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Dave & Bev Lang, Manchester

The staff are so attentive, the place is immaculate and you leave all the stresses of the outside world behind you at the front door.

Tony & June Littleford, England

Once again we were treated to a fabulous 10 days of Sun and 5 star treatment from Ali and the Family.

David & Zoe Elcock, Gainsborough

If this family brewed lager it would “probably” beat Carlsberg!!

Arthur & Pamela Oliver, Pissouri

Once again we have had a wonderful time at Almond Holiday Village. The welcome given is outstanding.

About Us

Almond Holiday Village was built from scratch with a tremendous amount of hard work, belief & passion by current owner and director Mr. Ali Riza Asik. He bought the land in 1994, which was very dry and occupied with dead trees… Only a few trees to include “wild almond trees“ survived the lack of water and attention before purchase – thus our name.

Almond Holiday Village officially opened their doors to business on the 16th of April 1999. Since then Ali, Dervişe and their children, Gülten, Ahmet & Ayşe have been proudly running their  much loved business together.The family see their business as welcoming guests to their own home and their aim is to make sure each and every guest has a comfortable & memorable stay and enjoy Northern Cyprus as well as Almond Holiday Village.

Ali and his family have a 100% Turkish Cypriot Heritage and a passionate attention to detail which together with traditional Cypriot family culture, hospitality and friendliness will embrace you in an informal yet very professional way as soon as you walk through the Almond doors… The efficient service and family hospitality is guaranteed throughout your stay.

Each family member has superb knowledge of the Island and its history and would be more than happy to assist you with anything you wish to know. With the advantage of having lived in the UK all the family is fluent English speaking. The family live on site, available 24/7, therefore you can rest assured that any unexpected situation will be easily and quickly dealt with. Many of our staff have been with us since the beginning and are considered as part of the family. You will find that nothing is too much trouble for the Almond family and staff as they are all eager to make your stay the most enjoyable.

Ali started building on his land after purchasing a lorry & JCB. He did most of the work to include clearing out the land, digging out our pool and carrying stones from the Karpaz Peninsula (the panhandle of Cyprus) for all our walls and landscapes.It took him 5 years to complete his dream. Quite a few interesting & hilarious stories are hidden in each and every corner of the complex….

In 1999, The Almond Holiday Village started off with only the Mezzanine villas, reception (main building), indoor restaurant, pool & pool terrace. In 2001 the hotel rooms were added on top of the main building. In 2006, after purchasing an adjacent piece of land to Almond, the 2 bedroom bungalows were added, which bring us to the current landscape.In December 2011 Almond Holiday Village introduced a new unique underground Sports & Convention Lounge to the complex providing guests a venue they can chill out and watch worldwide sporting events, enjoy live entertainment and special events, or even book their own parties, special occasions, conferences and conventions in a truly magnificent ambiance.

Ali & his family are very keen on make yearly improvements therefore regularly maintain & refurbish their complex to make sure their new and regular guests are not disappointed. They are also passionate collectors of antiques and  “museum quality” ethnographic items – which are artfully displayed in every corner of their delightful complex,  adding to its unique character & charm, separating itself distinctively from other Kyrenia hotels.

The Almond Family does not only consist of family members and staff but also their very much loved pets.

Almond Holiday Village proudly enjoy a very high percentage of repeat guests.

Customer satisfaction is our most important aim. Our reputation has been evidently confirmed by our guests on the popular & objective travel site Tripadvisor , recently receiving 3 awards rated as;

No.1 Best Service Hotel in the whole of Cyprus for 2013

No. 1 Bargain Hotel in the whole of Cyprus for 2013 

No. 12 Top Bargain Hotel in Europe for 2013.

 

FAQ

There will probably be many questions if you have never visited Northern Cyprus before. We have tried to answer some of these on our web site or by linking to other web sites.

If you cannot find an answer here, please ask at the time of inquiring or making a booking. below we have listed a few of the FAQ’s from the past:-

Q. What is the electrical voltage ?

A.  250 volts – 3 pin European style plugs (some old type 2 pin plugs do still exist in some older places)

Q. Restrictions on Duty free -

A. Please remember you are outside of the ‘Euro zone’ – so duty free allowances do apply upon returning to UK or other country. There are also restrictions if returning via airports in the R.o.C.

Q. Are there Driving restrictions?

A. Driving is as per UK (drive on the left) although most roadsigns are similar to Europe/UK – the language is Turkish

Please note: There is a drink/driving law and speed cameras. All documents relating the car/hire should be carried in the car. It is also advisable to carry your driving license with you as well. Minimum Age for car hire is 25 years.

Please note : In the event of an accident the vehicle should not be moved – police should be called.

Q. Are there Chemists nearby?

A. Yes (approx 10 mins walk from the Almond) – most chemists speak English and carry out other medical tasks apart from dispensing medicines. Most standard drugs are readily available, some without prescription. Don’t be surprised if they ask similar questions that a doctor would, before issuing a drug.

Q. How often will our room be cleaned?

A. Everyday! If staying SC only twice a week.

Q. How often would our towels and linen be changed?

A. Towels everyday, linen every other day! If staying SC only twice a week.

Q. Do we bring our own linen and towels?

A. No, we provide bath towels and linen. You just bring your beach towels.

Q. Do you provide pool towels?

A. Pool towels are provided on request. These are not allowed to be taken out of the complex.

Q. What time is breakfast served?

A. 8.00am-10.00am.

Q. What time is dinner served?

A. 19.30pm-22.00pm.

Q. What is your check in/ check out time of Hotel?

A. Check in time to Hotel = 14.00pm onwards / Check out time from Hotel = by 12.00 midday. Should these times cause inconvenience for you please talk it over with us before hand.

Q. What is the local currency?

A. Turkish Lira is our currency but Sterling £ and €uro is widely accepted. You are guaranteed to get a higher exchange rate here than what you would get over in your home country. Most restaurants, super markets and shops all accept Sterling £ or €uros as payment method. So our advice is to bring Sterling £ and €uros.

Q. How do we find you at the airport?

A. Just look out for our sign “Almond Holiday Village” and our representative will be there to assist you to Almond Village.

