The Karpaz Arch Houses was the first guesthouse to open in the Karpaz in 1990 and was established to encourage sustainable development in the region and to help maintain the traditional culture and character of the Dipkarpaz Village. The guesthouse proved to be successful, and over the years has expanded to include more rooms and a nearby restaurant that serves traditional Turkish and Cypriot dishes and sources many of its ingredients locally.
Currently, there are 16 traditionally furnished rooms all of which are simply decorated with hand-crafted linens and wooden or iron-wrought furniture. The rooms are situated within several separate stone-built houses all of which still have their traditional wooden beams and arched colonnades. With this blend of simplicity and authenticity, the Karpaz Arch Houses helps to perfectly maintain the character of this old Karpaz village.
The Karpaz Arch Houses is the perfect location for those looking for a relaxing couple of days away in the Karpaz but also for those more active holiday-types who enjoy walking, cycling, or wildlife-watching. The guesthouse has a few good-quality bicycles available for guests to use, and is also situated close to several different turtle nesting beaches and good bird-watching spots.
Nearby the Karpaz Arch Houses is the Manolyam Restaurant, where local specialities like Firin Kebab (lamb cooked in a clay oven) or meze (different traditional dips) are served. The cosy, rural decoration of the restaurant makes you feel very comfortable and relaxed. Within the reception building there is a small lounge area which has a TV (only Turkish programmes are available) and a small library with English and German books.
The friendly breakfast area which is in a large room, with high-ceilings and traditional wooden doors and shutters that let in a cool breeze during the summer months. Several traditional hand-crafted artworks are decorating the room.
For those wanting to explore the village by bicycle, or also for those wanting to go more off the beaten-track, there are several good bikes available.