Kyrenia (Girne) & the North

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Top ChoiceCastle 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...

Top ChoiceHistoric Site in Kyrenia (Girne)

Kyrenia Castle

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...

Top ChoiceCastle 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...

Top ChoiceHistoric 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...

Top ChoiceArea 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...

Top ChoiceChurch 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...

Top ChoiceBeach 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...

Top ChoiceCypriot in Kyrenia (Girne)

İkimiz

The mother-and-daughter duo behind this cute-as-a-button restaurant dish up Cypriot soul food. The small menu (which changes regularly) features hearty and wholesome specialities such as molohiya (a viscid stew...

Top ChoiceKebab in Kyrenia (Girne)

Niazi’s Restaurant & Bar

A carnivore’s heaven, Niazi’s is the inventor of the 'full kebab' – don't even think about ordering one unless you're seriously hungry. Luckily, if you're not up for multiple grilled meats and a bundle of meze...

Top ChoiceSeafood in Kyrenia (Girne)

Corner Restaurant

The seafood menu here is a cut above other offerings on the harbour, in quality as well as quantity. Succulent grilled king prawns, octopus and a bundle of different fish dishes are on the menu with generous...

Top ChoiceTurkish in Around Kyrenia & the Ranges

Tervetuloa Restaurant

If you like your meze, don’t miss Tervetuloa. It’s a casual place with little pretension that serves up a parade of some of the tastiest meze dishes in Northern Cyprus, outshining the main dishes such as Cypriot...

Top ChoiceCypriot 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...

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...

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,...

Archaeological Site in The Northwest

Ancient Vouni

The ruins may be sparse but the views here are truly glorious and well worth the trip. On a superb hilltop location, this ancient site originally housed a palace and extensive building complex dating back to the...

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...

Monastery in Around Kyrenia & the Ranges

Panagia Absinthiotissa Monastery

Located on the flank of the Beşparmak Range, this monastery sits idyllically among juniper trees, taking in the views over the Mesaoria plain.Built in the late-Byzantine era, with its colossal 12-windowed drum...

Beach in Around Kyrenia & the Ranges

Escape Beach

This is one of Kyrenia’s best swimming beaches. It’s hugely popular and during summer you should get here early to find space. Swimmers should be mindful of the strong wind that can come in off the open water,...

Monastery in The Northwest

Agios Panteleimon Monastery

This monastery, dedicated to the healer Saint Panteleimon, was originally built in the 15th century, but completely renovated in 1770. Its wealth came from the surrounding farmland and as more people were needed...

Church in Around Kyrenia & the Ranges

Antifonitis Church

This beautiful secluded church is well worth the drive up a twisty mountain road to get to it. Dating from the 12th century (though substantially added on to and rebuilt in the 1400s and 1800s), the church's...