North Cyprus is a defacto independent state located in the northern region of Cyprus. The state is officially named the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). The country has a beautiful array of great sites and ancient architecture, perfect for historians and travellers. The area has tempted many conquerors due to its natural beauty, from the Romans to the Persians and the Byzantine.
The area of North Cyprus contains many great historical sites and ruins. The Salamis Ruins near Famagusta is one of the country’s most popular tourist sites. The area is located on the Eastern shore of the state. It was originally founded by the Egyptians in 260 BC and was then later ruled by the Ottomans and the Venetians. The remains that you can visit are from the Roman period. Due to wars and medieval builders raiding the site for stone, the city fell into decline. The historic area runs for over 1 kilometre with a sandy beach alone the entire site. The ruins are near to many cafes and restaurants and people that provide traditional handcrafts.
Kyrenia is a small harbour town located at the north of the island. The area is said to date back to the 10th Century BC where the harbour was the crown jewel in the ancient fishing village. Today the area has a wide array of different cafes and restaurants to visit. Tourists can sit and relax while having a meal or coffee and see the great views of the harbour and the Five Finger Mountains. Located at the bottom of the mountains are some small charming old villages if you plan to explore different areas while visiting the country.
Sabina Shaida is Managing Director at Mosaic Holidays.