The previous post is accurate, do not take photos of Military instalations (as anywhere in the world) the picture shown is of the founding father Attaturk and as with all statues or monuments its ok to take pictures. You will find there are a number of these sillouhetes on the mountain side.
North Cyprus is a very tollerent society
Watch your speed!
A car of your own is really the best way to get around Northern Cyprus. From Kyrenia it is perfectly possibly to visit everywhere in the country on a several single day's excursions but, do watch your speed. I've never seen so many signs for speed cameras along the roadside and I don't know about you, I'm not prepared to take a chance that they are empty warnings. Speed limits may be posted in kph and/or mph. On main roads the speed limit is usually 100 kph (60 mph), with a minimum speed of 65 kph (40 mph) that may be also enforced. On smaller back roads the speed limit is generally 60 kph (37 mph).
Unlike most of the world, traffic drives on the left as in Britain (and Australia), signage is adequate but you do need to know the Turkish names of the places you're heading for - e.g. it's no good looking for a sign for Kyrenia - Girne is all you'll see.
Seat belts are compulsory.
Drunk driving laws are very strict and strictly imposed.
- Road Trip
There is a very heavy Turkish military presence in North Cyprus, with army camps seemingly everywhere. That's not to say you see many soldiers actually out and about, but you may well find yourself driving past, or even through, an army camp as you go around the island. National Service is compulsory in Turkey and thousands of their conscripts are on the island at any one time. Photography of military installations is strictly forbidden, as is stopping anywhere on a road through a military camp. This is a serious warning, not to be taken lightly.
The cutout Turkish soldier in the photo here is posed on the top of a high rise by the main highway. Thanks to modern camera technology, a photo taken from a moving car and from a considerable distance is clear enough - I wouldn't advise using the using the same method to snatch a photo of the real thing.
As here, the Turkish flag is ubiquitous in TRNC - wherever the Turkish Cypriot flag is flown, it is almost certain to be accompanied by its Turkish brother.
It's important to understand that in Northern Cyprus (as in Malta) if you ask for coffee you are likely to get instant ('Nescafe' being the generic term).
That's fine...instant coffee is fine. as long as you know that's what you'll get.
If you want 'real' coffee you'll have to ask for Turkish coffee. This comes in a small cup (espresso size), sometimes with accompanying water, and has a large amount of sediment at the bottom. Turkish coffee is not filtered, so attempting to drain your cup is really not a good idea.
If you want filter coffee you'll have difficulty finding it. I did not come across it anywhere I ate or drank (which does not mean it does not exists, just that it is not the norm).
- Family Travel
Bad kitchen at "Canli Balik Restaurant" in Harbour
Do not eat under no circumstances at the restaurant Canli Balik, though it is often crowded. Their kitchen has been closed down for 5 times in the last two years, upon health controls of the Municipality! And the health control of the Municipality is not strict at all!
As in one or two European countries there a loose dogs in north Cyprus, leave them alone and they wont bother you.
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