Top things to do

Top Choice Beach in Karpas Peninsula

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 so…
Top Choice Church in Karpas Peninsula

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 ti…
Top Choice Cypriot in Yenierenköy (Yiallousa)

Alevkayalı Restaurant

Calamari cooked to perfection, superfresh fish and well-spiced sheftalia (grilled sausages wrapped in caul fat; şeftali kebap in Turkish); Alevkayalı is a top lunch spot. Generous mains come with a meze of hummus, h…
Top Choice Seafood in Dipkarpaz (Rizokarpaso)

Oasis Restaurant

Looking over the cliffs and next door to the Agios Filon church, this little place serves up char-grills and the peninsula’s best freshly caught fish, marinated in olive oil.
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 and o…
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 stands …
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 the r…
Landmark in Karpas Peninsula

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 Kastro…
Beach in Karpas Peninsula

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 exquisite …
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 clu…