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Areas of Interest In North Cyprus
Villas & Apartments for Rent & Sale in Kyrenia, Esentepe, Bellapais
- East of Kyrenia
- West of Kyrenia
North Cyprus – Kyrenia (Girne)
Kyrenia is situated on the north coast of Turkish Cyprus. It is a busy small town with a harbour of natural charm and beauty which is idyllic especially when the sun sets in the evening. The castle, dating from the time of the Byzantines and later developed by the Venetians into its present form, is at the east of the harbour and is a very spectacular site. It has a 12th century chapel and is also home to many historical artefacts, including the resting place for the world’s oldest known shipwreck.
There are many beautiful beaches around Kyrenia and the area offers many restaurants and bars. It is an easy place to be in at all times of day, with lots of charming shops down the high street and in the cobbled narrow alleys.
The Kyrenia area also offers excellent opportunities for walking, especially the Besparmak (Five Fingers) mountains with fantastic views from St. Hilarion Castle.
East of Kyrenia and driving toward Esentepe is Turtle Beach, which is controlled during the summer months between 9pm-5am to protect the turtles when they are laying their eggs. This is a conservation area during the months of June to August.
North Cyprus – East of Kyrenia
Five minutes from Kyrenia is Bellapais, unchanged and unhurried since its colonial days. This enchanting village has at its centre piece the magnificent 14th century (Lusignan) Bellapais Abbey.
Perched precariously on the natural terraces, the abbey overlooks the whole of the northern coastline and is considered to be one of the most beautiful gothic buildings in the Near East.
Here, you can while away your days, exploring the impressive remains of the abbey, or simply relax under the famous ‘Tree of Idleness’ and let the world go by. During the year many concerts are held at the Abbey. The acoustics are wonderful and it is always a night out to remember.
The views from the village are superb and from every vantage point the plains of Kyrenia and the azure blue of the Mediterranean beyond, beckon and invite. The lanes and narrow streets of the village crisscross haphazardly away from the main square, and scattered amongst the whitewashed buildings are many excellent and surprisingly inexpensive cafes and bistros.
Bellapais is an ideal haven for those seeking a calm and relaxing opportunity to sample the Cyprus of a bygone age.
North Cyprus – Doganköy
A small village nestling off the road between Ozanköy and Kyrenia and only a few minutes drive to both Kyrenia and the lovely sandy beach of Çatalköy. Easy access to restaurants, bars and supermarkets makes Doganköy a convenient place to live.
Karakum is situated close to the sea and one mile east of Kyrenia town centre. Offering beautiful views of the Besparmak mountain range and easy access to all amenities makes this an ideal location for those who like to be close to everything that Kyrenia has to offer.
Situated just 5km east of Kyrenia, Ozanköy (Poet’s Village) is one of the prettiest villages in North Cyprus and is home to a growing and truly multi-national population.
The peace and tranquillity of Ozanköy’s setting and the beautiful and preserved natural environment around the village, along with the friendly welcoming nature of the local Turkish Cypriot people, make this a great place to live.
The village itself is interwoven with olive, carob and lemon trees and any new development is required to respect the surroundings and be built not only sympathetically but also avoiding disturbing the ancient trees and the natural growth of the many species of flora and fauna found here.
Çatalköy is situated just east of Ozanköy and below Bellapais with its famous abbey, and a 10 minutes drive from Kyrenia. Çatalköy is one of the loveliest villages on the island, well kept and has access to some of the best restaurants on the island. Çatalköy beach is well maintained and offers a sandy beach, restaurant, diving platform and the clear blue water of the Mediterranean in which to bathe your cares away.
Esentepe is just one of the many charming villages of Northern Cyprus. It has grown over the past few years to become a village of some note because many visitors to the island have sought to establish their own homes in and around Esentepe
Driving eastwards from Kyrenia along the coast road to Esentepe, you will be struck by the stunning backdrop of the Besparmak (Five Fingers) mountain range to the South and the close proximity of the Mediterranean sea.
Travel up the winding road to the village and you will be able to enjoy the stunning views that the residents of Esentepe enjoy. Laid out before you is the Mediterranean sea, fringed by lovely shingle, sandy and rocky beaches and behind are the pine covered foothills of the Besparmak mountain range.
The village has a small selection of shops offering all the essential day-to-day items that you will need.
If you would like to leave the hustle and bustle of Kyrenia behind and want to venture out further into the real North Cyprus, then Esentepe is for you.
It is also one of the most prominent areas in north Cyprus for the North Cyprus Property Boom.
Korineum Golf and Country Club
Before you reach Esentepe from Kyrenia you will come to the Korineum Golf and Country Club, recently established as the first 18 hole golf course in Northern Cyprus. This is a dramatic 6,232 metre par 72 international standard course, carved from the undulating countryside with lovely views of the Mediterranean sea on one side and imposing views of the Five Finger mountain range on the other. Even if you don’t play golf, the Club House caters for other social activities as well as boasting a fine restaurant and bars. In the immediate vicinity to the golf club there are various villa developments designed to cater in particular for enthusiastic golfers and their families.
