Bellapais is a tranquil and beautiful small village in the Mountain Range of North Cyprus. The village affords breathtaking views, tiny streets and ancient buildings around every corner and still remains unchanged. Bellapais village has since been made famous in a book called “Bitter Lemons” by Lawrence Durrell based around life in Cyprus. Bellapais is an ideal place for those looking for a calm and relaxing holiday.Direct Traveller provides many excursions in this area with the main attraction of Bellapais being Bellapais Abbey, the abbey of peace. It was built in 13th Century by the monks of Premonstratensian order. It is the most magnificent and beautiful ruin set in a breathtaking location. The Bellapais Abbey is precariously balanced on a natural terrace with an imposing view down to Kyrenia and the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Today the site is a museum, with a restaurant and a café, and still occasionally used for classical music concerts and exhibitions.

Couple at Bellapais Abbey

Visitors can choose to while away the day exploring Bellapais village with its small lanes and narrow streets, filled many fine and inexpensive cafes and bistros dotted amongst the whitewashed buildings. Or just soak up the relaxed and laid back atmosphere under the ‘Tree of Idleness’ an ancient mulberry made famous in “Bitter Lemons”. However, according to legend whoever sits under this tree becomes lethargic and content and be unwilling to work ever again.

Bellapais Monastery Village
Bellapais Monastery Village

Direct Traveller provides a choice of fantastic quality accommodation in Bellapais. The Abbey Inn for starters is a wonderful little boutique hotel that visitors would absolutely fall in love with. The Residence at Bellapaix is another small good quality hotel, and then there is Bellapais Gardens offering very comfortable accommodation with an amazing cliff-top restaurant. For all those looking for a romantic break, Bellapais Monastery Village provides the perfect backdrop as an adults’ only hotel with magnificent panoramic views of Kyrenia coastline and the Five Finger Mountains.