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trip to North Cyprus from Pathos

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trip to North Cyprus from Pathos

I'm going to pathos next week ad would like to vist Kyrenia / North Cyprus while I am there. What wuld be the best way to do this?

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1. Re: trip to North Cyprus from Pathos

It's a fair old drive to Nicosia from Pafos. However you can hire a car. Many rental places won't extend their car insurance for you to drive into the north (as it's still an illegally occupied area and Nicosia one of the few if any, split cities in the world) You can walk through into northern Nicosia and then catch a bus. The Turks will take Euros, Cypriot £s and also Turkish lira. I havent travelled that far and only went for a look. Don't forget your passports!

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Some companies do trips across the border to northern cyprus.If you hire a car insurance not covered so dont try it! Alternatley drive to nicosia and park up but then its a long bus ride to kyrenia.

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We went to Cyprus last month and hired our car with Petsas. They will allow you to take the hire car over the border, if you purchase insurance with them for cover in the North. The cost of the insurance was CYP15 for 3 days or CYP20 for a week. There was a CYP150 excess on the policy. We went over twice during the week and would go again, we had a great time. I don't know if any other car hire companies will let you do this.

Alternatively you can do a coach excursion to Kyrenia and Bellapais from Paphos, we did this last year and it was a good day.

We didn't bother to change any money, paid in £CYP, and even £sterling in one restaurant!

Hope you have a good holiday.


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Just a word of warning re organised coach trips

I have just returned from Paphos last week and had taken a coach trip to Famagusta which, we were told, included a tour of the ghost town of Famagusta.

Having crossed the border and taken our Turkish Escort on board, we stopped for 30 mins at Salaminia and had the option to tour the ancient ruins (£2.50 per ticket).

We were then taken to Famagusta "old town" where we had 50 mins free time, prior to the main part to the trip, the tour to the "Ghost Town"

Off we went in anticipation only to find that the coach was driven slowly down a side street adjacent to the abandoned town and buildings which was accompanied by a bit of narative by the tour guide, the driver completed a three point turn at the bottom of the road and retraced his route back to the border and a 90 min stop in Ayia Napa.

The tour cost £24 Cyp and altough it was nice for me not having to drive and being able to take in a bit of the scenery for a change, we were disappointed not to have spent more time in the North and have been able to have seen a bit more.

The 50 min stop in the Old Town wasn't long enough even to have a meal nor was it long enough to fully explore even the small town centre area. The "tour of the ghost town" wasn't, and the 90 min stop in Ayia Napa was too long and would have been unnecessary had we given more time in Famagusta.

I suspect the the Cypriots don't want you to spend too much time, or ANY money, in the North, hence the short period of time alloted. I can understand this after all of the history, but it was a bit disappointing, particularly for my wife as she had stayed in Famagusta for a while as a child pre-invasion as her father was in the Army and she was looking forward to this part of the trip especially.

I'm not saying that you shouldn't go just be aware that there is NO tour of the ghost town per-se.

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5. Re: trip to North Cyprus from Pathos

Hi, that sounds a very disappointing coach trip, I can understand why you feel annoyed.

You can't actually enter the ghost town (Varosha) as it's still under military control. You get quite a good view of it from Famagusta beach. It's a shame you couldn't eat in the north as the meals we had were very different to the south. On the trip to Kyrenia , we did have time for lunch in Kyrenia, so they are not all as bad. Maybe the best advice is to always check your itinerary, and find out how long you get in each place.

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It is easy to hire a car and drive to Nicosia and cross there. It's a more manageable day out. The drive is quite long (about 2 hours) but it's easy and pleasant. In Nicosia you can park up and walk over to the North side at border control. The history of the old city on both sides is fascinating and there is a lot to see. I was there a few years ago when the Green Line was very heavily 'managed' but I understand that things are gradually changing. You will need your passport.

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7. Re: trip to North Cyprus from Pathos

I joined a coach trip from Paphos to Kyrenia last time I was in Cyprus - December 06. They are advertised all over the town.

We stopped off in Bellapais which was interesting, and then had about 3 hours in Kyrenia. I had considered driving, but after a drive to Nicosia one day for shopping, decided that was far enough!

I was delighted I took the organised tour as the commentary from the Cypriot guide was invaluable. She had been a child in Kyrenia at the time of the invasion. A turkish "guide" joined the bus at the border, but just seemed to be there to accompany the tour - she didn't speak a word to us! It seems to be a condition of the Turkish tourist board that she's on board.

I spent Cypriot pounds quite easily. No need to change money.


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