Walking in North Cyprus

Trip code: W07NC 4 (1 reviews)

Guided group walking

7 nights,
single centre

Operated by
Exodus Travels


  • Operated by our sister company, Exodus
  • Explore Crusader castles and historic landmarks Take some of the most beautiful walking routes in North Cyprus See the stalactites and stalagmites within Incirli Cave


  • All breakfasts, five lunches
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout


North Cyprus: Unknown to many, yet decorated with countless historic treasures. This walking adventure uncovers a land written into mythology, one shaped by the multiple civilisations who ruled it, and blessed with an uncommon natural beauty. We’ll discover it all, while walking through areas teeming with wildflowers and wildlife, and visiting beautiful, fascinating landmarks, such as the mountain-backed ruins of Bellapais Abbey and the harbour-front fort of Kyrenia Castle.




Day 1: Start Kyrenia

The adventure begins in Kyrenia, a harbour town and great base from which to explore North Cyprus. Archaeological excavations show the area was first settled as far back as the 10th century BCE, and today historic buildings and winding lanes offer a glimpse into the past, sitting alongside more modern additions. If there’s time, make use of the hotel facilities – perhaps toasting the adventures to come with a cocktail in the garden bar. Accommodation: Hotel Pia Bella (or similar)

You stay at Hotel Pia Bella.

hotel details


Hotel Pia Bella, Kyrenia



We usually stay at the 4 star Hotel Pia Bella, a short walk to the bars and restaurants of atmospheric Kyrenia harbour. All rooms are en-suite with satellite TV, telephone, air-conditioning and Wi-Fi access in communal areas. The property boasts two swimming pools, a Jacuzzi and tranquil gardens.

Day 2: Transfer to Catalkoy; walk to Bellapais and visit the monastery; afternoon Kyrenia Castle visit

This morning, we have a welcome briefing before a 20-minute transfer to Bellapais, a mountain village home to the ruins of Bellapais Abbey, a medieval gothic monastery. There’s free time to explore, before a short walk to Catalkoy village, where we catch our transfer back to Kyrenia. The walk today is mainly along an old dirt track; it is fairly undulating, with views towards the coast along the way. Upon our return, we embark on a tour of Kyrenia. It includes a visit to the harbour-front castle, a city landmark and important fort for civilisations as diverse as the Ottomans, Venetians and British. Alongside glorious sea views and fascinating architecture, the castle houses the Shipwreck Museum, home to a fourth-century Greek merchant vessel and its cargo. Accommodation: Hotel Pia Bella (or similar) Leisurely walking day

Day 3: Transfer to the ancient hermitage of St Hilarion Castle; visit the site and walk to Malatya village via Karaman

We transfer approximately 25 minutes to Saint Hilarion Castle, a former stronghold within the Kyrenia mountains. Originally a hermitage, the monastery and church were built in the 10th century and later fortified. The site consists of three main parts, linked by steep staircases: the lower section was for the stables and men of arms; the middle was home to the church; and the upper was for reserved for royalty. We will spend time exploring the castle and enjoying the magnificent views of Kyrenia, before a walk through the hills to Malatya village. The first section cuts through forest, following an old riverbed with some loose rocks underfoot. We then reach an old dirt track, which we follow into the village, with coastal views ahead and Saint Hilarion Castle behind. We walk through several small villages today, getting a good sense of local life along the way, and pausing for lunch in one of the village squares. We transfer back to the hotel this afternoon, stopping to enjoy a drink on the seafront if time allows. Accommodation: Hotel Pia Bella (or similar) Moderate walking day

Day 4: Head to the Karpas peninsula; visit the Incirli Cave and Crusader castle at Kantara; walk to Kaplica beach

We head east (approximately 1hr 30min) to the Karpas peninsula. In the morning, we visit Incirli Cave, the largest on the island, which contains an amazing collection of stalactites and stalagmites, before heading to the Crusader castle at Kantara. In addition to Saint Hilarion and Buffavento, Kantara Castle is one of three mountain fortresses built by the Byzantines along the Kyrenia mountains, along with Saint Hilarion and Buffavento. It was used as a beacon station, communicating with Buffavento by fire. The castle has an incredible 360-degree view; on a clear day, you can see both coasts of the Karpas peninsula and the Turkish mountains. After a picnic lunch near the castle, we walk down the slopes of the Five Finger Mountains to Kaplica beach. If time allows, there will be a chance for a swim in the sea after our walk, before our transfer (approximately one hour) back to Kyrenia. Accommodation: Hotel Pia Bella (or similar) Leisurely walking day

