250 sq. kilometers). Cyprus has been divided into two autonomous states since 1974. This came about by virtue of the linguistic and cultural differences, and as a result of communal friction which lasted for 11 years. (See history) Greek Cypriots occupy the southern and the Turkish Cypriots occupy the northern part of Cyprus. A boundary known as the ‘Green Line’ which runs through Nicosia, the capital of both South and North Cyprus separates the two states.
North Cyprus is some 100 miles long , 40 miles across at its widest point and has a total area of 1357 sq. miles or nearly one third of the whole of the island.
The geography of North Cyprus is characterized by a unique blend of mountains, plains and beaches. The Kyrenia Range, with its magnificent, jagged limestone peaks, the highest of which is Mount Selvili at 3357 ft. runs along most of the north coastline to form a startling backdrop.
To the east of the island the mountain range loses height as it extends along the narrow peninsula known as Karpas or ‘The Panhandle’. Along it one finds the best beaches in Cyprus. Miles of empty bays with pure white sand.
To the south of the Kyrenia range lie the plains of Mesaoria. Here, is situated the divided Capital Nicosia (Lefkosa). Other major centers are Guzelyurt in the west of North Cyprus where most of the citrus produce comes from. The resort town of Kyrenia (Girne) is on the northern coast, and the second resort town of Famagusta (Gazimagosa) in the east.
North Cyprus Population
The population of North Cyprus is, approx. 326,000 (2017 census)
The urban population is employed mainly in the service industry and light industries such as beverages, clothing, construction and in other commercial establishments.
The rural population live in villages. There are some 195 villages in North Cyprus. People in rural areas are mainly engaged in agriculture and produce a variety of crops. wheat, barley, olives, carobs, melon, grapes, figs, potatoes and basic vegetables are grown commercially on a moderate scale. Citrus is the main export produce, however, exports from North Cyprus have been restricted to a great extent, due to the political status of the state.
The service industry has recently shown an increase mainly in Tourism, Banking and Education. The slow development in the economy has become an advantage for Tourism since it has resulted in unspoiled countryside and thus very low pollution. Education has recently developed to become one of the major sources of revenue, with 5 private universities being opened in the last 10 years, offering a good standard of international education to the students attending from neighbouring countries, mainly Turkey.
North Cyprus climate
The Climate of North Cyprus is a typical Mediterranean Climate. Summers (June to September) are hot and dry, winters (November to March) are usually rainy with a mild temperature. Spring and autumn are warm and pleasant.
The average annual temperature is 20°C (68 F). Summer temperatures average 30°C (90F) with the coldest months of January and February 10°C (50F).
North Cyprus Flora and Fauna
Quite apart from the huge range of cultivated flowers, North Cyprus and especially the Karpas peninsula is a rich botanical area with literally hundreds of species of wildflowers from crown anemones and pink rock roses to purple iris and yellow crowfoot.
From February to June many areas of Northern Cyprus are carpeted with colourful wildflowers. The birds and the butterflies also are glorious, lizards abound, and the loggerhead and green turtle still come ashore to lay their eggs in North Cyprus’s unspoiled beaches.
Driving in North Cyprus
Driving in North Cyprus is the most advisable form of transport as there are infrequent bus services to many of the more remote areas of the country; and bus services cease to operate after 5:00 p.m. Road surfaces between major towns and villages are reasonably good, but some mountain and village roads are still unsurfaced, so care should be taken especially in wet weather.
Visitors wishing to bring their own car from abroad may do so for a period of up to 3 months provided the vehicle has a valid registration license from its country of origin. Visitors in Cyprus can drive using a valid international driving license or a valid driving license from their country of origin.
North Cyprus climate
North Cyprus climate is of intense Mediterranean nature, with long dry summers from mid-May to mid-October and with mild winters from December to February, which are separated by short autumn and spring seasons. Summer is the season of high temperatures with cloudless skies, but the sea breezes create a pleasant atmosphere in the coastal areas.
Winters are mild with some rain, but even in January (usually the coolest month) there are generally six hours of bright sunshine during the day. During the summer months very light clothing is all that you will need.
In spring and autumn daytime temperatures are generally warm enough for light summer clothing, but in the evenings, one might feel the need for a light jacket or pullover. In winter, you should be prepared for all kinds of weather that a European spring may bring. It is advisable to pack a light jacket and pullovers, although you may not need them during the day.