Karpas Peninsula


Top ChoiceBeach in South Coast

Golden Beach

Golden Beach

Possibly the best on the island, Golden Beach is worth the trip to the Karpas in itself. Its white-sand dunes and gentle curves meet the calm, clear sea, and wild donkeys graze nonchalantly on the hills while you...

Top ChoiceChurch in South Coast

Monastery of Apostolos Andreas

It's not as glitzy as other churches, with a plain, small interior holding an iconostasis with some lovely icons from the late 19th century. But the Monastery of Apostolos Andreas, sitting facing the sea near the...

Castle in Karpas Peninsula

Kantara Castle

The best vantage point on the Karpas is from this Lusignan Gothic castle, one of three in Cyprus. Kantara Castle is the furthest east and the lowest in elevation at 690m. It has a 360-degree view of the region...

Beach in Dipkarpaz (Rizokarpaso)

Agios Filon Beach

With its soft sand and big, flat sea rocks, this is a fantastic beach some 5km north of Dipkarpaz. It’s also a turtle-hatching beach and a great place to watch the sunset. The 12th-century Agios Filon Church...

Archaeological Site in Sipahi (Agia Triada)

Basilica of Agia Triada

Although only the foundations and a few battered half-columns of this 5th-century basilica survived to show the rough outline of the building, the intricately patterned mosaic flooring has managed to withstand...

Landmark in South Coast

Zafer Burnu (Cape Apostolos Andreas)

A mere 3km from the Monastery of Apostolos Andreas, along a dirt track, is the easternmost tip of Cyprus. From here you can see the cluster of rocky isles known as the Kleides (The Keys).The Neolithic site of...

Beach in South Coast

Kumyalı Beach

This little beach–fishing harbour, just outside the village of Kumyalı (Koma tou Gialou), is ideal for a last stop and swim before you make the long drive up the western flank of the peninsula to the more...

Marina in Yenierenköy (Yiallousa)

Karpaz Gate Marina

Yenierenköy's luxury €15 million marina offers berthing for yachties in the Karpas Peninsula. For those not arriving on the island aboard their own yacht, the chief attraction is the marina's swish private beach...

Ruins in Karpas Peninsula


About 7km east of Agios Filon Beach is Afendrika, a major city in the 2nd century BC. What remains is a set of contiguous ruins comprising three churches: 6th-century Agios Georgios, Panagia Khrysiotissa and...

Church in Yenierenköy (Yiallousa)

Agios Thyrsos

The church of Agios Thyrsos sits majestically on the seafront, with waves lapping the black rocks of the coast below. Although the church's interior is plain, it's well worth stopping off here to walk on the...

Tomb in Karpas Peninsula

Kastros Cave Tombs

The Kastros Cave Tombs near Avtepe (Agios Simeion) are thought to date from around the 5th century BC and are cut 20m high in the cliff. A metal spiral staircase allows access into the interconnected chambers.

Tomb in Karpas Peninsula

Kastros Hill Cave Tomb

Near Kaleburnu (Galinoporni), is the large Kastros Hill Cave Tomb which still has shallow niches carved into the floor where the bodies of the dead once lay.