Since the entry of Cyprus into the EU, passage into the north ( T.R.N.C.) has become far more commonplace by holiday-makers. Flights are available via Istanbul direct into Ercan or you can fly into either Paphos or Larnaca and taxi firms from either side will willingly transport you over the border with only a minimum of formality.
Once in Kyrenia, the main resort, you will love the relaxed, somewhat bygone attitude of the people, many of whom speak English. The old town with its picturesque fortified harbour is bustling with restaurants, bars and shops all eager, but not to pushy, to help you spend your pounds, euros or Turkish Lira. Transport around the area is cheap, mainly by minibus. These are crowded with locals but tourists are welcome. Rental car is the preferred alternative with local firms advertising on the net. It is possible to drive hire cars from the south into the north but not the other way round. There is still a lot to see and Nicosia and Famagusta should be high on the list. The contrast between north and south is at its greatest in these two cities and worthy of assessment.Throughout Cyprus driving is on the left, as in the U.K. so no problems there !!
Self catering villas offer a relaxed venue for the family holiday and there is plenty of choice. Most are newly built and many have private pools. These have contributed to the ever increasing water shortages which may lead to periodic rationing as may also apply to the electricity supply. These cuts may be a little inconvenient but in the main only add to the "feel" in the north. Shops and supermarkets are in abundance and most staff speak English. They are very helpful and alongside the local foods are the familiar British brands. Alcohol is extremely cheap in the shops but under no circumstances should you consider trying to bring it back to the U.K. It will be confiscated at the border where your taxi may well be searched.
Places of interest are numerous and varied. Beaches are quiet except of course the lidos and eating out can be as simple as a village cafe, a town or country restaurant or European cuisine in one of the modern Casinos now gracing the waterfront.
A Island with a illustrious history, a sad past but a welcoming presence.