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The site contains the sights of Northern Cyprus - photos, descriptions and travel tips. The list is based on popular guides and is presented by type, name and rating. Here you will find answers to questions: what to see in Northern Cyprus, where to go and where there are popular and interesting places in Northern Cyprus.

Bellapais Abbey

Bellapais Abbey is a monument of Gothic architecture located in the village of the same name in Northern Cyprus.

Currently, the abbey is considered a monument of world significance.

Over the course of its long history, it has noticeably suffered, but what has been preserved is a significant memorial.

The abbey was founded by King Ameri in 1200. Initially, Benedictine monks were housed here. After the Augustinians settled here. Largely from their white robes the name Bellapais appeared, which is translated into Russian as “White Abbey”.

The hardest in the history of the abbey was the period of the war with the Genoese who plundered Bellapais. Under Turkish rule, the abbey failed to recover. The true revival and interest of tourists began after the Second World War, when the British began to study the history of Cyprus.

On the territory of the abbey there is a Gothic church dating back to the 13th century. In the refectory - an old common dining room for the monks - concerts of classical music are now held. In the western part of the abbey, three Gothic arches have been preserved, which are a kind of symbol of both Bellapais and Northern Cyprus.

Castle of St. Hilarion

Castle of St. Hilarion is one of the most interesting places in the area of ​​Kyrenia (Girne). The castle is located on top of a mountain cliff at an altitude of 732 meters above sea level. The picturesque views of the castle are mysterious and romantic. The silhouette of the castle was used in the famous Walt Disney animated film "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." The "abode of the king of the elves" was called the castle of St. Hilarion by the English writer Rosa Maclay.

The castle of St. Hilarion consists of three levels. On the first level there are rooms for soldiers and workers of the castle, there is also a water tank, a stable for animals and other utility rooms. On the second level, you can see the Byzantine church of the 10th century that has survived to this day, royal family apartments and a hall, a kitchen for kings and officers, barracks and a medieval toilet. On the third level of the castle there is a kitchen with an old stove, utility rooms and a water tank, Gothic windows, the Queen’s chambers and Prince John’s tower.

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Kyrenia Fortress

Kyrenia fortress is a magnificent sight of Kyrenia, whose history began in the 10th century, when the Byzantines began the construction of city walls. However, the fortress was rebuilt with the advent of the de Lusignan dynasty. The fortress withstood powerful assaults until 1570, when it was captured by the Turks. The Kyrenia fortress served as the place of imprisonment of the nobility; here the knights of the once mighty Templar Order were executed.

Since the middle of our century, the fortress has acquired the status of a museum complex. Thus, a museum of shipwrecks is decorated with a valuable exhibit - a merchant ship (from the time of Alexander the Great), which sank as a result of a pirate attack and was found off the coast of Kyrenia in 1969. Among the remaining cargo are amphora, almonds and cutlery.

Nearby are a couple of interesting places - the Lusignan Tower and mannequins of soldiers of different eras, as well as a museum-camp, where reconstruction of the dwellings of ancient people is presented.

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Alagadi Beach

Alagadi Beach is also called Turtle Beach. It is located in a picturesque bay, fifteen kilometers distant from the city.

The beach is the place where turtles come to lay their eggs. Here you can watch a unique picture telling about the first days and weeks of little turtles.

The beach is a practically untouched corner. If you decide to go to this beach, you need to take with you everything you need, since it is not equipped with anything like other beaches.

Despite this, the beach is a paradise of nature with magnificent white sand that shimmers in the sun.

Edidalga Beach

Lefke is a municipality located in the north of Cyprus, where you can also find a cozy and comfortable beach.

Yedidalga is a municipal beach that has been officially operating since 1981. Its territory is well landscaped, here you can find everything you need for a comfortable stay.

The beach infrastructure includes restaurants and bars, changing cabins, toilets, showers. The beach can accommodate approximately 1,500 people.

In 1984, another similar beach was opened in Lefka, Denizli, with a capacity of about 600 people.

Alagadi Turtle Beach

Turtle beach is a reserved beach where large green and big-headed turtles continue their genus. You can watch the birth of a new turtle life from June to August. Those who wish can not only observe, but also help the hatched turtles to easily reach the sea. To do this, join the volunteer squad.

Having decided to relax in the company of turtles, do not waste time looking for equipment and cafes. There is no electricity, and even dogs are outlawed - the conservation area dictates its conditions. But in these deprivations there is that beautiful savagery for which lovers of peerless beaches and the cleanest sea come here.

The beach consists of two lagoons separated by a mountain ledge. The lagoon in the east is deserted. After 20:00, the beach area closes.

Sunset beach

Sunset beach is 7 kilometers from Kyrenia.

This sandy beach is equipped with all amenities: there are toilet and shower cabins on site. Also nearby are the excellent Altinkaya fish restaurant and a small bar.

The sandy beach is well protected and ideal for toddlers.

To get on it, you need to drive past the inclined plates of the famous monument outside the village of Karaoglanoglu.

There is also a swimming pool and a variety of water activities.

Denise Kesey

Denise Kesey is a beach that lies not far from Kyrenia, ten kilometers to the west, in a wild natural bay. Competitions in various sports are often organized here, and everyone can go windsurfing, parachuting, water skiing and rafting.

