Downtown Kyrenia is the Social point in Kyrenia. The charming Venetian harbour sets the mood for the town.
With its magnificent Kyrenia castle dating back to 111 BC it sends signals of a strong historical presence. Once a powerful protector of the island throughout the centuries, it now houses one of the world’s oldest shipwrecks.
Admire the Byzantine and Venetian architecture, soaking up an impression of the crusades it has endured. Glance at the sleeping yachts, and stroll the cobbled streets to see the icon museum and old Turkish bazaar, a place oozing with charm, you won’t want to leave Kyrenia!
East Kyrenia leads to turtle beach where you can admire loggerhead turtles lay their eggs, and to the 18-hole Korineum golf course, a perfect place to unwind. Historic sites include The Hazreti Omer tomb, and the Buffavento castle, a fascinating site to take in the entire North Cyprus peninsula.
Bellapais is a quaint little village in the foothills of Kyrenia. Setting a relaxing mood in the centre is the 13th century Bellapais Abbey, giving a poetic ambience to the sleepy surrounding streets and a perfect place to soak in the traditional Cypriot life. Inspiration to author Laurence Durrell writing ‘Bitter Lemons’, Bellapais village offers amazing views and a taste of traditional North Cyprus.
West Kyrenia is where you will find most of Kyrenia’s small sandy coves, and a host of restaurants. From beach clubs such as Denizkizi beach club, and Escape beach club, you will be spoilt for choice of where to dip into the crystal clear waters while on your Kyrenia holidays. Look up to the dramatic Mountain backdrop and you will see St. Hilarion castle staring down at you. Take the temptation, and you will be delighted with amazing views of Kyrenia Coastline once you climb to the top.
Kyrenia holidays have long been popular as it's a beautiful and serene region of North Cyprus with an iconic ancient harbour. It has a sprawl of small towns and villages and each has a unique and charming character.
The relaxed and unhurried pace of life compliments the beauty of the region and offers visitors the chance to experience North Cyprus as it was meant to be. Many rare and colourful animals call Kyrenia home from rare turtles to birds and chameleons as well as a plentiful stock of fruit trees that scent the air and create a beautiful landscape that is perfect for driving.
The natural wonder of Kyrenia holidays are furthered by the parallel forces of the clear turquoise sea and the colossal mountains that rise high above the towns that populate this stunning region.
Amongst the mountains running past Kyrenia, one can witness two of three mountain castles in North Cyprus, St Hilarion and Buffavento, historic fortresses that once defended the northern coast from invaders, but have now fallen romantically into ruins, now providing the perfect view points from which to understand just how marvellous this part of the world is.
With Bellapais Abbey as well as multiple churches and mosques also bearing witness to the rich history that has passed through Kyrenia, there is no doubting that those looking for a window to the past will certainly find one here.
Although undeniably beautiful and simply full of rich history, Kyrenia is more than just a museum of ancient wonders. The miles of sun kissed sandy beaches as well as shops, bazaars, restaurants and bars create the perfect atmosphere for a modern holiday with every amenity you could wish for - including casinos!
You can enjoy Kyrenia holidays in the extensive hand selected Kyrenia hotels Direct Traveller offers. All hotels are available as a standalone hotel only reservation, or you can book Kyrenia holidays as packages including flights, hotels, transfers, and rep services.
Our Kyrenia reps will be there for you throughout your holidays to ensure everything is running smoothly, and you can make the most of your holiday. You can also have the opportunity to book some excursions, if you so wish to explore North Cyprus, or book car hire to do your own exploring around Kyrenia and beyond.
If you know where you want to stay on your Kyrenia holidays or not sure, you can search online or call us for personal advise, as we have visited all our Kyrenia hotels and stayed at most.