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The Orchid season in North Cyprus

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Brian and Eileen Anderson, keen botanists and authors of several Sunflower guides, are soaking up the lovely weather and walking in North Cyprus, their second home. They write:

“If anything brings delight to the eyes of a botanist, it is that dark red terra-rossa soil formed from the weathering of limestone under a hot Mediterranean sun. It holds the promise of a rich array of orchids and wild flowers alike. North Cyprus could easily have invented terra-rossa. The craggy Kyrenia Mountains in North Cyprus, once the home of castles, kings and crusaders, offers 160kms of limestone habitats — at least half of it north facing. With all the right elements in place, it can hardly fail to produce an abundance of orchids and wild flowers.

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Walking the Gecitkoy reservoir in Cyprus


Losing a good walk is irritating both for walkers and authors, but it does happen – all too frequently. Recently this was the case with one of our favourite North Cyprus walks, the circuit at Geçitköy Reservoir in our guide ‘Walk & Eat North Cyprus’.

For once the walk wasn’t lost because of landslips, resistance from landowners or the inconsiderate use of bulldozers – but for a reason which delights the residents … water!

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