Q. Do you provide child portions or have a child menu?

A. Yes we do have a child snack menu as well as a child section in our evening menu.

Q. Do you have credit card facilities?

A. Yes we take MasterCard/Visa/Maestro

Q. How do we make and secure our booking?

A. Just send us your full names, address, telephone and requested dates via e-mail and we will reply with 24hrs. We will request 25% deposit to secure your accommodation. Balance will be requested on arrival.

Q. How do we pay our deposit, balance for accommodation and bar bill?

A. Deposits can be paid via Credit /Debit cards or into our UK bank account ( online, cash or cheque) . Balance can be paid in Sterling £, €uros or Turkish Lira cash, Credit/Debit Cards and alternatively bank transfer.

Q. Are there any restaurants and markets at walking distance?

A. There are many local restaurants and markets only 5 – 10 minutes walking distance away from us in the villages of Alsancak and Lapta.

Q. Are there nearby beaches?

A. After only a 15 minutes walk you will find a beautiful tranquil beach called Camalot. There are many others within 5-10 minute driving distance.

Q. How do we get to Almond Holiday Village from the airport?

A. We offer private transfers from and to Ercan (Northern Cyprus), Larnaca & Paphos (South Cyprus) Airports. Ercan Airport is only 40 minutes drive from Almond Village whereas Larnaca is 1h15min. and Paphos is 2hr.30min drive. All vehicles are fully insured and are   air-conditioned and offer services for couples, families and for larger groups. Please e-mail us at almond@kktc.net, with number in your party for prices.

Q. Will the bar be open when we arrive?

A. Yes the bar will be open for your urgent needs during your check in. If you are staying for 7 nights and above we arrange for a complementary welcome package of milk, water, tea and coffee in your room.

Q. Will we be able to get some to eat when we arrive?

A. Providing you arrive before 21.45pm, yes. But please note that you will have to book your table in advance for your own and our convenience. If you arrive at/after 22.00pm, providing you order in advance (before arrival via e-mail/telephone) we can arrange for sandwiches/fruit to be delivered to  your room.

Q. Can we drive over the border with our hire car from Northern Cyprus?

A. No. – Due to Greek Law car hire from the North cannot drive over the border to the South of Cyprus. Alternatively the Turkish Law permits car hire from the South to drive backward & forward over the border (Greek Car Hire Company Permitting!).

Q. Can you deliver car hire to the airport?

A. No. We do not have an airport office therefore we do not provide delivery/collection. Alternatively we provide transfers from all airports and car hire on arrival to Almond.

For Additional Information see also:-

Flights To Cyprus

Service & Facilities

Useful Information & Directions

Useful North Cyprus Travel Information & Directions for you before you travel to North Cyprus…

Useful Directions

Before you start reading directions please note that…. road signs can be in Turkish, English or a few in Greek –

Girne (Turkish) = Kyrenia ( English) = Kerynia (Greek )
Lefkoşa (Turkish) = Nicosia ( English) = Lefkosia (Greek )

Also – distances are shown in Kilometers (Km) as are speed restrictions.


From Nicosia (Metehan Border Crossing) To Almond Holiday Village, Alsancak

Girne (Kyrenia) is very well sign posted. Just look out for the signs. After driving through the border carry on straight until you find your first junction (traffic lights). Go across this junction and drive to a roundabout. Take the left outlet following the signs showing Girne/ Lefkosa.

Carry on straight (about 1.5 Km) and you will come to a set of traffic lights/roundabout (stay in the outside lane as you will be turning right).  Take your right and you will find yourself driving towards Lefkoşa (Nicosia) main roundabout

From Lefkosa main roundabout take your 1st left towards and Girne ( Kyrenia ) and carry on straight… This main road will take you over the mountain, so enjoy the picturesque trip as you drive through them.  As you come down the other side you will see Kyrenia. (From Nicosia main roundabout to Kyrenia it is approx. 20km.)

As you approach Kyrenia you will then see an underpass and signs which will point towards Lapta – take the underpass which leads onto the new bypass. Keep straight on this road – you will expect a picturesque drive through the outskirts of Kyrenia with the Kyrenia Mountains on your left and the Mediterranean Sea on your right. You will pass 2 sets of traffic lights and two small roundabouts.

At the third larger roundabout you will find yourself rejoining the old coast road. Keep left (first exit – signposted Lapta) at this roundabout and follow the coast road. You will pass a petrol station on your left, the Saint Tropez Restaurant on your right, Deniz Kizi Hotel on your right. Carry on until you will pass Merit Hotel and Casino Sign on your left, and then you will shortly see a turning into Alsancak with a golden statue of a lady – DO NOT turn left, but keep on the main road.

You will then pass several shops & restaurants, and the Camalot Beach sign on your right –  and within 50 meters of this you will see Almond Holiday Village sign on your left hand side. Turn left and we are at the end of the road 200meters from the main road. (Almond Holiday Village is approx. 12km west ( 15 min. drive) from the Kyrenia underpass.)

From Ercan Airport, North Cyprus, To Almond Holiday Village, Alsancak

Almond Holiday Village is approx. 53km from Ercan Airport – only 40 minutes drive!

Leave Ercan Airport and follow the straight road until you approach a flyover and a sign indicating Lefkoşa.(on left).

Turn left towards where the Lefkoşa sign is pointing to, and the road will take you on to the main Leftkosa/Famagusta road. (do not go over the flyover)

Keep on the main road and carry on straight towards Nicosia. You will Pass 3 roundabouts (do not take any of the turnings ) keep on the main road…. this will lead you through the outskirts of Nicosia… you will pass several sets of traffic lights – keeping on the main road.

You will eventually see a large covered raised seating area on your right, and shortly after this you will reach Nicosia main roundabout (which is the 4th roundabout). (From Ercan Airport to Nicosia main roundabout it is approx. 23 km)

From the main roundabout take your 3rd exit, following signs to Girne ( Kyrenia ) and then just follow the long straight road through the mountains towards Kyrenia and enjoy the picturesque trip. As you drive through, around and down the other side of the  mountains you will see Kyrenia. (From Nicosia main roundabout to Kyrenia it is approx. 20km.)

As you approach Kyrenia you will then see an underpass and signs which will point towards Lapta – take the underpass which leads onto the new bypass. Keep straight on this road – you will expect a picturesque drive through the outskirts of Kyrenia with the Kyrenia Mountains on your left and the Mediterranean Sea on your right. You will pass 2 sets of traffic lights and two small roundabouts.

