Top ChoiceCastle in Around Kyrenia & the Ranges

St Hilarion Castle

The full fairy-tale outline of St Hilarion Castle only becomes apparent once you’re directly beneath it. The stone walls and half-ruined buildings blend into the rocky landscape, creating a dreamscape castle...

Top ChoiceCastle in Around Kyrenia & the Ranges

Buffavento Castle

Buffavento perches precariously at 940m, overlooking the Mesaoria plain. The constant pummelling it endures from high winds is how it derived its Italian name, ‘Challenger of the Winds’.The castle is divided into...

Top ChoiceHistoric Site in Bellapais (Beylerbeyi)

Bellapais Abbey

The exquisite ruins of this Augustinian monastery are reason enough to drive up the mountain to Bellapais. It was built in the 12th century by monks fleeing Palestine after the fall of Jerusalem to Saladin...

Top ChoiceBeach in Around Kyrenia & the Ranges

Alagadı Beach

Alagadı (Turtle) Beach, approximately 19km east of Kyrenia, is where the Society for the Protection of Turtles (SPOT) has its small sea-turtle conservation and research centre (open 9am to 8.30pm May to...

Village in Around Kyrenia & the Ranges

Karmi

The quaint village of Karmi (officially called Karaman, but still known as Karmi by everyone) is all traditional stone villas, whitewashed cottages, tumbling bougainvillea and narrow streets wriggling up the...

Monastery in Around Kyrenia & the Ranges

Panagia Absinthiotissa Monastery

Located on the flank of the Beşparmak Range, this monastery sits idyllically among juniper trees, taking in the views over the Mesaoria plain.Built in the late-Byzantine era, with its colossal 12-windowed drum...

Beach in Around Kyrenia & the Ranges

Escape Beach

This is one of Kyrenia’s best swimming beaches. It’s hugely popular and during summer you should get here early to find space. Swimmers should be mindful of the strong wind that can come in off the open water,...

Church in Around Kyrenia & the Ranges

Antifonitis Church

This beautiful secluded church is well worth the drive up a twisty mountain road to get to it. Dating from the 12th century (though substantially added on to and rebuilt in the 1400s and 1800s), the church's...

Beach in Around Kyrenia & the Ranges

Shayna Beach

This sheltered cove is home to a nice, narrow strip of sand, run by the Shayna Beach Club. For an easygoing and family-friendly day at the beach with full facilities, you usually can't go wrong; the sand is kept...

Park in Around Kyrenia & the Ranges

Alevkaya Herbarium

One for the botany fans, the herbarium here is home to a vast pressed-plant collection of endemic Cypriot flora, including some 1250 native plant species. The collection was originally created by English botanist...

Notable Building in Bellapais (Beylerbeyi)

Home of Lawrence Durrell

A yellow plaque above the door marks the house where British writer Lawrence Durrell lived in the early 1950s, marking Bellapais on the literary map with his descriptions of the village’s idyllic, mixed-community...

Beach in Around Kyrenia & the Ranges

Vrysi (Acapulco) Beach

Now commonly called Acapulco Beach, thanks to the megaresort of Acapulco Holiday Village which manages it, Vrysi caters mainly to package tourists. Day visitors are welcome as well though and the (rather...