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An Idyllic Harbour Nestled Below Five Fingered Mountain

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A May 2008 trip to Kyrenia by Praskipark

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Carob Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Much More than Carobs at this Restaurant"

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The choice of food and restaurants in Kyrenia is extraordinary wide, reflecting many different influences such as Greek, Lebanese and Turkish. My friend who lives in Kyrenia is a keen visitor to restaurants so I have tried and tested quite a few. The one I want to review for you today is situated in the old harbour and has a little bit of history to it, which for me, makes the whole experience extra special. The restaurant is called Carob named after the black carob bean that is grown on the island and known to islanders as the black gold of Cyprus. Carob beans were once exported but now the bean is used to make a syrup called "Pekmez" which is used in cooking and made into a spread when m...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 30, 2009

Carob Restaurant
Old harbour
Kyrenia
+542 855 68 62

What I Found Out about Kyrenia

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Having visited southern Cyprus many times and covered the area from top to bottom I was lucky enough to be invited to northern Cyprus last year. A very dear friend of mine who had lived in Portugal at the same time as me bought a house there. As soon as the invitation came by e-mail, I spent two seconds thinking about it and within 30 minutes I had scoured the net and booked a flight to Ercan airport. I remember being very excited and jumping up and down and sitting on my packed rucksack thinking of all the culinary delicacies I would sample and glasses of ice cold, amber beer, I would savour whilst sitting under the shade in some taverna listening to old men play dominoes, just passing the day away. ...Read More

Kyrenia Castle

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Attraction | "A Well Preserved Harbour Fortress"

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If you go in the winter months then the castle is only open in the week. It was bult in the 8th century by the Byzantines and in my opinion, is the best preserved harbour fortress on the whole of the island. The base of the round tower has survived from the earliest days and marks the northwest corner of the complex. At that time the Byzantine St George's chapel was located outside the castle. The Lusignans renovated the north and east and built the horse shoe shaped Northeast tower and also the living quarters in the inner courtyrard. Although you can see the military functionalism there is still a touch of courtly elegance to admire. In the 16th century the Venetians modified the castle ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 28, 2009

Kyrenia Castle

Kyrenia

Bellapais Abbey

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Attraction | "Abbey of Peace"

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The Gothic Bellapais Abbey (Abbey of Peace) stands in the heart of a sleepy village of the same name. Alongside the abbey stands the 'Tree of Idleness', made famous by Lawrence Durrell in his book Bitter Lemons. It is indeed a good place to sit and rest. Augustinian monks founded a monastery here in 1205. The abbey's pointed arches and ribbed vaulting in northern French Gothic style ought to have looked out of place in this Levantine landscape but, surprisingly, it seems to blend in well with the olive groves, cypresses and date palms. The Lusignan coat-of-arms above the entrance to the dining hall serves as a reminder of Bellapais's royal benefators: when Jerusalem fell, the Augustinians were expelle...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 28, 2009

Saint Hilarion Castle

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Attraction | "One of the Finest Sights in Northern Cyprus"

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In my view St Hilarion, for its position alone must rank as one of the finest sights in northern Cyprus. This marvellous castle of battlements and towers seems to grow naturally out of the steep limestone rocks of the Besparmark mountains. Its name probably originates from a Palestinian monk who spent his twilight years in Cyprus (c.370), but the annals of sainthood contain 15 other pious men bearing the same name. A monastery emerged from the original settlement and then the Byzantines extended it into a castle in the 10th century. From 1228-32 Hilarion played a key role in Emperor Friedrich 11's attempt to seize Cyprus, almosty in passing, while on his way to the Holy Land during the 6th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 28, 2009

Saint Hilarion Castle

Kyrenia, Cyprus

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