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Beautiful little fishing village in Cyprus
Humidity and gets crowded during weekends especially in summer
In a nutshell
Has to be experienced
TheWanderingCamel Says: Photos1:" Tower upon tower ..."2."..a maze of gatehouses, courts ..."3. "...arches... and wild aromatic trees..."4. The Queen's window5. "... an eyrie that surveys the world." That's how one of my favourite authors, Rose Macaulay, in her marvellous book, "Pleasure of Ruins"...
TheWanderingCamel Says: Photos 1: Durrell's doorway 2:This tree... 3: ...or that? 4: Idling still...Bellapais, the name a corruption of Abbaye de la Paix (Abbey of Peace), the glorious shell of which is one of Cyprus's most romantic ruins. Hearing the name, rather than seeing it, you could easily...
TheWanderingCamel Says: From the moment you enter Kyrenia castle and begin to ascend the steeply ramped tunnel. its multi-layered history begins to reveal itself. Leading off the main entrance, a narrow tunnel brings you to the tiny Byzantine chapel of St George. Built outside the walls some time...
TheWanderingCamel Says: If you're lucky enough to be in Kyrenia on Wednesday, you really should make your way to the weekly market, about a kilometre south of the old town, past the bus station. Stall after stall is heaped with wonderful fruit and vegetables - in February, when we were there that...
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.
Written Sep 21, 2010
TheWanderingCamel Says: 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...
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.
Written Mar 28, 2011