Thursday, March 29, 2012

Tours of North Cyprus - Famagusta

Our tour guide Merih at the Salamis Roman Baths
Why not experience one of our guided tours when you next visit North Cyprus? Our expert tour guides have years of experience and knowledge, as well as being friendly and helpful.

There are several tours to choose from including Famagusta, Nicosia, Bellapais and St Hilarion Castle, Boat Tours (summer only) and traditional Cyprus Nights.

Our tours start from as little as £20 per person for a half day tour, which is excellent value for money.

You can book any of our tours by consulting with your Cyprus Paradise representative at your hotel.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Manchester - Ercan Flight Deals - from £249pp

Getting to Northern Cyprus needn’t be expensive with these fantastic flight offers from Cyprus Paradise!

Normally, Manchester airport is left out of all the special offers, as most companies concentrate on Stansted airport for their flight special offers. However, Cyprus Paradise are offering summer flights from only £249 per person from Manchester to Ercan airport, with no catches!

For more information on these brilliant flight deals please visit

Monday, March 12, 2012

We Have MOVED Offices to Finchley

We have recently moved offices from Bromley and Palmers Green to form one office in Finchley, North London. Telephone numbers and all internet addresses remain the same.

Our new address is:

Ground Floor, 311 Ballards Lane, Finchley, London, N12 8LY

Monday, February 27, 2012

Weddings in North Cyprus

What better place to celebrate your very special day than on the romantic island of Cyprus, birthplace of Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love. North Cyprus has everything to make your wedding dreams come true, with sun-kissed beaches, spectacular wedding locations, breathtaking scenery, the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean, the list goes on. It is also a lot cheaper to get married in North Cyprus than it is in the UK, as it can cost thousands in the UK, but here at Cyprus Paradise, we offer wedding packages from only £439. We will take care of all the paperwork for you, to make sure your special day and holiday are relaxed and trouble-free. Our wedding co-ordinator speaks English and Turkish fluently and has a good relationship with the local authorities and local companies, ensuring that your wedding day runs smoothly. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

North Cyprus Desserts - Kadayıf

Kadayıf is a popular dessert in Turkey and North Cyprus, made from shredded dough, butter, milk and nuts. It tastes similar to a sweet shredded wheat, with a sugary syrup poured over the top. Kadayıf is the Turkish version of an Arabic dessert called Kanafeh. The picture above is a type of Kadayıf known as "Tel Kadayıf", which means "string pudding".

Friday, February 10, 2012

North Cyprus Desserts - Baklava

Baklava is a popular dessert in North Cyprus, made from filo pastry, filled with chopped nuts and then sweetened with syrup or honey. You will find Baklava in nearly all of the supermarkets and sweet shops, and in many restaurants. Although the original country to have made Baklava is under debate, there is strong evidence that the version we know today originated in Topkapi Palace in Istanbul. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

North Cyprus Desserts - Lokma

Street sellers making Lokma in Kyrenia, North Cyprus. Lokma means "mouthful" in Turkish and is a type of fried dough pastry. The dough is deep fried, then soaked in sugar syrup and sprinkled with honey, cinnamon or sesame seeds.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

North Cyprus Vegetables - Siyah Havuç

Black carrots, or as they are know in Turkish - Siyah Havuç. Black and purple carrots originate from Turkey and the Middle East, and are very good for reducing bad cholesterol (LDL). Black carrots are something you may have never seen before, as we know carrots to be orange, but in fact, the black carrot was around for around 5,000 years before the orange carrot became established in the 16th Century. Black and Purple carrots were taken to the western world, but they did not survive very well in the cold conditions. However, some mutant yellow carrots grew from the black variety when planted in the west, and it is thought that these yellow carrots crossed with the wild carrot actually created the orange carrot which we know today.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

North Cyprus Vegetables - Kereviz

Celeriac, or as it is known in Turkish - Kereviz. Celeriac is a member of the celery family, and when peeled smells and tastes of celery, but when cooked it has a much milder and sweeter flavour. It is high in Vitamin C, as well as magnesium and potassium. If you do not know how to cook it properly, it can be very bitter. It is a good root vegetable to use in stews, or you can grate it, then blanch it to eat with salads.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

North Cyprus Vegetables - Bamya

Okra - or as they are known in Turkish, Bamya. These are also known as "ladies' fingers" or "gumbo" because of their shape. This vegetable is easily grown in North Cyprus, as it thrives in warm temperate regions, and is very resistant to heat and drought. The flavour has been likened to aubergine, however the texture is completely different and takes some getting used to.

Monday, January 30, 2012

North Cyprus Vegetables - Kohlrabi

Kohlrabi - otherwise known as "cabbage turnip" due to the literal translation of the name from German to English. Kohlrabi grow almost anywhere, and are popular in North Cyprus. It comes in two different colours, purple and green, and both varieties are prepared and cooked in the same way. The bulb, stems and leaves can be eaten, the leaves are similar to spinach, and the bulb tastes slightly sweeter than a cabbage or a turnip. Kohlrabi is a good source of Vitamin C, as well as magnesium and phosphorous.

Friday, January 27, 2012

North Cyprus Vegetables - Kolakas

 Kolokas/Kolakasi/Colocasia/Taro - this vegetable is known under many different names, but is essentially a root vegetable which is widely known as Kolakas in North Cyprus. Generally, Kolakas is eaten like a potato, as it tastes quite similar when cooked but with a nutty flavour. Generally the Kolakas from North Cyprus are quite large, certainly larger than in other countries.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

10% Discount Off Brochure Prices

We are offering a 10% discount on all of our prices in the brochure if you book before 29th February!

 10% Off

This offer is only applicable over the phone, and does not apply to holidays which have already been discounted, and is applicable to the base price only (not including any supplements).

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

2012 Summer Sun Brochure OUT NOW!

Our 2012 Summer Sun brochure is out now! You can view the brochure online, or visit our website to order a copy to be sent through the post. As always, our friendly holiday advisors are here to help, so if you have any questions, or wish to book, you can call them on freephone 0800 170 0777.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

North Cyprus Winter Sun

The winter sun in North Cyprus can be surprisingly warm, with temperatures today reaching around 20C in the sun. It is said that North Cyprus receives around 320 days of sunshine a year, averaging around 6 hours of sunshine a day during the winter, and up to 10 hours in the summer. The winter sun of Kyrenia is a far cry from the harsh and cold weather in the UK, as it very rarely drops below 5C in Cyprus even at night during the winter, and the only snow which falls is on the mountains in Kyrenia, which is very rare. You can expect a couple of days of rain during your winter holiday in North Cyprus, but generally the weather is mild and pleasant.