Some considerations when travelling to Cyprus
Before travelling to Cyprus, it’s important to understand a little of the country’s politics as it also affects the island’s geography. The island is split into two; the Greek Cypriot southern sector, which is referred to as Cyprus, occupies two thirds of the island to the south, while the northern third of the island is occupied by Turkey.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded the north of the island. Cyprus is still a member of the EU but UN troops patrol the “Green Line” that separates the two parts. Only Turkey recognises the so-called ‘Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus’ in the north.
Most package holidays are to the Greek Cypriot south of Cyprus, but travel to the north and back again is possible either on foot via the Ledra Palace and Ledra Street checkpoints in Nicosia or by car at Agios Dometios. If you do intend to do this in a hire car, check your insurance as sometimes insurance does not extend to the north.
The Euro is the currency of Cyprus, though the Turkish lira is the official currency in the north. That said, most shops and hotels in Northern Cyprus also accept UK pounds, dollars, and Euros.