Kyrenia Travel Guide

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Kyrenia Things to Do

  • Climb them all

    Girne’s castle is the major “attraction” of the town. Unlike some Disneyland outfit, it has been around for centuries governed by many who have been shaping it carefully till it obtained its contemporary form. Nowadays tourism is the main sponsor of the structure since the poor beauty has lost its original role of defending the town and its rulers....

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  • Food for thought

    The port of Girne with its perfectly shaped semi-circle in the best traditions of the Greek amphitheater is the focal point for the local restaurant business. Of course, everybody would like to sip their Efes beer in the buxom of the natural and man-made beauty of Girne seaside promenade. Money must be made on the fly here. Or is this the case?...

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  • Fast food par excellence

    Girne’s burek lives up to the best standards in this part of the world for a puff-pastry snack. Cooked to perfection and served fast makes it the preferred choice for starving strangers in need of a quick fix. Girne’s streets are not foreign to burek outlets. One of the central thoroughfares, sloping down from the round tower is dutifully adorned...

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  • Salamis Ruins in Famagusta

    Salamis is situated right by the beach and is located not very far from Famagusta.It used to be one of the most important cities in its time. The old Salamis ruins span through many centuries from Greek classic era to dereliction in VII century because of sinking port. What I did not like here and worried me was the fact that people wander freely...

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  • St. Hilarion Castle - "A Must See...

    The drive to the castle from Kyrenia (built by Byzantines and Crusaders) is about 25 minutes.St. Hilarion is located western of the Kyrenia Mountain range. If you plan to visit the caste in summer preferably come early. The climb to the top is 730 metres and can be quite tiring if you are not fit. Be sure to have along flat shoes, a bottle of...

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  • The Shipwreck Museum

    The remains and exhibits from the ship date back to the 4th century BC and include the cargo and items relating to the daily lives of its sailors. The almonds were found untouched and were well protected in the vessels. You will find extended information about the shipwreck through the link below.Fee 4.50 euros covers the entrance for the Castle,...

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Kyrenia Restaurants

  • The traditional dürüm

    I was looking for a small local restaurant just to eat with the locals.To tell you the thuth I really don't know the difference among Gyros, Kebak and Dürüm. For me, all of them are the same except for the kind of bread they use.It is a kind of food I like to try when I travel as in my Island is hard to find it. I liked the service, ambience and...

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  • Has a welcome log fire in winter!

    Just a very nice, reasonably-priced and friendly restaurant on the harbourside.My tour group ate here one night........the food was lovely. And we stopped there for lunch one day too: the best moussaka I have ever eaten.I stopped several times for a coffee/beer, because the harbourside tables are ideal for people and boat-watching. And there are...

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  • Best Mezes in Kyrenia

    This has been one of the most successful, popular restaurants in Kyrenia for many years. Famous for metzes and grilled food - try to get a table not too close to the grill! Wonderfully tasty lamb. Service, presentation and quality were excellent, with an atmosphere to match.N.B. Update April 2009 Niazis is celebrating 60 years of successful...

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  • Restaurant with the best view in Cyprus!

    A really enjoyable experience! The weather was great, so we decided to stay out and eat instead of going inside to the restaurant. The terrace/patio part was great; it had awesome views directly to the Kyrenia main harbour. I almost forgot to eat every now and then as I was looking around and taking pictures all the time. It is said that the...

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  • a bad exprience

    Everyone, including the hotel owner, insisted that the best seafood restaurant in town was the Set Restaurant... so we went there. We liked the setting, a few steps above the old harbour and marina, meaning that you do not have people walking by and staring into your plate while you are eating. The food, however, was so bad that we ended up not...

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  • simple food - but OK

    Amarettois a simple place with honest unpretentious food - not fantastic but not bad either. As I found food in Cyprus to be quite bad in general, this simple eatery deserves my thums up. it is located inside Girne's old bazar. I believe we had a veggie pie (tell them if you don't want fries) a very some excellent freshly squeezed orange juice.

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Kyrenia Nightlife

  • take a walk and a smoke

    For a quiet night around town, wear some comfortable shoes and walk the little narrow lanes looking out for unexpected pleasures. All lit up, we enjoyed the sights of the old harbour and castle (the most evident places of interest) but also the icon museum (formerly a church) and a very charming little mosque. It's traffic-free and very...

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  • The Harbour area

    A little cafe I recommend is located at the (Eastern) entrance of the harbour, right after the old building on your left when arriving to the harbour (this building was the old custom office during British colony times). The cafe is called "Boaters" and the owner Omer payed quite an attention on little details to create a unique cafe bar. They...

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  • The Harbour area

    Another place to go for thouse who like "alaturca" entertainment with live, mainly Turkish music is the Cafe Harbour. I don't like the place because I do not like that kind of entertainment, and the place is not clean enough to my opinion. The place is owned by two brothers, Reshat and Salih, who own 4 or 5 spots in the harbour. To my opinion,...

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Kyrenia Transportation

  • Getting to Girne

    Girne is wonderful but one has to get there first. Due to the peculiar status of the island and all the claims, counter claims and the respective politicking connected to them it is so difficult to get to Girne if the entry point into the island is on the Greek side. It involves carrying one’s bags while walking considerable distance between the...

