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.
The Karpaz Arch House manager, Mr. Osman Kaba, and his staff are all from the Dipkarpaz village, and always give guests a warm and friendly welcome. They are all very approachable and will quickly point you in the right direction for things to do and see in the near by area.
This accommodation provider has taken action to address one or more issues (whether environmental, social or cultural) which will contribute positively to the long term viability of the destination and hence their site displays a Caring for the destination rating.
Main area of focus in Caring for the Destination:
The Karpaz area is the focal point of responsible tourism in North Cyprus, and many of the accommodation providers in the Karpaz area take steps to support this type of tourism. This is especially prominent in accommodation providers who are based in the villages of Dipkarpaz and Buyukkonuk.
The Karpaz Arch Houses is an active member of the Karpaz Eco Tourism Union, of which Kaleidoskop Turizm is also an associate. As a member of this union, Karpaz Arch Houses helps to support responsible tourism activities in the Karpaz through eco, rural and agro-tourism related activities.
Detailed description of the Caring for the Destination Initiative:
The Karpaz Arch Houses have been built and restored using locally sourced, traditional stone and timber. The rooms are furnished with typical Cypriot-style beds, wardrobes and other furniture, and traditional linens have been used to make the curtains and bed-sheets. Through this the Karpaz Arch Houses have helped to maintain the character and culture of Dipkarpaz, and have very much helped keep the traditional village atmosphere alive.
All of the staff members working in the Karpaz Arch Houses are from Dipkarpaz, and this helps prevents people from leaving the village in search of employment which helps the long-term viability of the village and keeps the Karpaz community very much alive.
In addition, the Karpaz Arch Houses also have their own organic vegetable gardens where they grow a variety of crops from tomatoes through to cucumbers.