The Ship Inn

3 out of 5 stars3 Stars

Karaoglanoglu Street, Mersin 10, Kyrenia, Cyprus
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Car hire


Does anyone know what is the best way to travel from Lanraca to Kyrenia. I am hiring a car and from the postings here it looks as if the best way or the only way is by taxi. Any idea how much that will be ? Is it possible to drive to the border and leave my car there and get a taxi the other side ?

RE: Car hire

by Jakartamike

You can hire a car in Larnaca and drive to Kyrenia and buy TRNC insurance at the border. It costs about 15 pounds for 2 or 3 days if I remember right. Not all car hire firms like you taking their cars there because of problems recovering them if they breakdown. You will be on your own if this happens. My advice is dont tell them you are going over the border and drive very carefully all the time. Good luck.

Travel Tips for Kyrenia

a half-day trip to Bellapais abbey

by call_me_rhia

Bellapais Abbey is the main reason why one would visit Bellapais - it's the ruins of an abbey. more than a "full-standing" abbey - but it's so picturesque that it would be a pity not to visit it.

Its construction dates back to the early 13th century, near Kyrenia in Northern Cyprus and in the past it had both been a residence of the Bishops of Kyrenia and their refuge during the Arab raids of the 7th and 8th centuries. Later on it also became the home of various kings and even a military hospital.

The abbey as you see it now, after changes and restorations, is an impressive Gothic abbey with a belfry above the entrance. There are beautiful arches on three sides of the cloisters, a lavabo made of two Roman sarcophagi where the monks performed ablutions, a Chapter House, a Common Room, where the monks used to work and study, and a stunning and large Refectory.

It's easy to get there - being located only 15 minutes by car from Kyrenia. Taxis will take you there for about 15 Turkish liras (they all run by the meter) and drop you right by the side of the abbey. Do visit towrds the end of the morning: Bellapais village is noted for its fine restaurants.

A Day in Famagusta/Gazimagusa

by ranger49

Another ancient city and scene of centuries of conflict. Once one of the wealthiest cities of the mediaeval world it was described by H.V. Morton, the English travel writer and journalist, as " one of the most remarkable ruins in the world."
It was here in a small shabby office the elderly man who was the full time volunteer Information Officer told us, with tears in his eyes, his story.

He had worked as an archaeologist with special responsibility for the preservation of ancient sites in the care of the, then, Ministry of Works and Ancient Monuments, under the British administration. After that period ended the budget was drastically reduced and he worked in the archives department. Now retired he devotes his time to keepng the office open and tidy, and receiving the few visitors who come. He was a wealth of information and gave us the history of the 14th Century Cathedral of St Nicholas consecrated in 1326 and now the Mosque, which he encouraged us to enter. We were shown old prints of 16thC. Famagusta. He pointed out the great fig tree outside the building, believed to be of the same age. He found a couple of dusty leaflets about the excavtions at Soli other advice about what else we must see. Finally he thanked us for our visit, hoped we - and more British visitors - would come again to his beloved island.
It was a poignant moment as he stood at the door waving goodbye as we left.

Spot the history in the harbour 2

by leics

Some of the buildings on the harbourside were once carob warehouses (there are lots of these dotted along the coastline).

Look carefully as you walk towards the castle. You'll spot a hefty chunk of wall (almost a buttress) sticking out. .......that's part of the Medieval town walls. and the two hunks of stone with holes drilled through them were once mooring points for the huge carob-cargo ships.

But if you didn't know that, you probably wouldn't notice (I did, but history/architecture/archaeology is my 'thing') for very little of historical interest is signed in Kyrenia.


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Address: Karaoglanoglu Street, Mersin 10, Kyrenia, Cyprus