Quality of life

North Cyprus excellent infrastructure, high quality of life, low cost of living and generous tax incentives attract people from all over the world. Mountainous villages, crystal clear waters, sandy beaches, green valleys, 340 days of sunshine a year. 

When you visit North Cyprus you will find the Turkish Cypriot people to be the warmest, most welcoming and generous people you will ever meet.

One of the obvious reasons people come to Cyprus is the undeniable contrast of being in a cold country to one that is ideally suited to outdoor living, with practically guaranteed sunshine and short winter periods.  In the coastal regions in high season, people enjoy the sun, sea and quiet beaches however, some prefer cyprus in the low season, when tourists are few and the climate is still warm enough to enjoy the outdoors.  Whatever the season you will find Northern Cyprus one of the safest places in the world. There is virtually no crime and the hospitality of Turkish people leaves you feeling relaxed and stress free.  

You can now move more freely between the north and south.  You can enter on a visa on arrival basis and their are no longer any restrictions in place, which in turn is further improving the tourism sector.  It is hoped that with a solution the international sanctions and trade embargoes will be phased out.

Turkish Cypriots are Turkish-speaking and take pride in their Ottoman heritage. The Turkish Cypriot identity and culture is heavily based on family ties linked to parents, siblings, and relatives and even neighbors are considered important.  There is an emphasis given to helping those in need. Most lives revolve around social activities and family gatherings of which food is a central feature. 

The cuisine is Mediterranean style influenced by different cultures throughout history.  The emphasis is placed on fruits, vegetables, red meat, poultry, fish and lots of olive oil. When eating out you will find that the dishes are homemade and the service very personal.

Folk dancing, music, and art are an integral part of Turkish Cypriots’ culture.  Festivals in North Cyprus have become extremely popular over the past few years, often featuring different cultural events. Most North Cyprus cultural events take place in historical locations such as Kyrenia Castle, Othello’s Tower, Bellapais Abbey, and the Salamis Amphitheatre.

The cost of living in North Cyprus is still relatively low compared to other Mediterranean countries even though our economy has seen continuous growth since the division of the island.  This is partly due to the popular tourism sector and the government’s program of economic development in this sector.

North Cyprus has it all and more. You can discover rare plants and wildlife, such as orchids and Greenback turtles, or you can simply curl up with a good book in the warm sunshine under your very own tree of idleness. The possibilities are endless.