Güzelyurt, which means `beautiful country' in Turkish, is aptly named. Situated in the north-west with a population of 12,000; it is a charming little town which is surrounded by citrus groves; their wonderful heady scent is itself a good enough reason for a visit in blossom time. Underwater springs nourish the apples, vegetables, grapefruit and melons for which the area is also famous. A large proportion of the citrus fruits are exported and the remainder are turned into fruit juice and canned for local consumption and export. Güzelyurt is also famous for its annual Orange Festival, which is a major event lasting two weeks.
The town was founded by the Spartans, who brought with them the worship of Aphrodite. In the middle ages, the city was referred to as Morphou, and also Theomorphou. The Morphou area grew more than half of Cyprus's citrus fruits. Guzelyurt is not a typical tourist destination, but it is interesting to those who want to see a part of North Cyprus not in the least affected by tourism. You can enjoy your holiday in the peace and quiet of its natural surroundings.
Guzelyurt is an ideal picnic spot for those who want to escape from the noise and rush of the city life and spend the day in peace and quiet. In spring, the light breezes scatter the white orange blossoms, and you can smell the fragrance from all around, while in other seasons the golden oranges and lemons shine on the trees.