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  • You can walk around the top of the castle and you'll get an amazing view of the harbour and along the coastline
  • These friendly Australians will take you up to the St Hilarion hills behind the harbour and launch you off attached to a tandem paraglider so you really will have the best of views

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      Where?

      Kyrenia is located just 20km north of Nicosia, Cyprus’s capital. So to get there you follow the dramatic pass through the Kyrenia mountain range from the city plains of Nicosia. If you are travelling from the south of the island, as long as you are not held too long at the checkpoint then the journey will only take 30-40 minutes.

      Once you are in Kyrenia you just keep driving towards the sea, straight on until you hit the old harbour. Kyrenia does have a port as well, so don’t get confused with that as that is commercial and not pretty.

      The Castle

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      centre-piece of Kyrenia Harbour is the Castle, a Byzantine construction which is thought to have been built around 111 BC, so it is very very old. You can walk around the top of the castle and you’ll get an amazing view of the harbour and along the coastline. At the base of the castle, hidden away almost, is a traditional old pottery shop which sells some gorgeous bowls with really intricate patterns and bright colours. Most of these are brought over from Turkey, 70 miles to the north.

      Why?

      It is very picturesque, full of traditional Turkish boats more later The harbour is full ...


      • of restaurants and bars and the sea front has a great promenade for walking off the dinner. We usually eat at the Chimera restaurant which is the one closest to the castle.

        You really are spoilt for choice here. If you are feeling more adventurous than just having dinner and a few drinks then there is a paragliding shop too. These friendly Australians will take you up to the St Hilarion hills behind the harbour and launch you off attached to a tandem paraglider so you really will have the best of views.

        Boat trips

        There are upwards of 30 Turkish Gulets in the

        harbour and they operate very good day cruises. You get on board at around 10 am and they take you out of the harbour and head west towards the beaches. They’ll stop two or three times so you can swim and snorkel, and although there’s not an abundance of marine life, the water is pretty clean and clear. They will also cook you up a traditional meze lunch, usually with chicken and fish. These boat trips are really recommended as they are not too expensive but are an excellent way to spend a day, getting back to the harbour at around 3 pm.




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