“North Cyprus – Once upon a time we had this dream of a deep blue sea and lazy days in the sun”
We emigrated to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus in the Summer of 2002.
This website is a record of our ongoing adventures.
Read about life in Northern Cyprus, the best places to eat in the TRNC and what life is like living in the sunshine!
We have for some time now been in favour of retirement to some place where the sun shines and the pace of life is more relaxing.
Many would have expected us to choose Holland, we lived there before, have many friends there and it is a boat lovers paradise, but the climate is no better than North England and the cost of living would certainly be no improvement. Apart from that, nowhere is more than a plane ride away, so we can always visit both the U.K. and Holland, from any Mediterranean hideaway. It is probably also true that friends and family can also ride the same airplanes to their holidays in the sun.
We have been looking and considering our choices for some time. France was a runner at one time, you can drive there from anywhere in Europe, the weather is good in the south, but it’s not always quite so good in the winter. Add to this the fact that the further south you go so the more the house prices rise. Spain was a possible contender, as we have friends, both Dutch and English who chose to live there so we could visit them, have “free” holidays and assess for ourselves. House prices are very reasonable still and there is no doubt that the winter weather is at least three overcoats warmer than the south of England. The cost of living is favourable and if you are careful were you buy your home, then maybe you won’t have to eat roast beef and yorkshire pudding washed down with cold English keg beer. The next possible was Crete, the most southerly of the Greek islands. This was quite a strong contender for some time, there are some lovely village houses ripe for development and even some resident English builders who know their way round the planning rules etc. We don’t quite know why Crete fell out of favor, possibly only because we fell in love with Northern Cyprus which is still as yet undeveloped, a bit like the Greek islands used to be before the tourists.
The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is still split off from the South of the island, only recognised by Turkey and still has trade and travel embargoes, in place since 1974, which hinder economic development. The Greek Cypriots in the south and the Turkish Cypriot population in the north are actively trying to find a solution, which brings the island together again. Should a solution be found then it is probable that entry into the E.U. will be the next step. Such a step will change the entire economic position of Northern Cyprus and probably bring greater and much needed, prosperity to the people. We have had two previous holidays in Northern Cyprus and found that apart from the advantages of weather and cost of living, the people were relaxed and friendly and made you very welcome in their land. A detailed information source on Northern Cyprus is www.northcyprusonline.com there you will see that it is a Mediterranean island that has history, and sunshine, and blue sea, and magnificent mountains, in short, a place to relax and enjoy life.
All the above was written in 2002, when we first came to settle on the island. Now it is 2016, 14 years later and the island is still divided. Talks have been taking place on a regular basis and there have been promises of unification, but as a personal opinion, I would say that these two people cannot live together and despite all the promises nothing has changed. Both halves of the island live in harmony in their own right, why not just leave well enough alone but with the exception of allowing the Turkish Cypriots some trading rights with the rest of the world.
Back in 2004 there was "The Annan Plan" and a referendum on both sides to bring the island together. The Turkish Cypriots voted "Yes", lets do it, but the Greek Cypriots voted "No". For some reason unknown to everybody, after this referendum the Greek Cypriots were allowed to join the EU, they saw this as an open door to borrow money from the EU and now have a debt of 61.3 billion Euros. You have to ask the question, why would the Turkish Cypriots want to merge with them in the EU and probably inherit part of this debt.