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  • Fast food par excellence

    Kyrenia Things to Do

    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...

  • Hotel Bellapais Gardens

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    The owners of the Bellapais Gardens must have had me in mind when they built their hotel -...

  • Getting to Girne

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    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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  • Bitter Lemons

    Bellapais Things to Do

    We paid a visit to the Bitter Lemons house while we were in Bellapais a couple of weeks ago & were lucky enough to be there on a day when the owners brother Mat was giving a talk & tour. We were given delicious refreshments & it was a really interesting morning. Also recommend the Gardens of Irini where we had lunch it was idyllic.

  • Monastary

    Bellapais Things to Do

    Set four miles east of Kyrenia is the small village of 'Bellapais' and its claim to fame the old Monastary or Abbey as its sometimes called.Pitched on the side of a mountain,this twelth century Monastary is a fine example of Gothic architecture of the Lusignan Period.The Abbey comprises of a church,refectory,dormitary and storage rooms based around...

  • Bitter Lemons!

    Bellapais Things to Do

    This plate sits above the doorway at Lawrence Durrells house. It commemorates both Durrell living in the house between 1953 and 1956, and the book he wrote (entitled "Bitter Lemons" describing the troubles and fighting that went on between the British, Greeks and Turks. It got fairly bloody at times. Durrell was himself British, but seemed to be...


Bellapais Abbey

  • Check the fruit trees.

    Bellapais Abbey Off The Beaten Path

    If you are visiting when the citrus fruits are on the trees, do look closely at the tree just in fronmt of the entrance to the abbey church.Citrus are often grafted onto bitter orange hosts. If they are not properly looked after, they will revert.Look closely at the tree and, amongst the bitter oranges, you'll see lemons as well.An orange-and-lemon...

  • Have a wander round the village.

    Bellapais Abbey Things to Do

    It's not, perhaps, as pretty now as it was when Lawrence Durrell lived there, but Bellapais still has some interesting and attractive areas (and superb views towards the coast and sea).There are small alleyways, and plants and flowers.....people living their ordinary lives.It's always worthwhile taking a bit of time to wander away from the main...

  • Nice Lunch

    Bellapais Abbey Restaurants

    The lunch was included with our tour this is the restauranr we were taken to.The reataurant is just across fromm the Abbey. The service was very good and the staff were friendly. We started with salad and bread followed by roast chicken leg potatoe and veg then we had a piece of cake for our desert.1 glass of wine, tea and coffee included with the...


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