3 of the best North Cyprus attractions

The sun drenched northern area of Cyprus is an often over looked luxury destination. The independent state is located in the eastern Mediterranean and is covered with the relics of ancient civilisations. For a first time visitor it can be hard to choose where to go and so we have whittled down the state’s attractions to our top 3.

1. Salamis Ruins – The ruins are a great sight for historians and explorers alike. The ancient Greek city-state lies 6km from Famagusta. Many of the ruins date back to the Roman period and most have been left in their dilapidated state. The area has a rich history and is thought to have been first found by Teucer, the son of Telamon after his return from the Trojan War. We recommend visiting the areas gymnasium and theatre.

2. Abbey at Bellapaise –The Abbey was built by 13th Century monks of the Premonstratensian order. The building was thought to hold a fragment of the true cross and many other great treasures. It is located in the high mountains of the country and offers a great view down to Kyrenia and the Mediterranean Sea. We recommend visiting the building at night to see a breath taking vista of the glowing towns below.

3. St. Hilarion Castle – The beautiful castle is located on Mount Hilarion near to Kyrenia. The structure is the country’s best preserved castle and is said to have been Walt Disney’s inspiration for his Disneyland structure. The castle is split into three wards, the lower, middle and upper. Each ward contains different things to see, we recommend checking out the panoramic view from the Queen’s window in the Middle Ward.

Sabina Shaida is Managing Director at Mosaic Holidays.

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