A SHELTER FOR RETIREES SINCE 1881
Northern Cyprus offers innumerable opportunities for communities to settle. The most important of these is its temperate climate. Even the harshest winters are quite temperate. The number of rainy days in January, which is the rainiest month of the year, is 13 on average. Even on a rainy day, the sun makes a surprise appearance and shines for a few hours.
Due to this characteristic of Cyprus, many foreigners choose to live in Northern Cyprus. Many dwellings are for foreigner use, particularly in Kyrenia and along the northern beach. A large part of the ex-patriot community is British.
Holding the control of the island from 1878 to 1960, British people are well aware of the living opportunities offered by the island for retirees.
Bittersweet island: Depicting the lives of British people in Cyprus in a pleasant but realistic way, Tabitha MORGAN discusses the potential of Kyrenia to be a shelter for the retired in her book named A HISTORY OF THE BRITISH IN CYPRUS. While Morgan narrates the inhabitation of Kyrenia by retirees from British colonies, she also includes the description published by the Times on November 22, 1981: A wonderful shelter for the retired, even better than the popular places of France and Italy in some respects.
Both the reporters of the Times and Ms. Morgan were right in their observations, because today we see that Kyrenia, and its neighboring districts, has become a cosmopolitan town inhabited by many British families. With this feature, Kyrenia offers people from different cultures the opportunity to meet and live together.
In her book, Tabitha Morgan also addresses the supracompetitive features of Cyprus in addition to its history.
The Great Inn in Nicosia is the first Ottoman work on the island, and nowadays hosting hundreds of tourists.