Iskele is one of the largest towns in Northern Cyprus and is quickly becoming known as an up-and-coming area. It is located approximately 20 km north of Famagusta. It has wonderful golden beaches and delightful fish restaurants, all in close proximity. One of the most visited beaches in Cyprus is undoubtedly Long Beach. Here kilometre after kilometre of soft sand stretches along the coastline with sun beds and beach bars providing comfort as well as food and refreshments to visitors.
It was formerly called Trikomo, and according to legend, it is where the Goddess Aphrodite brought the first fresh fruit. Cyprus is famous for its historical landmarks, and high on the list of places to visit are the two important churches to be found in Iskele. The first, Panayia Theotokos, was built in the 12th century and today is also a museum. The second is the tiny cruciform church of Ariosto Lakovos (St James). This small Dominican chapel dates to the 15th century. Iskele is a popular tourist destination. Various events are held each year which attract many visitors. These include an international folklore dance festival and the Mehmetcik (Galatea) grape festival, which is held during the first week of August. Such events clearly show locals are friendly and hospitable and have an active interest in the arts and culture. During the summer in the municipal park, tourists join locals as they sing songs of the past until the early hours.
Apartments: There are many sizes and styles of apartments ranging from one-bedroom studio up to four and sometimes five bedrooms. Interiors are stylish and chic, providing spacious residences for even the largest families. Oftentimes the apartment is located on its own walled grounds with the added benefit of an outdoor pool as a facility.
Apartments in residential complexes: Facilities offered within a residential complex are a major selling point. It is fair to say that the days are gone when an outdoor pool was classed as a luxury. Nowadays, it is more of an expectation and requirement that residential complexes meet. Additional facilities include anything from car parking and children's playgrounds to an on-site cinema. Larger apartments tend to be duplex in design, and the modern design of a combined kitchen and living area is extremely popular.
Villas: Villas, whatever their size, instantly add an air of exclusivity and wealth. Private facilities, including a garden, pool, and parking, are generally featured, even with villas making up a large complex. In keeping with the higher purchase price, the quality of design, materials, and construction is top-end. Indeed many utilise the latest technology with a smart home feature.