Kyrenia - Northern Cyprus

Kyrenia Northern Cyprus

Kyrenia (Girne in Turkish) is one of the most attractive towns on the Northern Cyprus coast. Its picturesque harbour, old quarter and sandy beaches make it one of the main tourist destinations in the country.

Defences were improved by the Venetians who also expanded the town and formed the shape of the harbour as it is today.

The harbour front is now filled with restaurants and cafes, just great for watching the world go by. It is dominated by the Kyrenia Castle at the mouth of the harbour. Not only is this worth the visit in itself, it will give you a great view of the town from the top. It is also home to the Shipwreck Museum where the preserved remains of an old trading ship recovered from just outside the harbour are to be found.

The narrow mediaeval streets contain shops, workshops and historic buildings. Take the time to watch craftsmen at work, go round the fruit and vegetable market or have a look at the Round Tower Gallery and its north Cyprus crafts.

Around Kyrenia, take a trip to the Bellapais monastery up in the Five Finger Mountains, dating back to the late 12th century, the Buffavento Castle in the Kyrenia Mountains perched 950 metres above sea level on a rocky hilltop or some hard-core hiking in the Five Finger Mountains themselves.