North Cyprus is one of the few fairly unspoilt corners in the Mediterranean today. The island is the perfect place to retreat for those who wish to escape from the pressures of modern life, you can feel the pace of life slowing down the moment you step off the plane.
Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean, a large part of this land is covered with citrus and olive groves, pine forests and cypresses. Its climate and endless high quality beaches have made it an important tourist destination. Over 300 days of sunshine and an average sea temperature of 21 degrees Celsius combined with magnificent beaches, fascinating sub-aqua, a great diversity of flora and founa. Remarkable historical sites and rich cuisine that help to make any holiday spent here an unforgettable memory.
The food in north Cyprus is provided local farmers fresh and high quality with its unique smell and taste and inexpensive. Cypriots are well known about their hospitable and welcoming manner to their visitors and it is a laid back atmosphere year round which is very Mediterranean in the true sense of the word. Violent crime is almost unknown. Street sellers chasing visitors to offer various products or services do not exist.
History of Cyprus goes back 10.000 years. First inhabitants of North Cypurs are thought to have come from Asia Minor or the Syria-Palestine region in about 7500-8000 BC during the period when these lands were enjoying a flourshing Neolithic culture. Its rich copper deposits which were utilized from the bronze age onwards gave the island its name. In addition to copper, its ship-building timber, vines, oil and grain and its geographical position attracted powerful kingdoms surrounding it and each occupant imprinted and left something of himself on the island. Every corner of the island is full with examples of rich and colourful mosaic of cultures such as Egyptians, Assyrians, Phoenicians and Persians, Romans, Byzantines, Lusignans, Venetians, Ottomans and British were among these. Neolithic settlements, ancient cities, city kingdoms, Roman theatres, floor mosaics, French gothic cathedrals, Venetian city alls, frescoes, Middle Age mountain castles, icon museums, Ottoman houses, British Colonial houses ... All makes North Cyprus a unique island to discover and rediscover where both European, Middle Eastern and African influences can be seen with best examples in the whole of Mediterranean.
The town of Lapta is one of Northern Cyprus’ most beautiful and favoured locations. It is set on an area uniting the sea and the mountains and its unique natural beauty makes it one of the most selected holiday and leisure centres. It has not achieved its high status recently as it was in the very past days, however, today it is as popular it was used to.
Every corner of Lapta is covered with lemon groves and various other fruit trees. The town, on the skirts of the mountain, is very fortunate that it has a flow of source of water. Known throughout history as Lambousa or Lapethos (Lapta) this city was the headquarters of one of the nine kingdoms that Cyprus was once divided into and ruled by.
- Lambousa Kingdom Ruins ( II C Roman fishing pools, Cave Tombs)
- 16 Churches from 15th cc – 19 th cc
- Walking in Lapta for bird watching and wild flowers
- Blue House (House of Pavle Bavlidis Lawyer of Archibisop Makarios)
- Nearest beach is İncirli Beach one mile from Lapida Hotel
- Escape Beach Club 3.5 miles from Lapida Hotel
- Kyrenia Harbour nice restaurants, bars, cafes
- Kyrania Castle, (Shipwreck; world’s oldest trading ship 2362 years old),
- Lusignan Dungeons, Vrysi Neolithic village ex.)
- Bellapais Abbey (French Gothic style 13th century monastery built by Lusignans)
- Restaurant in Bellapais village: Tree of Idleness
- St Hilarion Castle (Crusade castle built by Byzantianes and French)
- Old Ottoman houses street (Arabahmet Street)
- Nicosia Walls
- Saray Hotel (to see veiws of north and south Nicosia form the terrace of the hotel)
- Great Inn (Büyük Han) old Ottoman hotel (many local handcrafts,gifts can be bought)
- Local restaurant (Sedir Cafe) inside Büyük Han
- St Sophia Cathedral (Gothic style Cathedral by French)
- Güzelyurt Food and Gift market (on Saturdays)
- Güzelyurt Museum
- St Mamas Monastery (12th Century) & Icon Museum
- Old Turkish town Lefke and orange groves
- Soli Ruins (7th century BC city ) & Roman Basilica and theatre
- Vouni Palace (5th century BC ) 250m high above the sea extraordinary view
- Restaurant (Mardin restaurant in Gemikonağı) on the way to Soli Ruins & Vouni Palace
- Salamis Ruins 1184 BC & Roman Theatre and baths
- St Barnabas Monastery (icon museum)
- Royal Tombs
- Famagusta Venetion city walls & Othello Castle
- St Nicholas Cathedral (gothic cathedral by French Lusignan dated 1298)
- Ghost Town Varosha (can be viewed from Palm Beach Hotel’s terrace)
- Restaurant, Hurma Restaurant near Palm Beach Hotel
- Boğaz Harbour (specialized fresh fish restaurants)
- Dipkarpaz village (Turkish and Greeks live together)
- Ayia Trias Basilica with mosaics
- Golden Beach (Turtle Beach)
- Aphostolos Andreas Monastery
- Restaurant (Burhan’s Place at Golden Beach)
NB: More information can be provided from the hotel owner who is a registered tourist guide.