Top things to do in Bellapais (Beylerbeyi)

Top Choice Historic 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 (Selahadd…
Top Choice Cypriot 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 atmosphe…
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 and k…
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 turkey …
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 robini…
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 coffe…
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 in K…
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 li…