The pearl of Cyprus tour organized by Cyprus Outdoor presents an opportunity to experience first-hand the nature of the pearl of the Mediterranean. This experience is designed for people who are keen on finding out about the rich history of Kyrenia a city with history which dates back to the 10th Century B.C.
KYRENIA – FIVEFINGER MOUNTAIN TOUR
The tour will begin at the little village of Bellapais (Beylerbeyi) where the Medieval Bellapais Abbey is located at the end of The Fivefinger (Beşparmak) Mountains.
The English author Lawrence Durell famously wrote about his admiration for Bellapais (Beylerbeyi) in his book the “Bitter Lemons of Cyprus” between 1953 and 1956 while living in Bellapais.
Other places to be visited include;
• St. Hilarion Castle- named after a monk in the 10th century this castle served as a form of defense for the people on the island against the Arab Pirates. The upper ward of the castle was reserved for the royals and can only be accessed through a special archway.
• The Kyrenia harbor- an area which was originally designed by the Byzantines and later fortified by the Lusignans and the Venetians. The Ottomans disregarded the zone but the British colonial administration transformed the area and it became a well-known area for warriors and their families
• The Kyrenia Castle and the sunken Shipwreck Museum. The ship at the Museum which dates back to the Hellenistic Period is believed to be the second oldest recovered sunken ship in the Mediterranean
• Icon Museum, the former Greek Orthodox church of Archangelos Mikhael built in 1860 contains a huge selection of local icons that were saved. The bell tower of the church can be seen from anywhere in Kyrenia.
• Lastly a visit to the Turkish Army War Memorial also known as the Karaoğlanoğlu War Memorial.