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Although still not internationally recognised as a country in its own right, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) has existed separately from Cyprus for more than 40 years. Its tumultuous creation in 1974 has left TRNC with nearly 40% of the country’s landmass, including what is generally considered to be the most attractive parts of the island and the greater number of visitor sites.
The small capital Kyrenia delights visitors with its imposing Venetian castle guarding its busy picture-postcard harbour, full of restaurants and bars. From Kyrenia a choice of Crusader castles, abbeys and churches, Greek ruins and timeless landscapes are all within easy travelling distance. The excellent climate makes this a year-round destination for those looking for either relaxation or cultural and historical treasures.
Weather & Climate
Cyprus has a sub-tropical climate with sunshine likely on most days of the year. Spring and autumn are pleasantly warm, while summer days are long, dry and hot with temperatures reaching the high 30s and even 40s. The heat is tempered by sea breezes in coastal areas.
When to go
The best time to visit for those who like the heat is June, July and August. September to January, and April to May tend to be quieter and are ideal for exploring the island and enjoying pursuits.