1 Mevlevî Tekke Museum, Lefkoşa

Learn about the origins and beliefs of the “whirling” Dervish sect in the setting of a seventeenth-century monastery.

2 Büyük Han (Great Inn), Lefkoşa

Take refreshment and shop for souvenirs at this beautifully renovated traveller’s inn.

3 Girne Harbour

People-watch while strolling around the prettiest harbour in Cyprus, or while sitting in one of its many cafés and restaurants.

4 St Hilarion Castle

Clamber around this fairy-tale Byzantine/Lusignan castle, while imagining the medieval courtly life it played host to.

5 Bellapais

This bustling village, the location for Lawrence Durrell’s travel classic Bitter Lemons, is a lovely spot to while away an afternoon.

6 Soli

A well-excavated Roman town with a Byzantine basilica famous as the site of St Mark‘s christening.

7 Gazimağusa old town

Relish the unique ambience of this delicately ruined old town surrounded by crumbling Venetian walls.

8 Salamis

Marvel at the remains of one of Cyprus’s greatest ancient cities, followed by a visit to the equally significant Royal Tombs (or perhaps a swim).

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