Here you can lie on a sunbed under an umbrella, enjoy beautiful views of the majestic nature, clear sea. For the convenience of vacationers, near the beach equipped with shower and toilet.

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Kyrenia Castle

Kyrenia Castle (or Kyrenia Fortress) was built in the 16th century in the harbor of Kyrenia. The first fortifications on the castle site were built back in the 7th century by the Byzantines, later the buildings were expanded under the Lusignans, who completed the Byzantine chapel, front door, corner towers and the royal residence, and the Venetians, who strengthened the towers and adapted the walls to accommodate more modern guns.

In the entire history of the fortress, it was never taken by storm. However, in 1570, the garrison surrendered without a fight to the Ottoman army (the Turks used the castle exclusively as a military base).

During the British rule, the castle housed a police station, and since 1974 it houses a museum where you can see various archaeological finds, icons and mannequins of soldiers of different eras, and dungeons are presented with scenes showing scenes from the life of medieval prisoners. In addition, the castle has a Shipwreck Museum, which stores about six thousand fragments of one of the most ancient ships, wrecked in about the III century BC.

The ghost town of Varosha

Varosha is a tourist quarter of the city of Famagusta, which in the late 1960s was a popular entertainment center in the world. Modern hotels, night clubs, private villas and shops were built on the three-kilometer beach in Varosha.

However, in 1974, when the Turkish army entered Cyprus and occupied Famagusta, the Greeks were evacuated from the city, and the quarter of Varosha was fenced with barbed wire and closed to the public. And, despite the fact that the Greeks leaving their homes were confident that they would return very soon, leaving all the furniture and objects in their places, the quarter was never populated again: neither by the Greeks, nor by the Turks. All the time since 1974, it has remained occupied, observation posts have been installed around the perimeter of its territory, and UN posts are located inside it.

The Swedish journalist Jan Olaf Bengtson, who visited Varosha in 1977, wrote that this place resembles a ghost town, because everything in it looks exactly like when people left it, although since then, when life was in full swing and construction was going on , several years have passed.

It should be noted that this ghostly sight is unlikely to be accessible to modern tourists, since from the time of the visit by Jan Olaf Bengtson the quarter was repeatedly subjected to raids by marauders. One way or another, the history of the ghost town invariably attracts many visitors to Famagusta to the fence with barbed wire.

Penetration into the closed territory of Varosha is punishable by a large monetary fine.

The ancient city of Salamis

The ancient city of Salamis (or Salamis) is located 6 kilometers from Famagusta. This is an architectural monument, which is the ruins of a Hellenistic city, the excavations of which began in the middle of the 20th century.

Through the city, founded after the end of the Trojan War, there was active trade with Egypt, Cilicia and Phenicia. In addition to the trade, the city had important political significance, in fact being the capital of Cyprus of the Hellenistic period. The destruction befell Salamis after the attack by the Arabs: the city was looted, and the surviving residents moved to neighboring Famagusta.

Currently, on the site of the ancient city there is an open-air archaeological museum, the main buildings of which date back to the Roman and early Christian periods. In the northern part of the park-museum there is a gymnasium, the surviving parts of which date back to the 2nd century BC and the 1st century AD. Also on the territory of the museum you can see the ruins of a huge antique theater, built in the 1st century AD, and Roman baths, the ruins of the temple of Zeus and early Christian basilicas, the remains of the market square of the ancient city and the ruins of the wall protecting the city from land.

In addition, on the territory of the museum complex is a complex of ancient royal tombs and tombs of noble citizens, dating from the V-VII centuries BC. One of the tombs, called the Prison of St. Catherine, was later rebuilt into a Christian chapel.

Castello Castle in Famagusta

Fortifications in Famagusta were built back in the era of the Lusignans, and under the Venetians they were additionally fortified. The castle has the shape of a regular quadrangle with round towers in the corners. The tower, located in the southeast, is called the “Othello Tower”, since the events that unfold in the Shakespeare's eponymous work, as the local legend says, are directly related to the castle in which the Venetian governors once lived under the leadership of Christopher Moreau, who became , according to many, the prototype of the hero of Shakespeare.

Currently, the bastions of the castle houses a historical museum, and from the platforms of the towers overlooks the port of Famagusta.

Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Famagusta

The Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul is located in the center of the old city of Famagusta, opposite the Venetian Palace. Presumably the cathedral was built at Lusignan in the XIV century. After the Turks occupied the city in 1571, the murals and other interior decoration of the cathedral were destroyed, and the cathedral itself was converted into the Sinan Pasha mosque, adding a minaret to it.

In subsequent years, the cathedral was used as a granary (under the British), an administrative building and even as a city library (after the independence of Cyprus), and today it, like in the 16th century, functions like a mosque.

St. Nicholas Cathedral in Famagusta

St. Nicholas Cathedral in Famagusta was built in the XIV century in the late Gothic style. The coronation of the Lusignans took place in the cathedral.

During the siege of the city by the Turks in 1571, the exterior and interior of the cathedral were badly damaged. Subsequently, the temple was converted into a mosque, which since 1954 has been called the Lal Mustafa Pasha mosque (the name of the military leader who participated in the siege of Famagusta in the 16th century).