At the third larger roundabout you will find yourself rejoining the old coast road. Keep left (first exit – signposted Lapta) at this roundabout and follow the coast road. You will pass a petrol station on your left, the Saint Tropez Restaurant on your right, Deniz Kizi Hotel on your right. Carry on until you will pass Merit Hotel and Casino Sign on your left, and then you will shortly see a turning into Alsancak with a golden statue of a lady – DO NOT turn left, but keep on the main road.

You will then pass several shops & restaurants, and the Camalot Beach sign on your right –  and within 50 meters of this you will see Almond Holiday Village sign on your left hand side. Turn left and we are at the end of the road 200meters from the main road. (Almond Holiday Village is approx. 12km west ( 15 min. drive) from the Kyrenia underpass.)

From Kyrenia main roundabout To Almond Holiday Village in Alsancak….

If you would like to enter Kyrenia before coming to Almond – As you approach the underpass, take the left turn following the signs saying Kyrenia up to the roundabout (do not take the underpass) On the roundabout take the 2nd exit and carry on straight, which will take you to the main Kyrenia roundabout.

From the roundabout turn left, which will take you through the outskirts of Kyrenia passing straight through 2 roundabouts. You will pass many shops & restaurants and then the turning to Jasmine Court on your right. Further on you will pass a Lemar supermarket on your left, carry on straight through a village called Karaoğlanoğlu. Drive through this village keeping on the main road, passing the Tempo Supermarket on your right.

Carry on straight along the main road passing under the Iron gantry marking the boundary to Alsancak. You will then reach another roundabout – take your 2nd left towards Alsancak/Lapta.

You will pass a petrol station on your left, the Saint Tropez Restaurant on your right, Deniz Kizi Hotel on your right. Carry on until you will pass Merit Hotel and Casino Sign on your left, and then you will shortly see a turning into Alsancak with a golden statue of a lady – DO NOT turn left, but keep on the main road.

You will then pass several shops & restaurants, and the Camalot Beach sign on your right –  and within 50 meters of this you will see Almond Holiday Village sign on your left hand side. Turn left and we are at the end of the road 200meters from the main road. (Almond Holiday Village is approx. 12km west ( 15 min. drive) from the Kyrenia underpass.)

 

Useful Information

Language: - The Language is Turkish. But you will find that even in the little villages locals can speak some English.

Religion:- The population is mostly Muslim. There are also other small religious groups which are Moronites (Christian Arabs), Roman Catholics and Jews.

Crime:- Northern Cyprus boasts a very low crime rate, making it a safe and secure destination. If you arrive on one of the celebrations days (mainly June-August) you will notice a large presence of Army personnel on the main roads, do not the concerned by this.

Climate:-The best time to go to Northern Cyprus depends on the kind of experience you wish to have. North Cyprus experiences sunshine most of year round, living up to its name “island of Aphrodite”. Even in the winter months which are December, January and February there can be average temperature of 17’C-19 ‘C.

Cyprus will treat you to intense sunshine with alternating cool and warm weather. It will be a fascinating experience to watch how the worst storm ends with streaks of sunshine and a delightful rainbow.

March, April, May and June is very popular months – especially for Orchid, Birds and Turtle Lovers.  The weather is warm but the evenings can be a little chilly. These months promise a splendid variety of flowers with an average temperature of 22 – 27’C.

July and August are the hot & dry months of the year. These months can be notified as “extremely hot”. Even in these rainless months flowers are still found to touch a little sparkle to the fields. The temperature can rise up to 42’C with the average of 36’C.

September, October and November is again very popular months…. These months are warm but not as warm as July and August, as the evenings start to cool down similarly to May and June.

At the end of October/November the fruit trees are worth seeing. Oranges, lemon, mandarin, grapefruits and pomegranates are ripe, waiting to be picked. This time is the best time for homemade marmalades, fresh lemonades, fruit desserts and the most beautiful fresh olive oil and olives ever. The average temperature is 22 – 27’C.

Coastline:- Miles and miles of golden sandy beaches with crystal clear waters, Northern Cyprus has the most cleanest and the most safest coasts in the Mediterranean.

Currency: – The main currency in Northern Cyprus is Turkish Lira “”

Even though ‘TL’ is the main currency – Sterling, Euros and Dollars are widely accepted. Some places also offer prices in all currencies. All major credit cards are accepted in Northern Cyprus – but you must remember that little local villages/restaurants/shops may not have this facility. Travellers cheques are not very common, but will be exchanged subject to a high commission rate or a lower exchange rate at exchange offices. Please note – payment by some credit cards may attract a surcharge.

Currency Exchange:- As you will get a better rate for your money locally, we would recommend that you exchange your money here instead of your home country. There are many exchange offices as well as banks which will assist you. Almond village also exchanges currency subject to availability.

Banks/ATM’s: Banks and ATM’s are very easy to find in Alsancak as well as Kyrenia, Northern Cyprus .The bank/atm to Almond Village is only 10 walk away. ATM’s function 24/7 whereas banks are open Monday – Friday, summer period 08.00 – 12.00 and winter period 08.30 – 12.30 / 14.30 – 15.30.

Passports and Visas:- A valid passport is needed on entry to Northern Cyprus.  For EU citizens a visa will be granted to you at entry, but citizens from outside the EU should ask their embassy before attempting to enter. (Note: – there is NO charge for visa stamps at the borders)   Note: Depending on your proposed length of stay, it will normally be expected to see at least 3 months (90 days) left to run on your passport before it expires.

Border Crossings and Regulations:-  The ‘green line’ (border)  between the North and the South of Cyprus has been open since the 23rd of April 2003. Travelling backwards and forwards is now not only possible for Turkish and Greek Cypriots but also for Tourists. It has also enabled day trips for tourists on each side to explore the other side.

The opening of the borders have given the world the Turkish Cypriot view of the Cyprus Problem and Turkish Intervention – which has been for years dominated by only the Greek Cypriot Community. The main crossing points are open 24 hours a day and you are not restricted on the number of times you cross backwards and forwards or the duration of your stay.

 You do not need a visa or special documentation to pass the border if you have a valid EU, British or US passport. You will be granted a visa (slip/stamp) at the border. You will need to fill in your name, passport number and nationality on the visa slip granted. This visa needs to be presented on departure. (Note: – there is NO charge for visa stamps at the borders)

If you are not an EU or US citizen you will need to apply for necessary visa/ documentation before you attempt entry . Your visa form will get stamped on arrival/departure “not” your passport – so those who worry about the rumour that they won’t be allowed onto the Greek or Turkish mainland with stamps from North or South Cyprus needn’t worry.

