North Cyprus’s fantastic combination of long days,
plenty of sunshine, undisturbed natural surroundings and fantastic
coastal views makes it ideal year-round destination for activities.
There are several
interesting caves which await exploration in North Cyprus. One of
these natural caves is the Güvercinlik Cave near Alevkayasi
in Girne, but access to the cave involves some fairly difficult
climbing, so proceed with caution. There are three more caves in the
Gazimağusa area, the most beautiful of which is the Incirli Cave,
a hundred meter long passage cloaked with a beautiful assortment of
stalactites and stalagmites. The cave is open on Sundays (or by
special arrangement with the village muhtar) and there is a small
fee to enter. The Gastro Cave between Kuruova and Kaleburnu
villages is a man made cave containing three rooms - and nearby,
there is also the ominously named Execution Cave, near
Kaleburnu, where there is said to be a golden earthenware jar hidden
somewhere. There is one cave however, known as the Hot Cave,
north of the Ağirdağ village on the southern slopes of the Five
Finger Mountains that you should not try to enter, as it is a
partially collapsed natural formation which emanates hot air.
North Cyprus’ spectacular landscape and year-round warm climate
makes it an ideal for paragliding. Most paragliding companies offer
both tandem-flying for beginners and longer paragliding holidays,
where you can learn to ride the thermals and enjoy the freedom of
the skies. Most companies also collect and return passengers to and
from Girne to the main take-off site, which is just west of St.
Hilarion Castle, as well as providing full English-language
instruction and insurance.
If you prefer to go solo flying in North Cyprus, you must
team up with an established company, who will give their names to
the authorities, and fly with a local guide. These companies offer
equipment rental, and provide up to four flights a day, weather
There are several official camping sites in the Girne
and Gazimağusa areas which offer services such as showers, toilets,
restaurants and bars. However, the more intrepid traveller may wish
to venture out to more rural areas, where there are no such
facilities. There are no restrictions on such activities, except
that lighting fires in forested areas is an offence.
Iskele: Onur Camping
Kaplica: Kaplica Camping
Kumyali: Pelikan Camping
Lapta: Incirli Camping
Salamis: Salamis Camping
Yeni Erenköy: Yeni Erenköy (Belediye) Camping.
North Cyprus is ideal for cycling
enthusiasts of all abilities as the natural terrain is plentiful and
most roads are uncrowded outside of the main towns. There are no
restrictions to cycling, so you can enjoy exploring freely across
varied terrains – and the region offers a superb year-round climate,
especially between October and April, when the temperature varies
between 15°C and 25°C.
There is plenty to explore in
North Cyprus - from deserted pine clad tracks and challenging hill
climbs around the Five Finger Mountain Range to the friendly
white-washed Mediterranean villages and incredible coastal views –
as well as great ways to enjoy the evenings, with tantalising meals
of fresh local produce and a warm Turkish Cypriot welcome wherever
North Cyprus’s fantastic combination of long days, plenty of
sunshine, undisturbed natural surroundings and fantastic coastal
views make it an ideal year-round golfing destination.
There are two golf courses in North Cyprus:
Golf and Country Club (Esentepe)|
The Korienum is a professional 18-hole golf course and golf
academy built to international standards. Set against the
stunning backdrop of the Beşparmak (Five Finger) Mountains in
Esentepe, near Girne, golfers can enjoy stunning sea views and a
magnificent golf course that has been carved from a natural
forest of Umbrella Pines and Olive trees.
At Guzelyurt, some 30 miles west of Kyrenia and bordering
the coast in lovely surroundings, is Northern Cyprus' only golf
course. The CMC Golf Club is open every day to the public. Clubs
are available for hire at the clubhouse and the best days to
meet and play with the local members are Tuesdays and Thursdays.
To hire please call: +90-392-771 7422
To really explore pleasures of the rustic North Cyprus countryside,
you may like to try horse riding. Many of the clubs in North Cyprus
offer lessons and trekking excursions through the mountains, with
picnics and visits to historical sights included in the price.
Currently there are three riding clubs offering tours and training.
Çatalköy Riding Club
(Catalkoy - Girne)
Located 45 minutes east of Girne, the Çatalköy Riding Club
offers professional and fully guided riding holidays, mainly
through the Beşparmak (Five Finger) Mountain Range, with picnic
activities and visits to historical sights. Lessons are also
available for beginners. The trekking holidays include stays in
comfortable accommodation and organised catering.
