Turkish North Cyprus is one the best-kept secrets of the Mediterranean. It has the best local weather, food, people and a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere. Although culturally in many ways it is part of the middle east, visitors feel at home no matter which country they come from. It is the only country I know where I can pay in Turkish Lira, UK Sterling, and Euro as well as credit cards in most shops without having to visit an exchange bureau. English is also widely spoken as well as Turkish.
Every time you visit you will find a new interesting place to go to or explore. In my most recent visit, I found an interesting place in Karsiyaka to the west of Girne (Kyrenia). The Horseshoe Beach Restaurant is perched on a cliff overlooking a horseshoe-shaped bay offering beautiful views, a lovely atmosphere and sunny outdoor dining area. The owner Apo Arslan has a unique collection of collectable antique and new items hanging in his establishment, as well as a peaceful, carpeted Ottoman style sitting area with floor cushions available for adventurous souls to recline and rest in if they wish. [Read more…]