Today we'll explore west of N. Cyprus. The settlement of this area date back to the Early Bronze Age. The growth and the development of the area owing 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 the island during the 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 coastline to Lefka. A small Cypriot village is located under the slopes of the 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 are in the Archaeology and Natural History Museum. The Museum has a rich historical past of Cyprus, flora, and fauna.
Soli: The history can be traced back to 11 BC. The name comes from the 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 the 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.