star North Cyprus

Not surprisingly we think that a holiday in North Cyprus would be a wise choice. Whether it’s walking on peaceful rural trails, exploring historical sites, enjoying the flora and fauna or simply lazing on a beautiful beach there will be something for you to enjoy.

Standing at the crossroads of three continents, Cyprus has a vibrant history, a perfect climate and the warmest welcome in the Mediterranean. It offers the perfect combination of relaxation, water sports and exciting exploration along its beautiful coastline or up in the mountain ranges which stretch most of its length. North Cyprus too, has its share of rich archaeological sites and medieval castles. It enjoys over 300 days of uninterrupted sunshine, clear blue unpolluted seas, the beauty of an unspoiled landscape and uncrowded beaches.

Add to this, the friendliness and hospitality of the people, wonderfully varied cuisine and you have the perfect recipe for a truly memorable holiday. So, a lover of nature, a keen walker, interested in historical sites, a beach lover or simply a sun-worshiper this little corner of the Eastern Med is the ideal spot for you.

KYRENIA

Kyrenia is just a five minute drive away from the villa.

Set against the backdrop of the Besparmak (Five Finger) mountains Kyrenia, otherwise known by its Turkish name of Girne, is a bustling town and is the centre of an area along the north coast which is North Cyprus’ most popular resort.

Kyrenia Harbour
Kyrenia Castle
 
Harbour Boat

In the heart of Kyrenia is the enchanting Venetian harbour where by day you can hire boats for fishing or for a day trip along the coast where they usually stop at one of the many beaches for a lunch and a swim. The harbour is lined by numerous restaurants, what  better place to relax with a cool drink. Nearby is the impressive seventh century Kyrenia castle in which is held the oldest shipwreck found in the world (c.300BC).

The main tourist “best buys” in the town’s shops are considered to be gold jewellery, leather goods, and Turkish carpets and don’t forget the Turkish Delight!!

Night life is predominately about al fresco dining in the numerous restaurants followed by a stroll and perhaps a coffee on the harbour. However for those wanting a bit more excitement there are casinos and small night clubs/discos to while away the night.

OZANKOY AND SURROUNDING AREA

The villa is just a few minutes leisurely walk away from the sleepy village of Ozankoy which nestles under the Besparmak mountains. Within the village are several small grocery shops (larger supermarkets are just a few minutes drive away) and a good butchers. Several good restaurants can be found in the village and within a short walk from the villa. The selection of restaurants and choice of cuisine is almost limitless once you go further afield in the car.

BELLAPAIS

From Ozankoy you can walk on an old traders trail to the stunningly beautiful and peaceful village of Bellapais. It is well worth exploring the quiet side streets but the focal point is the beautiful twelfth century Bellapais Abbey where Lawrence Durrell wrote his book “Bitter Lemons”. Try Kybele restaurant in the Abbey grounds and take in the stunning views from its balconies. Bellapais is about 5 minutes drive away from the Villa.

View from Kybele Restaurant
Kybele Restaurant

BEACHES

There are several small covey beaches within 1.5 to 2kms of the villa but within 15mins drive can be found Acapulco beach complex with its very large pool and water slides and other entertainments available in addition to the sandy beach (there is an entrance charge to cover all facilities)

Acapulco Beach
Acapulco Hotel Pool

A little further are the Alagadi beaches. Alagadi is split into 3 quite separate sweeps of beach. Alagadi is also known as Turtle beach because of the ongoing work on site to protect the Turtles and their nesting sites. It is possible to join and help the researchers during the summer months (their web site: www.seaturtle.org/mtrg )

Korfez Beach
Alagadi Beach
Further afield can be found numerous beaches along the North Cyprus coastline most of which will be deserted.
Escape Beach

CASTLES

For history lovers, above Kyrenia  there are the old crusader castles of St.Hilarion (rumoured to have been the inspiration for Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle) and Buffavento castle and are well worth a visit, if only for the views! Further east is Kantara castle where it was built to protect the Karpaz peninsular. From the ramparts of this castle there are views looking the length of the Karpaz peninsular and on a clear day you can see both the north and south coastlines.
St Hilarion Castle

FAMAGUSTA

Famagusta otherwise known as Gazi Magusa is another area well known for its historical sites including the Roman city of Salamis which is well worth a trip, perhaps as a prelude to exploring the Karpaz Peninsular where life carries on much as it did a century ago. Another popular visit is to the Palm Beach hotel and the lovely beach area which is situated right on the border between the north and south. The properties in the vicinity still show the scars of political conflict and the reality of a divided Cyprus is brought into sharp focus.

GOLF

A new international golf course, Korineum Golf Club (www.korineumgolf.com ) has been built at Esentepe which is about 20mins drive from the Villa. Golfers would appreciate the high standards on offer but even non players would enjoy a drink and the views available from the club house.

HORSE RIDING

There is a good riding club in the next village of Catalkoy which caters for novices and experienced riders alike. ( www.catalkoyridingclub.com )

KARPAZ PENINSULAR

If you look at a map of Cyprus the long arm pointing eastwards towards Syria is the Karpaz Peninsular – sometimes known as “The Panhandle”. If you want to know what the island was like a century ago, the Karpaz is worth exploring because life still carries on much as it has done for decades. Mostly agricultural, the area is picturesque and peaceful with many beaches to seek out. Wild donkeys still roam the area and you will find lovely uncrowded sandy beaches all along the coast from Famagusta to the tip of the Karpaz.  
Golden Beach on the Karpaz Peninsula
Donkeys on the Karpaz

THE WEST REGION

To the west of the island is the main fruit growing region with its many citrus groves. Again this part of the island is renowned for its unspoiled beauty and tranquil environment and well worth a drive to explore the area.

The wild flower walk:- If you visit North Cyprus in the springtime a local resident, Tony Hutchinson” arranges walks in the countryside starting from his home in Hisakoy in the west of the island. He is very knowledgeable about the variety of wild birds to be found in the area but the focus of the guided walks is to enjoy the beauty of the local flora and fauna, in particular the many varieties of wild orchids which thrive in the area. Since the untimely death of his lovely wife Maureen, these walks are less frequent than in the past but are still arranged on a weekly basis. A phone call to Tony ( number to be found in the villa Information Book)will inform you of dates and timings”

Flower Walk
Wild Flowers
 

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