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First time to Northern Cyprus - where to stay (villa)

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First time to Northern Cyprus - where to stay (villa)

We are thinking about going to Nothern Cyprus in mid October but don't know anyone who's been and so don't know which resort is best to stay in - can anyone help?? We'll probably hire a villa rather than stay in a hotel. I've heard that it might be better to fly to Larnaca rather than Ercan to get a better choice of airlines / prices etc - is this correct?? We've visited Cyprus before but went to the South and it was almost 10 years ago!! Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated!!

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1. Re: First time to Northern Cyprus - where to stay (villa)

Hi

I personally think a villa is the best choice in terms of space and value for money. We have a rental villa www.villarockheart.com but it is fully booked until the 4th November so can't help you there. However, I would recommend that you look on www.ownersdirect.com or www.holidaylettings.co.uk and you will find a large selection of lovely homes for rent.

Regarding airports/airlines: we would always prefer to fly to Ercan because it is so much nearer to the villa than Larnaca plus its simply a much better airport, more spacious and far less queuing. However, it is totally dependant on whether you can find a good flight at a price you like for your dates. There is a company called Transit Travel who specialise in flights to Northern Cyprus and I would recommend you look at their website/give them a ring - you'll find them on google. If Ercan doesn't work out, then go for Larnaca.

Airport transfers: you'll need a hire car for your holiday. Hire the car from a company in North Cyprus and they will arrange airport transfer for you. You will pick up/drop off the car at your villa. If you fly into/out of Ercan, the transfers are normally foc with car hire. Our local company charges £40 each way per party to Larnaca. Good value to take all the stress out of arrival and departure.

There's lots of info on our website re restaurants and activities too.

Hope this helps - be glad to help further, just ask

Allie

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2. Re: First time to Northern Cyprus - where to stay (villa)

Hi

Are you a couple, family, like the beach, want peace and quiet, want nightlife?

If you can give a bit more info about your likes and dislikes it will be easier to recommend a good area for your villa holiday.

Jo

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3. Re: First time to Northern Cyprus - where to stay (villa)

Great website by the way Allie, and your villa looks wonderful. I'm not surprised you're fully booked.

Regards.

Jo

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4. Re: First time to Northern Cyprus - where to stay (villa)

Nicky - the resort to stay in is Kyrenia. That is the main tourist centre of north Cyprus and it is where the best restaurants and bars can be found, not to mention the harbour area that you see on all the photos.

Unfortunately, Kyrenia is not a "resort" as such, ie. it is not concentrated into a small area like Paphos, Limassol, Ayia Napa, Protaras etc. The majority of the private accommodation is found in the outlying villages/settlements which make car hire or taxi rides essential.

If you don't mind driving out or getting taxis in the evening then the villages of Catalkoy, Ozankoy or Dogankoy are not too far away. Bellapais is a good 15 minute drive but the lower part can be as little as a 5 minute drive away. If you choose somewhere like Lapta or Esentepe then you will have about a 25 minute drive to get to Kyrenia. All this is fine if you don't want to have a drink with your evening meal.

The majority of the outlying villages have some restaurants and bars but if you want to be where the main concentration is and not have to drive to get to the centre then you are going to be limited to the hotels in Kyrenia such as the Dome, Colony, Rocks, Pia Bella and Sammys.

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There are of course a lot of restaurants in Kyrenia itself but certainly not the best or best value for money. Alsancak (about 15-20 mins car ride West of Kyrenia) is a very good base and there are loads of good restaurants in the vicinity.

Another good option would be the village of Ozankoy. This is about 10 minutes East of Kyrenia and again has lots of restaurants in the area.

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6. Re: First time to Northern Cyprus - where to stay (villa)

Hi everyone,

Thanks for your posts - they're really helpful. There will be two couples, me & my hubby and my Mum & Dad who are in their early 60's. We'd want somewhere with restaurants preferably within walking distance although we will have a car and can take it in turns to drive. It would be nice though not to have to get in the car to go everywhere. Is Kyrenia town suitable or too built up? If not there where else would be good (also taking into account that I'm a fussy eater - was vegetarian but have ventured into some fish)! Is the weather still fairly warm in October? Thanks again for all your help & advice!

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Re flights: Try looking at Pegasus Airlines. Have not been to N. Cyprus/tried them before but I booked through their website this week for this month and got a couple of Stansted-Ercan (daytime) flights for a total £485, even less than the cheapest flights I could find to Larnaca. This is because Pegasus are doing a 25% Ramadan discount for all customers at the moment. However, I can't remember whether this is just for flights taken during Ramadan (which finishes end of this month) or whether it extends to flights which are booked during Ramadan as well - probably best to ring their helpline to ask. The price you pay will not be the one you see at the bottom of the first page after you pick the flights you want. You will need to make sure you check the "Ramazan" discount circle when you go through the booking process (after the part where you enter the passengers' names I think). Hope this helps.

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8. Re: First time to Northern Cyprus - where to stay (villa)

Hi Nicky

My advice would be to stay somewhere to the west of Kyrenia - Yesiltepe, Alsancak, Ilgaz, Edremit or possibly Bellapais.

The first group of places are about 15 mins drive from Kyrenia, and about 5 minutes from a whole host of restaurants all along the main Kyrenia - Lapta road. There are also nice beaches albeit developed along this part of the coast.

Bellapais is a very picturesque village maybe 10 mins from Kyrenia and a little further from a beach. However, you can walk around it at night and there are several restaurants, albeit a bit touristy. Still, if you really didn't want to drive in the evening it's a better bet than Kyrenia itself which I wouldn't stay in under any circumstances (far too noisy and dusty).

BTW: thank you very much Cyprusio for the kind comment on our villa!

Allie

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9. Re: First time to Northern Cyprus - where to stay (villa)

Sorry NIcky

Just to make it plain - Bellapais is not to the west of Kyrenia, it was the exception!

Allie

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10. Re: First time to Northern Cyprus - where to stay (villa)

Hi

Thanks again for your posts - I notice that the pegasus flights are via Istanbul, how long is the actual flight time including the stop there? It's not easy to tell from their website.

Are all flights to Northern Cyprus routed via Turkey?

Thanks

Nicky

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