A full manual of information, restaurant lists, places to visit, contact numbers, maps and villa instructions will be sent to you prior to your departure and is also in the villa, but here are some of the regularly asked questions:
How do we get there?
You can either fly to Larnaca or Paphos in the South of Cyprus. Transfers from Larnaca take about 1¼ hrs but from Paphos it’s a good 2 hours. See Airline list on the home page.
You can also fly into Ercan (Lefkosa) Airport in the North of Cyprus. Flights to the north will involve a touchdown in Turkey, usually Izmir, Antalya or Istanbul, where the plane will drop off and pick up more passengers but you don’t normally get off the plane. Transfers from Ercan take about 30 mins.
What about transfers to the villa?
We can arrange transfers from all the airports directly to Villa Jacaranda at very good rates. If you hire a car with the same firm, they usually provide your transfers for half the normal price.
What about car hire?
We can arrange car hire at discounted rates for you, with your fully insured car being delivered directly to the villa to await your arrival with all payment being taken on your arrival only, for a completely hassle free holiday.
Can we hire a car in the South and drive ourselves to the villa?
Many firms in the South do now allow their cars to be taken across the border, but please check when you book as not all of them allow it. The local insurance does not cover you for driving in the North and you will have to take out additional insurance at the border at a cost of €35 for 1 month, but please note that this insurance is 3rd Party only so will not cover you if an accident is your fault, so you may end up with a bill to fix or replace the entire car and/or any costs of returning it back to the South.
What is the currency?
The North of Cyprus is the Turkish Cypriot side so uses the Turkish Lira. You will find the best exchange rates locally at one of the many exchanges. Rates change daily and are more likely to be nearer to what you will find on www.xe.com so it’s far better to take your money with you and change it out there as required. Most places will also take GBP or Euros and give you the local daily exchange rate so this is also a good option, but please check before you sit down to a large meal!
Can I withdraw money from Cash Dispensers?
Yes, there are many Cash Dispensers around, though most UK banks charge for withdrawals in foreign currency. However if you withdraw your cash from the HSBC bank in Kyrenia, you can do so in GBP, for which your banks don’t normally charge, then you can change this at one of the local exchanges, This is by far the best option and saves you carrying load of cash on your holiday.
Where are the nearest supermarkets?
There is a small shop in Karmi village about a 10 min walk, selling most daily essentials and there are 3 supermarkets all within a 5 min drive down the hill to the old road, Tempo, Lemar and Bedita. Local produce is relatively cheap though beware of imported foods as they may be marked on the box with prices such as £1.99 but will be a lot more expensive, so check prices on the shelf not on the packets.
Where are the nearest restaurants?
The nearest restaurant is The Levant in Karmi village about a 10 min walk, open every day and night except Monday’s. The Crow’s nest pub also sells snacks and bar meals and is open every day except Wednesdays.
The Halfway House is about a 10min walk down the hill offering excellent traditional home cooked Turkish Meze food, but you will need to book as everything is freshly cooked.
What about internet access?
A high speed wireless connection is available on a pay as you go basis for an additional charge of £20 per booking.
What about TV?
A full UK and SKY TV service is provided where you can watch TV as though you are in the UK.
What’s provided in the welcome pack?
Our Welcome pack is provided to give you a snack on your arrival, particularly if you arrive late, so you don’t need to shop until the nest day if preferred. It consists of Bread, Butter, Eggs, Jam, Cheese, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Milk, and Orange Juice, there is a Water Dispenser for chilled bottled water and Tea, Coffee, Sugar etc are always available in the villa. If anything additional is required, I can arrange for my housekeepers to provide it at extra cost.
What about Sun cream and Mosquito spray?
You are best purchasing Sun cream in the UK as it can be quite expensive in Northern Cyprus and in some areas reputable brands can be quite hard to find without going into the main towns. Mosquito spray is recommended for evenings outside and can be purchased cheaply locally.