Just got back this week - so what did I think?
Pockets of really beautiful coastline, pretty harbour,spectacular castles and some really interesting ruins however... horendous housing estates, particularly East of Girne, heavily marketed at every opportunity to us Brits. A large amount of building West of Girne particularly commercial premises most of which lie empty or uncompleted - not attractive.
Some lovely beaches to be found but apart from on the Karpas, the best ones seem to have been privatised by hotels etc. and I'm not sure whether they were good value as I refused to use them.
Actually not bad. Restaurant prices generally cheaper than the UK and supermarkets were well stocked, although anything imported was a ridiculous price.
Maybe I was looking in the wrong places but the shops were full of absolute tat at silly prices. I struggled to buy anything worthwhile to take home resorting to fake designer tee shirts as gifts!
I was extremely impressed by the roads. A real surprise as I wasn't expecting this.
Water - we were without water for a day in our first week when the tank was filled a day late. I can't say I enjoyed the experience particularly in that heat. Power cuts - no air conitioning another night, again not pleasant. Seems wimpy complaining as it must be awful for those living there but at the end of the day you don't want to slum it on holiday.
I got the impression that the North is changing dramatically and not necessarily for the better. I just hope they learn from their mistakes sooner rather than later. Would I go back? Yes, but I'm not sure this is a destination at the top of my list.