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  • Budget Flights to Cyprus

    PEGASUS Budget FlightsThe cheapest option to travel to the north of Cyprus is by Pegasus Airlines.Turkish AirlinesAfter travelling 4 or 5 times with the Turkish Airlines I have to admit that I found the service and food excellent. Cyprus Turkish Airlines Flight destinations:Stansted, Gatwick, Heathrow, Manchester, Belfast, Glasgow - Istanbul,...

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  • Coming to Kyrenia Via Yacht

    Have in mind that to enter Kyrenia marina via yacht you have to go through immigration and customs procedures.In case you of having along pets, a veterinary officer will be called for quarantine purposes. It is highly advisable to contact the port beforehand to avoid delays and misunderstandings.

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Kyrenia Shopping

  • Citrus fruits

    For those of us who live in climates where citrus fruits do not grow there is nothing, nothing like the taste of citrus fruits in their own land.Those exported to us in the UK simply do not have anywhere near the flavour.There are oranges, satsumas, clementines, lemons, red grapefruit, ordinary grapefruit......all are superb.Just don't be tempted...

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  • Turkish liras Cypriot pounds.

    As Kyrenia/ Girne is now the major town of the Turkish occupied sector of the island, it is solely inhabited by Turkish Cypriots and Turkish settlers and the currency the use is Turkish liras. If you come from the South, the official Cypriot pound can also be used in most establishments, the locals will apply a more or less acceptable exchange...

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Kyrenia Local Customs

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    by travelthrough Written Sep 21, 2010

    Eyes as a protection against evil people or the evil eye are painted and placed on the doors or below house numbers in many parts of Girne´s old town. This belief is common in many regions around the Mediterranean, Turkey and the Near East.

    Girne Girne

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Kyrenia Warnings and Dangers

  • Photos

    The previous post is accurate, do not take photos of Military instalations (as anywhere in the world) the picture shown is of the founding father Attaturk and as with all statues or monuments its ok to take pictures. You will find there are a number of these sillouhetes on the mountain side.North Cyprus is a very tollerent society

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  • Watch your speed!

    A car of your own is really the best way to get around Northern Cyprus. From Kyrenia it is perfectly possibly to visit everywhere in the country on a several single day's excursions but, do watch your speed. I've never seen so many signs for speed cameras along the roadside and I don't know about you, I'm not prepared to take a chance that they are...

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  • No photographs!

    There is a very heavy Turkish military presence in North Cyprus, with army camps seemingly everywhere. That's not to say you see many soldiers actually out and about, but you may well find yourself driving past, or even through, an army camp as you go around the island. National Service is compulsory in Turkey and thousands of their conscripts are...

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Kyrenia Tourist Traps

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    by TheWanderingCamel Written Mar 28, 2011

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    I'm probably a bit mean listing Kyrenia's harbourside restaurants as a tourist trap - there's no denying al fresco eating with a view and a passing parade such as they offer is a holiday staple. It would be nice however to be able to lose that sneaking suspicion that they trade on their location and food is very much a secondary consideration. As you stroll along studying menus and deciding where you're going to eat, you may not be aware that for all the different names on the establishments, several of them are actually owned by a single company and that inevitably means a sameness in the taste of the food if not the actual style. I know I'm being picky, and we had a perfectly adequate lunch at the place we chose, but, with a chef for a father and a lifetime of critical food appraisal, I can't help it.

    Unique Suggestions: By all means eat by the harbour, once, for the ambience and the view but for better food and better value, have a drink by the harbour and eat in one of the little restaurants tucked away in the streets behind.

    Down by the waterside

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Kyrenia Off The Beaten Path

  • Rather lovely trees

    Easy to wander by these trees, on the western harbourside nearly opposite the Tourist information Office.But they are special enough to have a written notice almost hidden underneath their shade.They are 'the loving trees', 150-200 years old exampls of Bella Solarius.They originate in Africa, and always grow in a groupl with male and female trees...

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  • Ataturk memorial

    Not really off-the-beaten-path but you may well wander past without taking heed. The memorial is on Kordon Boyu.Kemal Ataturk, 'the great Turkish statesman who abhorred war' was honoured by the United Nations in 1978.'An outstanding example of promoting the spirit of mutual understanding between peoples and lasting peace throughout the world'.'An...

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  • Ottoman cemetery

    What was the ancient and huge Ottoman cemetery has been made into a pleasant green sitting area, just to the east of the main square (Belediye Meydani).Many of the tombs are long gone, but you can still see a few dotted about. The rather lovely Baldoken Turbe, a domed tomb with gazebo, still remains and six similar tombs, now gone, are marked out...

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Kyrenia Favorites

  • Kyrenia

    Kyrenia is a delightful town on the north coast of Cyprus - with a rich past, of which - in all fairness - very little is left, in town at least. It's main charm is a absolutely perfect old harbour, full of fishing boats and yachts. There's very little traffic and the place is very relaxing during the day, and suggestive at night. My favourite...

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  • Taking a boat tour in the evening

    Every year at least once we take a boat tour out of Kyrenia's old harbour. The tour consists of sailing out to different coasts of the Kyrenia district. Lunch/dinner is served on board. Depending on the wind, the route is decided. Usually the west coast route's destination is Escape or Maremonte beach. East route ends up in the Alagadi beach. For...

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    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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