How are fishing and other activities in North Cyprus?
Fishing in North Cyprus has always been a popular pastime in the Lapta and Kyrenia Harbours. The eastern half of the Kyrenia harbor has remained a popular mooring spot for local and international residents, while the west side of the harbor attracts many local and tourist fishermen with their rods. While Lapta Harbor is mostly a functioning harbor for fishermen and seafood suppliers. Apart from Kyrenia, Güzelyurt, Korucam, Famagusta, and the Karpaz Peninsula have the most developed fisheries in North Cyprus. The villages of Bogaz and Kumyali are among Karpaz’s most important fishing hubs.
The lovely seaside hamlet of Bogaz has a plethora of seafood eateries that line its harbor, making it a very spectacular feature. North Cyprus has no fishing restrictions on its shores, allowing you to explore a wide range of coasts and bays. Fishing in the seas of North Cyprus has become a fascinating experience because of the Mediterranean’s favorable weather conditions, which allow you to be out on the water for the majority of the year. From peacock and rainbow wrasses to blennies and gobies, small parrotfish, mackerels, cods, plaices, sea basses, breams, eels, tunas, swordfish, red soldierfish, and two siganids (rabbitfish), the North Cyprus coastlines provide a diverse range of commercial fish which exceeds 80 species.
Angling in Reservoirs – Special licenses must be obtained from the Head Office of Fisheries Department and Marine Research in Lefkosia or the District Offices of Fisheries Department for those interested in angling in dams, according to the revised Fisheries Law Cap. 170 of 1990, the Fisheries Regulations of 1990, Regulation 12.
From the ports of Lapta and Kyrenia, a variety of excursions, as well as private charters, daily sailings, and fishing trips are organized. Deep-sea fishing is also available to more experienced anglers. Sailings are provided for parties and families interested in exploring the coastline or simply relaxing on the open sea. The season runs from mid-March to the end of November, although fishing expeditions can be scheduled throughout the year, weather allowing.
North Cyprus has more to offer than the sun and sea, natural wonders, and ancient attractions. The North Cyprus Herbarium is a fascinating attraction that appeals to fans of wildflowers while also serving as a research center for botanists. Most people can recognize the more noticeable blossoms in the countryside; shepherds and foresters can name dozens more. But how many of the seventeen “endemics” of North Cyprus, which are found nowhere else on the planet, would you recognize?
The Forestry Department adopted and publicly opened to the public in 1989 the collection of pressed and labeled plants initially created by resident English botanist Deryck Viney in the course of authoring his illustrated Flora of the country. It has since grown to contain specimens of virtually all of the 1250 native plant species. It also features distinct collections of bulky fruit, as well as special exhibits of flower pictures, specimens of all seventeen “endemics,” images of the oldest and largest trees, and separate collections of floral photographs. The Alevkayas Forest Station, located on the mountain range between Esentepe and Degirmenlik, houses the herbarium.
Birds traveling between Africa and Eastern Europe use North Cyprus as a resting and breeding place. In North Cyprus, there are 347 different bird species to see. Only 46 of these are native to North Cyprus, with seven of them being unique subspecies. Winter-migrant breeder birds account for 119 of the 347 birds seen on the island, with 90 of them migrating to North Cyprus on a regular basis. Birds also travel to North Cyprus by accident from time to time when they lose their groups or their path.
There have been 51 cases of this later variety thus far. North Cyprus lies on a north-south migratory path, and many birds are passing through, some in large flocks and others in small groups. These migratory birds may only stop for a few days to a week before continuing on their journey. Northward migration occurs from March to May, while southern migration occurs from August to October.
Because of its location in the northwestern Mediterranean, at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa, its fauna and flora are a fascinating mix of well-known European and lesser-known Asian and African species and subspecies of butterflies. Maniola, cypricola, Glaucopsyhce, paphos, and Hipparchia cypriensis are among them. If you want to see if there are any butterflies in the region, go to the Five Finger Mountains. Between May and September, you can witness North Cyprus Meadow Brown, Cyprus Grayling, The Hermit, and Eastern Rock Grayling at Alevkaya Forest. Painted Lady (vanessa cardui) can be seen all year in a variety of habitats.
There are various caves in North Cyprus that are open to the public. The partially collapsed Hot Cave, north of Agirdag village on the southern slopes of the Five Finger Mountains, is not recommended for entry. The cave gives up warm air, hence the name. The Guvercinlik Cave in Alevkayasi is another natural cave in the Kyrenia region. The cave’s entrance involves some strenuous climbing. In the Gazimagusa region, there are three additional caves.
The most beautiful cave is Incirli Cave, a hundred-meter-long tube with a remarkable collection of stalactites and stalagmites that was recently renovated. On Sundays (or by special agreement with the village muhtar), the cave is open for a modest entry fee.
The Gastro Cave, located between the towns of Kuruova and Kaleburnu, is a man-made cave with three chambers. Finally, there is the ominously called Execution Cave, near Kaleburnu, where a golden earthenware jar is claimed to be concealed somewhere.
North Cyprus has two karting circuits: the ZET International Karting Circuit and the Cemsa Karting Circuit, both of which meet or surpass European standards and offer the greatest racing surfaces in the region. Both circuits are located on the outskirts of Nicosia, approximately a 30-minute drive from Kyrenia, and boast structures that are unmatched even in Europe.
From 2500ft/750m, you will be welcomed to stunning views of North Cyprus’ distinctive environment after an easy take-off involving a few steps down a steep hill. Whether you desire a relaxing scenic flight or a high-octane thrill rush, your pilot can customize your journey to meet your needs. St Hilarion Castle is located on the route to the paragliding take-off point, and you can enjoy beautiful views of the castle while walking through Kyrenia. After a peaceful and careful landing on the Kyrenia Coast, your flight will come to a close. Your pilot will lead you throughout your 2-hour lifetime experience, so you won’t require any training.
Located 45 minutes east of Kyrenia, the Atalköy Riding Club offers fully guided horseback riding. The rides are mostly in the Kyrenia Mountain range and are conducted by a professional crew. It is possible to learn how to ride and stroll a horse. Picnic activities and historical places are available while exploring the woodland trails. Tunac Riding Club is a horseback riding club in Karaoglanoglu, Kyrenia. It offers certificated courses to both residents and visitors with its 42 horses. The club also offers guided excursions that include a lunch.
During the courses, you must wear a helmet. Kozan Mountain Retreat is a 20-minute drive from Kyrenia, near the town of Kozan. This unique location, nestled amid pine trees in the highlands above Karsiyaka, offers equestrian excursions of the Kyrenia Mountains and the settlement of Karsiyaka, as well as beautiful views of the sea and mountains. Because they only have a few horses, reservations are advised.
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