Exploring the Hidden Gems of Northern Cyprus
Known for its picturesque harbor surrounded by lively cafés and restaurants, Kyrenia is one of the most popular destinations in Northern Cyprus. Here, you can explore the medieval Kyrenia Castle that houses a shipwreck museum.
This Gothic-style Bellapais Monastery is situated in the village of Bellapais, and it's renowned for its impressive architecture and spectacular views over Kyrenia and the Mediterranean.
This fairy-tale-like Saint Hilarion Castle is perched on the Kyrenia mountain range. The climb to the top offers breath-taking panoramic views of the region.
Once a glamorous city of the Mediterranean, Famagusta is now partially a ghost town after the Turkish invasion in 1974. The walled city has a rich history and numerous medieval buildings.
Just outside of Famagusta, Salamis is an ancient city-state with a history dating back to the 11th century BC. You can explore the remains of the gymnasium, theatre, and Roman baths here.
Known for its wild beauty and untouched nature, the Karpaz Peninsula is home to rare and endemic plants and wild donkeys. The Golden Beach here is considered one of the most beautiful in the Mediterranean.
Buffavento Castle is the highest of the three mountain top castles in Northern Cyprus and is less frequently visited due to its relatively hard-to-reach location. However, the rewarding views and the sense of tranquil isolation make the trip worthwhile.
The last divided capital city in the world, Nicosia is rich in history and culture. You can visit the Selimiye Mosque, formerly St. Sophia Cathedral, Buyuk Han (Great Inn), and the old Venetian walls.