KANTARA CASTLE NORTH CYPRUS-YOUR ILLUSTRIOUS NEIGHBOUR IF YOU BUY THIS BUNGALOW WITH
VIEWS TO DIE FOR.
2 bedroom bungalow
In need of renovation
Over 600m² plot
66 m² covered area
Short walk to Kantara Castle
This property is situated on the top of Kantara, hugging the hillside it has the
most amazing views right down to the sea and all along the Famagusta Bay. This 2
bedroom property is in need of sympathetic renovation which is more than reflected
in the price. With a bit of work it would be perfect for a holiday retreat and would
suit those who want peace and tranquility. At Present the property consists of 2
bedrooms, bathroom, a small kitchen area and through lounge. Outside is a large covered
terrace with great views and a large garden area to the side of the property. Just
a 20 minute drive away is the busy village of Iskele where you will find a good range
of shops, banks and so on. A modern supermarket is just along the coastal road and
the major town of Famagusta is about a 40 minute drive around the bay on the newly
built dual carriageway.
Accessed from the road down a series of steps at the side of the bungalow, or via
a shared driveway .
Kitchen Area – 2.5m x 2.3m
Currently fitted with a sink unit and fitted cupboards, the window has views to the
side of the property
Lounge Area - 6m x 4.5m
A good sized room with a fire place, fitted bench seating and 3 large windows with
extensive views down the mountain to the sea. A sliding door leads to a small hallway
with doors to the bedrooms and the bathroom.
Bedroom one - 2.9m x 3.3m
A double bedroom with a window looking to the side of the property.
Bedroom two - 2.9m x 2.4m
A single bedroom with a window with views to the side of the property.
Bathroom - 2.0m x 1.7m
Fitted with a shower, WC and washbasin, the walls are tiled with white ceramic tiles
A large covered terrace runs the full length of the property, with the mountain side
dropping away beneath, the views are breathtaking. At the side is a flat garden area
shaded by pine trees.
Of the three crusader castles of Buffavento, St Hilarion and Kantara, Kantara lies
furthest to the east. It sits at 630m above sea level, and of the three main North
Cyprus castles it is by far the easiest to reach. This is good news because it also
has by far the best views, its summit standing on a pinnacle with views all round.
The name "Kantara" in Arabic means a bridge or an arch. This is an appropriate name,
as the castle is located at a point which bridges the mountain range and commands
views of both the north and the south coasts. On a clear day, it is possible to
see across both sides of the Karpaz peninsula, and on to the distant mountains of
Turkey. In winter is sometimes possible to see the snows of Lebanon, over 160km away.
Buffavento and St Hilarion castles both have their “queen” legends. Kantara is not
to be outdone. Local legend has it that since the castle was abandoned 500 years
ago, a ghostly queen can be seen, sitting by the Gothic window at the highest point,
looking out over her country. Perhaps she is trapped here. Another local legend refers
to the castle as the house of 101 rooms. The belief is that if someone was to enter
the 101st room, they entered paradise, unable to return through the door to the castle.Very
little is known of the castle's early days. It is thought to have been built by the
Byzantins probably after the last of the Arab raids in the late 10th century. However
there are no remains or records dating from that time. Its first mention was in 1191,
during Richard the Lionheart's Crusade to the Holy land. It was at Kantara that
the self-styled king, Isaac Commenos, sheltered before surrendering to the English
We have much more information about the castle from the Lusigian and Venetians periods,
which lasted from 1191 to 1571. In the 13th century, the castle was remodelled by
the Lusignans, and during the next few hundred years, the castle often served as
a shelter for defeated barons and kings. When the Genoese conquered Famagusta and
Nicosia in 1373, Kantara remained undefeated in the hands of the King. After the
peace treaty with the Genoese, Kantara was further re-fortified. Most of the castle
that we see today dates from around this time.There are several routes you can take
to Kantara castle, from either the northern or southern coastal roads. It will take
you about 30 minutes of good, but narrow and twisty roads to get to the Village of
Kantara, where you can stop and have some refreshments after your drive. From the
north, the road through Kaplica, is by far the best, having recently been widened
and upgraded (although no less twisty than the other routes!) Approaching from the
south, the road from Iskele through Topcukoy and Ardahan has likewise been upgraded.
The castle itself is about 10 minutes beyond the village.
The Village of Iskele
The village of Iskele, or to give it it’s correct name, Yeni Iskele, (New Iskele),
is where the Turkish Cypriots from the district of Iskele in Larnaca were relocated
in 1975. It is also the birthplace of the Greek EOKA leader Georgios Grivas. To the
west there is the Icon Museum which houses a small collection of 12th to 15th century
wall paintings. The people of Iskele are a mixture of local Cypriots, British born
Cypriots and expatriates. The village holds an annual festival where dancers from
all over the world perform. There is a delightful park which has children’s swings,
an outdoor gymnasium, and a five a side football pitch covered in Astroturf. There
are lovely walkways and benches to relax on an amphitheatre and a small café. It
is a good sized village with all amenities you should need close to hand it is within
a 35 minute drive to Ercan airport and only 20 minutes from Famagusta. Close by is
Iskele beach a long stretch of sandy beach within a 5 minute drive. Bogaz Harbour
is less than ten minutes away and then you have the whole of the Karpaz peninsula
to explore, pretty much at your doorstep. There are a number of good restaurants
within the boundaries of the village as well as in Bogaz.
Bogaz is a truly beautiful coastal village located on the southern end of the Karpaz
Peninsula, otherwise known as the “panhandle” of North Cyprus. The village enjoys
a south facing aspect over Famagusta Bay and the clear blue Mediterranean Sea. Local
fishermen ply their trade as they have for centuries past from the fishing harbour
that is the focus point for this delightful village. Bogaz has a unique atmosphere
that has bewitched countless tourists and many are now happily living here alongside
the friendly locals having decided that this is the place to be. It is no surprise
to find the harbour ringed by many restaurants and tavernas from which to choose
and where the catch of the day is a popular choice. with excellent fresh, reasonably
priced food and drinks. Many people simply fall in love with Bogaz whilst looking
for their new home in North Cyprus. The village is blessed with many natural attractions
but has managed to preserve its uniqueness and doesn’t suffocate its visitors with
mass tourism. Local Cypriots mingle in harmony with Europeans and other nationalities,
enjoying a cool drink, observing the activity around the working harbour and enjoying
life as it should be.
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