09:00 Sea Turtle Conservation Project Camp "Sea turtle nest - hatchling monitoring"
10:30 Mehmetcik Traditional Olive Oil Factory Visit
11:00 Buyukkonuk Ecotourism Village "Handicrafts of Cyprus"
12:00 Dipkarpaz Village "Multicultural Traditional Cyprus Village"
12:30 Lunch at "Golden Beach"
14:30 Visit to Apostolos Andreas Monastery
15:00 Karpaz Specially Protected Area Visit (Nature walk with endemic flowers, wild donkeys in unspoilt Mediterranean habitats)


Society of Nature and Culture in collaboration with the EMU Underwater Research and Imaging Center has been conducting the Sea-turtle Conservation Project for the last three years on the Iskele and Famagusta Coasts. Apart from the monitoring and conservation efforts, the Project is also working on protecting the marine environment of northern Cyprus, publishing scientific documents and contributing to the environmental management plan for the area. The project is run mainly with assistance from volunteers, EMU students and environmentalists.


The Karpaz Peninsula is very rich in cultural heritage and natural resources and it can be easily said that it is one of the prime locations in whole of Cyprus to be conserved and protected. The Karpaz Peninsula is not only rich with its donkeys (which are under protection) but with its many types of endemic plants; beautiful beaches; rich marine environment and ancient ruins, cultural heritage sites and more. Located near the tip of the peninsula, the Dipkarpaz village is one of the two bi-communal villages in whole of Cyprus featuring a Greek Cypriot coffee house immediately opposite from a Turkish Cypriot one. The Church and the Mosque of the village are facing each other as well.

Many Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots have lit candles to "make a wish" at the Apostolos Andreas Monastery, which is under protection by UNDP as a cultural heritage site. Karpaz Peninsula also features some of the best beaches in the world such as the Golden Beach. When one says "Sea-sand and sun", you can be sure that you will be able to find it and more in the Karpaz Peninsula.

Photograph by Ugur Atikol