Selemiye Mosque (St. Sophia Cathedral) in Nicosia

Hagia Sophia is a Roman Catholic church in the Gothic style, which was built in Nicosia in the XIV century. Like St. Nicholas Cathedral, this cathedral church of Cyprus has more than once become the site of the coronation of kings.

After the devastating earthquakes and raids of the Genoese in the 15th century, the temple was badly damaged, and after the capture of the city by the Turks, it was turned into the Selemiye Mosque.

Despite the eclectic architecture introduced by the two minarets, the mosque remains one of the main Gothic monuments in Cyprus. You can get to the mosque on an excursion, the participants of which are shown the medieval decoration of the temple and tombstones.

The ancient city of Salt

The ancient city of Soli is located near the city of Morphou in Northern Cyprus. It is believed that the city was named after the Greek philosopher and statesman Solon, and the period of its heyday is called the III century.

During excavations that began in 1920, an ancient basilica was discovered on the territory of the city, on the floor of which you can see the remains of a mosaic of the 4th century, a Roman theater for 4,000 seats (3rd century), tombs of the Roman period in which rich ornaments were found, and other archaeological finds. In addition, during excavations here were found ancient sculptures of the goddess Aphrodite, which are presented to the general public at the Museum of Cyprus.

Other castles in Northern Cyprus

Buffavento Castle located in the Cyrene mountains, at an altitude of 950 meters above sea level. The name of the castle is translated from Italian as "Protection from the winds." The lower part of the fortress was built in the Byzantine period, and additional fortifications were completed by the Lusignans in the 15th century. Like other mountain castles in Northern Cyprus, Buffavento eventually lost its significance: it was first used as a prison, and then it was ruined and destroyed.

Kantara Castle It was also built by the Byzantines to protect against Arab raids. It is located in the eastern part of the Cyrene Mountains, lower than Buffavento Castle - at an altitude of 630 meters above sea level.

A small chapel has been preserved near the castle, reminiscent of the monastery of Panagia Kantarotissa, which was once located here.

Monasteries of Northern Cyprus

Monastery of St. Barnabas (now inactive) is located 3 kilometers from the ancient city of Salamis (where the apostle Barnabas was born).

Barnabas was the first of his kind (the Jewish family of the Levites) to adopt Christianity. Together with Paul, he was engaged in the spread of Christian teaching in Cyprus and achieved great success in this, angering the Jewish community of Salamis. Barnabas was stoned and thrown into the sea.

Legend has it that Archbishop Anfemy, who lived in the 5th century, miraculously gained the relics of the Apostle Barnabas, at the site of the discovery of which a monastery church was built.

The buildings of the 15th century, reconstructed in the 18th century, have survived to our days. Now the monastery has a historical museum where you can see objects of antiquity and Christian art.

Monastery of St. Andrew on the Karpas Peninsula - one of the main Orthodox shrines of Cyprus. It is believed that the monastery was founded in the 1st century AD after visiting the cape by the Apostle Andrew, who, through his prayers, caused the appearance of a healing spring.

The original and later monastery buildings were practically not preserved. In 1867, a new temple was built and consecrated.

In 2003, a festive Easter liturgy was held at the monastery, and in 2004 a large-scale pilgrimage to the monastery was held, led by Bishop Nikifor of Kikk.

The monastery is closed for restoration until the end of spring 2016.

In addition, in Northern Cyprus you can visit the inactive monastery of St. Panteleimon (near the village of Chamlibel), the cave of the monk Fanorius (on the coast 3 kilometers from Cyrenaea), Bellapais Abbey, which we described above, and other ancient churches and monasteries.

Sights of Northern Cyprus. What to see in TRNC

Here is the most detailed list of attractions in Northern Cyprus * with photos, GPS coordinates, prices and a map. The list is very long, so at the end of the article it is indicated that it is worth looking at Northern Cyprus in the first place.

* Northern Cyprus means the part of the Republic of Cyprus occupied by Turkey.

North Cyprus Attractions List

✔ Wuni Palace

  • Description:Wuni settlement and palace were founded in 500 BC It existed for only 120 years, until in 380 BC not burned out. The outlines of the three terraces of the city (the temple of Athens, the palace and religious buildings, houses of residents) have been preserved. A stone stele on the middle terrace is a symbol of the city of Wuni.
  • Price:7 lire (1,6 €).
  • CoordinatesGPS:35.15929, 32.77318
Wuni Palace

✔ Ancient city of Salt

  • Description:Salt is an ancient settlement, one of the ten ancient kingdoms of Cyprus, and is located in the northwestern part of the island on the coast under the city of Lefke. Its history is dated to the 11th century BC. The city that we see today was built around the 6th century BC. It is believed that he was named after the Greek philosopher Solon. Salt was one of the most important capitals of Cyprus due to its port facilities and fertile soil. At the moment, the Roman theater (II century AD), the agora and the basilica with mosaics (IV century AD) have been preserved.
  • Price:7 lire (1,6 €).
  • CoordinatesGPS:35.14062, 32.81314
The ancient city of Salt

✔ St. Mamas Monastery and Museum of Icons

  • Description:The monastery was built in the 16th century in honor of one of the most revered saints on the island - Mamas. Now the church functions as a museum of icons.
  • Price:?
  • CoordinatesGPS:35.20046, 32.99103
St. Mamas Monastery and Museum of Icons

