İskele Long Beach region of North Cyprus is more than a beach
İskele is the administrative center and district with the same name, located on the Karpaz peninsula and known for its untouched nature, which includes some of Cyprus’ best sandy beaches and olive groves, as well as ancient churches, monasteries, and ruins of ancient settlements. İskele is a great spot to visit if you want to get closer to nature and enjoy some peace and quietness. İskele is the largest settlement between Famagusta and the Karpaz peninsula and is located along the famous Long Beach.
Long Beach has the longest sandy beaches on Cyprus’ eastern coast, washed by the turquoise Mediterranean waves, and can be compared to the beaches of Nice, where, as everyone knows, all the beaches are pebble. The level entry to the sea is a distinguishing characteristic of the local coastline. As a result, Long Beach is regarded as the ideal spot to visit if you have small or school-aged children.
Two large beaches with chaise lounges, showers, sanitary facilities, and change cabins are available at the Long Beach quay. There are other unequipped beaches where you can relax on the sand or bring everything you need for a pleasant vacation.
Long Beach is a popular destination for locals and tourists looking for active and family holidays. Beautiful modern-coated walking and cycling pathways, as well as sports areas with a range of simulators, especially for those with impairments, can be found at the İskele Long Beach resort. Children of all ages will enjoy special children’s playgrounds with slides, swings, and sports equipment.
İskele is the second most prominent tourist attraction in North Cyprus, located at the intersection of the Famagusta highways and the Karpaz peninsula, as well as the Ercan airport and the Karpaz peninsula. In İskele, there are five bank branches and a network of ATMs where you may use your bank card to perform essential transactions. A range of customary consumer items can be found at a number of large supermarkets (Unimar, Lemar, and others).
A local market operates every Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the central area of İskele, not far from the municipality. Taking a local bus, which stops right at the beach, is the most convenient method to get there during the summer. Fresh vegetables and fruits, nuts and dried fruits, cheeses, olive oil, olives, fish, apparel, and home products are all available at the market. Residents and tourists alike enjoy visiting this market. You would hear different languages spoken here, including Turkish, English, Ukrainian, Polish, Farsi, and, of course, Russian, in which many vendors would happily assist you.
The municipality of İskele hosts a variety of cultural events, including the harvest festival and agriculture, days of other nations’ cultures, music festivals, and a traditional İskele area festival.
The Byzantine Church of St. James (5th century) and the Church of the Holy Virgin Mary (Panagina Theotokos), which date from the 12th century and are home to the İskele Museum and the Kantara Castle atop the Kyrenia mountain crest, are the most well-known landmarks in the İskele region. Many people visit the region because of the unique environment of peace and tranquility, as well as the breathtaking view of the sea.