Retirement in North Cyprus
High quality of life
North Cyprus is a beautiful country with fine golden sandy beaches, rocky coves, forests, mountains, rich culture and delicious dishes. Beside that, North Cyprus is a safe and secure country with low crime. This is where the world’s friendliest people live. You always feel welcome and can easily socialize with both the locals and also various international communities such as Swedes or other nationalities who live on the island.
North Cyprus generally offers a high quality of life at a lower cost than other Mediterranean countries. Here, property prices are still significantly lower than, for example, Spain and Portugal. The healthcare is world class with an impressive list of brand new hospitals, surgery and dental care, all with the latest technology available. No care queues and with staff who put you at the forefront and help you immediately so that you feel well taken care of.
Relaxed life but still active
North Cyprus also offers a really relaxed life in retirement. Here you can spend your days by the pool or the beach, working in the garden or trying out different restaurants, going on a wine tasting or a spa day. But if you want to be active at the same time, there is absolutely a lot to do and get involved in.
Charities in North Cyprus are a big thing in the expat community, and there are many ways in which people can get involved. Volunteering is a major part of any charitable organisation’s activities, either by helping out to improve the environment, fundraisers or manning a charity shop. The Anglo Turkish Association (ATA) is an organization that provides cultural and social events, raises money for charities and coordinates and supports many other charity projects. There are several animal shelters that need volunteers on a regular basis, to help with feeding and walking animals. It is also a great way to meet other like-minded people and make new friends and acquaintances. It goes without saying that it would also give you a sense of doing good in the world!
Explore the island
Another good activity is to find out everything about the island, its history, sights and places. It can take a lot of time for sure! From one side of the island to the other, there are a variety of historical landmarks and places to explore. Many people find it very fun to plan their next trip, go on day trips and really enjoy the country’s history.
There are some very active associations that often provide useful tips and information. The Foreign Residents (TFR) is a member organization to which many belong, and they meet for gatherings of all kinds and even manage to get some good discounts for their members for various services and goods!
Activities for everyone of all ages
If you have relocated to North Cyprus to start a new life and a very active from an exercise perspective then you can always join up with hiking groups, a great way to explore the island from another angle. The Five Finger mountain range running parallel with the North Cyprus coastline is stunning, with forests and beautiful walks offering some of the best views of the island that you will find. Spend some time out with a hiking group and we guarantee you will become addicted! For those more adventurous you can also see North Cyprus on mountain bikes too or even with a horse riding school, other increasingly popular group activities these days.
Other sports that are popular are of course golf with one of the world’s best golf courses around the corner. Tennis, paddle tennis and diving which are hugely popular in North Cyprus. If you are a more adventurous type, you can try paragliding or sailing to keep your adrenaline levels high!
Of course, shopping is a great pastime for many of us, and there is plenty of choice of quality shops in North Cyprus these days. From historical shopping areas and districts in the main cities, such as Bandabuliya Old Bazaar i Kyrenia or the Bedesten in Lefkosa, you can find hidden treasures as souvenirs or you can visit a modern shopping mall with all the usual brand labels. Finish off your shopping trip with lunch outside any of the wonderful historical areas and people watch.
A more fun retirement life!
If you feel more suited to a sedate life then there are book clubs and general gatherings of like-minded people all the time, and what better way to meet up with others, than at a seafront restaurant with the evening sunset. Life can be enjoyed at your own pace for sure.
There is so much more to keep you occupied in North Cyprus, whether you want to be active or not, and you need not worry about being bored on any day of the week. Life is for enjoying, whatever your preference. Concerts, festivals and art exhibitions are some things we have not even mentioned here but are fantastic to experience and discover. Simply, a more fun retirement life!