Walking in North Cyprus: When to Go and How to Get There
Have you thought about taking a walking holiday in North Cyprus this spring on the hottest, driest island in the Mediterranean? Here’s what I love about this beautiful island:
- the warmth of the sun for 9 hours daily, 340 days per year
- breathtakingly varied and beautiful landscapes
- Crusader castles, hidden monasteries and classical ruins
- abundant wild flowers carpeting the paths
- delightfully friendly and hospitable people
- traditional Turkish cuisine
When to Go
April in Cyprus is warm and sunny, ideal for walking holidays or sightseeing and at this time of year wonderful wild flowers abound, sunsets are spectacular and the clear night skies are alive with twinkling stars. It is, undoubtedly, a real walker’s paradise with its mountain paths, forest trails and sandy beaches. The summer months are far too hot for walking and although temperatures in the autumn are comfortably balmy, the countryside inevitably looks parched after the hot dry summer. Spring starts in February when the wild orchids start to appear; however during February and early-mid March night-time temperatures can be decidedly chilly and these are the months when there can be heavy rainfall. For more details follow this link.
How to Get There
It’s not easy to take yourself to TRNC (Turkish Republic of North Cyprus) without a little knowledge and forward planning. On our first trip we travelled with Pegasus Airlines from Stansted. We did not at the time realise that TRNC is not recognised outside Turkey and therefore not only does the plane have to touch down at Istanbul, waiting on the tarmac for about an hour, but there is no reference whatsoever at your departure airport to Ercan, North Cyprus’s airport: it’s as though it doesn’t exist! Finally, after making a number of enquiries, we were directed to the Istanbul flight: still no-one mentioned Ercan! In fact I was quite surprised to find a website for the airport! For a comprehensive comparison website for flights, see skyscanner.
Don’t let that put you off however. It’s easier to fly to Larnaca in the south since the borders opened. Some Turkish and Greek Cypriot taxi drivers hold special licences that allow them to cross the border at Lefkosa (Nicosia) and hotels can arrange transfers. And there’s plenty of healthy competition between European airlines flying into Larnaca and consequently fares are reasonable.
A series of blog posts will follow on other topics including:
- Where to Stay
- Where to Walk
- North Cypriot Cuisine
- Places of Interest
If you are interested in joining a guided walking holiday departing on 28th March 2015, please visit Country Walks. And if you have any questions, I’m always happy to answer them.