The jewel of Mediterranean islands

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The jewel of Mediterranean islands

North Cyprus has been nicknamed by many as the “jewel” of the Mediterranean island with many pristine beaches, holiday resorts, and magnificent mountains.

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Weather, climate, temperature, and clothing

North Cyprus has a Mediterranean climate, with long dry summers from mid-May to mid-October and warm winters from December to February, with brief fall and spring seasons in between. Summer is characterized by hot temperatures and clear skies, yet the sea breezes provide a nice ambiance along the shore. Winters are warm, with some rain, but even in January (the coldest month of the year), there are normally six hours of brilliant sunlight every day. You will just need extremely light clothing throughout the hot months. Daytime temperatures in spring and fall are often warm enough for light summer apparel, but evenings may require a light jacket or pullover. You should be prepared for every type of weather that a European spring may bring in the winter. It is a good idea to bring a light jacket and a few pullovers, even though you won’t need them throughout the day.

The conversion from imperial to metric measures happened a few years ago. However, inches, miles, and other units of measurement can still be used. Meat and vegetables can still be purchased using traditional Cypriot measures of “oke.” One oke weighs 1.23 kg.

The town of Yeni İskele is located on the important highways Nicosia – Karpaz and Famagusta – Karpaz, where the Kantara Range meets woodlands and valleys. Trikomo is the village’s Greek name. The name Yeni İskele refers to the Turk Cypriots’ move from the Turkish neighborhood İskele in Larnaca, on the island’s south coast. After the conflict, the Turk Cypriots who had previously resided there were forced to leave. In 1975, they relocated to Trikomo, which was renamed Yeni (new) İskele. The 15th-century church of St. Jacob is at the village’s heart (Avios Iakovos).

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İskele is a popular tourist destination where green meets blue over a 25-kilometer stretch of beach. The residents of İskele are friendly and enthusiastic about social events involving culture and art. Hotels and seafood restaurants abound in İskele’s Bogaz district, which is recognized as an entertainment hotspot. The fishing boats and others at the little harbor of Bogaz give our guests tours around the eastern coast of North Cyprus. Locals and visitors alike sing live music till the crack of the morning at İskele’s municipal park, reminiscing about the good old days in North Cyprus.

The area of İskele is also known for its icon museums and historic churches. The ‘Cyprus Endemic Plats Information Centre,’ the turtle nesting beaches protected by Long Beach Tourism, and the İskele Fest (held yearly from July 1 to July 10) are all fantastic İskele attractions. After just one visit to İskele and its Bogaz, you will understand why so many people have fallen in love with our town and area.

Lefke (Lefka) is a small and pleasant village in the northwest of Cyprus, nestled behind the Troodos Mountains, 74 kilometers from Nicosia. Its residents would tell you that the citrus fruits grown there are the tastiest and juiciest on the entire island. This is due to its fertile soil, abundant water, and reservoirs. Its Turkish identity recalls the Ottoman Empire’s dominance over the region for more than three centuries.

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The European University of Lefke, one of North Cyprus’ universities, is located in the town. Lefke used to be a thriving mining town. It was formerly a medieval barony and a mining center in ancient times. Following the Ottoman invasion, the town became largely Turkish, and there are some noteworthy examples of Ottoman architecture to be seen here.

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Medical and health care

Health conditions and medical facilities are good, thanks to the warm temperature. Visitors are entitled to free emergency medical treatment at all State Hospitals in all municipalities. Infectious illnesses are not present in the country.

State hospitals are be found in all of the major cities. Clinics can also be found in smaller towns and villages. There are also several private hospitals.

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Currency and banks

Numerous Turkish and Turkish Cypriot banks are open Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) from 08.00 to 12.00/14.00 to 16.00 hours.

The Turkish lira is the official currency of North Cyprus. The entry of foreign cash into North Cyprus is unrestricted; however, the export of currency is limited to US$3000 or the equivalent in other currencies. All currencies can be exchanged in banks, exchange offices, and hotels. Visa, credit, master, and Euro cards, as well as cheques, can be used instead of cash.

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North Cyprus shopping

North Cyprus offers a diverse range of consumer goods and services. North Cyprus’ official currency is the Turkish Lira (TL). The majority of currencies may be exchanged at foreign exchange bureaus and banks. Cash can be replaced with a credit card, visa card, master card, or checks.

Customs agents in North Cyprus seem unconcerned about personal things such as computers, iPods, and musical instruments. Each adult may carry up to 100cl of perfume, 400 cigarettes, 500gr of tobacco, or 50 cigars, 1 litre of wine or liquor, and 400 cigarettes. Ercan Airport, as well as the ports of Girne and Gazimagusa, provide duty-free shops.

North Cyprus implemented the Tax-Free system, which reimburses international shoppers for taxes paid on their way out of the country at all departure ports.

You can take advantage of tax-free shopping in North Cyprus, get a Special Tax Invoice from any establishment that displays a “Tax-Free Shopping” sign. Apply at any of the North Cyprus exit terminals’ customs and tax refund offices. Cash refunds are available, as well as refunds to credit card accounts. Please note that the number of special tax invoices submitted is unimportant; nonetheless, for a refund, the total invoice amount must be at least 200 TL (depending on current exchange rates).

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Crossing the green line

The Green Line Regulation (EC No 866/2004 of 29.4.2004) governs cross-border movement of people, commodities, and services between North and South Cyprus. People can cross from North Cyprus to South Cyprus with goods purchased in North Cyprus for personal use worth a total of 135 EUR per person (they are exempt from turnover tax and excise duty), 1 litre of spirits purchased in North Cyprus for personal consumption (it is exempt from turnover tax and excise duty), and 40 cigarettes purchased in North Cyprus for personal consumption (they are exempt from turnover tax and excise duty) (they are exempt from turnover tax and excise duty).

Telecommunications

It is possible to dial international subscriber numbers. Telecommunication offices, shops, and hotels all have phone booths where you can make calls. There are also two GSM operators who have roaming agreements with GSM operators from other countries.

Telephone

The international dialing code is 00 90 392 followed by the local Cypriot phone number. There are public phone booths accessible, and the Telecommunications Office sells telephone cards. KKTC Telsim 0542 KKTC Turkcell 0533 are the two foremost GSM operators.

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Postal service

North Cyprus’ postal service is fairly quick and effective. Please keep in mind that, due to the isolations, mails from outside the country must be addressed to ‘Mersin 10 – Turkey.’

Electricity voltage

The voltage is 240 volts, and the wall fittings are usually the three-pin kind used in the United Kingdom.

Transportation system

North Cyprus is accessible by air or by sea for visitors. Ercan International Airport is located 7 miles (12 kilometers) east of Lefkosa and serves Turkish Airlines and other airlines.

Between the ports of Girne and Famagusta in North Cyprus and Mersin and Antalya in Southern Turkey, many ferryboats of various lines operate.

Apart from taxis and private car rentals, there are regular bus services between the towns for local mobility.

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Public holidays

New Year’s Day is January 1st. Children’s Day is April 23, Labor Day is May 1, Youth and Sports Day is May 19, and Peace and Freedom Day is July 20. Victory Day is on August 30th, Turkish Republic Day is on October 29th, and Northern Cyprus Republic Day is on November 15th. There are also a number of religious festivals known as “Bayrams,” the dates of which, like the Christian celebration of Easter, vary from year to year.

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