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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you ever visit Kyrenia, then this hike is a must do! it sceneray is amazing from up there you can see all of Kyrenia.. not to mention the beauty of the castle itself. Phase three of the hike is not for everyone specially when you are going down... but if you are not fit enough you can always do phase 1 and phase 2 and have a lot fun + enjoy one of the best views here

Thank Sultan A
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The castle is all along to the top of the mountain. A lot of walking up and down, be ready to wear hiking staff or snickers. The view of the northern part of the island is spectacular from many spots. Balcony of the cafe on the middle level is one of these. Cafe restricts the visit of balcony to its clients which sounds odd as you already paid for a visit downstairs. They also charging 2 Eur for a cup of lemon syrup melted with some occasional water, just to sit on a balcony. No wonder, this charging is extremely local as a custom. But if you are on the north be ready for such reaping of your wallet on constant basis. Nevertheless, try to climb to the top, to platform with a carton knight, to mark the visit in your itinerary. There is also a gothic window to the west with a great view to the west and Throdos. This one is just straight passing the reservoir, on the small valley on the top. This one reminds Cicilian castles, particularly, Caccamo’ castle view. It is difficult to find the traces of pre-Byzantine time in the castle, as most of the buildings and fortifications seem from that period of island ownership. Some off the windows and arcs may have been of the venezian origin. Sort of museum installations are a bit humble and more of a fun rather than exposition or historical value. Not much of historical information within the structure but paper map given with the ticket is very convenient. In overall this is certainly a good spot for an active and history loving tourist.

Thank Pagorone
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is well worth a visit, the views are stunning, and the rambling ruins a del;ight, with nooks and crannies everywhere.

It is certainly a climb, especially on a hot day, so come prepared

1  Thank jkl474
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After a long and winding road we eventually reached the castle and I have to say the fantastic views were well worth the white knuckle drive up there !!

Thank phyllislloydturner
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well worth a visit, very charming castle
, lots to see and imagine. Can see where Disney got their idea for magic kingdom

Thank bevcox1910
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You need to be fit here as the best views from the top involve climbing up a lot of steps. Interesting history and medieval architecture.

Thank Rosemary W
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enjoyable day spent scrambling around an ancient fortress. You do need to be fairly fit, or take the steps slowly, there are lots! We loved the view, once at the top.
Cost about 8 lira each person

Thank Verena W
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Its a fantastic place to visit. At a cost of 200 TL (about £27.50) for a taxi we had a very relaxed visit. The taxi was booked through the hotel and took us and came back for us 2 and a half hours later. We were able to take our time climbing to the top and then have a drink at the cafe at the bottom looking up and admiring the castle.

1  Thank MartW70
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Be warned, you need to take a diversion up the dual carriageway and back down as the main road is under major repair. We didn’t quite make it to the top but the views were stunning making the effort worthwhile. We stopped for a lemonade halfway up which was tasty.

1  Thank Grumpyoldman15
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited in October (2018), and intentionally went on a cloudy day because of many reviews stressing overwhelming heat and a difficult climb.
We lost the opportunity to see all the way to Turkey because of clouds, but the tradeoff was totally worth it because we were spared the heat and intense sun.
Getting there early (opens at 9) is recommended, to avoid the many busses with really impatient groups rushing to see it all before their ride leaves for the next destination.
Some recommend trecking equipment; we just went in sandals and shorts, and had no problems. Some of the other visitors wore fancy dresses and also seemed unbothered by the stairs. But yes, the stairs are steep and at places uneven, and at the top there are places where there are no stairs at all, and you have to navigate carefully.
Make sure to see the Queen's window at section III (the sign leading there only says "Royal Apartments"), it is beautiful workmanship.

There are only a few parking spaces at the top, but we followed the lead of other visitors and parked at the side of the road. Make sure to leave space for the coaches to pass your car!

2  Thank ChristianErnstsen
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