Welcome to Kyrenia (Girne) & the North


Most visit for sun and sea holidays, which has led to a flurry of less-than-pretty developments being flung up along the shore. Ignore the concrete-block oddities and you’ll find there’s plenty left to explore. From Bellapais Abbey to the fairy-tale-fluff of St Hilarion Castle, there are ruins with million-dollar views galore.

This region is famed for its outdoor potential with hiking, turtle-spotting, orchid-hunting and bird-watching on the agenda. The trails are under-promoted and gloriously quiet; a perfect incentive to get your walking shoes on and discover them before everyone else does.


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$33.99 Day Trips & Excursions

5-Hour tour of St. Hilarion Castle and Bellapais Monastery

The tour begins between 8:30am and 9am at a central meeting point in Kyrenia. From here, your guide will drive you to St. Hilarion Castle, 2,395 feet (730 metres) above sea level in the Kyrenia mountain range. Saint Hilarion was originally a monastery, named after a monk who allegedly chose the site for his hermitage in the 10th century. The castle's walls and towers appear to sprout out of the rocks almost randomly, giving it a fairy-tale look. It's no surprise, then, that St. Hilarion Castle is rumored to have inspired Walt Disney when he was designing the castle in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.From the castle, your guide will drive you eight miles (14 kilometres) to Bellapais Monastery, the ruin of a monastery built by Canons Regular in the 13th century. Also known as 'The Abbey of Peace', Bellapais Monastery is a masterpiece of gothic architecture in Cyprus and stands 722 feet (220 metres) above sea level, with spectacular views of Kyrenia and the Mediterranean sea. The small village of Bellapais and the monastery were made famous by the book Bitter Lemons of Cyprus, an autobiography by Lawrence Durrell on his three years living in Cyprus.After the 5-hour tour, your driver will return to the central meeting point in Kyrenia. This is a small group tour, for 15 people or less.

$102.79 Day Trips & Excursions

NORTHERN CYPRUS IN A NUTSHELL from Nicosia

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Minia Kibris, Tatlisu, Kyrenia DistrictMiniature park of important Cypriot buildingsDuration: 15 minutesStop At: Karpaz Gate Marina, Yeni Erenkoy, Famagusta DistrictNew marina in Karpaz area, possibility for a coffee breakDuration: 15 minutesStop At: Dipkarpaz Milli Parki - Karpaz National Park Wild Donkey Protection Area, Famagusta, Famagusta DistrictFeed the Karpaz Donkeys and visit Apostolos Andreas churchDuration: 55 minutesStop At: Golden Beach, Dipkarpaz, Famagusta DistrictOne of the best beaches in Cyprus, photo stopDuration: 10 minutesStop At: Salamis, Famagusta, Famagusta DistrictMost important ancient city of CyprusDuration: 30 minutesStop At: St Barnabas Monastery and Icon Museum, Famagusta, Famagusta DistrictOrthodox church and archaeological museumDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Famagusta Walled City, Famagusta, Famagusta DistrictHistoric town with Venetian city walls and the famous St. Nicolas CathedralDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Buyuk Han, Nicosia, Nicosia DistrictMost important Ottoman building in Cyprus from 16th centuryDuration: 15 minutesStop At: Selimiye Mosque, Nicosia, Nicosia DistrictGothic style former Santa Sophia Cathedral, transformed into a mosque in 16th centuryDuration: 15 minutes

$75.07 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Vineyard & Wine Tasting Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: The Kozan ExperienceA quick stop off at The Kozan Experience for a short break at this unique location of outstanding natural beauty. Set among pine trees in the mountains above Karsiyaka, you have the opportunity to enjoy a refreshing drink whilst looking at the spectacular views.After your refreshing drink we head off across the Kyrenia Mountain Range towards our final destination.Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Etel Winery, Kyrenia, Kyrenia DistrictYou will see amazing views, hidden places and experience a tour of the islands newest winery followed by lunch and a glass of wine.Artisan vintners will provide you with a complete insight and experience of the wines grown in the mountain vineyard. You will have the opportunity to discover 6 unique and distinguished wines, as well as a tour of the complete wine making process. Duration: 3 hours

$57.74 Kid Friendly

Jeep Safari

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: The Kozan ExperienceA quick stop off at The Kozan Experience for a short break at this unique location of outstanding natural beauty. Set among pine trees in the mountains above Karsiyaka, you have the opportunity to enjoy a refreshing drink whilst looking at the spectacular views.Duration: 45 minutes

$28.88 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Discover the North Cyprus Coastline on a Kyrenia Boat Trip

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Kervansaray Halk PlajıOne of our beach stops for a chance to swimDuration: 1 hourStop At: Escape Beach, Kyrenia, Kyrenia DistrictOne of our beach stops for a chance to swimDuration: 1 hourStop At: Denizkizi BeachOne of our beach stops for a chance to swi,Duration: 1 hour

$16.17 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Kyrenia Daily Boat Trip Quick Booking

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Vela Yachting Kyrenia Boat TripsTo book easier on one of our small groups gathering day trip, you may pay the deposit here and contact us on whatsapp. We will inform you about available dates according number of people booked and weather conditions. Duration: 6 hours