Bellapais Monastery
Bellapais Monastery
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  • Cengiz G
    Maple Ridge, Canada13 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice Oasis close to town
    Nice park setting close to town with an amazing view overlooking the town. The monastery is nice and 50TL to get into the monastery and 50TL for parking. It can be very tough to get there if you drive as the streets are narrow (less than 2 lanes wide - barely 1 lane wide in places) as you approach the site, Overall it is nice place to visit. I would recommend it.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 7, 2023
  • Stu151
    Wickford, United Kingdom1,621 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting, but small site
    Bellapais Abbey is one of the main attractions of Northern Cyprus. It's interesting and well worth visiting (after all the entry fee is around £2), just don't expect a massive site to explore for hours ! Several nice cafes nearby in the small town nearby.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 6, 2023
  • Jeremy C
    Hinckley, United Kingdom1,014 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Compact Historical Ruin
    Small monastery ruin perched on the side the hill. Easy to navigate with some interesting nooks and crannies and spectacular views down into Kyrenia. Do take a moment for contemplation in the church and admire the gothic architecture. Surprisingly un-touristy and well worth a visit along with the surrounding village.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 25, 2023
  • Catherine W
    Chippenham, United Kingdom252 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visit to Bellapais Abbey
    We walked here from Girne in just over an hour. As you approach the village you get a wonderful view of the abbey showing the height of its walls. The village is pretty and was loved by Lawrence Durrell who bought a house here. When we came , mid morning on a Saturday it was wonderfully quiet and peaceful. It’s very atmospheric with beautiful views of the coast line and surrounding mountains. The signage in the abbey is fairly minimal but luckily our guide book gave us more information.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 25, 2024
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FTMDave
Adria, Italy6,796 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
I took a taxi from Kyrenia/Girne as no public transport goes to the monastery. The taxi driver wanted a ludicrously-cheap 40 TL for a 6km drive uphill, so I gave him 50TL. I later walked back as downhill was no problem!

Entrance is 15 TL, which includes a little guide sheet which I found invaluable. I was the only one there. The monastery is very well preserved and there are marvellous views from the mountains.
Written July 31, 2021
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Horse91dancer
Horsham, UK230 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
What a great. We arrived early (around 9am) to find the Monastery almost deserted. It is charming. You can wander around unhindered, up along the balcony area, there are amazing views. The church is really lovely and well kept. The town is quaint, and there are some nice coffee shops. Well worth a visit.
Written January 18, 2020
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nsander219
Chelmsford, UK628 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
We visited with few people there which was perfect. Except there was a classical pianist rehearsing in the Refectory, where they hold concerts, so we had lovely music as a backdrop to our visit. With the gardens green and in bloom this is a lovely spot. Hot but with a mountain breeze - perfect.
Fully recommended as a must visit and if you can coincide with one of the many concerts all the more worthwhile.
Written May 4, 2022
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Catherine W
Chippenham, UK252 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We walked here from Girne in just over an hour. As you approach the village you get a wonderful view of the abbey showing the height of its walls. The village is pretty and was loved by Lawrence Durrell who bought a house here. When we came , mid morning on a Saturday it was wonderfully quiet and peaceful. It’s very atmospheric with beautiful views of the coast line and surrounding mountains. The signage in the abbey is fairly minimal but luckily our guide book gave us more information.
Written February 25, 2024
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David Cobbold
Nicosia, Cyprus2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Friends
The views are outstanding, excellent selection of restaurants and cafes, plus a number of gift shops and galleries. Musical evenings are often held in the abbey, these are well worth attending. Close to the abbey is the ex home of Laurence Durrell which is sometimes open to the public, the area around the abbey has numerous paths and trails for those wishing to explore
Written August 9, 2022
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Dieuwertje v
Leeuwarden, The Netherlands18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
Beautiful, authentic location. Nice views and very cheap entrance. The restaurant near the monastery is a beautiful location: in the shades we had some coffee/tea. Parking nearby. For entrance and parking we were not able to pay with card (cash only for entrance and car park didn’t accept the card). A lot of stairs, so disabled people are only able to watch ground floor.
Written July 27, 2022
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Janet G
27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
We took out 11 year old grandson here and we all found it very interesting and worth the visit, especially at 75p for adults and free for children. The views from the monastery are wonderful. The local town is small and interesting.
Written September 1, 2022
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Stu151
Wickford, UK1,621 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Bellapais Abbey is one of the main attractions of Northern Cyprus.

It's interesting and well worth visiting (after all the entry fee is around £2), just don't expect a massive site to explore for hours !

Several nice cafes nearby in the small town nearby.
Written October 6, 2023
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Elizabeth V
Bognor Regis, UK764 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
A remarkably preserved monastery given its history. We visited in the winter and it was very quiet, which meant our guide could give us the full history. If you are not guided, in order to fully appreciate the place, get a guide book. This is not far from Kyrenia (Girne) and, if you are staying in the area, you should visit. Views over the water are lovely. 13th Century.
Written March 3, 2020
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Hazeljogger
Oxford105 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
It is everything people say.
We were lucky to visit with no one else there in the afternoon Spring Sunshine.
It was magical, we had walked into the village from the hills above with the birds singing.
An experience not to be forgotten and immortalised by Lawrence Durrell in Bitter Lemons and the Tree of Idleness
Written March 30, 2022
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