1 Famagusta City Walls
Famagusta city-walls built by the Lusignans and were originally high and thin. The Venetians fortified the walls against artillery fire particularly to protect themselves from the Ottomans. Martinengo Bastion is considered the to be one of the finest examples of military architecture of the 16the Century in North Cyprus.
2 Lala Mustafa Pasa Mosque – St. Nicolas’ Cathedral
St Nicolas’ Cathedral is the most impressive monument in Famagusta. Lusignan kings were crowned here in absentia as kings of Jerusalem after they had been crowned as kings of Cyprus in Nicosia. The cathedral was turned into a mosque by the Ottomans and names after Ottoman General who conquered Cyprus.
3 Salamis Ancient City
Situated on the east coast, Salamis is one of the most important and fascinating sites in North Cyprus. It was founded around the 12th Century BC and had a long development until its destruction by Arab raiders, earthquake and tides in the 7th Century. It is a large city compels revealing Roman buildings and architecture.
4 Kyrenia Harbour
The picturesque old harbour is one of the best places to visit in North Cyprus. The harbor is lined by flats, cafes, bars and restaurants offering lots of good places to eat where you can taste the local food.
5 Kyrenia Castle
Situated next to the Kyrenia Harbour, the Kyrenia Castle is a complicated mixture of building styles worth visiting in North Cyprus. Behind the Venetian castle walls you will find church of St George, royal apartments, and byzantine chapel or French dungeons. The ship in the Shipwreck museum is estimated to have sunk around 300BC and is, to date, the oldest ship ever to be recovered from the seabed.
6 Turtle Beach
Turtle beach is a long stretch beach of sand. The beach is signposted as it is here where the green and loggerhead turtles come and lay their eggs in the summer. The beach is mostly visited by local Cypriots. Visit North Cyprus Turtle Beach if you want to experience local atmosphere.
7 Bellapais Monastery
The Bellapais Abbey is truly one of the most tranquil places in North Cyprus. It was founded at the beginning of the thirteen century. Most of the Bellapais Abbey that is visible today dates from the time of Hugh III. It is beautiful and elegant building depicting Gothic styles throughout the stage of its development. A small courtyard is defended by a machicolated gatehouse.
8 St. Hilarion Castle
St. Hilarion Castle is another best place to visit in North Cyprus. The castle stands just about Kyrenia in 670 m. It was named by a hermit who once inhabited the summit. The castle was built on three levels. The upper level consists of winding and very narrow steps up to Prince John’s Tower and royal apartments. It offers splendid view over Kyrenia and surrounding villages.
9 Buffavento Castle
Buffavento Castle lies about 16 km eastwards from Kyrenia, North Cyprus. Situated in 954 m it is the highest castle offering the most spectacular view. 6.8 km drive along a rough track is followed by a 45 minute walk up the mountain path. Largely ruined, it is an impressive architecture you should not miss when visiting North Cyprus.
10 Karpaz Peninsula and Apostolos Andreas Monastery
Karpaz peninsula situated in the north-east part of North Cyprus is a land where time stands still with miles and miles of untouched sandy beaches. Situated at the tip of the peninsula, Apostolos Andreas Monastery is dedicated to St Andrew, the miracle worker. Karpaz is also known for its wildlife including wild donkeys. Visit Karpaz as one of the most beautiful place in North Cyprus.
11 Kantara Castle
Kantara Castle was built by the Byzantines in 965 to rule the Karpaz peninsula after the Arabs raids. It stands at 610 m and is the most accessible. It was constructed around the entire circumstance of the mountain peak on which it was built. On clear days it offers splendid view on the Karpaz peninsula and Salamis Bay to Famagusta and other part of North Cyprus.