Kyrenia District Things to Do

  • Things to Do
    by mickeyboy07
  • Things to Do
    by mickeyboy07
  • Things to Do
    by mickeyboy07

Kyrenia District Things to Do

  • Salamis - Roman town

    North of Gazimagusa ( Famagusta) on the coast are the extensive Roman ruins of Salamis. The whole site covers a very large area but eventually we lost the energy to explore it completely because it was a boiling hot day. Nevertheless we found enough to interest us including the columnar courtyard with communal toilets - enough for 40+ bottoms, bath...

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  • All day Boat trips from Girne Harbour

    As you stroll round the old harbour in Girne you will be invited to consider taking the traditional Gulet sailing boat out for a day trip. We were persuaded because we enjoy that sort of thing and the prospect of sitting on deck in the sunshine, stopping off for a swim and snorkel and enjoying a freshly prepared lunch was irresistible.There were...

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  • St Hilarion - nearly a fairy tale castle

    St Hilarion Castle at 732 metres offers brilliant views over Girne and right along the range of hills that run parallel to the coastline. But it's not just the views that make this location very special because the castle is very extensive and you'll enjoy exploring the ruins with its dark corners, steep turrets and eery stories about murder and...

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  • BELLAPAIS IS A MUST!!

    To the north-east of Kyrenia (Girne), set on the side of a mountain, this twelfth-century monastery is a fine example of Gothic architecture of the Lusignan period. The abbey comprises of a church, refectory, dormitory and storage rooms grouped around an inner courdyardDuring the reign of the Latin kings, this order was held in great esteem. The...

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  • Bellapais Abbey

    We went for a meal at Bellapais Gardens Hotel Restaurant and then to a concert at the abbey. The abbey was illuminated, and during the interval, we were able to explore it. Altogether, a very enjoyable evening!For its history and a description, go to cypnet

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  • Kyrenia Castle

    Kyrenia Castle, probably built by the Byzantines in the 8th century on the site of a Roman fort, dominates the entrance to the harbour. It is an interesting place to wander around. The Shipwreck Museum, which houses the hull of a sailing ship which sank in about 270 b.c., is on its eastern side. Unfortunately, the part of the museum containing the...

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  • Visit Bellapais

    At a distance of only about 5kms from Girne there is the tourist honeypot of Bellapais village and Abbey. Set up on the hills southeast of Girne you get a wonderful view over the coastline. The Abbey, which dates back to the 14th century is often considered a place of calm and tranquility but given that it is on the itinerary of most visitors to...

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  • Stroll round Kyrenia harbour

    On a warm balmy evening in October it was very pleasant to stroll around the harbour wall and take in the atmosphere of the bustling town. The Kyrenia castle ( seen in the photo) provides a great backdrop to the place. There are numerous restaurants to choose from but we were happy to wander around deciding which boats we liked the look of before...

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  • Soli

    The remains of the town of Soli, founded in 600 b.c., lie about 40 miles to the west of Kyrenia. We spent an hour or so there during which we were the only people exploring the site.

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  • You have to visit Bellapais!

    Bellapais is one of the most beautiful locations in Kyrenia district. History and natural beauty are blended well. You should definitely see the Bellapais Monastery when you go to Bellapais(Beylerbeyi). It was built during Lusignan period in Cyprus. It's one of the most amazing Gothic style architecture piece you can see in the islanf.

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  • Escape Beach

    It is one of the best beaches in Kyrenia. Very clear water and great sandy beach. You can enjoy swimming!

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  • Turkish barbers

    On my last trip to Kyrenia I decided to try the local Turkish barber for a shave and a haircut. What a blast! I can highly recommend it. A special treatment at a very reasonable price. I had my hair washed and trimmed at the sides along with a hot shave with a straight razor for about 10 Turkish lira. And they did a very good job as well. For the...

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  • Adventure Diving and other PADI courses

    Last summer I did my NAUI Open Water Diver Course in Limassol and the surrounding area. Prior to starting my Advanced Course I wanted to get some more dives in. It is always good to stay current with your diving and to keep your skills up to date. I went over to Kyrenia because I had heard that the water is very clear and the diving very good in...

