Photo Diary Part I: Turkish Cyprus
I visited a friend in Cyprus during the height of summer: July
Given that I could have gone anytime I’m not quite sure what went through my mind when I booked during the school holidays! Having said that I’m lucky to have a friend that lives there and knows the Island pretty well, so for the most part we avoided the over touristy places.
Aside from the Turkish and Greek divide (North and South respectively), before I visited, my knowledge of Cyprus was pretty sketchy. I learned a lot about the history and culture from just the 10 days of my trip. The Island really is bursting with culture and history, the food is amazing and the coastlines are simply stunning. The North and South offered two sides to the Island that had obvious parallels, yet felt distinct in their respective culture, food and people. Naturally I wanted to visit as much of both North/South to see the contrast. We took a few road trips and over the 10 days managed to go from the most Eastern point of the Island, Dipkarpaz, to the most Western tip, Latchi and Polis, stopping at places such as Pan Handle, Famagusta, Aphrodite’s rock and Larnaca, as well as smaller towns and beaches.
Dipkarpaz and Pan Handle
(1-5) The coastline on the drive up was stunning and completely untouched
(6-10) A little region called Taslica. This place had the most beautiful beaches and the most crystal clear waters
(11-14) Naturally we whipped out the underwater camera!
(15-21) Pan Handle is the most western tip of the Island, and in my opinion, probably one of the most beautiful parts of Cyprus. If I was to recommend one place to see it would be a drive along this coastline – totally untouched, secluded and charming.
(22-25) More Pan Handle
Famagusta: Varosha region and Ghost Town
(1/2/3) Famagusta City Walls and little bazaars and Tavernas lining the street. This place had a Middle Eastern and Turkish charm with those bold, bright and brash colours!
Wish I got to explore more of this part of the Island!