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The third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, following Sicily and Sardinia, Cyprus is situated in the eastern Mediterranean, just south of the Anatolian peninsula (or Asia Minor) of the Asian mainland; thus, it is commonly included in the Middle East. The central plain, the Mesaoria, is boardered by the Kyrenia and Pentadactylos mountains to the north and the Troödos mountain range to the south and west.

Salamis on Cyprus - ancient town kingdom near Famagusta

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Salamis on Cyprus - ancient town kingdom near Famagusta

As part of our explorations of Northern Cyprus we approached at the ruins of Salamis next to Famagusta, which played an important rule as a  town kingdom from the 11th century BC as it was the capital among Cypriot city kingdoms.

Cyprus - beautiful, but still devided island paradise

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Cyprus - beautiful island paradise

At the beginning couple of our readers have ask for getting some more detailled information about Cyprus, because lot of holiday makers take the chance to go to North Cyprus by ferry-boat from Antalya, Alanya or Silifke once being at the Turkish Riviera. 

Pretty Village Karmi (Karaman) - next to Kyrenia

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Pretty Village Karmi

Karaman or Karmi is undoubtedly the prettiest and most well-kept village in Northern Cyprus. Time here seems to have stood still; little cobbled streets, meander around, running mountain streams and wild-life are the only sounds you are likely to hear.

Bellapais Monastery in Kyrenia North Cyprus

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Bellapais Monastery in Kyrenia North Cyprus

Nestled in the delightful village of Bellapais, high in the Five Finger Mountains, is the Bellapais Abbey. The name Bellapais is said to derive from the French “Abbaye de la paix” meaning Monastery of Peace.

Girne / Kyrenia - middleage Castle and Harbor

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Kyrenia - Castle and Harbour

Standing formidably at the entrance to the harbour and commanding excellent views of the harbour entrance and surrounding seas is Kyrenia Castle, dating back to the 1500s.

Kyrenia - a picturesque Venetian Harbour Town

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Kyrenia - a Venetian Harbour Town

One of the region’s many highlights is the picturesque port town of Girne which is famous for its historic and perfectly crescent-shaped harbour set against the dramatic backdrop of the Five Finger Mountains.

Buffavento - Chateau de Lion

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Buffavento Castle

“Buffavento” means “gusty winds”, and indeed, perched high upon the Five Finger Mountains 950m above sea level it does its best to defy those winds.Read More

St Hilarion, the Crusader Castle

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St Hilarion, the Crusader Castle

Along with Kantara and Buffavento, St. Hilarion Castle was originally built as a watch tower for approaching pirates who launched a series of raids on Cyprus and the coasts of Anatolia from the 7th to the 10th centuries. By the 10th century, a Byzantine chapel and monastery has been added to the tower’s site and joined by a fort in the 12th century.

St Barnabas Monastery - Museum of Salamis

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St Barnabas Monastery - Museum of Salamis

About eight kilometers north of Famagusta and two kilometers west of Salamis you will find the St. Barnabas Monastery and the tomb where the martyr Barnabas is revered to as a Cypriot national saint.

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