On the old coast road going east from Esentepe you reach the little village of Küçükerenköy. Although at present it looks a bit run down, the TRNC Council of Ministers have given the go-ahead for the construction, starting in 2007, of what will be called the Port Cyprium Marina. This forward looking enterprise will, when finished, have 542 yacht berths, numerous leisure activities for yacht owners and nearby residents, including restaurants, bars, shops, a leisure club, dive and sailing centres and an on-site guest house for yachtsmen and women who want to find their land legs again.
A substantial inland village east of Kyrenia near Esentepe, and boasting an immense modern church/mosque. The construction of the championship 18- hole golf course and the new yachting marina looks set to put the spotlight on this area in general and on Tatlisu in particular.
Found in the Esentepe region of Northern Cyprus and 30 km from Kyrenia, the inland village of Bahçeli boasts some of the most beautiful and un- spoilt scenery on the island. The area has remained untouched for hundreds of years and is still relatively undeveloped.
North Cyprus – West of Kyrenia
Situated in a rural position amongst olive trees this tranquil village is just to the west of Kyrenia and overlooked by the spectacular Hilarion Castle. Just a short distance from the centre of Kyrenia with easy access to all its restaurants and bars, Zeytinlik also affords superb views of the Besparmak mountain range and the lovely North Cyprus coastline.
Approximately 3 miles west of Kyrenia is the village of Karaoglanoglu. There are a few bars, some excellent restaurants and picturesque beaches and coves. In particular there is Kervansaray Beach, which affords some of the most stunning sunsets as a result of its westerly outlook.
Overlooked by the beautiful Gothic St Hilarion Castle and set deep in the mountainside is the picturesque village of Karaman. Cooled in summer by a light breeze, this lovingly restored village is a refuge of peace and genuine charm.
With stunning views of the northern coastline from every corner, the relaxed atmosphere of Karaman will not fail to enchant you. Located in the village is the local pub, the Crow’s Nest, a small selection of restaurants, a grocery shop and a handicraft shop. This is an area where if you are seeking tranquillity you will certainly find it in Karaman.
The village itself has 150 restored and renovated houses with the inhabitants mainly from UK, Austria, France, Germany and the USA. Great importance was shown in the renovation of the village houses, which are mostly leased from the government, to keep the character of the properties untouched while catering for the needs of modern accommodation.
Located between Alsacak and Karaoglanoglu on the lower slopes of the Besparmak mountain range is the area of Yesiltepe. It is conveniently located close to several sandy beaches, restaurants, bars, hotels and shops and is not far from the main coastal road.
Alsancak is a lovely little village set on the slopes of the Besparmak mountain range only 8 miles west of Kyrenia. Close by is the lovely sandy Escape beach with many water sports available. Escape beach also has a superb restaurant and lively night club attached where you can chill out during the day and later dance the night away. A little further down the coast road towards Lapta can be found Sunset Beach resort, where good food, sea sports, paint-ball and quad-bikes are available to experience and enjoy.
Malatya is a small village in the mountains above Alsancak and Incesu. There are spectacular walks in the area and a picturesque waterfall just above Malatya, an ideal place for a picnic. It is also a short drive to the lovely sandy beaches at Denizkizi and Escape.
This is a quiet mountainside village to the west of Alsancak with superb scenery of the lovely northern coastline and overlooked by the spectacular Besparmak mountain range. With one restaurant set in the village and several others situated at the bottom of the hill you will always feel welcome in Ilgaz. It also affords easy access to all the restaurants, bars and beaches which are situated on the coast road between Kyrenia and Karsiyaka.
Lapta is a sprawling hill village some 10km west of Kyrenia and is spread out over half a dozen levels.
A number of mountain springs flow out along irrigation channels to water the surrounding gardens and groves of citrus and olives. There are three attractive whitewashed churches scattered throughout the village.
Lapta also contains one of the island’s most handsome stone mosques, built in the 17th century, with its classical Ottoman minaret. The cliff face by the town hall has a waterfall which is fed by a spring at the head of the valley.
There are many walks that can be taken from Lapta, including one which climbs to the summit of Kornos, a distinctive 949m high summit, on the western edge of the Besparmak mountain range.
Karsiyaka is located west of Kyrenia and approximately 30 minutes by car. The area affords stunning views of the highest mountain in the Besparmak mountain range. With a rural setting but within easy reach of the bars and restaurants of the surrounding area of Lapta, Karsiyaka provides for an easy pace of life.
