NORTHERN CYPRUS

NORTHERN CYPRUS

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Magical Northern Cyprus boasts over 120 miles of sun-kissed sand, secluded coves and sheltered bays, all gently lapped by the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean. A haven of natural tranquility, beguiling charm and oozing with a laid back character, it is the perfect place to combine a little golf and culture and life in the slow lane!

Legend tells that Northern Cyprus was gifted to Queen Cleopatra by Julius Caesar as a token of his love for her, although in all probability, it was the whole of Cyprus and not just the north.

The third largest of the Mediterranean islands, Cyprus sits at the crossroad of three great continents, Europe, Asia and Africa. Such is its strategic significance that in its 10,000 year history dating back to the Neolithic times, it has been occupied by the Ancient Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, Byzantines, Ottomans and, until it gained independence in 1960, the British! Each civilization has left its legacy, not to mention a myriad of archeological treasures.

The history between Cyprus and Britain has been intricately intertwined for centuries, from being conquered by Richard the Lionheart during the crusades (he married his Queen, Berengaria, in Limassol) to becoming a British colony in1878. Britain still retains sovereignty over two tracts of territory in Cyprus today and vehicles in Cyprus both North and South drive on the left side of the road.

Following independence, there was an uneasy alliance between the Greek and Turkish Cypriots who were in the minority, until in 1974 a Coup D’état left Turkey fearing annexation of the island to Greece. The result was an invasion by Turkish forces and the occupation of the northern third of the island and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus was declared. To this day, Turkey is the only country that officially recognises Northern Cyprus and as such travel to and from the country has been problematical. However, a thawing of relations between North and South has improved in recent years and it is now possible to cross the border without too many problems, thus making flights to and from Larnaca a viable alternative.

Whilst tourism flourished at a rapid rate in the South, progress has been much slower in the North and many believe the North purveys the true essence of the island, almost as if time has stood still. Local bars and traditional restaurants abound particularly around the charming harbour of Kyrenia. Culture vultures will be in their element, as the North can boast as many, if not more, archeological gems as the South: temples, amphitheatres and medieval castles just waiting to be explored.

Northern Cyprus can hardly be deemed to be a golfing destination with only one golf resort, Korineum, but boy, what a peach of a resort it is! A golfing holiday in Northern Cyprus is a golfing experience with a difference and definitely one not to be missed. If you are seeking a relaxing golfing break plus much more, this is certainly the holiday for you. Book now, as….

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