50 Things to do in North Cyprus
To make the most of your time in Northern Cyprus, we’ve compiled a list of 50 things to do while you’re here. The list is by no means exhaustive, but it does contain a few of our ideas for places to visit, things to see, and activities to try!
Take a trip to the stunning St Hilarion Castle, which is known throughout the world. This is where Walt Disney got the idea for Snow White’s castle, according to legend!
Visit Bellapais Abbey and take in the magnificent ruins; take a stroll to the picturesque Kyrenia Harbour and cool off with a drink; eat at Kervansaray Beach Bar, where you may enjoy a pizza while watching the beautiful sunset.
tour the Salamis ruins near Famagusta
experience a traditional Turkish Bath
•Take a break from reality and go karting for the day or night!
•De-stress with some friends by playing paintball!
•Explore the underwater world by scuba diving in a Mediterranean beach
•Enjoy the lovely scenery and smell of flowers while taking part in one of the flower walks available in hill
•Enjoy a round of golf
•Journey to the Karpaz peninsula and marvel at the island’s farthest tip, as well as its gorgeous beaches and unblemished scenery
•Witness the iconic donkeys in DipKarpaz National Park
•Watch turtles hatch during the months of August and September, a thrilling event by moonlight. •Take a leap from one of the highest mountains and paraglide down for some stunning vistas!
•Make the most of your day with one of the several Kyrenia harbour boat trips that usually come with lunch.
•Dance the night away under the stars at one of Catalkoy’s many outdoor clubs
•Take a peaceful stroll through Cypriot olive groves
•View the Famagusta city walls, which were designed by Leonardo Da Vinci.
•Observe a traditional Turkish belly dancer shake her hips in an exquisite performance!
•Come see the incredible Turkish Red Arrows fighter Jets put on their annual display in July!
•Visit the magnificent Kantara Castle
• Richard the Lionheart lived in Buffavento Castle- now you can too!
•Visit The Blue House, “Mavi Kosk.” It is open daily except Mondays and is located within a military area. Note: You have to leave your passport or photo identity at the gate when you enter.
• Unwind beneath The Tree of Idleness, the mulberry tree made famous in Laurence Durrell’s “Bitter Lemons of Cyprus.”
Visit the ruins of Vouni Palace, which are 250 meters above sea level on a cliff top, or head up to them in a cable car. Try out several of the area’s thrilling water sports such as windsurfing, para-sailing, jet skiing, banana boating and ringo rides!
Take home some real Turkish delight, which can be found in most supermarkets and tourist destinations. Visit the “Bandabulya,” Nicosia Market, a locally known as the “Bandabulya,” which is open every day.
•Experience the beauty of Guzelyurt – meaning “Beautiful Country” – home to gorgeous citrus orchards.
Sample traditional Turkish kebabs from some of the best local restaurants.
Dine with a view of the gorgeous ocean at Ambiance Restaurant.
• adjust to the local customs; plan a 1-3pm break!
• try your hand at bowling Kings Leisure Centre
Try out the traditional “Nargile” (Hubbly Bubbly, or Shisha, a flavored tobacco pipe) at Liman Harbor.
Take your chances and have a wager in one of the many casinos on the island.
• Kyrenia is home to many beautiful, affordable jewelry stores.
• See one of the world’s oldest shipwrecksruins on display inside Kyrenia Castle- it sank over 2,300 years ago!
•Bike through the Mediterranean hills for a day
•Dine on fresh fish at beautiful Kyrenia harbor
•Tour the museums in Nicosia, the capital
•Witness Turkish folk dancers perform a traditional dance
Take home some fake designer handbags, on sale in Kyrenia town centre, and eat helloumi cheese, a local favorite.
•Eat a REAL doner kebab!
Sample the local libations; Efes beer, raki, brandy sour and Turkish coffee.
Don’t just drink Turkish coffee – ask a local to read your coffee cup and see what the future has in store!
Learn how to play backgammon, the classic game you’ll see played in coffee shops by male customers.
The Lala Mustafa Pasa Mosque, which offers beautiful architecture and is the oldest building in North Cyprus, has a great history.