Secret North Cyprus: A 3 day itinerary

Tips on What to do in North Cyprus – suggestions and advice before your arrival.

Exclusive & Exceptional Excursions –

A Different Take On The Island – For those who to do not wish to hire a car, or for those who do not want to do excess driving The Almond Hotel offers excursions all over Northern Cyprus.

A Minimum of 8 people needed for excursion to take place – Private trips are also available on request, please ask The Almond for more details.

1) The Walled City of Nicosia

An open air museum, a close touch to a great cultural heritage of Lusignan – Venetian – British – Ottoman periods, the only divided capital city in the world… Every Friday.

2) History & Mystery

The Gothic Art Masterpiece – Bellapais Abbey, Picturesque Bellapais Village home for Lawrence Durrell’s famous book Bitter Lemons, St.Hillarion Castle – Walt Disney’s Snow White Castle, ” Mavi Köşk ” – an absolute insight…Every Saturday

3) Traditional Village Life

Experience traditional Cypriot village life and culture – practice & sample local homemade products, visit traditional homes and sites, meet locals and enjoy the laid back atmosphere while breathing in the fresh mountain air and questioning modern life… Every Tuesday

4) Boat Tour

Crystal clear blue waters , miles of picturesque coastlines and overwhelming shades of green from the Five Finger Mountains – the perfect way to discover the beauty of Kyrenia. Full Day & Evening Cruises available on a daily basis.

5) Famagusta Trip

Once the worlds wealthiest city and most fortified port… It was “Famagusta – a seaport in Cyprus that Shakespeare chose as his setting for Othello…

6) Karpas Peninsula Trip

Its beauty is sacred amongst all Cypriots… miles of golden sandy beaches, unspoilt countryside, history, spectacular scenery and unique wildlife.

7) Jeep Safari

Can not promise you Tigers & Bears but we can promise you a really wonderful day out on the Mountains , inland and coastal front – You will see Cyprus from a completely different angle.

Trips Include Lunch ( Drinks Excluded) , Entry Fees, Local Guide, Comfortable Transport and Complimentary Surprises.

Please refer to reception for more detailed information and bookings.

Prices & pick up times maybe subject to change. Please ask at reception.

Beaches in Northern Cyprus –

A history of political and economic isolation has ensured that North Cyprus has remained one of the most unspoilt and least developed parts of the Mediterranean. North Cyprus is therefore, home for the most pure, unpolluted and the least commercialized beaches in the Mediterranean…The crystal clear waters will take your breath away….

Most beaches have a charge for access but provide an umbrella and sun longer and a toilet facility. Charges vary from £ 1.50 to £5.00 per person per day. But the best beaches are the ones without facilities, free of charge and totally isolated – you may find that you are the only ones there!

Within only a 15-20 minute walk (1.5 KM) from The Almonds, Alsancak, you will find a beautiful sandy little cove called Camalot Beach. This beach has very safe bathing areas for small children and also offers water sport options, bar and restaurant. This beach will not disappoint you.

Within a 5 minutes ( 2 KM) drive west from The Almonds you will find Lapta Incirli Beach & Roses Beach, which are sandy with only a little shack which provides food & beverages.

10 minute drive west you will find Karsiyaka Beach followed by Horseshoe Bay which are a rocky beach, but is wonderful for swimming. Both settings are spectacularly beautiful. A photographer’s delight! Both beaches have No facilities available….but not needed against such a picturesque coast.

Recently completed is the first section of the coastal walkway which is about 3km in length and ends in Alsancak. So you can have a quiet stroll and get a ‘dolmus’ back to the Almond village.

Only 5-10 minutes drive east from The Almonds you will find Alsancak Council Beach( 2km) ,Deniz Kizi Beach, ( 2.5 km) Golden Bay Beach ( 2.5 m), Escape Beach ( 3km)and Kervansaray Beach ( 4 km). All these beaches are sandy and provide facilities.

Kervansaray Beach has a lovely snack bar – ideal stop for watching the sun set and is also the home base for Amphora Scuba Diving.

There are many beaches to the east of Kyrenia such as Alagadi (Turtle Beach), Lara Beach, Acapulco Beach and Diana Beach. If you do mind a drive out, Famagusta & Bafra also offers a delightful selection of sandy beaches.

But the best beaches are kept as a secret in Karpaz (Panhandle)…miles and miles of golden sandy coastline waiting to be discovered… With its heavenly beauty, it’s pure, untouched virgin nature Karpaz will take you to a world that you will never forget. Karpaz beaches are considered the best coast in both North and South Cyprus.

Walking in North Cyprus – The geography of North Cyprus allows for a variety of excellent walks in varying terrain: mountain walks, those along the coastline and the splendid walks inland. The Karpaz peninsula is often considered by locals as a real treat since it is the least developed part of the island and much of its charm lies in this fact. The scenery can be stunning and you might feel that you are the only person on this island paradise. A real sense of the past still persists in this part of the island.

Five Finger Mountains , Alevkayası, Laphetos ( lapta), Kozan, Kantara, Salamis (Famagusta) and Kalkanli (Guzelyurt) are well worth the walk through stunning countryside following quiet mountain trails leading to imposing Crusader castles. Kyrenia’s harbour front and narrow pretty back streets is another wonderful experience.

Walking and Trekking tours are available via The Almond Hotel. Visit www.kyreniamountaintrail.org – This well presented website will give you 600 different routes from Karpaz, Kyrenia and Five Finger Mountains ! You can put together your own itinerary!

Orchids Walks in North Cyprus: Because of their rarity and beauty, orchids hold a special fascination for all naturalists. At North Cyprus, the orchid flora consists of 23 confirmed species, subspecies and varieties and a further three or five which presence needs verifying. Some species will be familiar to botanists from north-western Europe, such as pyramidal orchid and autumn lady’s tresses, but there are also more exotic species including violet limodore, tongue-flowered serapias, naked man orchid and more.

No doubt more observant botanists will find these and other orchid species more frequently but we think it s true to say that they are localized and hence always a delight when stumbled upon. We can arrange Orchid walks/trips at Almond Holiday Village – Please ask at reception for more details. Alternatively you can visit www.walksnorchidsnorthcyprus.com

Scuba Diving / Water Sports in North Cyprus – North Cyprus welcomes you to the fascinating and unique underwater world of the Mediterranean. You will find crystal-clear, unpolluted water where the marine life is still undisturbed. Underwater visibility can be more than 30 meters. Down in the deep and warm blue sea you will meet sting rays, amber jacks, scorpions, bream, grouper, cuckoo, wrasse, and now and then a sea turtle.

The underwater terrain is furthermore an ideal place for octopus and moray eel, colourful sponges, corals, as well as treasures from ancient times. You can choose from over twenty div