Places to consider while planning your visit to North Cyprus
There are places to visit in North Cyprus that will take you back in time as well as places where you can cool yourself in the sea. With its long history, this island country has the imprints of many different belief systems that have passed through these lands from antiquity to the current day. You will get the opportunity to see ancient sites from centuries ago and learn why North Cyprus is still a must-see for anybody traveling around the Mediterranean.
Before you start looking for places to visit in North Cyprus, you should learn more about the country’s history. North Cyprus has been home to various civilizations throughout history since it is one of the largest islands in the Mediterranean. Many civilizations were established on the island during the beginning of the Neolithic Period, leaving behind evidence of their lifestyle and culture.
Kyrenia’s tourist attractions
Kyrenia is one of the most active and renowned cities in North Cyprus, with its historical places and structures. The 7th-century Kyrenia Castle and its dungeons, the 12th-century Bellapais Monastery during the Roman period, the Ancient Shipwreck Museum within Kyrenia Castle, and the Buffavento Castle erected on the cliffs of the Kyrenia Mountains are just a few of the places you must see.
There are a variety of places to visit in Nicosia
Nicosia, divided into north and south, is the world’s only capital city shared by two administrations. Because of its location in the heart of North Cyprus, Nicosia, which is safely named as the capital of finance, art, and culture of Cyprus, provides activities for a jam-packed holiday, from a busy nightlife to enjoy the golden sands and ancient fabric going back centuries. Below are a few historic sites in the city that you can visit:
- The Venetian Column was erected by the Venetians in 1550.
- The Museum of Barbarism, opened in 1996 to display the devastation caused by conflict.
- Sophia Cathedral is considered one of the most prominent gothic structures
- Nicholas Church was erected in the 12th century for religious reasons and turned into a Bedesten (covered bazaar) during the Ottoman Period.
- The Great Inn is one of the outstanding specimens of Turkish architecture in the city.
Places to see in Famagusta
Famagusta has an interesting and dynamic nightlife in addition to its many historical monuments and sites to see, thanks to its large student population. Varosha, one of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations between the 1950s and 1970s, which still serves as a backdrop to the city for political reasons, the ancient city of Salamis built by Tekfros during the Trojan War, Othello Castle built in the 14th century, and serving as a symbolic entrance to the city, Nicholas Cathedral (Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque) built by the Lusignans in the 12th century and converted to a mosque in 1571, the Venetian Royal Palace erected in the 13th century and served kings until the end of the 14th century, the St. Barnabas Monastery, which was founded in 477 A.D., and the Namk Kemal Museum are among Famagusta’s prominent attractions.
Places to see in Morphou
Morphou, a tourist paradise in the northwest of North Cyprus with festivities and natural beauty peculiar to the region, is supposed to have been established by the Spartans for the goddess Aphrodite. St. Mamas Church, one of the great examples of gothic architecture of its time; Soli Basilica, one of the first churches of Christianity; Morphou Nature and Archeology Museum, which exhibits Bronze Age and natural finds; Tumba Tu Skuru, a Bronze Age settlement; and the famous Blue Mansion, hidden but full of legends and mysteries.
In İskele, there are a variety of places to see…
İskele, located at the crossroads of the Mesarya Plain and the Karpaz Peninsula, provides tranquil and stunning views of the sea, as well as a variety of spots to relax and enjoy the scenery. A couple of these locations are listed below:
- Agios Philon Church, which was built on ruins from the Hellenistic and Roman periods
- Long Beach
- Aphrodrika, one of ancient North Cyprus’ most important 6 cities
- Apostolos Andreas (Apostle Andreas) Monastery, which was built by Muslims on an Orthodox Christian pilgrimage route and is considered sacred
- Panagia Kanakaria Church, which has survived many demolitions and has been reconstructed countless times since the Early Byzantine Period
- Kantara Castle was built on steep cliffs in the 10th century.