✔ Archaeological Museum of Morphou (Guzelyurt)

  • Description:The Museum of Nature and Archeology is located next to St. Mamas Monastery. Initially, the building was the palace of Bishop Morphou, and until 1974 city offices were located. It was opened as a museum in 1979 after restoration. On the ground floor there is a collection of stuffed local animals. On the upper floors of the museum is an archaeological section with images of the Neolithic and Bronze Ages. In the second and third rooms there are finds from the settlement of Tumba Tuu Skuru. Outside are exhibits from the classical, Hellenistic and Roman periods.
  • Price:?
  • CoordinatesGPS:35.20071, 32.99061
Archaeological Museum of Morphou

✔ Cape Cormakit

  • Description:cape in the northwest of the island of Cyprus.
  • Price:is free.
  • CoordinatesGPS:35.40313, 32.92057
Cape Cormakit

✔ St. George's Cathedral

  • Description: Maronite Cathedral, built in 1930
  • Price:is free.
  • CoordinatesGPS:35.34385, 33.01003
St. George's Cathedral

✔ Observation deck on the reservoir

  • Description: from the observation platform offers a great view of the reservoir with turquoise water.
  • Price:is free.
  • CoordinatesGPS:35.32201, 33.06988
Reservoir observation deck

✔ Museum "Blue House"

  • Description: the house was built in 1957 by the Greek Cypriot entrepreneur Byron Pavlides. According to rumors, underground passages were built under it to deliver smuggled weapons. The museum is located on the territory of the military unit, at the entrance you need to give your passport and get a pass in return.
  • Price:3 lira (0,7 €).
  • CoordinatesGPS:35.32093, 33.06064
Museum "Blue House"

✔ Sanctuary of Pigades

  • Description: excavations of the Bronze Age site (1650-1050 BC).
  • Price:is free.
  • CoordinatesGPS:35.29034, 33.0876
Sanctuary of Pigades

✔ Chapel of St. George

  • Description:a small chapel by the sea near Milky Hill.
  • Price:is free.
  • CoordinatesGPS:35.36858, 32.99676
St. George's Chapel at Dairy Hill

✔ Achigropitos Monastery

  • Description:Akhigropitos Monastery was built on the ruins of the early Christian basilica of the VI century, but it was repeatedly rebuilt. The buildings show signs of early Christian, Byzantine and Frankish architecture. The main temple dates back to the 11th century. The monastery was the religious center of the region and until 1222 was the headquarters of Bishop Lambus, one of the island's 15 bishops.
  • Price:?
  • CoordinatesGPS:35.35318, 33.191
Achigropitos Monastery

✔ Church of St. Eulalia

  • Description:The existing church of St. Eulalia of the Franco-Byzantine style was erected by the archbishop Neophytos in the 16th century to honor the first bishop of Lambous on the remains of an old church of the 6th-12th centuries. They write that from the sea there are remains of a mosaic, but we did not find.
  • Price:is free.
  • CoordinatesGPS:35.35416, 33.19137
Church of St. Eulalia

✔ Museum of Peace and Freedom

  • Description:Open-air exhibition of old military equipment from the time of the armed Turkish-Cypriot conflict of 1974 + monument and burial site + museum.
  • Price:is free.
  • Working hours(museum in the building):8.00-15.30, Tuesday 8.00-17.00.
  • CoordinatesGPS:35.34392, 33.24214
Museum of Peace and Freedom

✔ Tombs of Karmi

  • Description:Tombs of the Middle Bronze Age near the village of Karmi.
  • Price:is free.
  • CoordinatesGPS:35.32243, 33.26384
Tombs of Karmi

✔ Attractions of Kyrenia

  • Description:In Kyrenia, you can see the following attractions of Northern Cyprus: Kyrenia Castle, a shipwreck museum, a round tower, an icon museum in the Church of the Archangel Michael, the old Ottoman cemetery, a folk art museum, Chrysopolitissa church, a museum of fine arts and others.
Attractions Kyrenia

✔ Castle of St. Hilarion

  • Description:The medieval castle was built on a mountain at a level of 732 m above the sea. Located at different levels, with many ladders to various corners of the fortress. Gothic window with sea view - business card. St. Hilarion Castle is one of the best attractions in Northern Cyprus, which you need to see first.
  • Price:9 lire (2 €).
  • Working hours:summer (April-October) - entrance 8.00-17.00, closing 18.30, winter (November-March) - entrance 9.00-14.00, closing 15.30.
  • CoordinatesGPS:35.31143, 33.28108
Castle of St. Hilarion

✔ Bellapais Abbey

  • Description:Bellapais Abbey Building is considered the most beautiful Gothic building in the Middle East. The original building was built between 1198 and 1205, then the White Abbey was located here. Most of the modern complex was built during the reign of King Lusignan Hugh III (1267-1284). Quite an interesting attraction of Northern Cyprus - it is worth a look.
  • Price:entrance - 9 lire (2 €), parking - 5 lire (1.2 €).
  • Working hours:summer (April-October) - entrance 8.00-18.00, closing 19.00, winter (November-March) - entrance 8.00-16.00, closing 17.00.
  • CoordinatesGPS:35.30742, 33.35536
Bellapais Abbey

