This monastery is a key religious site, and the focus for Greek Cypriot pilgrimages on the important festivals of Orthodox Easter and St Andrew's Day. A fortified monastery stood on the shoreline in the 12th century. The oldest surviving building is a 15th century seaside chapel, now essentially a crypt below the main icon-decorated church.Today...more
There are six national parks in Northern Cyprus and this one is located on the northeastern tip of the island. The national park covers a quite large area which includes the ruins of ancient city of Karpasia, Apostolos Andreas Monastery, wonderful beaches (Golden Beach, Sea Bird etc.) and at the very end Zafer Burnu (Cape Victory).It is also one of...more
The church is in the site of the ancient city of Karpasia, which was founded by the legendary King Pygmalion of Cyprus. It was a flourishing Christian community until the Arab raiders burnt it in 802. Its inhabitants fled inland at that time.The building has been constructed on ruins dating from the Hellenistic and Roman periods. Philon is the...more
Hasan and his help, do all the cooking.
You can choose between meat or fish for dinner, comes with salad and chips as well other little dishes like stuffed vine leaves and beans.
Eggs (variety), halloumi, tomatoes, cucumber, bread, honey or jam. Coffe, tea or whatever you fancy
Hasan and his help do all the cooking. Many times I found myself making the salad, peeling and cutting potatoes if he needed extra help.
Favorite Dish: My favorite is the fish, mmmhhh drenched with a lot of lemon :o)
Everyone will eat around the same time and most people make it back to the main part. I have had crying with laughter nights, dancing nights, playing games or very quiet nights just having a chat with people etc...it all depends on the people around so pot luck really. This is the main area of activity at night.more
As there is a minimum amount of light the stars' visbility is great. You can go on the beah, stretch on the sand and enjoy nature's beauty. I was lucky enough to have many nights of spotting shooting stars as well. Eventhough these moments are greats, they cannot be captured on camera and no words can really describe that beauty. No dress code :o)...more
Many people forget that this is primarily a muslim country. If you like going topless on the beach then just remember where you are and respect the country you are visiting. During the weekends many Turkish families visit this beach...
It is not a danger but more of a warning, this place is very natural and does not necessarily suit everyone. The amenities are very basic and you will find spiders on the walls in the shower and toilets. You will have bugs flying around, lizards etc... The bungalows are very basic too and no electricity to be found when everyone is slepping.
Luggage and bags:
A torch! After the generator is switched off then there is absolutely no light apart from the moon.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Might sound obvious but if you are prone to mosquito bites then some mosquito repellent is the only way you are going to survive the nights and for the day, some high level sun protection. The nearest town is about at least 30 minutes away so take whatever medical supplies you cannot do without.
If it is the righ season then ask Hasan to take you to wait for the turtles to come lay their eggs or for the eggs to hatch. In three summers of coming here I have not managed to see any but many other people have been lucky. Hasan has a passion for them and he can show you the various albums he has of photos taken.
I have managed to see the trails left behind by turtkes, a few nests and some baby turtles in a bottle.
This normally entails walking for a fair bit and then seating waiting, the stars are a good distraction if you get impatient.