Ottoman heritage:

 

 

Kyrenia Castle 

 

Kyrenia castle lies to the North-East of Kyrenia town and stands at the entrance to the harbour at Kyrenia. The original castle which is thought to have been built in the 7th century A.D. by the Byzantines for the purpose of defending Kyrenia against Arab raiders and pirates in the early 7th century. The castle has had various additions made to it during the reign of the Lusignans and was given its present form by the Venetians. 

 

The castle also houses a Shipwreck Museum, which displays the remains of a 2,300-year-old Greek ship and its cargo, recovered from the sea in the 1960s. The sailors apparently lived on almonds: thousands of them were recovered from the wreck. 

 

 

Folk Arts museum at the harbour 

 

The Folk Arts Museum is a truly fascinating historical attraction, where you can spend time exploring fascinating architecture, textiles, and more. You will find traditional Cypriot buildings when you come to the Folk Arts Museum, and there is plenty to explore here.

 

You can enjoy taking in the traditional Cypriot houses that can be found here, and you will find a wide range of Cypriot items within the house on both the lower and upper levels. The houses are two level properties, and are an example of pre XVII architecture. The museum itself opened up in 1974.

 

 

Old Town Kyrenia / Harbour 

 

Enjoy a relaxing free time at one of the most romantic harbours of the Mediterranean Sea.

 

 

Bittaci Bakery 

 

Learn how to bake Zeytinli and Helimli: two typical Cypriot bread sorts filled with olives and Halloumi and topped with sesame seeds. 

 

 

Othello Tower 

 

The Othello Tower was the last defence post on the town walls and was originally built as a moated citadel in order to protect Famagusta's harbour. The name was given later by the English in connection with Shakespeare's "Othello" theatre play.

 

 

Old Town Famagusta / St Nicholas Cathedral 

 

In the Old Town of Famagusta you visit the gothic formerly Nicklaus’s Cathedral, which serves nowadays as Lala Musafa Pascha Mosque. Besides you have the opportunity for nice shopping and tasting the nice sweets of the renowned pastry shop Petek.

 

 

Lefke Town 

 

The Town Lefke was in the English occupation era an important residential area for miners. In the 10th century BC the Phoenicians started planting date palms, which are still the emblem of the town. A coffee shop on the edge of the valley offers fresh juices and the opportunity to taste and buy different kinds of candy sweets.