April 2010

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Explore North Cyprus with Pacific - 3

Ozankoy, North Cyprus

If you love sandy beaches, great mountains views AND good restaurants, then North Cyprus car hire is a must on any Ozankoy holiday.

Car Hire in North Cyprus: Ozankoy Village
Ozankoy village has a friendly feel, so shopping here is really good fun. You can stock up on food for your North Cyprus villa or apartment at the village shop, and try to resist nibbling their fresh-baked bread on the drive home! The local butcher sells great meat for barbecues, and on Sundays during the summer, there is a tabletop market, perfect for picking up unusual souvenirs.

Car Hire in Ozankoy Bellapais Village
Just above Ozankoy is the village of Bellapais, with its famous ruined Augustinian Abbey. There is an old Crusader footpath that winds up the mountainside to Bellapais, but you'll probably prefer to drive your North Cyprus car hire to Bellapais instead - it's quite a walk! At Bellapais, there are several excellent restaurants, and the views from the mountain down to the coast below are well worth experiencing by day and by night. The Abbey also hosts the annual Bellapais Music festival in its Refectory Hall, a wonderful setting for beautiful music.

Beaches near Ozankoy, North Cyprus - Car Hire Essential
Ozankoy is set back from the coast just as the land rises towards the mountains, so you'll need a hire car in Ozankoy to drive to the beach - but what beaches should you choose? Just 7 minutes drive away is probably the beast private beach in North Cyprus, Acapulco Beach, complete with every facility you can think of, including a kids' aqua park, sun loungers, beach bar, restaurant, you name it! Next to Acapulco Beach is Vogue Beach Club, a smaller, quieter beach and a café serving some of the best ice creams in North Cyprus.

Restaurants near Ozankoy, North Cyprus - Car Hire Recommended
Ozankoy has several good restaurants, including the Five Finger Restaurant with good views of Bellapais from its terrace. For fine dining, try the Patini, and for probably the best Chinese food in North Cyprus, go to The Chinese Garden restaurant. Since Kyrenia town is only 10 minutes' drive away, it's also perfectly possible to enjoy a lovely fish dinner at a harbourside restaurant in Kyrenia, and be back in Ozankoy in time for a nightcap on your North Cyprus hotel bar or villa roof terrace.

Saturday, 10 April 2010

Explore North Cyprus with Pacific - 2

Catalkoy, North Cyprus
For a relaxing, peaceful holiday in North Cyprus, choose Catalkoy, and get North Cyprus car rental to make the most of your stay.

Car Hire in North Cyprus: Catalkoy Village
Catalkoy is a traditional-style village with neat houses and a laid-back feel. No wonder that Catalkoy was once home to St Epictetus, a 12th century hermit, but you don't have to hide away in a cave in Catalkoy, when your North Cyprus hire gives you the freedom to explore.

Catalkoy village has two supermarkets, so you can fill your North Cyprus rental car with supplies for your holiday villa or apartment, including beer and local wine, of course!

Beaches near Catalkoy, North Cyprus - Car Hire Friendly
Catalkoy is just a few minutes drive from three of the best beaches in North Cyprus, so with a Pacific Rent A Car, you can choose whichever ticks your 'perfect holiday beach' list the most!

Acapulco Beach is probably the cleanest and most popular beach in North Cyprus. Part of the Acapulco Beach Resort hotel, it has everything you need for a great day by the sea, including sun loungers and parasols, showers, changing rooms, a bar and a restaurant, plus access to the hotel's aqua park, swimming pools and water sports. An entry fee is charged.

At Alagadi Turtle beach, as the name suggests, you can watch rare sea turtles lay their eggs in the deep soft sands, and the resulting hatchlings scurry down to the sea. The Society for the Protection of Turtles in Northern Cyprus (SPoT) protect the nest sites, and you can watch both rescued hatchling releases and night time hatchings.

Lara Beach is one of our favourite family beaches in North Cyprus here at Pacific Rent A Car. Children of all ages will enjoy paddling in the sea before exploring the contents of the tidal rock pools. At the west end of Lara Beach is an area of flat limestone slabs worn smooth by the sea, a perfect place to bask in the sunshine like a contented seal!

Restaurants near Catalkoy, North Cyprus - Car Hire Recommended
In Catalkoy , you are almost spoiled for choice when it comes to good restaurants with a taste of home! The Grove Inn serves great curries and it always full of locals and tourists alike tucking into the poppadoms and naans. A traditional Sunday roast is served every Sunday at Chimneys restaurant, while fish lovers head either for the Ani restaurant or to the Lemon Tree restaurant, on the road into Kyrenia.

Labels: ,