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We provided a good list of places to visit in North Cyprus below. Hiring a car is a great way to explore some North Cyprus tourist attractions and must see places. You can visit these places in a North Cyprus car hire easily.

Kyrenia Harbour & Castle

Kyrenia Harbour & Castle

Kyrenia is famous for its ancient harbour and castle. Walking along the Kyrenia’s historic harbour avenue, passing colourful restaurants, fishing boats and yachts, one is greeted by an imposing historic building, the Kyrenia Castle. Leaving Kyrenia without visiting this magnificent castle would be close to blasphemy. Wander inside Kyrenia castle and live the past in it. The castle houses one of the oldest ship-wreck with its original cargo. The ship is probably the oldest trading vessel yet discovered. The old warehouses lined in the Kyrenia harbour are now used as restaurants, cafés and yachts. The buildings are well preserved in its original forms. Kyrenia harbour is great for a drink in the evenings.

Bellapais Monastery

Bellapais Monastery

The monastery takes its name from "Abbaye de la Paix", and is built by King Hugh III of France between 1198-1205. You can get a spectacular view of Kyrenia coast from the Bellapais Abbey. The traditional North Cyprus International Bellapais Music Festival, which has gained world-wide renown, takes place annually here from May until June. This beautiful building holds a special place in North Cyprus's architectural inheritance. It is a must see place in North Cyprus. So visit this structure by hiring a car in North Cyprus.

St Hilarion Castle

St Hilarion Castle

St Hilarion castle is the jewel in the crown. Perched high on a mountain peak south of Kyrenia, It is easily reached by road and there is a car park just outside the gate. Spiralling its way up the mountain peak, the castle has a fairy-tale appearance. There is a popular belief that it was this very castle which inspired Walt Disney's Snow White castle. The castle has three divisions, each higher than the last with the middle and upper wards reserved for royalty.

Sourp Magar Monastery, Kyrenia Mountain Range

Sourp Magar Monastery is a hidden gem in the Kyrenia mountain range.

St Nicolas cathedral (Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque) in Famagusta

St Nicolas cathedral (Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque) in Famagusta

St Nicolas cathedral isthe most iconic monument in Famagusta, North Cyprus. The cathedral’s construction began around 1300, and it was consecrated in 1923. This is where the Lusignans were to be crowned Kings of Jerusalem, so the cathedral had to be a fitting place. The more decorated style of Gothic architecture developing in France was followed here, and the result was a cathedral almost the twin of the one in the French town of Rheims. The upper parts of the mosque’s two towers were badly damaged during the Ottoman bombardments of 1571 and never repaired. With the Ottoman now in control, the cathedral was converted to a mosque. Visitors can enter, provided no religious services are taking place (small charge). The cathedral is not only the thing standing from the 14th century, the tree by the main door, an African fig, Ficus sycomorus, with leaves like a mulberry tree, is said to have been planted at the same time.

Salamis Ruins, Famagusta

Salamis Ruins, Famagusta

The ancient city of Salamis was founded as an Achean Colony. According to the legend, it was founded by Tefkros, the son of King Telamon, the ruler of the Greek island of Salamis. Since he failed to prevent the suicide of his younger brother, Ajax, during the Trojan wars, after the war his father would not permit him to enter the country. He landed on the Karpas peninsula at the place known as Achaion Akte (the Achaean shore) in 1184 BC, accompanied by a band of friends in arms, from the Trojan War, and a group of people who had been taken captive during the war. After having stayed there for a time, he identified the area where Salamis is now situated and founded the city. Salamis ruins include the Roman Gymnasium located at the north extremity of the city; Theatre which was built in the period of Augustus, during the first years of the Roman Empire; Roman Baths made from huge stones; Roman Villa situated to the south of the theatre; Water meter, Granite Forum, Saint Epiphanius Basilica, Water Store, Agora (market place), Temple of Olympia Zeus, and Kampanopetra Basilica.

St. Barnabas Monastery and Icon & Archaeology Museum near Famagusta

 

Karpas Peninsula: Apostolos Andreas Monastery & Golden Sands Beach

Karpas peninsula is one of the most beautiful places in Northern Cyprus. It has some great sightseeing areas and beautiful beaches on the way.

Great Inn (Büyük Han), Nicosia (Turkish: Lefkoşa)

Great Inn (Büyük Han) in Nicosia

The Great Khan is found to the southwest of Asmaaltı Square, Lefkoşa's traditional commercial centres. It was not only the largest city centre commercial inn in Lefkoşa (Nicosia) but also in the whole of Cyprus. Today, it is one of the only two khans which have survived from Ottoman times and has a privileged place in North Cyprus's cultural history. From 1982 - 2002 it underwent restoration and then opened as a centre for traditional Cypriot handicrafts, where handicrafts are made and sold. It is a two storey building and the open courtyard in its centre is surrounded by diagonal vaulted arcades and vaulted rooms. Great Inn is one of the most visited places in Nicosia.

Soli & Vouni

The origions of Soli reach back to the 16th century BC; it was one of the ten city-kingdoms into which Cyprus was divided at the time. What remains today is mainly from the Roman period. The covered basilica is one of the first covered churches built on Cyprus and is mainly from the 16th century AD. The canopy might add nothing to the atmosphere, but it does protect a floor covered with some wonderful mosaics, especially the swan (on the right). Further up the hillside is a theatre which has been so overly restored that the ancient atmosphere is now lost. The agora lies to the west of the pay booth, but there is little standing above ground level.

Located at 230m (275ft), Vouni Palace certainly offered a room with a view – probably many rooms with extensive views. Its origins are not known with certainly, but the palace is thought to have been built during the Persian occupation in the 5th century BC. There was constant with pro-Athenian Soli nearby. The palace was burnt down in 330 BC and abandoned around 400 BC. Little if its history is know – not even its origin name (vouni just means mountain in Greek). There is plenty to see, and various rooms are well marked.

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