✔ Flag of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus

  • Description: the huge flag of the TRNC on the side of the mountain, almost 500 m long and 225 m wide. Nearby there is an inscription in Turkish, meaning: "Happy is he who is called a Turk." At night, the flag is highlighted.
  • Price:is free.
  • CoordinatesGPS:35.28304, 33.37882
Flag of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus

✔ Monastery of the Blessed Virgin Mary Apsynthiotissa

  • Description:The ruins of the Greek Orthodox Church of the XI-XII centuries.
  • Price:is free.
  • CoordinatesGPS:35.28376, 33.38904
Monastery of the Blessed Virgin Mary Apsynthiotissa

✔ Buffavento Castle

  • Description:Byzantine fortress of the 7th century. A few ruins have been preserved. Translated from Italian, Buffavento - "blown by the winds." The rise to the castle is quite difficult, especially in the summer afternoon sunshine. The views are beautiful.
  • Price:is free.
  • CoordinatesGPS:35.28749, 33.40944
Buffavento Castle

✔ Monastery of St. John Chrysostom

  • Description:the monastery was founded in honor of St. John Christosome (Chrysostom) in the XI century near the castle of Buffavento.
  • Price:?
  • CoordinatesGPS:35.27429, 33.41842

Monument to national struggle and salvation

  • Description: war memorial.
  • Price:is free.
  • CoordinatesGPS:35.21005, 33.32275
Monument to national struggle and salvation

✔ Hala Sultan Mosque

  • Description:The largest modern mosque is probably the largest in Northern Cyprus.
  • Price:is free.
  • CoordinatesGPS:35.21731, 33.42367
Hala Sultan Mosque

✔ Sights of Nicosia

  • Description:In Nicosia you can see such sights of Northern Cyprus as the St. Sophia Cathedral (Selimiye Mosque), Nicosia Fortress, the gate of Kyrenia, the streets of Ledra and Arast, the library of Sultan Mahmut II, the Samanbahce district, the museum of grunting dervishes of Mevlevi Tekke, the Venetian column, Buyuk caravanserai Khan and others.
Nicosia Attractions

✔ Observation deckP89

  • Description:an observation deck in the mountains among the coniferous forest on the way to the Armenian monastery.
  • Price:is free.
  • CoordinatesGPS:35.29102, 33.5077
Observation deck

✔ Armenian monastery of St. Makar

  • Description:The ruins of the monastery are in the mountains. Presumably, it was created by Christians in 1000 in the name of the hermit of St. Makar. In 1425 the monastery departed to the Armenian church. In December 2016 and May 2018, the barrier was closed 2.5 km from the monastery. On foot we did not go down.
  • Price:is free.
  • CoordinatesGPS:35.28742, 33.52211

✔ Church of Christ Antiphonitis

  • Description:The Greek Orthodox Church was built in the 12th century. It is notable for the presence of frescoes of the XII-XV centuries.
  • Price:7 lire (1,6 €).
  • Working hours:summer (April-October) - entrance 8.30-17.00, winter (November-March) - entrance 8.30-15.30.
  • CoordinatesGPS:35.32712, 33.61899
Church of Christ Antiphonitis

✔ Incirlie Cave

  • Description:a small lit cave with stalactites and stalagmites.
  • Price:5 lire (1,2 €).
  • Working hours:Monday-Friday 8.00-15.30, Sunday 9.00-17.00.
  • CoordinatesGPS:35.32495, 33.76987
Incirlie Cave

✔ Kantara Castle

  • Description:the castle was built in the X century by the Byzantines on the site of the monastery of the Virgin Mary of Cantara. It offers beautiful views of the mountains and the sea, a special atmosphere at sunset.
  • Price:7 lire (1,6 €).
  • CoordinatesGPS:35.40622, 33.92309
Kantara Castle

✔ Church in the village Buyukkonuk

  • Description:now the cultural center of the arts.
  • Price:?
  • CoordinatesGPS:35.41052, 33.99739
Church in the village Buyukkonuk

✔ Museum of Olive Oil

  • Description:it was closed in winter.
  • Price:?
  • CoordinatesGPS:35.41099, 33.99781
Museum of Olive Oil

✔ Tomb Cave

  • Description:typical tomb of the Hellenistic period V-IV in BC
  • Price:is free.
  • CoordinatesGPS:35.52353, 34.30642
Tomb cave

✔ Royal Hill

  • Description:parking of the Bronze Age.
  • Price:is free.
  • CoordinatesGPS:35.51918, 34.31067
Royal hill

✔ Church of St. Thiersos

  • Description:The small church of the 16th-17th centuries, located on the seashore, is named after St. Thyrsos, the local bishop of the early Byzantine period. The apse of the church is built on the rocks, where, as they say, there was a cave in which St. Thyrsos lived. However, today there are no traces of the cave. In the underground room of the church, they say, holy water flows. There is a recess in the ceiling from which it seeps. It is believed that people with skin diseases who bathe in this water and then at sea will be cured. The new Agios Thiersos Church, located next door, was built in 1911.
  • Price:?
  • CoordinatesGPS:35.56982, 34.25651
Old and new church of St. Thyrsos

