Our hotel in Larnaca in ‘other Cyprus’ set us up with a driver for the day who met our requirements: must speak Turkish, friendly, will take us to all of what he thinks are the best spots in TRNC.
We had an awesome trip. The driver asked for 30 euros for the day for us to drive him around, and we gave him 40 for such a great trip.
We started with a semi-official passport check at the line of demarcation separating the 2 Cypruses, no stamp but a piece of paper given to us to return when leaving, and we were off through the “no man’s land” UN buffer zone before entering the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
Turkey is the only country that recognizes TRNC, they use the Turkish Lira there, speak Turkish…and it was a very different side of the island.
Then, we were up to Famagusta, which I liked a lot.
Then, we were up to the ruins at the hilltop. This was something we didn’t know about, recommended by our driver. Glad we had him. First stop: St. Hilarion.
After this, we were up to the north coast.
Lastly, we ended in Nicosia, the divided city.
We were back across the UN buffer zone, in which no people or construction are allowed, and back into the other side of Cyprus.
I really, really liked the blend of cultures, histories, and architectures running across TRNC.This entry was posted in Europe, TRNC