Nicosia – Lefkosa
South of Kyrenia, on the other side of the Besparmak mountain range and on the central Mesarya plain, lies Nicosia/Lefkosa/Lefkosia (in English/Turkish/Greek). Nicosia is the capital of North Cyprus and currently is the only divided capital in the world.The Turkish and Greek sides of the island are separated by the ‘Green Line’, originally set up by the United Nations to demarcate the boundary between the two peoples after fighting broke out in 1963. In 1974, after the Turkish intervention sparked by a coup by the Greek side with the avowed intention of uniting Cyprus with Greece, the line became the official boundary between North and South Cyprus.
In the centre of Nicosia is Atatürk Square, at the hub of old Nicosia with roads leading out to the modern city that has grown up outside the Venetian walls, where hotels, offices, restaurants and gardens blend happily with the fine old houses and colonial buildings of the cosmopolitan city.
There are many things to do in Nicosia.There is a plethora of medieval and colonial buidings to admire, with probably the most important being the Selimiye Mosque, originally built as St. Sophia Cathedral by French architects and engineers in the Gothic style in the 13th and 14th centuries and converted into a mosque within a week of the Ottoman conquest of the city in 1570. The Mevlevi Tekke (Turkish Ethnographic) Museum in particular is very popular with visitors, with priceless and fascinating collections of Cypriot antiquities and art treasures from the Neolithic Age to the early Byzantine period.
Famagusta (Gazimagusa, Magusa)
Famagusta is the major port of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and the second largest city, with an increasing population of university students. It lies on the island’s east coast and is 37 miles (60 Km) east of Nicosia. It lies south of the ancient city of Salamis and north of the ghost town of Varosha, which is in a UN zone between the (Greek) Republic of Cyprus and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
The walled city of Famagusta is one of the finest examples of medieval architecture in the Mediterranean. Othello’s Tower (of Shakespeare fame) forms part of the old 15th century Venetian ramparts, completed following the defeat of the Genoese and the Venetian takeover in 1489 . At least one full day spent in Famagusta will reveal the history of Cyprus in a nutshell.
There are café-bars and souvenir shops around the pedestrian square in the centre of town, which is an attractive area where locals and tourists congregate.The square is dominated by Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque, formerly the cathedral of St. Nicholas. This wonderful Gothic masterpiece was consecrated in 1326 and has a strong resemblance to Rheims cathedral. It was here that the Lusignan kings came to be symbolically crowned as kings of Jerusalem after their coronation as kings of Cyprus in Nicosia. When the Ottomans conquered Famagusta by defeating the Venetians in 1571 after a ten month siege, the cathedral was converted to a mosque.
There were once 365 churches in Famagusta, and the decaying ruins of many of them can still be seen and visited. This will create an appetite, but fortunately there are many good quality restaurants in Famagusta, which has always been famous for its kebabs and mezes.
Located only 30 minutes drive from the lovely Karpaz peninsula, Famagusta gives you the benefit of the peace and tranquillity of this beautiful area.
Bogaz is an attractive coastal village on the southern edge of the Karpaz peninsula, and is seen as one of the key areas for the emergence of the North Cyprus property boom. It has a number of good fish restaurants around its little harbour. It also has some pleasant patches of sandy beach and the wonderful natural beaches of the Karpaz are just 45 minutes drive away.
Bogaz is well sited as a base to explore the region, only 20km north of the historic walled town of Famagusta with its famous Othello’s Tower, crumbling churches, lovely coffee shops and quaint back streets with shops selling all kinds of merchandise.
A few miles north of Bogaz lies the exciting new development at Bafra, which is home to some of the most substantial advances and developments under the North Cyprus property boom. Set on one of the Karpaz’s finest and longest beaches, this $260 million extravaganza will include 10 hotels, several built in Graeco-Roman style, as well as 750 villas, a tax-free shopping centre and a casino and restaurant complex.
The first of the hotels, the Kaya Artemis, designed as a replica of the Temple of Artemis, is already open and offers 6 swimming pools, a range of health, beauty, sport and fitness facilities, while entertainments include a huge casino, 5 restaurants, bowling alley, 800-seat amphitheatre, bazaar and workshops.
The Karpaz peninsula (or panhandle) is the easternmost part of Northern Cyprus, and is almost totally free from population and industry and is one of the least polluted regions in the Mediterranean.
There are a large number of sandy beaches in the Karpaz and many are nesting grounds for sea turtles. The Karpaz region is also on one of the main migration routes of birds between Eastern Europe and Africa. Each year approximately 300 species amounting to millions of birds use this route in early spring and summer.
The Karpaz peninsula has been called the nature reserve of Cyprus, for birds, wild flowers and sea fossils are to be found everywhere. The area is rich in subterranean water reservoirs and thus crops such as tobacco are grown in abundance. Another main source of income in the region is fishing and the villages of Bogaz and Kumyal? are the fishing centres in the Karpaz area.
If you want real peace and tranquillity then the Karpaz has it in abundance.