Please note that if you hire car in North Cyprus – you will not be allowed to cross of border to the South of Cyprus.

If you’re travelling to Northern Cyprus from South Cyprus you should drive to Nicosia and follow the few signs that exist to “Keryneia” and you will arrive at the Metehan crossing point. The protocol for crossing the borders in Cyprus is the same whichever crossing point you choose.

Please note that hire cars from South Cyprus are allowed to enter Northern Cyprus providing the Greek Hire Companies permit this. All cars have to purchase additional insurance at the border crossing point – this is a fairly straight forward procedure.

Current Border Crossings/Checkpoints:-

Metehan (Nicosia):-

This is considered the main crossing point between the two sides of Cyprus. Driving and walking across is permitted.

Ledra Palace (Nicosia):-

This crossing point is strictly for walkers and cyclists. However, it is also used as a crossing point for diplomatic vehicles.

Black Knight (British Eastern Sovereign Base Area):-

This crossing is one of the two crossings points that are located in the British Eastern Sovereign Base Area. Driving and walking across is permitted.

Pergamos (British Eastern Sovereign Base Area):-

This checkpoint is the other crossing located in the British Eastern Sovereign Base Area. It is also known as Beyarmudu or Dhekelia. Driving and walking across is permitted.

Zohdia (Guzelyurt):-

This crossing point may also be known as Guzelyurt or Morfou. This was the last checkpoint to be opened and is located west of Nicosia. Driving and walking across is permitted.

Duty Free Regulations:-

Arriving at:

Ercan Airport: Each adult is permitted to bring 400 cigarettes, 500gms tobacco or 50 cigars, 1 litre of wine or spirits and up to 100cl or perfume. Duty Free shops can be found at Ercan Airport and at Kyrenia and Famagusta ports.

Larnaca Airport: No tobacco or alcohol purchased within North/South Cyprus is permitted to pass through any border crossings. We advise you to purchase your duty free items at Larnaca airport on your return journey. All standard EU Duty Free regulations apply.

Tax Free Shopping in North Cyprus:-

As a foreign visitor or a TRNC citizen living abroad, you are entitled to a refund for the value added tax (KDV) you have paid on the goods you buy during your stay in North Cyprus and which you intend to take with you when you leave the country.

Note – When applying for a tax refund total amount shown on the submitted invoices, must not be less than 200 TL.

For the buyer to benefit from a tax refund, they must take the goods they have bought out of the country through customs, within three (3) months of purchase. For foreign students and academic staff in North Cyprus, this period is six (6) months.

 Procedure:-

While Shopping… Shop from stores where there is a “Tax Free Shopping” sign and ask for the Special Tax Invoice.

At Customs…. When departing from Northern Cyprus, show the customs officer on duty at the exit, the goods you have bought together with the SPECIAL TAX FREE INVOICE and your passport.

To Collect your value added tax refund….   After the approval of the customs officer, please apply to the ‘tax refund office’. Please note:- at busy times of the year you may need to allow extra time before departure of you flight.

Traffic:-

Traffic and road signs are international. Vehicles drive on the left hand side of the road. Distances are shown in Kilometers (Km) as are speed limits.

Alcohol limit is 50mgr – as in Europe.

For Car Hire an recognized ‘international’ driver’s license is needed and the age limit is 25.

Telephone:-  Emergency phone numbers Police 155, First Aid/Ambulance 112, Fire 177.

Public telephone booths and telephone cards are only available at Telecommunications Office. The best and cheapest way to communicate with back home will be by using local land lines (hotel telephones) or “pay as you go” sim card ( Turkcell/ Telsim / Avea are the main GSM operators in Northern Cyprus) for mobiles.

It is not recommended to use your international sim card as you will be charged roaming fees.

Public Transport:-

Small buses called Dolmus, are the cheapest and the most frequent form of transport in Northern Cyprus. These busses are available to Kyrenia every 10 minutes from the main road of Almond Holiday Village. If you would like to go to Nicosia, Famagusta or Guzelyurt – you will need to get the Dolmus to Kyrenia and then take another Dolmus to these destinations.

Taxis are also available. The taxis all have taxi meters and are very reasonable.

Electricity:-

In North Cyprus, voltage is 220/240 volts AC, supplied at 50 Hz. Standard British rectangular 3-pinned plugs at 5 amp or 13 amp are used, but some 2-pinned plugs still exist. In particular, if you buy an anti-mosquito machines, these are continental 2-pinned, so an adaptor is required.

Post:-

The outgoing postal system is reliable. Incoming mail must be suffixed “Mersin-10, Turkey”.

Time:-

North Cyprus is normally two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT/UTC), and seven hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). For summer time clocks go forward one hour at 2 am on the last Sunday in March and back again at 2 am on the last Sunday in October.

Public and Religious Holidays in Northern Cyprus: -

1st of January – New years Day
23rd of April – Chidrens Day
1st of May – Labour Day
19th of May – Youth and Sports Day
20th of July – Peace and Freedom day
1st of August – Turkish Resistance Day
30th of August – Victory Day
29th of October – Turkish Republic Day
15th of November – Northern Cyprus Republic Day

Note – 2 religious holidays called “ Bayram “ one of 3 days and one of 4 days take place every year at different dates. Banks and Government offices are closed on these dates. Some shops also choose to close. But hotels, restaurants and touristic shops are all generally open.

If you want to know more about life in North Cyprus – try joining ‘The Friendly Forum” There are different topics and opinions by people who live there.

Things To Do In North Cyprus

Tips on What to do in North Cyprus – suggestions and advice before your arrival.

Exclusive & Exceptional Excursions -

A Different Take On The Island - For those who to do not wish to hire a car, or for those who do not want to do excess driving Almond Holiday Village offers excursions all over Northern Cyprus.

A Minimum of 8 people needed for excursion to take place – Private trips are also available on request, please ask Almond Holiday Village for more details.

1) The Walled City of Nicosia

An open air museum, a  close  touch to a great cultural heritage of Lusignan – Venetian – British – Ottoman periods, the only divided capital city in the world… Every Friday.

