Hemmed in by the jagged peaks of the ‘Five Fingers’ mountains and the azure waters of the Mediterranean sea, the charming seaport of Kyrenia (Girne) is postcard worthy from all angles, and makes a top choice for day trippers taking the ferry over from Turkey or traveling over the border from South Cyprus.
Kyrenia’s star attraction is the remarkably preserved Kyrenia Castle, an unmistakable landmark that has guarded the coastline since the 16th century and now houses the fascinating Shipwreck Museum, home to an ancient Greek merchant ship. Visitors can also wander around the horseshoe-shaped Old Harbour; discover the town’s rich heritage at the Folk Art Museum and Icon Museum; and cruise along the coast. Kyrenia also makes a popular basecamp for exploring North Cyprus, with nearby attractions including the mountaintop Bellapais Abbey, the archaeological sites at Soloi and Vouni, and the Bufavento and St Hilarion castles.
Kyrenia is located on the coast of Northern Cyprus, approximately 30 km north of Nicosia.