Centuries of Heritage

The Turkish Cypriot culture is a rich and varied one with strong influences from Turkey and surrounding Mediterranean countries.

It combines these elements with a unique Cypriot approach and local traditions, but also shows influences from British and contemporary western cultures as well.

Turkish Cypriots are genuinely very friendly and helpful, and their language although Turkish, is of a unique Cypriot dialect. Communal life of North Cyprus is colourful and as its social values, traditions, customs and natural beauties vary extensively in a rich cultural context.

Museums and art galleries are good places to gain an insight as are local festivals, which are ideal to experience the Cypriot culture first-hand.

Folklore depicts the story of everyday life and represents Cypriot unity and identity. Several dances performed usually with men and women complimenting one another, the girls are seen to be more serene than their counterparts who display a range of traditional moves and skills.

Cuisine as diverse as the cultures that have helped create it, fresh local produce is used in preparing unique delicacies, served in typical Cypriot restaurants or meyhane’s.

Grapes have been pressed in Cyprus since the Bronze Age, visits to some of the distinguished vineyards providing a complete insight and experience of the NCY wine culture

A prime spot for ecotourism due to its unspoilt nature and prominence on local life, North Cyprus is a destination that truly takes you far away from the hum of fast paced western culture.

A shopping focus predominantly on markets rather than big shopping centres, all part of the experience and a chance to get involved in the local Mediterranean life. Everything from fresh produce to proud NCY handicrafts, carrying forward years of cultural heritage and expertise dating to the Venetian era.   

North Cyprus is proud of its rich and diverse cultural heritage, which stretches back more than 9,000 years. Take a look for yourself.

Buyuk Hamam

Nicosia
From the olden days, Hamam’s have played a definitive role in the structure of cultures, a meeting place for social gatherings, body and soul

Mevlevi Tekke Museum

Nicosia
Sitting immediately inside the Girne Gate within the Ibrahimpasa quarter of Nicosia, the Mevlevi Tekke is one of the most important historical and

Dervis Pasha Mansion

Nicosia
This grand mansion located within the old city walls in the historical Arabahmet quarter of Nicosia bears the characteristics of traditional

Traditional Handicrafts

Many proud handicrafts of North Cyprus exist and are crafted to the very day, carrying forward years of cultural heritage and expertise.  The

Olives

In North Cyprus, as in other Mediterranean countries the olive tree can be seen everywhere, in the wild and under cultivation. Usually favouring

Eco Tourism

Kyrenia
Lefke
Iskele
The idea of ecotourism is to promote travel to places that have stayed relatively untouched by human intervention over the years. Defined

Folklore

Many countries around the world have a traditional dance that has been passed down through the generations and North Cyprus is certainly no

Evil Eyes

No matter wherever you visit in North Cyprus, it is inevitable that you will come across an evil eye gem. Everywhere in NCY, these blue beads locally

Cypriot Wineries

Vines have been grown and grapes have been pressed in Cyprus since the Bronze Age, a distinguished part of its culture. Surprisingly the first

Meyhane

Like Italy’s osterias, Spain’s bodegas and France’s bistros, Cyprus’ eating and entertainment houses, known as Meyhanes, are a

Cittaslow

Cittaslow is part of a global cultural trend known as the slow movement. An organisation founded in Italy, Cittaslow’s goals include

Bandabulya Nicosia

Nicosia
The island’s main marketplace has been operating for almost a century. The yard of Selimiye (St. Sophia) and Bedestan (St Nicolas Church) were used

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