Jeanice Singh

A Welcoming Tour in Northern Cyprus

Jeanice Singh
A Welcoming Tour in Northern Cyprus

Kyrenian Mountains, Coast & Castles 1st – 8th April, 2012

In the first week of April I went to Northern Cyprus. I’ve just come back and I can say without hesitation that this was the best holiday I have ever had.

Northern Cyprus belongs to Turkey and is largely Muslim. I had wondered what it would be like, and as this was the only week available at that time where the weather was likely to be good, and the price was within my budget, I decided to go.

It was fantastic. The Turkish Cypriots were welcoming, helpful and surprisingly laid back. The weather was wonderful. We had blue skies and lots of sun every single day. The food was amazing.

I am a strict vegetarian and I never have high expectations when I go abroad but for once, it wasn’t a problem. The Turks serve mezze which you can have as a starter or as a main meal. Most of the mezze are vegetarian. Everything is freshly made from local produce so even the simplest foods taste great. And there’s plenty of variety. At one restaurant where we made a meal of the mezze, I counted twenty-two different dishes.

The accommodation was perhaps a bit basic but perfectly adequate and very clean. There was plenty to see, and the walks we went on were all different and all really interesting.

Hilarion Castle is an absolute must, even if you can’t manage to climb to the top! We had a terrific leader with a quirky sense of humour but a clear commitment to our safety and enjoyment.

And to top it all, the group I was in were the friendliest people ever. The conversation flowed at meal times and we all got on extremely well together. No one wanted the holiday to end.