The town of Kyrenia, or Girne to use the local name, is a thriving centre of commerce
and tourism and is located on the northern coastline. This has been a very popular
destination for people seeking to buy property in Northern Cyprus for many years
and continues to attract many newcomers and holidaymakers.
The town has a fascinating history and is famous for having what many believe to
be the most attractive harbour in the Mediterranean. This is now surrounded by some
excellent restaurants where you can sit in the warm sunshine and enjoy a meal or
a drink whilst watching the activity in the harbour. A number of Turkish style gulets
operate as pleasure craft and it is easy to book a day out which may well include
a meal onboard as you cruise the North Cyprus coastline. The harbour is guarded by
an ancient 7th century castle and the whole area is watched over by St Hilarion castle
sitting proudly on the top of the mountains which run parallel to the coast.
Although the town is home to many expats who have happily settled here over the
years, the surrounding villages within region have also become very popular due to
investment in infrastructure and roads that make access to the town from some beautiful
village locations very easy. Heading east along the scenic coastal road are a number
of excellent locations and here we give brief descriptions of some of these. Most
of our individual property pages have a description of the location but if you would
like information on a place not shown please let us know.
Ozankoy to the east of Kyrenia. The village is very popular because of its position
close to Kyrenia Town and the area is a delightful place in which to live or to holiday.
The village provides many day to day requirements but most things can be obtained
in Kyrenia Town .
Bellapais, unchanged and unhurried since its colonial days, this enchanting village
has been immortalised in the book "Bitter Lemons" by Lawrence Durrell. The centre
piece of the charming village and its main attraction is Bellapais Abbey.
Perched precariously on a natural terrace, the abbey stands guard over the whole
of the northern coastline, and is considered to be one of the most beautiful and
indeed most important Gothic buildings in the Near East. The view seaward is quite
stunning. A number of villas and bungalows can be found as you approach the village
up the hill from Kyrenia Town which is about 4 km away.
Esentepe. The village of Esentepe is another spot growing in popularity in some part
due to the nearby Korineum Golf Centre. The village is quite self sufficient and
there are numerous beaches to choose from. Kyrenia Town is a pleasant drive to the
west and new road links have opened up the way to the Karpaz Peninsula which in addition
to some of the finest beaches in the world, also now boasts the Karpaz Gate Marina.
For the golfer, or the yachtie, the sunbather or someone just seeking peace and quiet,
Esentepe has a lot to offer.
Lapta just 10 kilometres west from Kyrenia is considered to be a tourist hotspot.
With excellent hotels and accommodation it offers the home seeker or holidaymaker
a good base in North Cyprus. The town of Lapta is divided into two sections, the
Lapta strip with a wide selection of hotels, bars and restaurants; In contrast you
have the Old Town, an historical, interesting and lively part of Northern Cyprus.
The picturesque sprawling village covers a number of mountain terraces overlooking
the sea and its narrow winding streets are dotted with a number of pretty white washed
Karaoğlanoğlu. Once a small sleepy village, Karaoğlanoğlu has now grown to be a sought-after
suburb of Kyrenia, about 5km to the west of the town centre and harbour. The village
is famous for its lemon and olive groves which sprawl the hills and the fields. In
the recent years, with the popularity of the area both with locals and with tourists,
several hotels and restaurants have emerged on the coastline with care taken not
to overdevelop the area to the detriment of the environment.
Karsiyaka is located to the west of Kyrenia and sits at the foot of the Besparmak
mountain range. Karsiyaka has flat land along the coast of which stretches 2 to 3
miles from the sea and up to the steep Kyrenia mountain range. The crystal clear
Mediterranean and selection of secluded bays are just stunning and just 5 minutes’
drive from the village you will find a large and beautiful bay where it is still
very possible for you to be the only person there. The village of Karsiyaka is also
famous for its historical monastery that sits perched high up in the mountain.While
some people who prefer to be close to town might consider Karsiyaka 'too far away'
it is only a 20 minutes from central Kyrenia.
Karmi. The picturesque village of Karmi is situated approximately 4 miles west of
Kyrenia and is 1,000 ft above sea level giving virtually every house breathtaking
views along the coastline. Karmi is undoubtedly the prettiest and most well-kept
village in the north as all the houses have been restored in a traditional manner
often with flagged floors, beamed ceilings, stone arches and roof terraces set in
an array of flowers, plants and trees. The village has a couple of restaurants, bars,
pubs and a village shop.
These are just a few of the many delightful and magical locations awaiting the property
buyer. There are lots more. Come and find out for yourselves.