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  • 1. Olu Deniz, Turkey ©Loretta Prince Turkey & North CyprusFrom the most famous turquoise waters and lagoon beach in Turkey to the pretty villages and old-world charm of North Cyprus, it’s not hard to see why these two gems are so popular.
  • 2. NORTH CYPRUS IS ONE OF THE MED’S BEST KEPT SECRETS AND JUST 40 MILES FROM ONE OF THE WORLD’S TOP TRAVEL DESTINATIONS, TURKEY. Turkey and North Cyprus are hugely popular with British tourists, North Cyprus for its slow pace of life, value for money and delightful village-feel and Turkey offers a fascinating experience for those seeking something a bit different. TURKEY is a vast country between the Black Sea, the Mediterranean and the Middle East and now well-established as a tourist destination, with some highly popular resorts around its lengthy coasts. It bears testimony to millennia of successive civilisations, but still offers ‘virgin’ territory for the adventurous traveller, while remaining a friendly and welcoming place. Turkey’s cultural capital Istanbul, is set to be an even hotter destination in 2010 when it becomes European Capital of Culture. The city will host a huge variety of arts and cultural events throughout the year. In addition to the hubbub of modern life, there are beautiful and historic buildings like the colossally-domed St Sophia – first a cathedral, then a mosque, now a museum – and the fabulous Topkapi, palace of the Ottoman sultans. Outside of Istanbul, Mugla, home to tourism centres Bodrum, Marmaris and Fethiye, boasts 1100 km of coastline, scenic natural beauty, temperate climate, plentiful activities, historical sites and excellent resorts and infrastructure; the British make up half of all visitors to the region. The Mediterranean coast in the south is also popular with sun-seekers. Its western portion, known as the Turquoise Coast, boasts popular resorts such as Antalya and Side as well as an important wildlife area in Belek. The Black Sea coast in the north is more rugged, but does have its share of sandy-beached resorts. The interior, on the other hand, is a memorable destination for the more intrepid traveller, with dramatic, empty landscapes, as well as several ski resorts. NORTH CYPRUS combines beautiful bays and enchanting sights with a sunny climate all year round, making it an ideal get- away for every season. Located at the crossroads of three continents, North Cyprus is a hotbed of historical wonders, a beautiful secret touched by heaven. The island is scattered with a peculiar array of architectural styles. Every corner is of historic importance, from the ruins of classical Salamis, Lambousa and Soli Kingdoms to the romantic Crusader castles of St Hilarion, Bufavento and Kantara, perched along the Kyrenia Mountains. However, those who would rather lie out on the beach will not be disappointed. On the East Coast, between Famagusta and Bogaz, a sandy beach stretches out for a full 15 miles. On the North Coast, smaller coves, isolated creeks and cosy beaches are the norm for well over 20 miles. A labyrinth of craft shops, ancient sites and family-owned restaurants await exploration in North Cyprus’ vibrant towns, whilst the depths of the crystal-clear azure seas offers many of the region’s best dive sites. On the two sides of Karpas peninsula, a large expanse of immaculate dunes is bordered with tamarisk and wild olives groves. Visit the most beautiful Guzelyurt Bay nearby, which is the heart of the citrus groves extending as far as Yesihrmak village further enhancing Northern Cyprus’ claims to be an unforgettable destination. North Cyprus enjoys a very pleasant climate with an average of 300 days of sunshine every year Choice Villas & Apartments 2010 67 North Cyprus Golden Beach
  • 3. Fact file As European Capital of Culture for 2010, ISTANBUL will host a full calendar of arts and cultural events throughout the year. Highlights include: European Universities Theatre Festival (2–16 May); the 3rd International Poetry Festival (May) and the opening of the Museum of Innocence, based on Orhan Pamuk’s latest novel, in the summer. www.istanbul2010.org Festivals are an exciting feature of life in NORTH CYPRUS, including international music festivals such as the annual Bellapais Music Festival in May-June, which brings together classical musicians from around the world. TURKEY is the centre of origin for more that 30 species of fruits. In the Black Sea Region:Tea, kiwi and hazelnut. In the Mediterranean Region: Bananas, avocados, olives and citrus fruits. In Central and Eastern Anatolia: Grapes, apricots, walnuts and pomegranates grow. The Korineum Golf and Country Club, the first eco-friendly professional 18-hole golf course and golf academy built to international standards in NORTH CYPRUS opened last year. Based in Esentepe in the region of Girne (Kyrenia) it is set against the stunning backdrop of the Beşparmak (Five Finger) Mountains on one side and the Mediterranean Sea on the other. Turkey's volcanic heritage has meant that the country is dotted with THERMAL SPRINGS where steaming water heated deep underground has found an outlet at the surface. The Aegean region's gem is the UNESCO world heritage site of Pamukkale east of Izmir, or 'Cotton Castle' in Turkish, a hot spring whose water cascades gently over giant calcified tiers. Tourist Office www.gototurkey.co.uk 020 7839 7778 info@gototurkey.co.uk www.northcyprus.cc 020 7631 1930 info@northcyprus.cc Official language Turkish Average seaside temperatures (August) North Cyprus, 21ºC–36ºC Turkey, 26ºC–30ºC Currency Turkish Lira Average flying time from UK 4 hours Local time GMT+2 Did you know? St Nicholas – the original Santa Claus – was born in Patara in Turkey and has a church dedicated to him in Demre. Due to international requirements, all flights into North Cyprus have to touch down, in transit, at any airport in Turkey. The stop-over is about 30- 45 minutes and there is usually no change of aircraft. Two of the world's seven wonders are located in Turkey; The Temple of Artemis and The Halicarnassus Mausoleum. North Cyprus Turkish Glass Mosaic Lanterns ©Loretta Prince Olu Deniz, Turkey ©Loretta Prince Choice Villas & Apartments 201068
  • 4. Please quote CVA when replying to ads NorthCyprus,Turkey Choice Villas & Apartments 201070

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