The Altinkaya Hotel is situated on both sides of the road from the centre of Girne to Bellapais Abbey, and is a popular place to stay.
We paid a small supplement for a room in the main hotel building but, when we arrived, apparently because of a booking error, were put into a 'bungalow' which was in need of some refurbishment and repair. However, the following morning, we were moved in to a hotel room, which turned out to be extremely comfortable. On the last day of our stay, we were given a voucher worth a few pounds to spend in the hotel restaurant and bar as compensation for the error!
We paid £2 extra each for half-board, which was good value and included a Cyprus evening with local dishes, live music and dancing.
This is the place where Turkish military forces marched into Cyprus in 1974. Now there is a monument here. The monument designed by two famous Turkish architects, Yasar Marulyali and Levent Aksut and I am working in one of their companies now.
The main photo is taken from Altinkaya Restaurant.
Full moon in Cyprus
Our group is usually very lucky when travelling. I bought the tickets months ago and unintentionally we had amazing full moon views during our trip. We were in Altinkaya restaurant when we noticed the moon. It was big and yellow over Kyrenia. I certainly recommend you to see that if you can.
We couldn’t return home without tasting some fish in Cyprus. After all, we were on an island. So, we decided to visit Altinkaya near the “Cikartma Plaji”. This is the place where our friend's family used to eat fish when the live in Cyprus.
I love the fishes of Marmara, Aegean and Black Sea but am not very familiar to Mediterranean fishes and many of the fishes were not so fresh that night. Luckily there was a good looking “Sinarit” (help from dictionary: common dentex or porgy) to share with a friend. We also had several mezes and salad.
There was a group of people and live music that night. Cypriots like to drink and dance. They were crowded and noisy. We found it disturbing at first. But after some raki, we enjoyed the music better and joined the group in their dance. There was an amazing full moon that night. (We took many photos of it, also the photos of the monument of Cikartma Plaji.) So, we can blame raki or full moon for our behavior. But I think it was because of the full moon, since we found ourselves dancing in the middle of the road in Cappadocia, too. And we were completely sober that time.
If you stay in Kyrenia but do not have a car, you need a taxi to reach Altinkaya. If you don't want to see Cikartma Plaji and the monument at the same time, it is not worth to come here. I'm sure you can find anothe place in city center. There was nothing special.
Altinkaya Hotel at Night
Altinkaya Hotel Swimming-Pool
Castle guarding the harbour