Kyrenia District Off The Beaten Path
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The Karpas Peninsula - North - South Road
We then turned southwards. The picture shows our hire car on a rather rough unmade-up road, which, fortunately, only lasted for a few miles. It was the only untarmaced road that we experienced in north Cyprus.
The Karpas Peninsula - Dipkarpaz (Rizokarpaso)
We then stopped off at Dipkarpaz, the largest village on the peninsula, to take this photo, before driving on to Salamis....
The Karpas Peninsula - North Coast
When we left St Hilarion Castle, we returned to the north coast and followed the road eastwards to the Karpas Peninsula. The first few miles of the road were new and wide, but it then became narrow and quite bumpy (although tarmacked) and often hugging closely to the coast. There was very little other traffic, and sometimes we drove for several miles without seeing either another vehicle or other people.
THE PLACE WHERE DISCOVERES STILL EXIST
IF YOU HAVENT BEEN YET,GO,BEFORE THE WHOLE ISLAND MAGIC IS LOST,THE ADVERTISING SPIEL SAYS "A CORNER OF HEAVEN UNTOUCHED BY MAN" AT THE MOMENT,YES,IT STILL IS BUT NOT FOR LONG.TRY THE CASUAL CALM OF THE PEOPLE,THE UNHURRIED WAY OF LIFE,THE LOCALS AND FOREIGN RESIDENTS LIVING IN A BUBBLE OF "THE OLD DAYS",YES,A GREAT PLACE TO VISIT,I LOVE IT!
A bottle of wine, a loaf of bread and thee... or something like that. To be honest, we get quite bored with eating at restaurants all the time, so at least once a day we like to have our own lunch when we are traveling. That usually means a quick trip to the local supermarket or kiosk, and believe me, kiosks are as thick as flies, so you will not have to hunt far to find some bread, meat, cheese and wine for your picnic. On this day from Kyrenia to Gamagusta we drove along the northern coast, away from all the real-estate development and found a nice secluded beach for our picnic. Along the way, we stopped at a roadside stand where the farmer was selling stuff right off the tractor. At one point he even sent his son off on his bicycle to pick some fresh onions for us. Talk about freindly people. You just cannot match their kindness. We stocked up on everything we were likely to eat even...
The Karpas Peninsula - Apostolos Andreas Monastery
The following morning we drove in a replacement hire car to the Apostolos Andreas Monastery, which is almost at the tip of the peninsula, and a long way from the nearest settlement.Unfortunately, we were unable to go in to it, as it was in the process of being restored with a U.N./E.U. grant, although there didn't appear to be much activity. However, outside there was a large market selling a huge variety of items, with several stalls and stallholders, but no customers!
The Karpas Peninsula - Theresa Hotel
From Bafra we headed north-east back to the north coast. We were considering whether to stay the night on the Karpas Peninsula when our car started overheating, which decided the matter for us. Fortunately, we were near to the Theresa Hotel, and were able to spend a night there.
The Karpas Peninsula - Palloura Beach
We eventually arrived at Palloura Beach near Bafra. It turned out to consist of a cabin selling food, some tables and chairs under a makeshift cover, sunbeds and parasols, a handful of people and a glorious, long beach, mostly unoccupied. We swam in the warm, clear turquoise sea with the fish swimming round us.
The Karpas Peninsula - Wild Donkeys
We saw several of the wild donkeys for which the Karpas Peninsula is famous whilst driving along it.
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