The five walks must be completed within a consecutive 10 day period of your holiday. (For example you could do one day of walking then have a day of rest, followed by another day of walking and so on).
Included in the package are:
- Taxi service from / to your accommodation for each walking day. Your accommodation must be in or within 5km of central Kyrenia (Girne). If your accommodation is deemed to be outside of this area additional charges may apply.
- Information meeting with one of our expert North Cyprus Travel representatives.
- Detailed description of each walk and an emergency telephone number.
NOT included in the package are:
- Entrance fees to sites of interest and food and drinks
We recommend solid shoes, a small rucksack for water and snacks ans according to season sun or rain protection
A Self-guided Day Walking Package in North Cyprus
The five walks in this package are cover the all highlights of the Kyrenia Mountain Range
- Besparmark (Five-Fingers) Walking Trail
- Kantara Crusader Castle Walking Trail
- Alevkaya Forest Walking Trail
- Bellapais Abbey Walking Trail
- Antiphonitis Monastery Walking Trail
A taxi driver familiar with each of the walking routes will bring you to the starting point of each walk. From here you will follow a detailed description of the walking trail to reach your final destination point. On arrival at the final destination the taxi driver will meet you (pick-up time will be prearranged) and take you back to your hotel.
Walking trails are from an easy to a medium level of difficulty, and range from 2-5 hours in duration. Good, solid footwear is recommended! Walking poles are also useful, as well as a small rucksack for water and food, and some sun-protection. In spring and autumn a raincoat is useful to have close at hand, although it is rarely needed!
All you need to do is decide which days of your holiday you would like to walk on!
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(Note: Minimum of 2 people required for this package)
More Information about each of the walks
1. Beşparmak Mountain Walk
This undulating walk is good to begin with on your first day or if you fancy just a short morning out walking to get a taste of the Kyrenia Mountains. The wide track leads you around the prominent Beşparmak Mountain(Five Fingers Mountain) and offers some great views along the coastline of North Cyprus. According to legend the mountain is the handprint of the famous Cypriot hero Dighenis. This walking trail is really nice in the Spring, especially if you enjoy seeing wildflowers and/or like bird watching.
Trail summary: Easy, wide track, little shade ↑100m ↓ 100m
Approx. time: 2.5 hours
2. The Kantara Crusader Castle Walk
After a 50-60 minute drive (from the Kyrenia area) this walk will start above the small village of Mersinlik located on the northern slopes of the Kyrenia Mountain Range. The walking trail goes along a level, wide track and has some beautiful views along the northern coastline of Cyprus and also to the south towards Famgusta Bay. This section of the walk ends in the small village of Kantara where you can enjoy a break and some cold refreshments at the Kantara Restaurant. The walk then continues as an undulating track to the Crusader Castle of Kantara. In spring-time the track is lined with wild cyclamen and the castle is visible along the way. From Kantara Castle you can enjoy magnificent panoramic views across the island.
Trail summary: Easy to moderate, ↑ 500m ↓ 200m
Section 1: Wide levelled track with one steep section Section 2: Undulating wide track
Approx. time: 4 hours (plus another hour if you wish to enter and exploreKantara Castle itself).
3. The Alevkaya Forest Walk
This is a pretty walk through the ‘Gondollar’ forest with views to the Beşparmak (Five Fingers) Mountain and the coastline of North Cyprus. The walk ends after a steep section where you will come to the ‘Lovers Leap’. At the so called cliff edge there is a great view point. A small path then descends from here and leads to the ruined Armenian Monastery SourpMagar. From here the path mounts steadily to the picnic area in the Alevkaya Forest. Here the walk finishes, but a visit of the North Cyprus Herbarium is recommended.
Trail summary: Easy to moderate,with some steep uphill sections. The last section is a narrow path or ‘goat track’. There is some shade↑ 250m ↓ 250m
Approx. time: 3.5 hours
4. The Taşkent – Bellapais Walk
The small village of Taşkentis located on the southern foothills of the Kyrenia Mountain Range and is the starting point of this walk. The wide track leads slightly uphill to the ridge. Most of the way you have views over the Mesaoria Plain and on clear days the Troodos Mountain Range is also visible. The second part of the walk continues downhill to the gorgeous village of Bellapais. Along some sections of the walking trail the Monastery is visible and many of the views make for a stunning photograph. Following the trial you also pass the former house of Lawrence Durell and the author of ‘Bitter Lemons’. Within Bellapais village there are several restaurants offering nice Kebabs (grilled lamb or chicken) or Cypriot Meze (selection of small starters). After a rest it is highly recommended to visit the famous Bellapais Abbey – a masterpiece of Gothic architecture and one of the must visit sites in North Cyprus.
Trail summary: Easy, wide track with no shade, ↑ 250m↓ 250m
Approx. time: 2.5 hours (Not including time to the visit of the Abbey)
5. The Antiphonitis Monastery Walk
The walk starts just behind the picnic area of the Alevkaya Forest. The wide forest track heads uphill for the first 4km and then continues along gently undulating for most of the way. Towards the Monastery the track goes steeply downhill. During the walk you will enjoy magnificent views along the Kyrenia Mountain Range and the North Cyprus coastline. Towards the end of the walk you will reach the Byzantine Antiphonitis Monastery, which is surrounded by a small garden. The Cafeteria is a perfect place for a rest and a cold drink. In the church there are some wall-paintings dating to the 12th and 15th century A.D.
Trail summary: Easy to moderate, wide undulating track where the last part is steeply downhill ↑150m ↓ 350m
Approx. time: 4.5 hours (not including time to visit the Monastery)
These walks are not suitable for children under 12.
Children must be accompanied by their parents (or guardians) and the company cannot be held responsible for the parent' s (guardian's) choice to take their children on these walks.
Only children who are active and used to walking such distances should join on this package.
Children will be charged at the full adult rate.