LUXURY HOLIDAY VILLA RENTAL, BAHCELI, KYRENIA, NORTHERN CYPRUS
History of Famagusta and Salamis
Further information for a trouble free holiday in North Cyprus.........................
The climate in North Cyprus is perhaps the best in the Mediterranean with long, hot summers and relatively cool, short winters. Boasting over 330 days of sunshine a year, the sea temperature is rarely below 17°C and rises to 28-32°C during summer months.
You can hire a car with your UK driving license and you drive on the left. Wearing seat belts is compulsory. All sign-posts are international and the roads in general are in a good state. There is a dual carriageway linking Kyrenia, Nicosia and Famagusta. Car rental is essential whilst exploring Northern Cyprus, if you require assistance with this please contact us as we have already sourced the best deals with reliable companies. They also drop off at the villa for your convenience.
The Turkish Lira (TL) is the local currency used in North Cyprus although UK sterling is widely accepted as is the Euro. Foreign currencies and travellers cheques are accepted in banks, hotels and exchange offices. Most credit cards can be used in many establishments. To compare the best rates available try the Travel Money Maximiser at Moneysavingexpert.com.
Northern Cyprus offers a well-organised banking system, with all normal banking facilities available. There are internationally known banks such as HSBC. Whilst some other banks operate their own branches in London and others have arrangements with major UK banks.
The cost of medical treatment in the local hospitals is lower than comparative care in the UK depending of course on the type of treatment required. Accident and emergency facilities are available at local hospitals. It is recommended that you seek a local GP, many of whom have had UK experience, for many minor ailments. Many drugs only available via prescription in the UK are readily available over the counter at pharmacies. Private healthcare is also available through a number of international medical insurance companies if required. Dental treatment is of a high standard and charges are generally much lower than in the UK. Remember that it is vital that you take out adequate travel insurance for the duration of your stay.
The official language is Turkish although English is widely spoken.
During the summer period (May-October), opening times vary. For information contact the Museum and Antiquities Department: (0090 392) 227 2916. During the winter opening hours are as follows: 9am - 2pm and 2pm - 4.25pm. Museums are closed on National holidays.
The Anglican Church of St. Andrews, Kyrenia is conveniently located near the town centre and services are held on Sundays and Thursdays. All Christian communities are welcome. The Roman Catholic Church is also based in the centre of Kyrenia with mass being celebrated on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month. Other Christian churches are located in Famagusta and Nicosia.
Popular souvenirs include: Copper, silver, bronze and onyx items, Turkish dolls, meerschaum pipes and tavla boards (backgammon), jewellery, leather clothes and textiles can be purchased at low prices. Shop opening times are between 8am - 1pm and 3.30pm - 8pm. Markets are open mornings only. The large supermarket chains are Lemar and Tempo all of which are well stocked. You can find many kinds of Turkish Cypriot craftworks in many places of the island.
From foreign countries dial 0090 392 followed by the number in North Cyprus. Town codes: Girne (Kyrenia) 81, Gazimağusa (Famagusta) 36, Lefkoşa (Nicosia) 22, Lefke (Lefka) 72 and Güzelyurt (Morphou) 71. Mobile Telecommunication Companies include KKTCELL (0533) and KKTC Telsim (0542) who both have roaming agreements with other major GSM Operators around world. A sim card can be purchased for around £12. This should then work in your own mobile phone whilst in North Cyprus.
Taxis are readily available to hire, especially in the summer season and the prices are extremely reasonable. I would however advise that a price is agreed before departure. There is also a collective taxi system mainly using minibuses known as Dolmus. Bus departures are frequent between big and smaller towns during the day.
Getting to Northern Cyprus couldn't be easier with a choice of flying to Paphos and Larnaca in the South or Ercan (pronounced Erjan) in the North. Transfers can be arranged from either airport direct to the villa. Car Hire collection can be arranged at any of the airports or from the villa. Please contact us for further details. Transfer times are approximately 2.5 hrs, 70mins and 35mins respectively.
240 Volts / 50 Hz. Plugs are to 3-pin English standard.
Water is a precious commodity anywhere but especially in North Cyprus. Please conserve water whenever possible. It is not advisable to drink the tap water, even if boiled. Bottled water is very cheap and all shops are well stocked. There is also a water cooler provided in the villa, free of charge, for your convenience.
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NORTH CYPRUS VILLA RENTAL - This site was last updated 20 November 2015
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