January 2009

Saturday, 31 January 2009

#1 in Cyprus44’s hot spots for 2009 is Kyrenia in North Cyprus

What is the deal?
Kyrenia is one beautiful city that is steeped in 6,000 years worth of history. You can find remains of numerous civilisations and nationalities that have occupied North Cyprus over the last millennia. Visitors absolutely love the temperate climate here and with its miles of calm seas and natural, soft sand beaches, Kyrenia is one of the most beautiful Mediterranean towns. The town itself is surrounded by beautiful blue waters and rich green scenery thanks to the Besparmak (Fivefinger) Mountains that look down over the town. Whether you are interested in exploring the shops and local markets, enjoying a cup of coffee at one of the dockside cafes, or simply enjoying the white sand beaches, Kyrenia has plenty of things for the visitor to do and enjoy.
What are other holiday makers saying?
According to the Cyprus44’s forum, the beaches at Kyrenia are very popular with tourists of all walks of life. Other favourite hot spots in the city include the Byzantine Kyrenia Castle, the ruins at the Necropolis at Karmi, and the Cypriot Folk Arts Museum. Additionally, many of the cafes and restaurants in Kyrenia have received rave reviews, including the Ali Pasha Tavern, The Crow’s Nest, and Niazi's Restaurant & Bistro.
How do I get there?
Visitors to Kyrenia will fly into Ercan Airport, the only airport in North Cyprus. If you plan on driving through North Cyprus while you are there, you can hire a vehicle from North Cyprus Car Hire and they will deliver your rental car to you at the airport.

Thursday, 8 January 2009

North Cyprus Trip by Car Part 5

Client Testimonial: My Trip To Cyprus – Day Five: Lefke

Today was my last day in North Cyprus and I decided to drive to the Lefke area in order to take in some more scenery and visit the ancient city of Soli before heading back to Ercan Airport and catch tonight’s flight. I’m sad that my vacation here is over as there is still plenty to see throughout North Cyprus let alone crossing into South Cyprus. That’s a trip for another time though, and I’m simply thrilled that I did get the time here.
I made it a point to get to the Roman ruins at Soli today, and the mosaics here are just phenomenal. It’s amazing how well they have stood up to being buried for centuries and then rediscovered. Most of them are almost completely intact with maybe a tile here or there missing. The site is huge and there is plenty of work left to do to make sure it is completely uncovered and preserved as best as possible. There is even a Roman Amphitheatre here, the first feature that was discovered of the city in 1930.
From Soli I travelled to the Vouni Palace. This palace sits on top of the cliff and overlooks the ocean. You can see for miles and it is believed that the palace was built in the 5th century B.C. by Persian invaders. There was once a wall around the palace and it was burnt down by fire in 380 B.C. before the foundations were completely destroyed by the people who lived in Soli.
I took my time driving back to Kyrenia. I had plenty of time before my flight left and I was enjoying the evening scenery. North Cyprus is a beautiful country with a rich history that you can almost feel because of how old the history is. I will say that I plan to come back. As I was returning my rental car to the Pacific agent, I saw a shooting star rocket down in the distance. My wish? To be able to come back to North Cyprus for a longer stay.