The Kapraz Peninsula (Pan Handle)

The Karpaz in North Cyprus is one of the most beautiful, unspoiled and tranquil parts of the Mediterranean and offers a stunning array of landscapes and scenery. If it's peace and quiet you are looking for when you go for your summer holidays, this is the place for you. There are miles upon miles of clean sandy beaches with not a soul to be seen.

Wildlife and plant lovers will also be in seventh heaven, especially in April / May, when the spring weather brings numerous species of animals and lots of flowers, many unique to Cyprus, to our unspoiled shores.

Northern Cyprus Karpaz Wild Donkeys in the Karpaz National Park area (Pan handle): There are approximately 250 wild donkeys which roam the plains. Generally black, but are sometimes ginger, you should approach with care.

The 'Panhandle' (Karpaz Peninsula) today has only a few tiny villages but which is littered with ancient churches, monasteries, basilicas and the once-important Roman city of Karpasia from which the area derives its name.

Northern Cyprus is justly proud of its famous loggerhead and green turtles which can be seen nesting on the beaches along the remote Karpaz Peninsula from May onwards. It is a wonderful sight to see them nesting or hatching with one of the organised trips with the Turtle Watch Team.

Despite a recently completed road the pan handle has yet to be discovered by most visitors. It's only really accessible by hire car and there's one very good reason to make the two & Half hour journey from Kyrenia or the Pine Grove Villa to get here - 5km (3.1 miles) of unspoilt golden sand with not so much as a tourist in sight.

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