One of the biggest draws for North Cyprus holidaymakers is its fantastic beaches. Whether you prefer rugged and unspoiled or like to have your drinks served direct to your sunbed, you are sure to find your own favourite beach.


North Cyprus has well over half the island's 240 miles of coastline, and offers a good mix of golden sand, secluded rocky coves and sheltered bays. The best North Cyprus beaches are to be found in the Karpaz region and down to the Gazimagusa (Famagusta) Bay area, where uninterrupted stretches of golden sand are gently lapped by the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean.


Kyrenia (Girne) offers plenty of great beaches too, so if it's sun, sea and sand you're after you will be spoilt for choice. Beach clubs dotted along this part of the coast offer sun beds, toilet and shower facilities, as well as the opportunity to try your hand at a range of water sports, including windsurfing and jet skiing. Open to the public, beach clubs in North Cyprus typically charge a daily entrance fee for use of the amenities on site.

If you prefer your beaches a little wilder, the Karpaz Peninsula National Park, or Cyprus's 'panhandle' as it is known, offers secluded coves backed by lush, rolling sand dunes. Blissfully free from mass-market tourism and over-development, the Peninsula is home to a wealth of flora and fauna indigenous to the island; amongst the most famous residents are the endangered Green and Loggerhead turtles, and the wild donkeys, which roam the glorious countryside.

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