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Karpas Peninsula, Cyprus

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The Karpass Peninsula, also known as the Karpas Peninsula or Karpasia, is a long, finger-like peninsula that is one of the most prominent geographical features of the island of Cyprus. Its farthest extent is Cape Apostolos Andreas, and its major population centre is the town of Rizokarpaso. De facto, the peninsula forms the İskele District of Northern Cyprus, while de jure it lay in the Famagusta District of the Republic of Cyprus.It covers an area of 898 km2, making up 27 % of the territory of Northern Cyprus. It is much less densely populated than the average of Northern Cyprus, with a population density of 26 people per km2 in 2010. The town of Trikomo/İskele, the district capital, is considered to be the "gateway" and the geographical starting point of the peninsula, along with the neighboring village of Boğaz. Apart from Trikomo, the most important towns and municipalities in the area are Yialousa, Galateia, Rizokarpaso, Komi Kebir and Akanthou.The peninsula hosts a number of historical sites. These include the Kantara Castle, Apostolos Andreas Monastery, ruins of the ancient cities of Karpasia and Aphendrika, Ayias Trias Basilica among numerous others.
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  • We visited the Karpaz peninsula in May and stayed overnight at Castle Karpasia bed and breakfast, very clean and well situated, it was exactly what we were looking for, the breakfast we were expecting...  more »
  • My wife and I joined a tour group to the Karpas Peninsula from Kyrenia and it was a great day visiting St Andrews Monastery which is located near the eastern tip of North Cyprus. There were market sta...  more »
  • The Karpaz peninsula was an addition to our RSD Travel Cultural Tour, and was available only on paying a substantial premium to the costs of the tour. We travelled from our Salamis Bay hotel northward...  more »