It's fantastic value and build quality is high," says Jeremy Muntus of Merryweathers International, a Yorkshire-based estate agency.He has put his money where his mouth is, buying two properties in the north as investments.Constraints affecting women who have entered politics in Northern Cyprus include investing time for home, motherhood, family, and political life.The fact that coffeehouses and meyhane (traditional drinking taverns), social spaces that have been traditionally reserved for men, remain central to Turkish Cypriot politics is a restraining factor for women.Investors in the north have seen price increases of around 25 per cent over the past two years, yet purchase prices are still at least 30 per cent cheaper than comparable properties in the south.
It has a rich history, is well known for its flora and fauna and notably boasts 38 species of orchid.
The pastoral air feels almost biblical, but the distant echoes of the Call to Prayer and the warm local greetings of Merhaba reveal a land less orthodox.
I'm in Northern Cyprus; the Turkish strands of this divided, eastern Mediterranean island.
For some urban pampering, head to the divided capital of Lefkosa (AKA Nicosia) where the historic Buyuk Hamam offers traditional spa treatments from 50TL/€15 (). Scuba-diving with sea turtles should hit the bucket list bonanza.
The elusive green turtle finds its European home on the coasts of Northern Cyprus, with a number of local outfitters getting you up close and personal on boating trips (For the quintessential calendar image of Northern Cyprus, look for the country's unlikely billboard attraction: wild donkeys.