Today we'll explore west of N. Cyprus. The settlement of this area date back to Early Bronze Age. The growth and the development of the area owe to copper mine and citrus gardens. Our first stop will be in Kormacit village. This is the only Maronite village in N. Cyprus. The habitats of this village were Maronite's. They came to island during Byzantine period as soldiers from Lebanon. They were the Christian Arabs. It’s a nice village with St. George Church in the centre. The houses in the village have been renovated and it has been one of the attractions for the tourists. We sit in a traditional coffee house and enjoy the Cypriot coffee while you hear the story of the place. Our next stop will be ‘St. Mamas Monastery’ in Güzelyurt. We'll stop at ‘Ruins of Soli’. We shall drive by the coast line to Lefka. A small Cypriot village which is located under the slopes of Troodos Mountains. We will have a panoramic view of the village and return. This tour is ideal if you want to see some historical sights and villages of N. Cyprus.
St. Mamas Monastery &Church: The church and the Monastery is in the Archaeology and Natural History Museum. The Museum has rich historical past of Cyprus, flora and fauna.
Soli: The history can be traced back to 11 BC. The name comes from famous Greek philosopher Solon. In 325 AD it has been represented by three bishops in the Sardes Council. When the copper mines were closed in 4th AD and the harbor was filled to prevent the entry of the ships it lost its importance. During the 7th century it was destroyed by Arab attacks.