Make the most of 14 days in North Cyprus continued...

Day 7

The attractive village of Karmi (Karaman) nestled in mountains, just off the Karaoglanoglu Road, is arguable one of the most attractive villages in North Cyprus. Also known as the English Village, Karmi is home to many non-cypriots. The church which is open on Sundays (10.30 a.m. - 1 p.m.) is worth viewing, and houses the icon collection collected by residents from abandoned churches in the area. The village provides excellent photo opportunities and the blue entrance doors to the church have become synonymous with North Cyprus. The views of the coast from the village are a must, as is a refreshing drink or snack in either Karmi or its neighbouring village Edremit.

Day 8

The capital city of Nicosia is well connected to the coastal resort towns by dual carriageway. Taking the trip will provide both shopping opportunities, and also the opportunity to visit many places of historic interest, such as the Kyrenia Gate, Buyuk Hammam and Buyuk Han. Whilst in Nicosia, you will also see evidence of the continued division of Cyprus, as the border which separates the island crosses through the Capital.

Designer brands such as Karen Millen & Burberry are made in factories in North Cyprus. One factory outlet store, Nalken, stocks the latest high street branded goods for a fraction of the price you'd pay back in the U.K. Imitations are also available in the old town market stores.

The world famous "Buyuk Hammam", are the old Turkish baths which were used during the Ottoman era. The baths were regarded as a social activity, and the Hammam was the place where news would be exchanged and even marriages arranged. You can treat yourself to a massage, followed by a sauna and bath, where you can be scrubbed and washed down by a high-pressured jet. This practice is supposed to be good for the break up of cellulite and aids circulation.

Day 9

Take a drive to Famagusta, to visit the ancient ruins of Salamis. This most important ancient city of Cyprus remains the island's most prominent archaeological site. There is much to see here including the mosaic paved gymnasium, fresco-adorned walls of the baths, amphitheatre and the Royal Tombs. Roman and Byzantine monuments decorate the site, which was the first place in Cyprus to mint coinage.

The coast around Famagusta provides some impressive sandy beaches. You would be advised to take a dip in the see at either Glapsides near Salamis, or further down towards Famagusta town at the Palm Beach Hotel. Here you will also be able to see the closed city of Varosha, where the many Hotel towers of this once prosperous holiday resort remain empty.

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Climate

The climate of Cyprus is typically Mediterranean. Summers (June to September) are hot and dry; winters (November to March) are moderately rainy, with a mild temperature. Spring and autumn are warm and pleasant. The average annual temperature is 20°C (68°F). Summer temperatures average 30°C (90°F) with the coldest months of January and February 10°C (50°F).

Uncrowded Sandy Beach

Uncrowded Sandy Beache

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