Without doubt, Kyrenia is the ideal base for exploration due to its central (and beautiful) location. The harbour is one of the most attractive anywhere in the Mediterranean, dominated by its Byzantine castle and backed by a 1000m high 'Besparmark' (Five Fingers) mountain range - it is the perfect place to while away the evening. We take ancient paths from the hillside village of Bellapais and its famous monastery and up to Buffavento Castle from where we walk to the highest point on Northern Cyprus before descending back through the Besparmak range.
Famagusta & Salamis
Another of our trips takes us to the fascinating 'Incirli' (fig) cave, Kantara Castle and finally down to the sea at Kaplica Beach. A free day in the middle of the tour gives us the opportunity to explore the city of Famagusta and surrounding area, including the ruined city of Salamis (optional). In Famagusta, Crusader, Venetian and Ottoman architecture reflects the legacy of previous invaders and the strategic position of Cyprus over the centuries. The city is home to some of the most impressive medieval architecture in the Mediterranean whilst further north the ruined Graeco-Roman city of Salamis is testament to a history stretching back at least a further millennia before.
Village to Village Trails
For centuries the high mountains have been a place of refuge and fortification and our final couple of days of walking take us along local paths that have been used for centuries to link small villages scattered along the Besparmak range. Life here is far from easy but the villagers have always got time to stop and talk and extend a warm welcome to walkers. Each evening we return to our comfortable hotel where you can swim in the pool before enjoying some of the locally grown food.
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