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Cyprus

cyprus_photoGENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT CYPRUS 

Beautiful Environment

North Cyprus offers the perfect escape from the stresses of everyday life. Enjoying more than half of the island’s 480 milesof spectacular coastline,North Cyprusboasts a myriad of picturesque coves and beautiful broad bays backed by historical harbors and citrus groves. Whether it’s swimming on secluded stretches of sandy beaches in the Karpaz, enjoying the excellent facilities and activities of private hotel beaches or scuba-diving in one of the region’s spectacular dive sites, there’s a great choice for beach-lovers. Indeed, it’s no surprise that according to legend, Julius Caesar gave the island to Cleopatra as a token of his love.

World-famous Golden Beach

Further along the East coast, at the foot of the Karpaz peninsula in the Yeni Iskele district is Bo─čaz, a sleepy fishing village in an utterly tranquil location. Here, you are within easy reach of the Karpaz itself which boasts some of the island’s most deserted sandy beaches. The highlight of this area is the Golden Beach, one of the world’s finest and longest beaches, with magnificent sands that stretch for more than3 kilometres. The beach is fringed with magnificent sand dunes and it is here that turtles roam and make their nurseries.

Wildlife

North Cyprus is still relatively undiscovered so wildlife flourishes, with some 250 species of birds touching down on the island every year on the passage from East to West. There is also an abundance of lizards, wild donkeys and butterflies, including species which are unique to the region, such as the strangely-shaped festoon and Cleopatra butterflies adorned with the colors of sunshine. They are all part of a rich natural heritage on an island of contrasts that spans from the top of Mount Selvili’s 3000 feet to the gentle slopes of the coastal waters, where the famous loggerhead turtles come ashore to lay their eggs.

The warm climate inNorth Cyprusalso means visitors can enjoy beautiful flowers all year-round, making it a veritable botanic haven. In the autumn and winter golden-yellow oleanders swathe the hills, whilst multi-colored anemones and crocuses appear before Christmas. But it is in late winter and spring that the island blooms into a rhapsody of color with the orchid family and cherry-red poppies taking centre stage.

Climate

North Cyprus enjoys a very pleasant climate, with warm, dry summers and mild winters, and an average of 300 days of sunshine. In August, the hottest month, mean temperatures range from 21°C to 36°C and in the coldest months of January and February, the average temperature is around 10°C, with a winter average of 6 hours daily sunshine and only moderate rain, making it an ideal year-round destination.

Religion

The majority of the Turkish Cypriots are Muslim and although very few regularly attend mosque services or wear religious attire, most celebrate religious festivals.

Family Life

For Turkish Cypriots, family life is of ultimate importance and therefore a great amount of their free time is spent at family gatherings, barbeques and weddings. All towns and even some villages hold festivals many of which are in the early summer.

Cuisine

The culture of a place is always reflected in its kitchen, and Northern Cyprus is no exception. North Cyprus cuisine embodies influences from north (South-Eastern Europe), east (Western Asia), south (northern Africa), and west (Mediterranean) resulting in excellent choices from pasta dishes made of dough, raw and cooked vegetables, different types of seafood and meat kebabs, and finally mouth-watering deserts. Eating out is popular amongst locals and the choice of cuisine reflects this. In larger towns, a range of international restaurants also offer dishes from around the world.

Accommodation

There are dormitories for the international students who wish to live in the campus of the university they study. In addition, apartments, studio flats are offered in North Cyprus for the students who wish to stay outside of the campus. For more information, you can check the accommodation opportunities for each university by visiting its website separately.

Banking and Exchange

Currency is the Turkish Lira. Euro cheques, Travelers cheques,Sterling, Dollars and other major currencies may be used or exchanged throughout North Cyprus.