2) History & Mystery

The Gothic Art Masterpiece – Bellapais Abbey, Picturesque Bellapais Village home for Lawrence Durrell’s famous book Bitter Lemons, St.Hillarion Castle – Walt Disney’s Snow White Castle, ” Mavi Köşk ” -  an absolute insight…Every Saturday

3) Traditional Village Life

Experience traditional Cypriot village life and culture – practice & sample local homemade products, visit traditional homes and sites, meet locals and enjoy the laid back atmosphere while breathing in the fresh mountain air and questioning modern life… Every Tuesday

4) Boat Tour

Crystal clear blue waters , miles of picturesque coastlines and overwhelming shades of green from the Five Finger Mountains – the perfect way to discover the beauty of Kyrenia. Full Day & Evening Cruises available on a daily basis.

5) Famagusta Trip

Once the worlds wealthiest city and most fortified port… It was “Famagusta – a seaport in Cyprus that Shakespeare chose as his setting for Othello…

6) Karpas Peninsula Trip

Its beauty is sacred amongst all Cypriots… miles of golden sandy beaches, unspoilt countryside, history, spectacular scenery and unique wildlife.

7) Jeep Safari

Can not promise you Tigers & Bears but we can promise you a really wonderful day out on the Mountains , inland and  coastal front – You will see Cyprus from a completely different angle.

Trips Include Lunch ( Drinks Excluded) , Entry Fees, Local Guide, Comfortable Transport and Complimentary Surprises.

Please refer to reception for more detailed information and bookings.

Prices & pick up times maybe subject to change. Please ask at reception.

Beaches in Northern Cyprus  -

A history of political and economic isolation has ensured that North Cyprus has remained one of the most unspoilt and least developed parts of the Mediterranean. North Cyprus is therefore, home for the most pure, unpolluted and the least commercialized beaches in the Mediterranean…The crystal clear waters will take your breath away….

Most beaches have a charge for access but provide an umbrella and sun longer and a toilet facility. Charges vary from £ 1.00 to £6.00 per person per day. But the best beaches are the ones without facilities, free of charge and totally isolated – you may find that you are the only ones there!

Within only a 15-20 minute walk (1.5 KM) from Almond Holiday Village, Alsancak, you will find a beautiful sandy little cove called Camalot Beach. This beach has very safe bathing areas for small children and also offers water sport options, bar and restaurant. This beach will not disappoint you.

Within a 5 minutes ( 2 KM)  drive west from Almond Holiday Village you will find Lapta Incirli Beach & Roses Beach, which are sandy with only a little shack which provides food & beverages.

10 minute drive west you will find Karsiyaka Beach followed by Horseshoe Bay which are a rocky beach, but is wonderful for swimming. Both settings are spectacularly beautiful. A photographer’s delight!  Both beaches have No facilities available….but not needed against such a picturesque coast.

Recently completed is the first section of the coastal walkway which is about 3km in length and ends in Alsancak. So you can have a quiete stroll and get a ‘dolmus’ back to the Almond village.

Only 5-10 minutes drive east from Almond Holiday Village you will find Alsancak Council Beach( 2km) ,Deniz Kizi Beach, ( 2.5 km) Golden Bay Beach ( 2.5 m), Escape Beach ( 3km)and Kervansaray Beach ( 4 km). All these beaches are sandy and provide facilities.

Kervansaray Beach has a lovely snack bar – ideal stop for watching the sun set and is also the home base for Amphora Scuba Diving.

There are many beaches to the east of Kyrenia such as Alagadi (Turtle Beach), Lara Beach, Acapulco Beach and Diana Beach. If you do mind a drive out, Famagusta  & Bafra also offers a delightful selection of sandy beaches.

But the best beaches are kept as a secret in Karpaz (Panhandle)…miles and miles of golden sandy coastline waiting to be discovered…  With its heavenly beauty, it’s pure, untouched virgin nature Karpaz will take you to a world that you will never forget. Karpaz beaches are considered the best coast in both North and South Cyprus.

Walking in North Cyprus -   The geography of North Cyprus allows for a variety of excellent walks in varying terrain: mountain walks, those along the coastline and the splendid walks inland. The Karpaz peninsula is often considered by locals as a real treat since it is the least developed part of the island and much of its charm lies in this fact. The scenery can be stunning and you might feel that you are the only person on this island paradise. A real sense of the past still persists in this part of the island.

Five Finger Mountains , Alevkayası, Laphetos ( lapta), Kozan, Kantara, Salamis (Famagusta) and Kalkanli (Guzelyurt) are well worth the walk through stunning countryside following quiet mountain trails leading to imposing Crusader castles.  Kyrenia’s harbour front and narrow pretty back streets is another wonderful experience.

Walking and Trekking tours are available via Almond Holiday Village. Visit www.kyreniamountaintrail.org – This well presented website will give you 600 different routes from Karpaz, Kyrenia and Five Finger Mountains ! You can put together your own itinerary!

Orchids Walks in North Cyprus: Because of their rarity and beauty, orchids hold a special fascination for all naturalists. At North Cyprus, the orchid flora consists of 23 confirmed species, subspecies and varieties and a further three or five which presence needs verifying. Some species will be familiar to botanists from north-western Europe, such as pyramidal orchid and autumn lady’s tresses, but there are also more exotic species including violet limodore, tongue-flowered serapias, naked man orchid and more.

No doubt more observant botanists will find these and other orchid species more frequently but we think it s true to say that they are localized and hence always a delight when stumbled upon. We can arrange Orchid walks/trips at Almond Holiday Village – Please ask at reception for more details. Alternatively you can visit www.walksnorchidsnorthcyprus.com

Scuba Diving / Water Sports in North Cyprus – North Cyprus welcomes you to the fascinating and unique underwater world of the Mediterranean. You will find crystal-clear, unpolluted water where the marine life is still undisturbed. Underwater visibility can be more than 30 meters. Down in the deep and warm blue sea you will meet sting rays, amber jacks, scorpions, bream, grouper, cuckoo, wrasse, and now and then a sea turtle.

The underwater terrain is furthermore an ideal place for octopus and moray eel, colourful sponges, corals, as well as treasures from ancient times. You can choose from over twenty diving sites east and west of Kyrenia as well as diving safaris to other places along the coast. These are sites that will give the experienced diver thrills and the warm, crystal-clear water and limited depth provide perfect learning condition for beginner.