✔ Oasis Afilon Church

  • Description:Church in the town of Dipkarpas.
  • Price:?
  • CoordinatesGPS:35.60612, 34.38021
Oasis Afilon Church

✔ Church of St. Sinensis

  • Description:Church in the town of Dipkarpas.
  • Price:?
  • CoordinatesGPS:35.59849, 34.38003
Church of St. Sinensis

✔ The ruins of the monastery of St. Philo

  • Description:X century church built on the site of the V century basilica. Mosaics and columns have survived.
  • Price:is free.
  • CoordinatesGPS:35.62978, 34.3734
The ruins of the monastery of St. Philo

Ruins of the city of Atentric

  • Description:the ruins of the ancient city of Athentric, where you can find buildings of the VI century.
  • Price:is free.
  • CoordinatesGPS:35.62978, 34.3734
Ruins of the city of Atentric

✔ Observation deck on Golden Beach

  • Description:it offers a good view of the most beautiful beach in Northern Cyprus.
  • Price:is free.
  • CoordinatesGPS:35.64376, 34.55817
Observation deck on the Golden Beach

✔ Wild donkeys

  • Description:at the entrance to the cape of the Apostle Andrew, wild donkeys live. They love the treats of tourists.
  • Price: free bread rolls.
  • CoordinatesGPS:35.65515, 34.57003
Wild donkeys

✔ Monastery of the Apostle Andrew

  • Description:The buildings date back to the 17th-18th centuries. It is believed that previously there was a monastery from the time of Byzantium.
  • Price:?
  • CoordinatesGPS:35.65931, 34.57456
Monastery of St. Andrew

✔ Cape Apostle Andrew (Cape Zafer)

  • Description:the most extreme northern and eastern point of the island of Cyprus.
  • Price:is free.
  • CoordinatesGPS:35.69514, 34.58794
Cape Apostle Andrew (Cape Zafer)

Chapel of St. Jacob

  • Description:Dominican chapel of St. Jacob (St. James) in the town of Ishkel was built in the XV century.
  • Price:is free.
  • CoordinatesGPS:35.28377, 33.8929
Chapel of St. Jacob

✔ Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary

  • Description:Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Ishkel was built in the XII century. Acts as a museum of icons.
  • Price:?
  • CoordinatesGPS:35.2833, 33.88909
Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary

✔ The ancient city of Salamis

  • Description:Salamis was founded by Teuzer, the son of King Telamon. It is believed that this Roman city was originally limited to a small territory around the harbor and gradually expanded, especially from about 1100 BC, when neighboring Engomi was abandoned and its inhabitants moved to Salamis. This is one of the most impressive sights of Northern Cyprus.
  • Price:9 lire (2 €).
  • CoordinatesGPS:35.18551, 33.90194
The ancient city of Salamis

✔ Royal Tombs

  • Description:Tombs belong to the VIII and VII centuries BC. In May 2018, they were closed.
  • Price:?
  • CoordinatesGPS:35.1755, 33.89083
Royal tombs

✔ Monastery of St. Barnabas

  • Description:The monastery of St. Barnabas houses a museum of icons and an archaeological museum. 100 meters from the monastery is a small mausoleum built on the site where the remains of St. Barnabas were discovered. They are in a cave under the building.
  • Price:9 lire (2,5 €).
  • CoordinatesGPS:35.17479, 33.88045
Monastery of St. Barnabas

✔ Ruins of the ancient city of Engomi

  • Description:Archaeological excavations have shown that the earliest settlements in this area were made in the Middle Bronze Age (2000 to 1600 BC), probably around 1800 BC
  • Price:5 lire (1,5 €).
  • CoordinatesGPS:35.16567, 33.87042
The ruins of the ancient city of Engomi

✔ Famagusta Attractions

  • Description:In Famagusta you can see the following attractions of Northern Cyprus: the fortress wall, Othello castle, the ruins of churches and cathedrals, the old bathhouse, Varosha quarter and others.

Famagusta Attractions

What sights of Northern Cyprus should you see first

Our TOP 9what to see in Northern Cyprus in the first place and why:

  1. Castle of St. Hilarion - the fortress is located on a mountain with sea views. Many ladders leading to different parts of the castle.
  2. Cape Apostle Andrew in conjunction with wild donkeys and Golden beach - we really love nature, beautiful views, geographically significant points. All of this is available here. Yes, and donkeys also pleased.
  3. The ancient city of Salamis - A large antique Roman city on the seashore. There is where to walk and what to see.
  4. Bellapais Abbey - an interesting building in the Gothic style + a beautiful view of the sea.
  5. Kantara Castle - One of our favorite places in Northern Cyprus. The sea can be seen from two sides. Both times we were here at sunset - the atmosphere is very romantic.
  6. Buffavento Castle - the fortress itself was poorly preserved.A serpentine narrow road along the way will remain memorable, then a heavy climb up the stairs, and then - beautiful views of the sea and mountains.
  7. Kyrenia - a coastal city where it is nice to walk along the old part by the sea.
  8. Famagusta - Many ruins of churches and other structures of the Byzantine times in the Gothic style.
  9. Nicosia - The capital of TRNC. Old buildings and shopping streets.

