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The best viewpoints in Northern Cyprus

Updated: 2 months ago

The island of Cyprus is beautiful in itself, but when you look at it from above, it truly takes your breath away! We'll tell you where to go to get the best views for your Instagram.

First and foremost, there are three famous castles: St. Hilarion, Buffavento, and Kantara. But there are also other elevated spots.

Viewpoints in Northern Cyprus

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Vouni Palace

A city from the Persian and Hellenistic periods of Cyprus located on a nearly standalone mountain by the sea. You can drive to the very top and wander through the ruins, entrance fee required.

Abandoned Hammam in Lefke

From the unfinished hammam on the outskirts of the city, you can enjoy magnificent views of the reservoir. You can combine it with fishing.

Cape Kormakitis

An open cape exposed to all winds in the north, where several empty houses, rare fishermen, and a panoramic view of the Mediterranean Sea are located.

Viewpoint of Gecitkoy Reservoir

On the way from Güzelyurt to Kyrenia, make sure to stop at the best viewpoint of the reservoir. You can also buy excellent Turkish sweets at this spot.

Viewpoint near the Blue House

You can combine views of the same reservoir and mountains with a visit to the famous landmark — the Blue House.

The Village of Karmi

A village inhabited by British retirees, spread out on the slopes of the Kyrenia Range, offering magnificent views of Kyrenia below and the St. Hilarion Castle slightly above. From there, you can hike to the castle.

Church of St. Makarios

An ancient Armenian church with a thousand-year history, which is not active today, is interesting not only in itself but also for the breathtaking views around it.

Viewpoints overlooking Alagadi Beach

Before descending to this famous turtle beach, make a stop on the road where several points offer excellent views of the beach below.

Viewpoint overlooking Golden Beach

There is a spot near a cafe where you can observe the massive beach below, but it's better to admire it from a height, especially during sunset.

Cape St. Andrew

Simultaneously the easternmost and northernmost point of the island, offering a panoramic view. On the way, you can feed the famous Karpass donkeys.

St. Hilarion Castle

One of the three largest castles in Northern Cyprus and the best-preserved. It is also the easiest to reach. From different points of the castle, you can enjoy views of different sides of the island.

Buffavento Castle

The highest of the three castles, standing at an elevation of 954 meters above sea level. The journey from the parking lot to the castle takes at least an hour, but the views are worth it.

Kantara Castle

The easternmost of the three castles, located on the Karpas Peninsula. Although not as high as Buffavento, it offers views of the Karpas Peninsula at 630 meters above sea level.

Frequently Asked Questions about Viewpoints in Northern Cyprus

Which viewpoint is the most beautiful?

This is a subjective question, as each viewpoint has its own unique features. However, if you have limited time, we recommend starting with St. Hilarion Castle due to its accessibility and historical value.

Which viewpoint is the most challenging to climb?

The most challenging ascent is to Buffavento Castle, as it can only be reached on foot and it is the highest of the viewpoints. Elderly individuals should avoid this excursion, especially in hot weather. Additionally, the narrow and dangerous road to the castle may leave unpleasant memories.

If you have already visited many of these places and are looking for new experiences, we recommend joining our group "Where to Relax in Northern Cyprus" on Telegram. There, you can find not only new places but also travel companions!

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