You can experience wreck diving including the site where in the 1960′s one of the worlds oldest shipwreck was found – 2 300 years old, dating from the time of Alexander the Great. The excavated hull of the ship, together with its cargo of amphora and millstones is housed in a special museum in Kyrenia Castle.

Amphora Scuba Diving Center, situated at the Kervansaray beach, is also active at Almond Holiday Village, North Cyprus. Once a week and on request “try-dives “are available at Almond Holiday Village for free!!! Also free pickup/delivery from/to Almond Holiday Village to Amphora Diving Center is available.

Besides scuba diving, several local beaches as well as Escape Beach boast all types of water sports such as Jet-Skiing, Water-skiing, Wind Surfing, Parascending and banana rides.Boat Trips from the harbor of Kyrenia can be organized – private charter & daily sailings as well as the fishing trips…..Please get in touch with Almond Holiday Village for more details.

Golf in North Cyprus

CMC Golf Course – Is only 30 minute drive west from Almond Holiday Village, Alsancak – North Cyprus. It is situated on the Guzelyurt to Leftke road in the village of Yesilyurt. Bordering the lovely coast and beautifull surroundings Cengiz Topel Golf Course is the first golf course in Northern Cyprus. It 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. A nominal green fee is charged.

Korineum Golf Club – The first 18 hole international green golf in Nothern Cyprus! This course is set on the hills of Esentepe overlooking the Mediterranean coastline, and only 40 minutes drive east from Almond Holiday Village, Alsancak – North Cyprus. This brand new course has opened in January 2007, very tastefully designed for your every need providing very high European standards. Visit -www.korineumgolf.com for more details. Trips and packages can be arranged at Almond Holiday Village for Golf Lovers…please ask for more information.

Lawn Bowls in North Cyprus  - Located in Lapta The Olive Press will provides a fantastic outdoor bowling facility for both experienced bowlers and those who are new to the game. The first of its kind in North Cyprus! They welcome new guests to try this sport, and if you just want to watch they have a licensed bar and Café facilities  Please ask for more information at reception.

Turtle Watching in North Cyprus -  There are two main types of sea-turtles nesting along the coasts of Northern Cyprus: these are: Caretta-Caretta (Sini Kaplumbagasi), and Chelonia-Mydas (Yesil Kaplumbaga).

They both are listed as endangered species and under strict protection. Since 1992, Marine Turtle Research group, in conjunction with the Society for the Protection of Turtles in Northern Cyprus and the Department for Environmental Protection, has been undertaking an annual survey, recording the turtle’s activity during the summer months.

In the company of the team at Alagadi Beach , only 30 minute drive east from Almond Holiday Village, North Cyprus, you can share this unique event. Just before sunset you can join the turtle lovers at “The Goat Shed” at Alagadi. First you are given information about the turtles and the project, and then, when darkness falls, you will be taken down to one of the two Alagadi bays. There you will wait while the students survey the beaches.

As soon as a female has begun to lay, you are, in silence, allowed to approach the nesting place. (No photoflashes are allowed at this important time). After about 50 days the small hatchlings begin to emerge from the surface of their sandy nests. This is another fantastic experience that takes place in some forty nesting beaches around Northern Cyprus.

All are welcome to participate in this event as well to witness up to a hundred of these amazing little creatures, not more than 6-7 cm long, fight their way from the nest down to the sea, is an unforgettable sight. It is sad fact that only one in thousand survive. Even less would survive if it was not for the special conversation project taking place here in North Cyprus concerning this endangered species. The best times to observe the nesting is at the end of June and beginning of July. To observe the hatching is the best during end of August and beginning of September.

Fishing in North Cyprus -  Fishing in the Kyrenia Harbour has traditionally been a feature of this area. The eastern part of the harbour has remained the area for local and foreign residents to moor their boats while the west side of the harbour gathers many local and tourist fishermen with their rods.

Apart from Kyrenia, the most developed fisheries of North Cyprus are those of Güzelyurt , Korucam, Famagusta and the Karpaz Peninsula. The villages of Bogaz and Kumyali belong to the main fishing centers of the Karpaz.

The charming coastal village of Bogaz is rich in fish restaurants lining its harbour which make it a truly magnificent feature. There are no restrictions on fishing along coasts in northern Cyprus, which gives you a splendid variety of coasts/coves to explore.

Fishing in the waters of Northern Cyprus has become a fascinating experience with the help of favourable weather conditions of the Mediterranean providing the possibility of being able to go out on the sea for most days of the year. From peacock and rainbow wrasses, blennies and gobies, small parrot fish, mackerels, cods, plaices, sea basses, breams, eels, tunas, swordfish, red soldier fish and two siganids (rabbit fish) which belong to the most abundant commercial fish in Cyprus, North Cyprus coasts offer a very large variety of fish, which exceeds 80 species.

Angling in Reservoirs - According to the revised Fisheries Law Cap. 170 of 1990, the Fisheries Regulations of 1990, Regulation 12, special licenses must be obtained for those interested in angling in dams from the Head Office of Fisheries Department and Marine Research in Lefkosia or from the District Offices of Fisheries Department.

Fishing Trips - Almond Holiday Village, offers many excursions as well as private charter & daily sailings and fishing trips from the harbour of Kyrenia. The more experienced fishermen also have the chance to fish at deep sea. The sailings are available for groups and families wishing to explore the coastline or just relax on the open sea. The season lasts from mid March until the end of November although fishing trips can be arranged all year round weather permitting.

Herbarium in North Cyprus - North Cyprus has more to offer than its sun and sea, natural beauties and historic sites. One surprising attraction is the North Cyprus herbarium, which charms lovers of our wild flowers as well as providing a research center for botanists. Most people can confidently name the more showy blooms in the countryside: shepherds and foresters know dozens more. But how many of those seventeen North Cyprus “endemics”, found nowhere else in the world, would you recognize?

It was to fill this need that the collection of pressed and labelled plants originally made by the resident English botanist Deryck Viney in the course of writing his illustrated Flora of the country was adopted by The Forestry Department and formally opened to the public, in1989. Since then it has expanded to include examples of nearly all the 1250 native plants species. And for the guidance of visitors it has special displays of flower photographs, specimens of all those seventeen “endemics” photographs of the oldest and biggest trees, and separate collections of bulky fruit. The herbarium is housed in the Alevkayası Forest Station on the mountain ridge between Esentepe and Degirmenlik.

