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...

Top ChoiceTurkish in Around Kyrenia & the Ranges

Tervetuloa Restaurant

If you like your meze, don’t miss Tervetuloa. It’s a casual place with little pretension that serves up a parade of some of the tastiest meze dishes in Northern Cyprus, outshining the main dishes such as Cypriot...

Top ChoiceCypriot in Bellapais (Beylerbeyi)

Bella Moon

Head through the arch to the leafy courtyard to dine on meals of simple grilled-meat dishes which all come loaded down with plenty of homemade meze. This family-run restaurant has a charmingly old-fashioned...

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...

Cypriot in Around Kyrenia & the Ranges

Eminem Restaurant

If meze feasting tops your to-do list, then head to this family-run restaurant, just off the Kyrenia–Çatalköy (Agios Epiktitos) highway. The fresh flavours of Cypriot cooking shine in the set menus, including...

International in Bellapais (Beylerbeyi)

Kybele

Even if the food was so-so, the atmospheric garden setting and fantastic views of Bellapais Abbey next door would still make Kybele the prime spot for dining in the village. Luckily the menu of steaks, seafood...

Cafe in Bellapais (Beylerbeyi)

Cafe Oregano

This cafe's shaded outdoor terrace, decked out in geraniums and gerberas, is one of our favourite places to put our feet up after wandering Bellapais' lanes. The menu of European-style sandwiches (the smoked...

Turkish in Around Kyrenia & the Ranges

Buffavento Restaurant

If you want views with your meal, this large, rustic wooden restaurant on the Beşparmak (Pentadaktylos) Pass – just opposite the turn-off to Buffavento Castle – is a great lunch choice. All the usual kebab...

Indian in Around Kyrenia & the Ranges

Jashan’s

If you’re hankering for a taste of the subcontinent, Jashan's is one of the area's top spots. To cater for its main customer-base, the menu is mostly British-style Indian food with the usual kormas and chicken...

International in Bellapais (Beylerbeyi)

Huzur Ağaç (Tree of Idleness) Restaurant

Across the road from Bellapais Abbey, the shady verandah at Huzur Ağaç is Bellapais' most famous lunch spot, with a large menu of sandwiches, kebabs and classic Cypriot favourites. Outside is the 200-year-old...

Cafe in Bellapais (Beylerbeyi)

Tarihi Değirmen Historic Mill Cafe

Follow the signs from the road up Bellapais hill from the abbey and you’ll find this cafe, set in an old mill (with grinding machines on show) where locals once produced their olive oil. It’s a good option for...

Music in Bellapais (Beylerbeyi)

Bellapais Music Festival

Held annually during May and June, this festival of classical music, choirs, opera singers and brass-band concerts takes place in and around the atmospheric arches of Bellapais Abbey. Look out for event details...

Club in Around Kyrenia & the Ranges

Club Locca

Located right on the waterfront, Club Locca gets packed on Friday and Saturday nights with nightlife-lovers enjoying a mix of R&B, hip-hop and Turkish pop. It’s at Escape Beach, 10km west of Kyrenia, just off...