Tunac Riding Club
(Karaoglanoglu - Girne)
Situated in Karaoğlanoğlu, Girne, this riding club is home to 42
horses. The club is ideal for lessons and certified courses,
with its well-sized paddock. The club also can arrange guided
tours with picnics. Tel: + 90 392 822 23 93 - 90 392 822 28 68
Cyprus Gardens Holiday Village
(Iskele - Gazimagusa)
Horse riding is one of this village’s many attractions; home to
17 horses, visitors can participate in guided tours around the
village or take lessons in the holiday village.
Tel: + 90 392 371 25 52 - 90 392 371 27 22
Hiking & Trekking
There are a myriad of wonderful walking trails in North Cyprus and
its mountains, which are best explored in the cooler spring and
autumn seasons when the countryside and wild flowers are blooming -
in spring, the mountains are rich with a rhapsody of woodland
flowers, and some 220 species of birds touch down on the island
every year on their migratory passage.
Hiking tours for people of all ages and physical disposition are
organized by a number of centers in the Girne area generally
conducted in the Girne mountain range. One particular tour party,
organized by "Mountain Climbing Sport Association", meets every
Sunday between October and the end of April, and twice a month
(again on Sundays) between the summer months from May to the end of
September. During the winter, the tour program is published at the
beginning of every month explaining the route and where to meet etc.
All walks, as well as being good exercise, endeavour to show walkers
interesting natural and historical features. The tours generally
start at 7.30 am and finish between 10 and 11 am. It is essential
that you wear proper grooved walking shoes. You must also take your
own water, and a hiking stick is advisable.
Join local walking tours with a knowledgeable guide to best
experience the abundance of local wildlife. Most hotels and tour
operators can arrange a walking tour from your hotel, or can advise
you about other organized tours.
The ZET International Karting Circuit, which
exceeds the highest European standards and has one of the best
racing surfaces in the region, has become a frequent stop for the
fans of the sport since its opening on the 20th of May 2000.
This remarkable structure which is un-matched even in Europe and is
expected to contribute immensely to the Karting sport, provides
drivers with 5 different racing distances, namely 300, 600, 900,
1100 and 1200 meters.
The asphalt platform is 7 meters wide and has sand and earth
barriers. Tel:(+90 533) 866 6173)
In less than a
decade, the sport of paintball has become one of the world's most
exciting outdoor participation sports. Paintball is played in over
two dozen countries by millions of men and women of all ages, races
Paintball is a combination of the childhood games of "Tag" and "Hide
and Seek", but much more challenging and sophisticated. Although
there are many different styles of games, typically a group of
players will divide into two teams to play "Capture the Flag". The
object of the game is to capture the opposing team's flag while
preventing them from capturing your own. As you attempt to capture
the flag, you can also eliminate opposing players by tagging them
with a paintball expelled from a special CO2-powered paintball gun.
Games usually have a time limit of 15 to 30 minutes depending on the
type of game being played. Win or lose, everyone has a great time
and there's always the next game waiting for you.
A paintball is a round, thin-skinned gelatin capsule with coloured
liquid inside it. When a player is tagged bye a paintball, the thin
gelatin skin splits open, and the liquid inside leaves a bright
"paint" mark (or a "splat" mark). A player who is marked by a
paintball is eliminated from the current game. The "paint", which is
non-toxic, non-caustic, water-soluble and biodegradable, rinses out
of clothing and off of skin with mild soap and water.
Paintball is a very safe sport when the safety rules are followed.
Players must always wear special goggles and masks, made
specifically for paintball, to protect their eyes and faces during
the game and while in any area where shooting of paintballs is
permitted, such as the target range. Paintball guns are tested with
a chronograph to ensure the paintballs do not exceed a safe speed
(generally 300 fps). Referees are on the field to control the game,
enforce rules of safety and fair play, and assist players with their
Paintball is a sport played by people from all professions and
lifestyles. It is a sport where men and women compete equally, and
where age is not dominated by youth. Physical size and strength are
not nearly as important as cunning and determination. Being able to
think quickly and decisively and good sportsmanship is what makes
you a winner. Above all, paintball is fun. It's a chance to relax
from your day-to-day responsibilities and rekindle your spirit of
TRNC Shooting Federation was
first born in 1974 under the name of Hunting and Shooting
Federation. In 1996 Hunting and Shooting was divided into two
different federations, Hunting Federation and Shooting
Federation,which is the Federation standing now.
According to the embargo which is held against TRNC, we are not able
to participate in any international competitions, which we have been
struggling for many years. Considering all these negativity, we are
still continuing to stand on our own feet.
Shooting in TRNC is done with the rules of ISSF and International
norms with international, modern and high technology ranges. Gonyeli
Shooting Range has Trap Range, Trap-Skeet Range, Compaq Sporting
Range, Skeet Range and Magosa Shooting Range has Trap Range and