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“Nice grounds but not too much character”

Bellapais Monastery
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Ranked #2 of 50 things to do in Kyrenia
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Owner description: Abtei von Bellapais Bellapais Abbey
Reviewed June 9, 2013

This is a nice place to look around but compared to some of the other sights we visited this seemed lacking a bit. It is a well-preserved abbey with a lovely little chapel and a large hall (used for concerts and recitals) but there wasn't much else to it.
It certainly looks pretty (and was being used as a backdrop for a couple's wedding photos while we were there) but we didn't spend that much time there before we were ready to see something else.
Top tip: if you're hungry, go to the cafe across the road (The Tree of Indolence, I think) for good value meals. Bellapais Abbey has its own restaurant/cafe but it is very expensive, only serving fancy main meals, so if you only want a snack you should go across the road like we did!

1  Thank Darryl_Karoo
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Reviewed June 3, 2013

Just a beautiful half day out. Very peaceful and so easy to get to. Don't pay for a trip, ask the hotel to book you a shared taxi up there and take an easy downhill walk back

2  Thank Angela M
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Reviewed June 3, 2013

We visited the monastry late afternoon and it was gorgeous, beautiful views, there was a music festival going on and a wedding party having photos taken. The archietecture is lovely, however it won't take long to go around - less than an hour. Went for a meal at the restaurant right by the monastry and it was very pleasant.

2  Thank Andrea C
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Reviewed June 2, 2013

Very beautiful ruined Abbey, plenty of eateries and small shops, true Cyprus, LOVE this place! Nothing I dislike about this place except maybe the food a little pricey.

Thank Victoria B
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Reviewed May 30, 2013

We went on national museum day, so it was free to enter. It is a nice monastery, steeped in history, with interesting architecture but I didn't think there was an awful lot to see. The setting is lovely with great views of the mountains and the Kyrenian coastline and just outside is supposedly Lawrence Durrel's Tree of Idleness, now part of a restaurant. Whether it is or isn't the actual tree, the restaurant is a good place to stop for a coffee and to watch the world go by.

Thank ZeeZeeNE
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