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Introduction

Kyrenia - Girne

Kyrenia - Girne

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The Turkish Republic Of Northern Cyprus, also known as Northern Cyprus declared independence in 1983 from the Republic of Cyprus. This movement is supported by Turkey and currently the only country recognize its independence is Turkey. Turkey supports Northern Cyprus militarily and financially. Roughly 400,000 tourists come very year to see ancient mosques and ruins. There area also stunning beaches and mountains to explore

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Cities

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Sights and Activities

Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque

Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque was originally built as Saint Nicolas Cathedral in 1298. It was consecrated as a Christian cathedral in 1328. When the Ottoman Empire captured Famagusta they turned the cathedral into a mosque. Although converted into a mosque this structure still has a medieval gothic flare to it that only belongs to Christian churches of that era, even though a Minaret was added. The interior of the mosque is devoid of any of the original Christian art although some tombs can still be spotted on the north aisle

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Weather

Northern Cyprus has a typical Mediterranean climate with warm or hot summers from May to September and mild winters, when most of the rain falls. Along the coast, temperatures during the day average between 30 and 33 degrees Celsius, dropping to a balmy 22 degrees at night. Inland, the lower areas are hotter during the day but feel less sticky during the night. Some higher located inland areas feel pleasantly warm during the day, which can be relief when you are visiting in summer. Nicosia has average highs in summer of around 37 degrees Celsius, sometimes hitting 44 degrees during July or August. Winters are mild, generally between 16 and 19 degrees at daytime. December and January are the wettest months, coastal areas being wetter compared to inland places like Nicosia.

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Getting There

By Plane

The main airport in Northern Cyprus is Ercan International Airport, which is only recognised as a legal entry point by Turkey and Azerbaijan (as well as Northern Cyprus itself of course). The following airlines fly there:

  • Atlasjet (Adana, Ankara, Istanbul-Atatürk, Izmir)
  • Cyprus Turkish Airlines (UK: London Stansted/Heathrow/Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, TR: Adana, Ankara, Antalya, Dalaman, Gaziantep, Istanbul-Atatürk, İzmir, Trabzon, DE: Frankfurt)
  • Onur Air (Istanbul-Atatürk)
  • Pegasus Airlines (UK: London Stansted, TR: Adana, Ankara, Antalya, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen)
  • SunExpress (Antalya, Izmir)
  • Turkish Airlines (UK: London Stansted, TR: Istanbul-Atatürk)
  • World Focus Airlines (Istanbul-Atatürk)

By Boat

Fergün Shipping Company has ferries travelling between the southern coast of Turkey and the Turkish part of Cyprus. Connections include Alanya-Girne, Tasucu-Girne and Gazimagusa-Mersin.

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