Other sights of Northern Cyprus can be seen along the way in the presence of time and interest.

Map of North Cyprus Attractions

Sights of Northern Cyprus on the map:

Points on the map located above the green line relate to the sights of Northern Cyprus. By clicking on the label, you can see the GPS coordinates of the object.

P.S. To visit the sights of Northern Cyprus is more rational in a rented car. On the road, to navigate the terrain, it is convenient to use the maps.me mobile application, which works fine offline, that is, in the absence of the Internet.

From the article you learned what to see in Northern Cyprus, photos, prices and coordinates of objects on the map. Of course, there are other sights of Northern Cyprus, less well-known, but this list is quite enough to get to know the region closely.

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Famagusta Attractions

If you go to Northern Cyprus from Ayia Napa or Protaros, then Famagusta will be the first city after the border. Famagusta has several interesting places.

Firstly, these are powerful city walls and a citadel of the 14-15th centuries. Secondly, this is the ghost town of Varosha, to whom I dedicated a separate post, be sure to read. And thirdly, it is Salamis - the ruins of an ancient polis. They say about Salamis that this is almost the main attraction of Northern Cyprus.

Salamis Ruins

Even if you are not a fan of ruins and excavations, Salamis is worth seeing. Once the ancient policy was the capital of Cyprus, the most influential city, power over which meant power over the entire island.

I will not bore you with a detailed description of the ancient policy, I will only show the most interesting, in my opinion, things. You can read more about Salamina on the wiki.

The first thing that catches your eye in Salamis is marble statues. They are wonderful. Even if these are copies from Roman and Greek originals, they are skillful! The folds on the clothes are made as if it were fabric, not marble.

In some places, frescoes and fragments of a patterned pavement of the floor have been preserved. Such an ancient tile.

The ruins of a gymnasium with huge columns at first surprised - how could the columns be so well preserved? - And then they disappointed: they were reconstructed, but already in some places the skeleton sticks out of iron rods.

The most impressive part of Salamis is the ancient theater with 15 thousand spectators. Vicki says the Salamis amphitheater is one of the largest in the eastern Mediterranean. Willingly I believe.

The ruins of Salamis occupy a large territory, and it will not work out for half an hour to bypass it. It took us about an hour and a half to wander and search for the temple of Apollo, from which only a column remained. But they saw the remains of other structures and large black snakes living among the stones. So be careful there.

Attractions Kyrenia

Kyrenia or Girne is a small town with a glorious history in the north of Cyprus. The streets of Kyrenia as an open-air museum: doors, shutters, bells, walls, flower pots, patterned grilles ...

But the most interesting place in the city is Kyrenia Castle.

Kyrenia Castle

Without exaggeration, I will say that the castle-fortress greatly impressed us (not only me).

Outside, Kyrenia Castle looks really impregnable - the way it should be. After all, they built a fortress to protect the city from pirates.

This is how Kyrenia looks from the walls of the fortress:

Inside the castle there are many exhibits telling about the history of the castle. There are even illustrations of the evolution of the fortress - from the first settlements to the present.

It took us about two hours to get around the entire fortress: the fortress is rather big, and you hang in the rooms looking at the exhibits.

The courtyard of the fortress:

I wonder how many people lived in the fortress in its best times?

Inside the fortress is twilight, the light is either electric, or from small windows in the walls. What else surprised was the heat outside, and the cool inside. And no air conditioners!

And this is in one of the rooms with an exposition about the history of Kyrenia:

In the same exposition there were stunning photographs from the bottom of the bay - ships flooded by pirates, jugs with grain and not only and much more.

All the exhibitions in the castle are surprisingly interesting. In general, Kyrenia fortress as a tourist attraction receives 5 stars. Worthy 🙂

Fortress of St. Hilarion

The fortress of St. Hilarion is located near Kyrenia, on the Kyrenia Range. The serpentine leads there, and the higher the more interesting the views open. And the more you look at the views, the more likely you are to not notice the fortress itself. After all, it is not so easy to notice: the towers merge with the stone like a continuation of the rock.

The shape of the fortress reminded you nothing? According to local assurances, it was St. Hilarion's fortress that became the prototype of the Sleeping Beauty castle in the Disney cartoon. We peered at the castle for a long time, but did not believe it. Google confirmed our doubts: Sleeping Beauty Castle is located in Germany. Minus the karma of North Cypriot marketers.

The fortress of St. Hilarion consists of 3 levels. Guardsmen lived on the first level, a church was built on the second, and the royal family lived on the third, highest.

Old Byzantine church:

The fortress is dilapidated, with many towers and rooms. At one moment we scattered to different corners and even got lost.

While rising to the third level, where the royal chambers, I was tormented by the thought: how did the princes rise to the very top? Really legs? Or was their servant dragging on a stretcher? If you went yourself, which is unlikely, well done, kept in physical form. If they were worn on a stretcher, then what sinewy men were in the servant!

The surviving window, behind which immediately the abyss:

If I had fallen, I could have been given the Darwin Prize 🙂 In general, do not do this, there is no risk of a beautiful photo.

The peak is crowned by a fortress with an observation deck. There is a knight on the court, but, unfortunately, I do not have a single decent photograph with a knight. Therefore, I will show you myself and the views from the lookout:

That, in fact, is all. The fortress is interesting, but impresses a little less than Kyrenia.

