Kyrenia (Girne) & the North attractions

Top Choice Castle 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 plucked…
Top Choice Historic Site in Kyrenia (Girne)

Kyrenia Castle

If the grand fortifications of Kyrenia Castle could talk, they could sure tell some tales. The castle was first built by the Byzantines – possibly over the remains of an earlier Roman fort – and every era of conquer…
Top Choice Castle 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 tw…
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 Area in Kyrenia (Girne)

Old Town

Wrapping around the Old Harbour, the diminutive Old Town is an atmospheric area for a wander. Its winding alleyways hold a jumble of abandoned stone buildings slowly slipping into disrepair, mixed with newer concret…
Top Choice Church in Morfou (Güzelyurt)

Agios Mamas Orthodox Church

Dedicated to the island’s beloved tax-repelling patron saint, this church was formerly the site of a pagan temple. Before the 1974 Turkish invasion of the North, the faithful used to visit the ancient marble tomb of…
Top Choice Beach 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 September), …
Archaeological Site in The Northwest

Ancient Soloi

One of Cyprus’ ancient city kingdoms, Soloi was originally referred to as Si-il-lu, on an Assyrian tribute list that dates from 700 BC.The site consists of two main parts: the basilica near the entrance to the site,…
Historic Building in The Northwest

Mavi Köşk

Probably the most eccentric sight in Northern Cyprus, Mavi Köşk (Blue House) was supposedly built by Paulo Paolides, lawyer to Archbishop Makarios III. Lavishly fitted out in the retro-tastic style of the day, the r…
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 hillsid…