This tour is a combination of two cities of Kyrenia and Nicosia. We’ll drive thru Kyrenia Mountains. The mountain range is 177 km long and starts from Kormacits’ and goes all the way to Karpaz peninsula. Our first stop will be at ‘Bellapais Monastery’. We’ll have a short walk in the beautiful narrow village roads, pass thru the house of ‘Laurence Durell’ and have time to take photos. We’ ll hop in the car and drive to the city center to visit 'Kyrenia Castle'. There are many rooms that we’ll visit while you get to learn about its history but the most important is the 'Ship Wreck ' museum. When Cyprus Republic was established in 1960 the currency of the island was Cyprus pounds. The biggest banknote of 20CYP had the photo of this shipwreck on it.
We’ll drive to Nicosia which is the capital of the island. ‘Ledra ‘was one of the names given to this city which is now called’ Nicosia’, ‘Lefkosa’ or’ Lefkosia’. ‘Kyrenia Gate’ is where we enter the old city which has been the capital since 11th Century. The best way to visit the old part of the city is on foot. So we park our car and start to walk towards ‘Samanbahçe Houses’, ‘Venetian Column’ ‘Arasta’,’Buyuk Han’, ‘St. Sophia Cathedral,’(Selimiye Mosque),’St. Nicholas Church’, ‘Bandabuliya’ will be the last stop to take photos in Nicosia. If your time is limited in Cyprus this tour will be ideal for you so don’t miss it.
Bellapais Abbey: The building is a masterpiece of the most beautiful gothic type which was built by Augustinians who ran away from Jerusalem after the fell to Salahaddin Eyyubi in 1187. It was in use until 16th century when ottomans came to island.
Laurence Durell: He is the writer of ‘Bitter Lemon’ book who lived in the village in 1950’s.
Kyrenia Castle: It’s on the harbor of Kyrenia Castle. Which was built by Byzantines and many additions were made thru the centuries by Lusignans, Venetians, Ottomans and English.
Ship Wreck Museum: A shipwreck which dates from 300BC was discovered by the Cypriot sponge diver called Andreas in 1965. In the museum you can see the shipwreck, amphoras, and the almonds, olive seeds which are been exhibited from that time.
Kyrenia Gate: As Nicosia is surrounded with walls in the old days there were only 3 gates to enter Nicosia. This is one of the gates. All the gates had guards and when the sun set the guards wood lock the gate for the protection of the city.
Samanbahce Houses: These are 72 houses which were built in early 1900’s on the land of Saban Pasha. They were the first social houses and were given to the people in need. You’ll see a cistern in the centre with beautiful flowers on the side of the houses which are still in use.
Venetian Column: It is in the centre of N.Nicosia. It was brought here from Salamis by Venetians. There was a lion on the top of the pillar but later on removed by the English and replaced by a globe.
Arasta: Surrounded with small shops selling yarn, material, jewelry etc
St.Sophia Cathedral: It was built in 1208-1326 by Lusignans and were being crowned here. When Ottomans came in 1570 added minarets and converted in to a Mosque.Until 1956 it was named as Agia t
St.Nicholas Church(Bedesten): Constructed on the 14th century Byzantine church. It was built as a cathedral Church by Lusignans and used as St. Nicholas Church and Archbishop building by Venetians. During Ottoman period it was used as Bedesten which was the textile and food market.
Bandabuliya: Its mainly a vegetable market where in the old days people who lived in the city would come and do their shopping. Today it’s a tourist attraction.
A small bottle of water
Tickets for historical sights