Bird Watching - Northern Cyprus forms a resting and nesting station for birds migrating between Africa and Eastern Europe. It is possible to watch 347 different species of bird in Cyprus. However, only 46 of these are native of Cyprus, and 7 of these are the endemic sub-species (that is only found in Cyprus). 119 out of the 347 birds that can be observed on the island are of winter-migrant breeder type, and 90 of these migrate to Cyprus regularly every winter-time.

There are also birds that occasionally come to Cyprus by mistake, when they lose their groups, or their way. There have so far been  51 of this latter type recorded. Cyprus is on a north-south migration route and there are many birds in transit, some in vast flocks, some in small clusters. These migrating birds may only rest for a few days to a week. March to May is the period of north-ward migration and August to October the southward.

Butterfly Watching in North Cyprus -  Being located in the north corner of the Mediterranean at the Junction of Europe, Asia and Africa makes its fauna and flora an interesting blend of familiar European and less known Asian and African species and subspecies of butterflies which have been recorded. These are: Maniola, cypricola, Glaucopsyhce, paphos and Hipparchia cypriensis.

The Five Finger Mountains will be the best area watch to see if any butterflies around there. You have chance to see especially Cyprus Meadow Brown, Cyprus Grayling, The Hermit and Eastern Rock Grayling in Alevkaya Forest between May-September. You can watch Painted Lady (vanessa cardui) throughout the year in every type of habitat.

Caving in North Cyprus -  There are several caves in Northern Cyprus that you are free to explore. Hot Cave, north of Agirdag village on the southern slopes of the Five Finger Mountains, is a partially collapsed – entering in not advised. Warm air emanates from the cave, hence the name.

Another natural cave in Girne area is the Guvercinlik Cave near Alevkayasi. Access to the cave involves some fairly difficult climbing. There are three more caves in the Gazi Magusa area. The most stunning cave is Incirli Cave, recently renovated, a hundred meter long passage which contains an amazing collection of stalactites and stalagmites. The cave is opened on Sundays (or by special arrangement with the village muhtar), a small entrance fee is charged.

Gastro Cave between Kuruova and Kaleburnu villages is a man made cave containing three rooms. Finally the ominously named Execution Cave, near Kaleburnu where there is said to be a golden earthenware jar hidden somewhere in the cave.

For the more energetic –

Go-Karting in Northern Cyprus:  The ZET International Karting Circuit and Cemsa Karting Circuit , both exceeding the highest European standards – having the best racing surfaces in the region. Both circuits have structure which is un-matched even in Europe and are situated on the outskirts of Nicosia , only 30 minute drive from Almond Holiday Village.

Clay – Shooting:  Coming Soon….

Paintball in North Cyprus: The paintball circuit is only 10 minutes drive from Almond Holiday Village….All gear is available at circuit and paint is just ask for more details.

Paragliding in North Cyprus: The flight of a lifetime….After an easy take off involving a few steps down a gentle slope, from 2500ft/750m, you will be treated to spectacular views of the unique scenery of Northern Cyprus.

Whether you want a gentle scenic flight or an adrenaline joy ride, your pilot can tailor your flight to suit you. St Hilarion Castle is on the way to the Paragliding take off site, and you can get wonderful views of the castle as well as treating yourself to Kyrenia under your feet. Your flight will end after a gentle and controlled landing on the Kyrenia Coast. Pickup from Almond Holiday Village for free, photos and T-shirts are also available. You do not need training as your pilot will guide you throughout your 2 hour lifetime experience. Contact Almond Holiday Village for more details.

Horse Riding in North Cyprus: There are several stables offering riding lessons in Alsancak, Lapta and Karaoglanoglu villages – which are only a few minutes local to Almond Holiday Village, North Cyprus. Most stables also allow customers to hire horses to take out in to the mountains and coasts which is a highly pleasurable experience.

Çatalköy Riding Club - Situated 45 minutes east of Kyrenia, the riding club in Çatalköy provides fully guided riding. The rides are led by professional team and taken mainly in the Kyrenia Mountain range. One can learn how to ride a horse and walk with horse. Skirting the forest tracks are supplied with picnic activities and reaching historical sites.

Telephone: 090 533 8454741/42
Tel/Fax: 0090 392 8244030
E-mail: info@catalkoyridingclub.com Website: www.catalkoyridingclub.com

Tunac Riding Club - Situated in Karaoglanoglu – Kyrenia. With 42 horses it gives certificated courses to both locals and tourists. The club also arranges guided tours with picnic. To wear a helmet is obligatory during the courses.

Tel: + 90 392 822 23 93 – 90 392 822 28 68

Kozan Mountain Retreat - is situated in the village of Kozan only 20 minutes drive from Almond Holiday Village. This unique spot set among pine trees in the mountains above Karsiyaka has stunning views of the sea and the mountains and provides horseback tours of the Kyrenia Mountains and the village of Karsiyaka. They only have a few horses therefore booking is recommended. Call 0(090) 533 845 7070 for more information.

Additional information:

Hunting in North Cyprus: Hunting is the greatest passion of many Turkish and Greek Cypriot man. The season runs from end of October to February. Hunting areas are limited and are published to hunters. Hunting is also limited to Sundays only during this period. Hunting areas are strictly controlled by the government and hunters must be licensed. The most popular prey for hunters is partridge, wood pigeon and hare.

Camping in North Cyprus: North Cyprus offers several official camping sites in the Kyrenia area which offer basic but essential facilities such as toilets and showers. Some also have a bar area. But the best camping areas are the ones which are discovered by yourselves, especially Karpaz…of course these do not offer any facilities, and you should be careful not to trespass on fenced land as this may belong to the Army.

Kyrenia Animal Rescue (KAR): For those animal lovers, The KAR is located up in the Five Finger Mountains (Besparmak), about 10 miles outside of Girne on the mountain road to Famagusta.When you reach the distinctive Five Finger Mountains, the centre is on the left, you should see the Kyrenia Animal Rescue sign. If you reach the café on the left, you have gone too far. The Rescue Centre was re-located to the Besparmak Mountains in 1999, and is now home to over 200 dogs and puppies and 50 cats and kittens.

