Eulogised by the rich and famous throughout the ages, Kyrenia is second to none for its beauty and character throughout the Mediterranean. The old Venetian castle looks down on the most perfect of crescent shaped harbours full of red, green and blue fishing boats, bobbing gently by the quayside. The pages of time turn more slowly here and the only perceptible change over the years is the conversion of the old carob warehouses. They are now pressed into use serving tourists as restaurants or shops. In the evening, when the harbour lights are lit and visitors fill the restaurant tables by the waters edge, the atmosphere is magical.
Bounded to the north by the sea and to the south by the greenery of the Besparmak (Fivefinger) Mountain range, it offers the most magnificent scenery on the island. Kyrenia’s charming and tiny harbour, full of yachts and fishing boats, is framed by the colossal hulk of its Crusader castle. With the backdrop of the jagged mountains behind and the calm sparkling sea in front, the harbour has an intoxicatingly serene atmosphere.
The castle too is a must for visitors. Its history is one of construction and reconstruction through the ages. Many believe it started life as a Roman fort guarding the harbour entrance but certainly the Byzantines and the Lusignons both made extensive improvements in adding towers and building walls. Finally the Venetians further massively strengthened the walls making this a very impressively fortified castle. The Shipwreck Museum lies within the castle which too is unmissable.
When you have worked your way through the Icon Museum or the Folk Art Museum and you still have energy to spare then there are always the shops. If you can’t quite find that dress or suit, there are plenty of good tailors around who will tailor you an item to fit in a material of your choice within a few days.
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