Lapida Hotel

Sh. Ibrahim Nidai Cad Lapta Girne,, Kyrenia, Cyprus
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Asking for tips from experienced...

by petrkar

We booked stay in Acapulco resort 8km from Kyrenia for this september. We choosed the north Cyprus hoping that touristic 'heavy-industry' doesn't touched it too irreconcilably. Nevertheless, we would like to have some information how to travel from that place (which appears to be remote spot, may be rather the sort of "touristic ghetto") to the Kyrenia, at least. We would prefer local public transportation, but we plan also to hire car for one/two days, if it is not too complicated or too expensive. Any advices (not only covering transportation) will be greatly appreciated!

RE: Asking for tips from experienced...

by elvis34

HI sorry i cant say i am experienced about cyprus but we are going to be in kyrenia , the first two weeks in september ,and i dont know if you have been on the northern cyprus toursist board web sight they give a lot of imformation about car hire local bus service etc. i understand there is a bus running along the coast every couple of hours. but how reliable i dont know , we have booked acar with alocal firm birdrentacar they are very helpful ,even arranging transport from larnaca for us . i have been told that northern cyprus is not to touristy yet , but dont know if that is true . maybe we will see you there if you see an english man with 3 women mother wife and sister it could me ! hope this info is some use to you and i hope you have anice holiday dave .

RE: RE: Asking for tips from experienced...

by carlton335

Acapulco is not representative of North Cyprus. Where as the country is generally low key and peaceful, Acapulco is rather loud and trashy. If you are looking for good restaurants, however, there are several a short drive away also to the East of Kyrenia. ( Le Jardin, which is usually excellent but pricey, the Courtyard which is very popular for Curries and English Sunday lunch, Ani`s which serves great fish, Rafters has been taken over by relatively new owners and although the setting is still lovely the place hadn`t really found a menu to compare with the previous one on the last time we went ( Aug 2004). Try to get a car for more days as you can then explore the place and escape from Acapulco if you need to.

RE: Asking for tips from experienced...

by coscon2004

Acapulco has one of the most beautiful sandy beaches in the North, but yes it is crowded. As far as I know they have a minibus to and from Kerynia. Renting a car is a good idea because the whole area is amazingly beautiful and you will find some beautiful remote coves to swim. However, avoid the ones closer to the main road as they are usually dirty. Also the mountain nearby is fantastic. If you do rent a car, drive up to the Kantara Fortress ruins. You will never forget that beauty. And also go to Bellapais (Beylerbey in Turkish), which is nearby. To Bellapais you can also take a taxi from the Municipal Office square in Kerynia. It costs something like 3 CYP or 10 Turkish Lira. As far as food is concerned, I would recommend the full meze at Niazi. It's by far the best and most well known Cypriot kebab house in the North and it's opposite the Dome Hotel in the centre of Kerynia.

Travel Tips for Kyrenia

Ayia Sophia

by easyoar

Ayia Sophia is a cathedral/mosque in Nicosia. She can trace her roots back as far as 1209 and was built during the crusades by French stone masons (Cyprus has been invaded many times over the years and has influences from all over Europe and beyond). Construction lasted 150 years, although the church was consecrated in 1326. Some parts of it were never finished.

In the 1500's, the Ottoman Turks conquered the city, and converted the cathedral into a mosque (this included burning the pews and the pulpit) and whitewashing the walls.

It is not unusual that if you wander past and go inside (taking your shoes off first) that you can have the place to yourself. On one occasion I was inside taking some photographs believeing I had the place to myself when I heard a strange sound coming from a corner. On further investigation I realised that whilst I wasn't the only person in there, I was the only conscious person - I was sharing the place with a rather large old lady who was snoring away soundly in the corner...

the peace monument

by call_me_rhia

Down bz the harbour, as you leave the marina area by walking along the seafront, you will come across an interesting statue of a man (president ataturk I believe) - which is actually not a statue but a peace monument.

The inscription reads: yurtta sulh cihanda sulh

This means: peace at home, peace in the world.


by SallyM

"Familiar but different"

Kyrenia, in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, seems disturbingly familiar.

Kyrenia harbour is a typical example of the Venetian-type harbour which can be found on other Mediterranean islands, notably Crete and Rhodes. Except, that is, for the British postbox, which a coat of yellow paint cannot disguise. There are several of these relics of the British occupation in Kyrenia town.

"Kyrenia Harbour"

Kyrenia harbour is guarded by a castle which originated as a Byzantine fort, but was subsequently remodelled by Crusaders and then by Venetians. It is exceptionally well-preserved as the Venetian garrison surrendered to the Ottoman Turks without a shot being fired. The castle also houses a Shipwreck Museum, which displays the remains of a 2,300 year old Greek ship and its cargo, recovered from the sea bed in the 1960s. The sailors apparently lived on almonds: thousands of them were recovered from the wreck.

The harbour area houses a number of restaurants, many of them specialising in fish. Eating out in the harbour area is not for the hard-hearted, or those with a cat allergy. The area is patrolled by feline vermin controllers, who would much prefer to try your fish, and will sit there, gazing soulfully at your sole. They will even take to the water (well, the moored boats) in order to ensure that you are surrounded.


A short distance from Kyrenia is the village of Bellapais. A ruined abbey commands a wonderful view down to Kyrenia. It was in Bellapais that Lawrence Durrell lived for a time, as described in his book Bitter Lemons. In the village is the ‘Tree of Idleness’, so-called because anyone who sits beneath it is struck by indolence. Fortunately, a neighbouring cafe has adopted the name, and since it has its own tree, many passing tourists are saved from a life of indolence by the fact that they are sitting under the wrong tree.


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