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  • Boat cruises and all that Jazz

    Recently we had the chance to spend the weekend in Kyrenia and on the Sunday that we were there we took a boat cruise complete with live Samba music and dancing on board during the cruise with a stop at some beaches along the way and the chance to dive from the boat and swim in the clean, warm waters off the coast of northern Cyprus. Yes, it was...

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  • Bellapais Abbey

    The ruins of this abbey are still very impressive. You can climb the walls en visit the chapel inside. There are many tourists here, but the atmosphere is very relaxed. The vieuw from the top of the abbey is amazing! We enjoyed walking through the village next to the abbey. Avoid the restaurant inside the abbey en the ones next to it. There are...

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  • St Hilarion Castle

    This is the main castle of Northern Cyprus and its fairytale appearance is said to be the inspiration behind Disney's Sleeping Beauty castle. It is situated on one of the highest peaks of the Kyrenia mountain range and can be seen for miles around. This means that the drive up to it is quite scarey - partly because of the steep winding road and...

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  • Salamis & Gazimagusa (Famagusta)

    10km north of Gazimagusa, the ancient city of Salamis was supposedly founded by the Greek hero Teucer, following the Trojan war. The Romans and Byzantines extended it further and many of its remains can be seen with archeological work still ongoing to discover further remains. Don't be fooled by the marble columns in the Gymnasium, which were...

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  • Driving West from Kyrenia

    Once again, the drive out of Kyrenia heading west offers many more villa developments and I'm really not sure how they expect to sell all of these, since Northern Cyprus currently only receives around half a million visitors a year, the majority of whom come from Turkey.Anyway, the development mostly runs out by the time you reach the villages of...

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  • Kyrenia (Girne) Castle

    The castle dominates the eastern end of Kyrenia harbour and possibly dates back to the 7th century BC, although no definitive date has yet been determined for its original construction. It was captured by Richard the Lionheart during the Crusades and has been enlarged and extended several times throughout history and details of these changes are...

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  • Driving East from Kyrenia

    As you leave the main town area, the road is some distance from the shore and for several miles all you see is villa developments, the majority of which were either unfinished or uninhabited at the time we visited. It gives the impression that virtually every patch of spare land is being built on and it seems a shame that the developers appear to...

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  • Kantara Castle

    Kantara Castle is situated about 55km east of Kyrenia. It dates back to the 10th century, but the majority of the remaining parts belong to the reign of James 1 of Cyprus who re-fortified the castle during his reign from 1382-1398.Much of the castle is now in ruins, but the outer walls still stand and, as it's 600m above sea level, a visit there is...

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  • Bellapais Abbey and Village

    The Abbey dates back to around 1200 AD and was given to the Greek Orthodox church following the Ottoman conquest. It contains one of the few Orthodox churches which has been preserved in Northern Cyprus since 1974 and the icons, architecture and furniture are well worth seeing.The original village of Bellapais, immediately surrounding the monastery...

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  • St Hilarion Castle

    This castle, which is situated in the mountains a few minutes drive to the south of Kyrenia, was probably built in the late 11th century. It is another place which provides spectacular views and which would have kept its occupants fit. Indeed, even climbing from the bottom to the top of the castle, which is on several levels, required considerable...

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  • Vouni Palace

    A few miles on from Soli, this palace, believed to have been built about 500 b.c., occupies an amazing position on the sumit of a very high hill. It must have kept the original occupants (or their servants) very fit climbing up and down! The views over the surrounding country and along the coast are superb. For its history and a description, go to...

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  • Swimming

    This is my friends Hotel where I went swimming every day. The water here is great. It is a clear turquoise and you can see little fish swimming by you under water. I think there must be less salt, because I could dive with my eyes open and not irritate them.

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  • Bellapais Abbey

    Bellapais is a charming village which is situated on the Besparmak (Five-Finger) mountains. The village is known for its historic monastery, which has unparalleled samples of Gothic Art. Its name today derives from the French "Abbaye de la paix", which means "The Peace Monastery". The first settlers of the monastery are the priests of the...

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