Other North Cyprus Attractions

There is also Kantara Castle - the easternmost castle of Cyprus. We did not have time to call into it, because It is far from other attractions.

Bufavento Castle or "gusty wind" - is located near Kyrenia. In this castle, Isaac Ducas-Comenos from Richard the Lionheart hid his daughter and the treasury at the same time. At that time, Richard the Lionheart had plans for Cyprus. Unfortunately, there is not much left of the Bufavento castle, and we did not call in it.

They wanted to call in Vouni Castle, which begins its history back in the 5th century BC, but, alas, the road to the castle is blocked by the military.

Sights of Northern Cyprus on the map

All the attractions that I talked about are paid. To visit each of the places is 1-2 hours. Be sure to bring water with you, and to climb to the top of the fortress of St. Hilarion it is good to have comfortable shoes.

Hours fortress of St. Hilarion:

Map with the sights marked on it:

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Northern Cyprus Feature

The existence of Northern Cyprus is recognized only by one country - Turkey. In other countries, Cyprus is not divided into parts. Therefore, when entering Northern Cyprus, the stamp is not put in the passport itself, but on a separate insert. Arriving from other countries is only possible with a change in Turkey. And travel does not require a visa or insurance, since there are no embassies in Northern Cyprus anywhere.

However, despite this, in the northern part of Cyprus there are many attractions, and local hotels and guest houses offer good service at affordable prices.

Beaches of Northern Cyprus

Both the crowded and the wild beaches are located on the Mediterranean coast. Basically, all beaches are sandy, only sometimes the bottom can turn into pebbles. On the beaches, activities such as scooter or boat rides, water skiing, bananas, diving and windsurfing are developed.

Edidalga is located in Lefke. It is well equipped, there are cafes and restaurants, showers and toilets, as well as changing cabins. The beach accommodates up to 1,500 vacationers. Another small beach is open in the city - Denizli, which seats up to 700 people.

Alagari is located in a bay, 15 km from the city. It is also called the beach of turtles. Green turtles crawl here to lay eggs. On the coast you can watch an unusual picture that tells about the first moments of life of small turtles. And along with a detachment of volunteers, you can even help them get to the water. There is no infrastructure on the beach, so all things must be brought with you. The beach is an untouched corner of nature with a clean coast and warm sea.

Sunset is 7 km from Kyrenia. It has a developed infrastructure. Tourists are offered the services of a bar or restaurant "Altinskaya", which serves delicious fish dishes. The beach is used for families with children. On its territory there is a separate pool and children's entertainment.

Alsancak is a small beach suitable for lovers of a relaxing holiday. Since most recently it was still located on the territory of the military, there is not much infrastructure. Vacationers are invited to eat in a small tavern by the water, where delicious dishes are prepared.

Glapsids is a shallow beach, it is the second most popular in Northern Cyprus. The coast is equipped with everything necessary for a comfortable stay. On the beach there is a mini market, a restaurant and several bars. Tourists can use the sun loungers. In the evening, parties and discos are organized on the territory of Glapsides. In addition, the beach is an ideal place for windsurfing and fishing.

What else is worth visiting in Northern Cyprus

There are a lot of beautiful places in Northern Cyprus. Seeing everything in a few days is simply impossible. The list of places visited by tourists includes:

Wuni Palace, founded in 500g. BC. It was destroyed by fire in 380 BC. Only the outlines of the Temple of Athena, some religious buildings and a stone stele on the terrace have survived to this day. Entrance fee is 7 lire.

St. Mamas Monastery was built in the 16th century. Previously, it was one of the revered places on the island. And now the territory of the church is given over to the museum of icons.

The Blue House Museum was erected in 1957 by entrepreneur Byron Pavlides. There were rumors that underground passages were built under the museum, which were used to deliver weapons to contraband groups. Since the museum is located on the territory of the military unit, you will need to give a passport at the entrance. A temporary pass is issued in return. The entrance fee to the museum is 3 lira.

The Museum of Peace and Freedom is a cluster of military equipment. Since the time of the Turkish-Cypriot conflict, combat installations have been preserved. Entrance to the museum is free.

The Monastery of St. John Chrysostom was founded in the XI century on the donations of one famous lady who was healed in a miraculous source from the disease. The monastery was looted, the pristine appearance was not preserved. Now tourists can see only a small single-domed church of St. John.

Hala Sultan Mosque is considered the largest and most modern in Cyprus. The whole complex also includes a mausoleum, a minaret, a monastery and hotels for pilgrims. According to Muslim traditions, houses have separate entrances for men and women. Entering the temple is only necessary after washing the feet, so a fountain is built in front of the mosque. The salt lake located nearby is a favorite habitat for flamingos.

Church of St. Thiersos is a small church built on the seashore in the XVI - XVII centuries. Legend has it that people with skin diseases having bathed in the holy water that flows in one of the underground rooms will be cured of their ailment.

The island of Cyprus is considered a decoration of the Mediterranean Sea; every year it attracts thousands of tourists. Among the advantages of a holiday in Northern Cyprus, small beaches, a warm climate, unique architectural monuments and low prices for accommodation are distinguished.

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