Day 5: Free day to relax or take an excursion to Famagusta

Today has been left free for further exploration of the island. There are several options available, but a trip to the ancient ruins of Salamis and the historic city of Famagusta is the standout attraction for many. It starts with a visit to St Barnabas Monastery, followed by a tour of Salamis, which remains the biggest Roman site on Cyprus. There will be a lunch break by the sea before the tour continues to the ghost town of Varosha, which has been deserted since 1974. The trip finishes in the old walled city of Famagusta, home to St Nicholas Cathedral. This tour can be arranged locally (please note, you may be joining a larger group on this tour). Of course, you could choose to spend the day relaxing or exploring under your own steam. Accommodation: Hotel Pia Bella (or similar)

Day 6: Visit Buffavento Castle for magnificent views; walk to Bellapais village

We start with a 45-minute transfer to Buffavento Castle, the highest Crusader castle on the island and a highlight of the week. It was built in the 11th century to defend against the Arabs, and control an important mountain pass. It’s approximately 680 steps to the top, but the dramatic location offers glorious views over Kyrenia and the Five Finger Mountains. This afternoon, we walk from the castle, taking the footpath that leads down to Bellapais village. We have lunch at the top of the mountain and see both sides of the Five Finger Mountains. Our route takes us along a narrow path, which is a bit rocky underfoot, passing between the mountains, and offering us views in both directions. The vehicle meets us in Bellapais, and we transfer about 10 minutes back to Kyrenia. Accommodation: Hotel Pia Bella (or similar) Moderate walking day

Day 7: Spend a day in the Five Finger Mountains; walk includes visiting Kyrenia Rock and Sourp Magyar Armenian monastery

We transfer approximately 30 minutes to the start of our last walk, the Five Finger Mountains. We take a path up towards the Herbarium of Alevkaya (currently closed for renovation), where we stop for lunch. This afternoon, we walk to Sourp Magyar, the only Armenian monastery in the mountains, and on to Kyrenia rock, which offers excellent photo opportunities. Accommodation: Hotel Pia Bella (or similar) Leisurely walking day

Day 8: End Kyrenia

Our adventure ends after breakfast in Kyrenia. Those on the group transfer will head back to Larnaca for their onwards flights.


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These tour only prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £240.

These flight inclusive prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £240.

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A minibus will be used for all transfers during the week.

Joining Instructions

nKey information Hotel: Hotel Pia Bella, İskenderun Caddesi No:14 Girne, Mersin 10, North Cyprus Phone: +90 392 650 5000 Recommended arrival time: You can arrive at any time today Airport: Larnaca Airport (LCA) Getting to the start hotel The hotel is approximately a two-hour drive from the airport which includes crossing the border. Your options for this journey are: Take an Exodus transfer Exodus provides one group arrival transfer from the airport, which is timed to coincide with the arrival of a chosen flight from London, UK. You may join this transfer at no extra cost, provided you can be at the airport before the transfer leaves. Speak to your sales representative for the group arrival transfer times or to arrange a private transfer. Make your own way It’s possible to reach the start hotel by public transport, but the journey is complicated. We therefore recommend joining the group transfer where possible. If not, you can book a private transfer through Exodus. On arrival at the hotel, please let the reception staff know that you are part of the Exodus group and they will advise you on when to meet your tour leader. If you would like further information on joining this trip, please speak to your sales representative. Catching your return flight There’s a group departure transfer to the airport for customers who Exodus booked onto a chosen flight to London, UK. Please speak to your sales representative if you wish to join. If the group departure transfer does not suit your flight time, speak to your sales representative to arrange an alternative transfer. n


Northern Cyprus is an interesting place to visit. The walking on this holiday was quite challenging but the guide was excellent in preparing us and the background, history and information he was able to provide made the visit very interesting and informative. He went over and above his bruefing in supporting a visually impaired member of the group. Vizer was instrumental in making the trip worthwhile.

Ms Thompson, 9 Feb 2019


Guided group walking

7 nights,
single centre

Operated by
Exodus Travels

7 nights from £849


Call: 01606 720199