A day at Kyrenia (Girne), Northern Cyprus

Kyrenia (Greek: Κερύνεια;Turkish: Girne) is a town on the northern coast of Cyprus, noted for its historic harbour and castle. Internationally recognised as part of the Republic of Cyprus, it is under the control of the de facto Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and capital of its Girne District. Once predominantly inhabited by Greek Cypriots, Kyrenia’s population consists now largely of Turkish Cypriots, British people and Turkish immigrants. See more at Wikipedia.

I have already shared my photo slideshow with you from the Bellapais Abbey. Below are photos from the waterfront of Kyrenia, the Kyrenian Castle, and our hotel and village near the Abbey.

Bellapais Gardens Hotel and the Village:

Kyrenian Harbour & Castle:

If you are going:

  • Rent a car!  It seemed like my husband had great fun driving on the left.  But plan ahead, there is only one rental car location at the airport.  You will find others online.  They will meet you in the parking lot of the airport with the car and paperwork.  Be sure to have the cell phone number of the rental company!
  • Try the hotel we stayed in, Bellapais Gardens.  They had options for two story bungalows.  Regular rooms were also bungalows, top or bottom floor.  It was too cool to try the pool, but it looked lovely.  The restaurant was fabulous for breakfast and dinner!  And the owner and staff were professional, friendly, and great!

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  1. . . amazing to think that the last time I was on these streets I was carrying a rifle as part of a patrol! Wasn’t quite so welcoming back then!

    1. Thanks! It was helpful, although being a passenger in the car the first night was a little nerve-racking. Opposite side of the road, steering wheel on the other side, pitch black, raining, no GPS. LOL. I would do it all again!

  2. What a great get-away for you! Love the nar and mandalina trees around here! I also loved Bellapais and would love to return again someday! 🙂 Our Cypriot friends’ families own olive tree fields and I’d like to go back to help with the harvest someday too!

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