Are you planning a winter vacation and visit to North Cyprus?
There are many North Cyprus winter holiday attractions in this magnificent nation, but the moderate winter Cyprus temperature, gorgeous landscape, low airfares, and wonderful feeling of welcome and celebration at this time of year are frequently what draw travelers. With the lengthening of the cold winter days in many European countries, an increasing number of people are choosing to spend their New Year’s, Christmas, and other winter vacations in North Cyprus.
Weather in North Cyprus in the Winter
North Cyprus, being far further south than Spain, Italy, or Greece, is the warmest winter tourist destination in the general European area. The temperature is still pleasant in December. Of course, there may be rain on certain days in January and February, but there will be far more sun than in Western Europe or the United Kingdom. It is also more economical to go to, with reasonable airline costs and a large range of low-cost flight offerings through Turkey or South Cyprus to Ercan or Larnaca Airports, particularly after Christmas and New Year. North Cyprus’ magnificent, forest-clad mountain background makes for excellent surroundings for a romantic New Year’s or winter holiday.
North Cyprus celebrates Christmas and New Year.
If you are visiting North Cyprus for a Christmas or New Year celebration, the Turkish Cypriots have embraced the New Year Celebration as their primary mid-winter event, and it is a particularly nice venue to do it. Because North Cyprus is largely Muslim, the festive trappings that most European countries associate with Christmas have been easily transferred to New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. So there are a lot of festivities on these days, with wrapped gifts, festive music, Christmas Trees, and New Year’s celebrations – with a healthy splash of Turkish culture, with local Turkish Cypriot music and dancing typically present. Around Christmas and New Year, expect a festive mood in most North Cyprus restaurants, hotels, and other tourist locations – as well as a genuine sense of traditional Turkish Cypriot welcome and hospitality.
After the peak days of Christmas and New Year’s Eve, airfares and hotel costs become even more reasonable, with most North Cyprus hotels giving out-of-season discounts for a couple until the busy season resumes at Easter. So, if you are coming for 2-3 weeks or longer, do not be scared to phone hotels directly and bargain. The staff usually speak English in the larger hotels and won’t be offended if you ask for their “best price” – in fact, they may expect you to.
Winter Holiday Activities in North Cyprus
During the winter months, North Cyprus offers a wide range of recreational opportunities. Golfers are in heaven – with over 340 days of sunlight each year, the months of January and February are ideal for golf, and the Korineum Golf Course is open all year. If you have a European or British passport and can travel freely between South and North Cyprus in the winter, you may want to take a day trip to the snow-covered top of the Troodos Mountains and enjoy skiing or snowboarding on one of the four ski runs there, as well as taking in the lights and almost Tyrolean atmosphere of the Troodos mountain villages. Then, in about an hour, you can be back on the beaches, taking a stroll or even soaking in the sun in the afternoon on hotter days.
Walking & Hiking in North Cyprus during the winter
Winter tourists may enjoy fantastic hiking and rambling in the Besparmak Highlands – North Cyprus’ mountain range – or the pristine Karpaz Peninsula (panhandle) with its wild donkeys and famed golden beaches, in addition to golf and day excursions to the snow-capped mountains. Although the well-known rare Cyprus spring flowers do not bloom until after the end of February, cyclamen, narcissi, crocus, and muscari are among the many gorgeous winter forest flowers that bloom in North Cyprus in January and February. The moderate winter weather is also ideal for trekking or leisurely driving throughout the island, and it’s the ideal time to visit the famed North Cyprus crusader castles of St. Hilarion, Buffavento, and Kantara — mountain peak fortresses that are significantly more difficult to reach in the summer. Similarly, in the milder winter months, the world-class ancient North Cyprus attractions of Famagusta, Salamis ruined Roman city, St. Barnabas Monastery and Tomb, Lefkosa Mosque and Buyuk Han, Bellapais Abbey, and Kyrenia Castle may all be explored at your leisure. In the winter, the Mediterranean Sea is too cold for swimming, but many North Cyprus hotels offer excellent heated swimming pools where midday sunbathing is surely feasible. Kite-surfing and other water sports are in full flow at this time of year, which is great news for water sports enthusiasts. Many people who eventually buy a second property or migrate to North Cyprus permanently do so after visiting for a winter break and discovering how much enjoyable winter can be in the milder weather! Others do so in order to avoid the cold of nations like the United Kingdom, Scandinavia, Russia, and other northern European countries. With so much studies now proving the significant health benefits of remaining warm in the winter for older people, many retirees become “swallows,” or those who relocate to the milder coasts of North Cyprus every winter. Winter flu and other cold-related illnesses are less common in the warmer weather, and local healthcare in North Cyprus hospitals is excellent. Those with arthritis and joint-related problems, as well as asthma and other respiratory and immune problems, often find their conditions improve significantly in the warmer weather.
So why not follow the swallows and flock to North Cyprus this winter for your Christmas, New Year, or winter holiday or celebration – and take advantage of the reduced airfares, moderate temperature, friendly locals, and fantastic leisure activities of this sometimes under-appreciated paradise? We eagerly anticipate your arrival.