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Book holidays in Kyrenia with TravelSupermarket and make big savings. Read on to discover more about this sun-soaked destination…
The mythical, magnificent, sun-dappled island of Cyprus is a firm favourite with Brits seeking lazy days at the water’s edge, as well as scintillating nightlife and a good dose of culture. While southern resorts, including Limassol, Paphos, and Ayia Napa, are well known for offering this delicious holiday recipe, resorts in Northern Cyprus remain largely off the main tourism radar. However, areas such as Kyrenia are well developed and have everything you need for a great holiday.
So, what can you expect to see, do and taste during Kyrenia holidays? Tourist attractions here include Kyrenia Castle; a formidable sight for invaders of the past, it glows like the sun every evening as golden lights cast shadows on the huge ramparts. Spend some time in the harbour to understand what makes Kyrenia tick or check out the exhibits in the Shipwreck Museum.
Kyrenia, known as Girne in Turkish, has a number of lovely beaches. However, many of them are for hotel residents only. If having a splash is important to you during your Kyrenia holiday, it’s therefore wise to book a hotel on the beach, or at least one that has a swimming pool, as you might have to travel some distance to the nearest public beach. If you fancy going all-inclusive, Kyrenia has a number of luxury hotels that cater around the clock for their lucky guests. But there budget and mid-range accommodation options too – cheap holidays to Kyrenia don’t have to mean compromising on style and amenities.
Hire a car in Kyrenia and you can access some of the most spectacular beaches in Northern Cyprus. There are miles-long beaches of unspoiled beauty, as well as sands where turtles come to lay their eggs. It’s a magical experience to see the hatching and first steps of these tiny turtles.
While nightlife in Kyrenia is much more low key than it is in some of the southern resorts of Cyprus (Ayia Napa, we’re looking at you), there is a tempting selection of beach bars and nightclubs where the action doesn’t stop at midnight. Kyrenia is also known for its casinos, many of which are in the area’s five-star hotels – it’s the perfect excuse to turn up the glitz and spend an evening at the slots or on the tables with a cocktail or two.
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Don’t take a gamble on the weather, find out what to expect with our short guide to when to go to Kyrenia…
Scorching summer temperatures lure holidaymakers here between June and September, with daytime averages in busy July and August reaching beyond 30C. Evenings are hot too – you can leave your jackets, jumpers and cardigans in the UK. Kyrenia also enjoys mild winters. But while holidays can be cheap, some hotels are extremely quiet and you might not experience the levels of hospitality you would receive during a summer break. Spring and autumn, on the other hand, are great times to visit Kyrenia, especially for those interested in seeing the sights minus the intense heat.
The top annual events reflect all that the sprawling and ancient city of Kyrenia has to offer…
Bellapais Music Festival; May-June: Bellapais Abbey is the stunning backdrop for this feast of classical music. The abbey is only 15 minutes by road from the centre of Kyrenia.
Kyrenia International Olive Festival; October: The weather is still warm in mid-October, which is reason enough to book a holiday in Kyrenia. Add that to the traditional song, dance, feasting and parades during this celebration and you can’t go wrong.
Kyrenia Jazz Festival; December: The Rocks Hotel and Casino delivers a sterling line-up of jazz stars during this event late in the year. With daytime average temperatures still hitting the high teens, you could enjoy a winter-sun break with a tuneful twist.
Having been populated for thousands of years, Kyrenia has historic attractions in abundance. But what else can you expect?
Grown-up families: Bellapais Abbey, the ‘Abbey of Peace’ is a short hop from Kyrenia and well worth the effort. If you can’t come for a classical concert (the acoustics are amazing) simply venture up here during the day for stunning views and a bite to eat at the café amid the gorgeous angles of this ruined monastery.
Romance: Full of tales of the past and a number of sensational viewpoints, Kyrenia has a romantic feel. There are some wonderful hotels here if you are looking to treat a loved one to a relaxing holiday in the sun. You can also book a boat trip for two, or take a candle-lit dinner at the water’s edge.
Active types: Book a session with one of the horse-riding schools in Kyrenia and take in the views as you trot up the mountains or visit glorious Bellapais Abbey.
Free and cheap: Many of the old carob warehouses around the harbour have been converted into chic hotels and apartments, although one remains open to highlight the events of the past. For a small entry fee, you can learn about carob - the ‘black gold’ of Cyprus - at the Cyprus House and Carob Warehouse.
Nightlife: Between late spring and early autumn the party really gets going in Kyrenia, with DJs manning the decks at beach bars, cool cafes and pulsating nightclubs. It’s not a wild party town, but there is certainly enough action to keep any night owl happy.