The centre is fully committed to providing a caring and loving environment for all the animals. Visitors are welcome to see the centre or to take a dog for a walk in the beautiful surrounding countryside. This is a very enjoyable experience for both you and the dogs. The walks take place in the beautiful, picturesque countryside of the Five Fingers Mountain range. THE CENTRE IS OPEN DAILY 9AM – 1PM

North Cyprus Night Life:  For those who wish to experience night life in Northern Cyprus – Kyrenia would be your first stop….The stunning harbour front will offer you a wonderful selection of restaurants, taverns bars and cafes. These are most active in the high season. Kyrenia also has a few open air discos and beach clubs and a wide selection of casinos if you a feeling lucky! Kyrenia is only 15 minute drive east from Almond Holiday Village.

Therefore you have the choice of keeping away from the hassle and bustle in this relaxing, family run holiday village or the chance to be a part of it.

North Cyprus Festivals :  The main Festivals are listed below by month. There may also be other festivals/events which are promoted at short notice, so when you have settled into your accommodation, ask at reception or look on their notice boards for any information.

March:

Children’s Festival (Famagusta) – this festival continues throughout march for approximately a month and has many events for children ongoing through the festival.

The Tepebasi Village wild tulip Festival (and some orchid species) found in only a few locations in North Cyprus, the Karpaz region and the village of Tepebasi in Guzelyurt.

The traditional “Avtepe Medosan Tulip Festival is held. Combining a lot of historical and cultural values of the charming village of Karpaz Yenierenköy. The festival is held in cooperation with the Municipality

Eastern Mediterranean International Underwater Photography And Film Festival

April/May:

International Spring Concerts (dates vary) – Organised by the Friends of Music Association of North Cyprus is very popular amongst the “classical music “ lovers. Taking place during April and May every year, held at the Medieval Temple Bellapais Monastery – these concerts should not be missed.

Ozankoy Flower Festival – Normally held towards the beginning of May, It incorporates a book festival, crafts, souvenirs, as well as crafts, painting, photography contests. This great festival also has music concerts, live and dried flower arrangement, flower, fruit and vegetable farming and food &beverage competitions.

HisarKoy Orchid Festival – Held in April by Lapta Council at Hisarkoy – magical for flower lovers.

Silk Festival of Cyprus – held in in early May each year, the festival has Seminars, workshops, crafts and painting exhibitions, slide shows, music concerts, folklore shows and nature tours, the festival continues for 3 days.

Northern Cyprus Bellapais International Music Festival.- An International music festival held every year, bringing together many composers and artists from around the world. It is sited in the historic Bellapais Abbey.

Pekmez (molasses) Festival in Ozankoy takes place every year in May, do not be put off by the title, it actually deals with the ‘Carob’ fruit.

Büyükkonuk Eco-Tourism Festival – held in the village of Büyükkonuk (on route to the Karpaz) This festival deals with local village life and takes into consideration ecology issues. Weather permitting a festival is held in the village every third sunday from May through to October.

June:

Iskele International Folk Dance Festival (lasts about two weeks around mid june)

Gazi Mağusa (Famagusta) International Art & Culture Festival. The festival is located near Salamis Antique Theatre has an international quality with many cultural arts activities. Apart from local artist , Cesaria Evora, Boney M, Monica Molina, Goran Bregovic, Vicente Amigo, Weather Girls, Amelita Baltar Tango Diva, Roby Lakatos, Los Paraguayos, Aswad, Paco Pena and his group, the Bolshoi Ballet, the Compania Aida Gomez , Giora Feidman, Viktorio Tolstoy have appeared here.

Lapta Tourism Festival – Normally held in early june and lasting over 3-4 days, this festival has something for everyone, from visiting dance groups from different countries as well as local talent and products to see & buy. If you are hungry there is a variety of local foods & drinks on sale. It usually starts at about 8:30pm in the cooler part of the day.

June/July:

Güzelyurt Orange Festival – This festival has been organized every year since 1977 by the Guzelyurt Municipality during June and July. During the festival you have the chance to taste the world famous North Cyprus Oranges as well as listening to concerts and watching art events and competitions being performed.

Iskele Festival – Normally takes place in the first week of June and can run for about 10-12 days The festival features dance shows, competitions as well as cultural and sports activities. There is normally a fair and a colourful opening ceremony.

International Bellapais Music Festival – continues

Famagusta International Festival. – This festival has previously hosted groups like Aswad, Los Paraguayos and the Berlin Art Ensemble. It deservedly claims to be the best festival in the Mediterranean . The festival is held between June and July in Famagusta.

July :

Esentepe Apricot Festival

Gönyeli Folk Dance Festival

Alsancak Folk Dance Festival

August:

Mehmetçik Grape & Wine Festival

Yeniboğaziçi Pulya Festival

Golden Grapes Film Festival

The International Cyprus Theatre Festival. – A celebration of theatre running from mid August to the beginning of September, and stages performances in Nicosia, Famagusta and Kyrenia venues, including the theatre at Salamis and the Ataturk Cultural Centre.

September/October:

Miss Pearl of Europe competition – held at various venues in Nicosia

North Cyprus International Music & Theatre Festival – featuring a varied selection of music including: chamber music, symphonic rock, choir, flamenco, tango and recitals, being performed in historic settings such as Bellapais Monastery, Salamis Amphitheatre and Kyrenia Castle.

Kyrenia International Olive Festival – The Municipality of Kyrenia organizes the Olive Festival in the village of Zeytinlik, in order to promote and encourage olive production and also increase tourism potential of Girne. This annual festival normally held at the beginning of October and lasting for abt 10-12 days, features Cypriot and Turkish dancing, costumed parades, flags from around the world and plenty to eat and drink.

International Carob Festival

International “Salsa Jam In Cyprus” Festival – As it’s title suggests this festival invites artists & DJ’s from about 30 countries, and it incorporates stage shows over about 3 days. The last festival culminated in a spectacular feast of music.

October /November:

Büyükkonuk Eco-Tourism Festival – held in the village of Büyükkonuk (on route to the Karpaz) This festival deals with local village life and takes into consideration ecology issues. Weather permitting a festival is held in the village every third sunday from May through to October.

December:

Kyrenia Jazz Festival. – Every December, the Rocks Hotels plays host to the Kyrenia Jazz festival. This festival is growing year by year and now attracts international players to entertain the many jazz fans in Northern Cyprus.