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Ercan Airport is the gateway to Northern Cyprus, where castles, historic harbours, ancient Greek ruins and golden beaches await. This region of Cyprus is one of the most impressive yet understated historic destinations in Europe and has an almost mythical Mediterranean quality. While Turkey has christened the region as the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus it is not internally recognised as such. This has little impact on visitors except that all Ercan-bound flights must touch down in Turkey first. The official language is Turkish but many locals speak English and there is a thriving expat community along the north coast.
Peak season is during the summer months when the Mediterranean weather is at its hottest. This is a popular time for family holiday to Cyprus, but visit either side of July and August and you will find quieter beaches and tourist attractions. Weather is warm and mild during late spring and well into autumn.
Ercan Airport is the region's largest international hub. It does not have international airport status and so all flights must touch down in Turkey en route. Minimum flight time from the UK is five hours and 30 minutes with the layover. Car hire and taxis are the best ways to transfer from the airport to accommodation elsewhere in the north as public transport can be unreliable. The cheapest flights to Ercan can be found between January and March, although good deals come up all year round. Discover how much you could pay to fly to other destinations in Cyprus using the dealchecker search tool.
Ercan itself is not a tourist destination but a transit hub for accessing Northern Cyprus. One of the region's most stunning attractions is Kyrenia harbour and castle, said to be the most beautiful vista on the island. After exploring the historic town and strolling along the harbour, try some traditional Cypriot delicacies of halloumi cheese, stuffed vineleaves and moussaka in one of the many harbour-side restaurants. Afterwards, visit nearby Bellapais village where there is a 12th-century ruined abbey. Salamis is an ancient Roman city with a fully restored amphitheatre and a number of fascinating historic buildings and status to explore. Visit to roam around the well-preserved ruins of the island's classical past.