Kyrenia Holidays

Kyrenia Holidays – The most photogenic port in Cyprus

Kyrenia (Girne in Turkish) has been the premier resort of the island since the British colonial period, thanks to its postcard-perfect medieval harbour guarded by a massive Byzantine-Venetian castle – and considerable eulogising by Lawrence Durrell, who lived locally during the 1950s. The old town’s atmospheric warren of lanes, extending back from the harbour, has plenty of bars and restaurants tucked in between stone-built houses, churches and a mosque. But the castle – with its unmissable Shipwreck Gallery featuring a 2,300 year-old boat, and chance to walk the walls – or simply hanging out at the old port, are very much the main events.

Be aware that this is just a fraction of modern Kyrenia – since 1974, the town has expanded relentlessly inland right up to the base of the sculpted Kyrenia hills which form a backdrop.  Historically Kyrenia has tended to attract Brits ‘of a certain age’, but in recent years nearby resort complexes have done a better job of catering for families. Still, you shouldn’t expect raucous nightlife or a huge range of teen-friendly activities.