|Posted by DEBRA HAMMOND on October 23, 2011 at 9:30 AM|
Cyprus is the most easterly of the Mediterranean islands and the third largest in the area after Sicily and Sardiniain the Mediterranean. At the nearest coastal pointsit is 40 miles from Turkey, 60 miles from Syria,and 250 miles from Egypt.
North Cyprus is some 100miles long, 40 miles across at its widest point and has a total area of1357 square miles, comprising nearly 36% of the island of Cyprus.
The geography of North Cyprus is characterized by a unique blend ofmountains, plains, and beaches. The Kyrenia (Beşparmak/ Five Finger) mountain range, with its magnificent jagged limestone peaks, the highest of which is Mount İçova at 3,357 ft. runs along most ofthe northern coastline from a startling backdrop.
To the eastof the island the mountain range loses height as it extends along thenarrow peninsula known as Karpas,or more affectionately, `The Panhandle'.
It is here that the best beaches of Cyprus can be found, long wideempty bays of the purest sand that stretch for miles.
Cities and the towns
To the south of the Kyrenia range lies Nicosia (Lefkoşa)(population 39,000), the capital of North Cyprus, through which runsthe boundary, or as it is called `The Green Line' separating the Northfrom South Cyprus.