The east coast is famous for its outstanding beaches and fascinating historical sites and retains a irresistible sleepy charm whilst offering all necessary holiday/living amenities.
Historical highlights include the extensive Roman ruins of Salamis; one of the most impressive historical sites in the Eastern Mediterranean.
The medieval walled city of Famagusta, St Barnabas Monastery and the Tombs of the Kings where Cyprusâ€™s kings of old are buried
The Famagusta area is experiencing exciting growth with new shops, bars and restaurants, Hospital and international ferry services.
All this affords visitors a taste of the old Cyprus whilst providing excitement and entertainment.
For those that like nightlife, there are discos in Famagusta and Ayia Napa is just over the border, 40 minutes by car.
Bogaz, whilst a small town, is a bustling place and is home to a pretty harbour, some small hotels and b&bs; as well as harbour restaurants, with fish obviously playing a large part in the menu on offer at any establishment! It’s a pleasant place to while away a day, and has some nice little stretches of beach either side of the town to enjoy. The quayside of the harbour is also a busy little place with pleasant well-tended gardens that are a joy to visit.
In the evenings Bogaz comes alive with local music and entertainment to keep visitors occupied, and locals often come down to walk along the harbour to discuss the day’s happenings and meet with family and friends.
As a tourism area it can cater for most people’s appetites - whether it be water sports, boat tours, hiring a car or going on a walking or island tour that you’re after - so it’s a nice place to stay if you want to be a little out of the way of the main larger towns and cities, but within reach of plenty to keep you busy in the way of water sports in North Cyprus. Bogaz is also a great place to have a base if you’re interested in exploring the far eastern Karpaz Peninsula, as well as going south to visit Famagusta.
The nearby town of Mehmetcik, located further along the coastal road, is also a great place to visit with its popular yearly Grape Festival which is usually held in August. Another find on the road from Mehmetcik to the village of Sazliköy is the tiny Byzantine church of Panayia Kyra which was built around the 6th century; the surrounding area is home to the ruins of an ancient Roman city.
Another area of importance, due to its designation as the Tourism Area of North Cyprus for future years, is Bafra. The coastline has been decreed a tourism area .
The town of Iskele in North Cyprus (also known as Yeni Iskele or Trikomo), is located on the south east coastal area and on the main road which heads towards the Karpaz Peninsula area. It’s close to the harbour town of Bogaz, which is a very pretty old fishing village that still retains some of its authenticity whilst also being able to accommodate tourism.
Iskele can be reached by the Geçitkale road via Lefkosa, turn left at the coastal junction and after just a few miles you will find the town. Alternatively, for a more scenic journey from Kyrenia, take the north west coast road via Esentepe turning inland at Mersinlik or Kaplica, following the signs for Iskele and Bogaz.
Yeni ‘New’ Iskele located in the south of the island, .
Historically Iskele is an important area with the town of Bogaz also having originally been a Turkish settlement, and it is also well known for its pomegranate growing. In the town centre of Iskele you will find a small Dominican chapel called Ayios Iakovos, which was originally built around the 15th century. History tells us that Queen Marie of Romania was so taken with the chapel that she commissioned a replica to be made for her family’s use back home in Romania.
Iskele is also the venue for some important regional festivals in North Cyprus such as the Iskele International Folk Dance Festival, normally held in June every year, featuring visiting nations competing for the best folk dance group title; and also the Iskele Festival which is held yearly in June/July time, and which hosts competitions, displays and plenty of outdoor cooking!
From Iskele town, turning further inland on the main Geçtikale road, you will find the church of Panayia Theotokos, a 12th century domed building which has been restored in recent years and reopened to the public as an Icon Museum. Most of the icons in the church are from fairly modern times, and they are not just from Iskele but from all over the island. You can see some stunning frescoes at the museum too, in particular a painting of Christ in the domed ceiling, and one of the Virgin Mary located in the apse, which was actually an addition in the 15th century of Frankish-Byzantium style.
Further inland on the Geçitkale road, heading back towards Lefkosa, you can find the village of Çinarli if you turn right at the town of Geçitkale. Çinarli, located in the foothills of the Besparmak Mountains, is home to Incirli Cave (Incirli meaning fig), the biggest natural cave in North Cyprus. Its passage runs for around 100 metres and contains both stalactites and stalagmites.
In 1995 the cave was opened to the public for a small fee, and is open to view on Sundays at the time of writing, but it is also possible to ask for it to be opened by speaking to the town’s local Muhtar.
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