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Bellapais Monastery, Kyrenia
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Ruins of the Gothic Bellapais Monastery adorn the hillside of Kyrenia Mountain, with its French ornamentation, Genoese and Venetian influences, and lush colorful gardens. Dating back to the 13th century, the building served as a monastery and living quarters of Kings Hugh the 3rd and Hugh the 4th. The site was neglected and mistreated for centuries until the 1900s, when a small portion of the monastery and its surroundings were restored. Today you can see evidence of centuries of destruction, preservation, and restoration, nestled in maintained gardens of palm trees, carob trees, and flowers. Due to its extraordinary acoustics, concerts are often held at the abbey. Using our international travel planner, Kyrenia attractions like Bellapais Monastery can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • beautiful, well maintained facility, with much romantic charm, absolutely worth seeing. Racing at the nearby Café absolutely recommended.
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  • The ruins of the ancient medieval Christian Cathedral in the foothills of the column next to the town of Kyrenia (Girne). Recommend to everyone who is interested in the history of Cyprus.
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  • very nice atmosphere. First you should see when you go of Cyprus a. go necessarily:)
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  • My partner and I went in the summer, stayed here for 2 weeks. We were very disappointed. Our bungalow stank. The pool is filfthy. It is in the middle of no where. You literally have to rent a car (before you go, as they have limited availability), or get taxi everywhere, approximately 10min drive to anything worth visiting. Television very old fashioned. You are not allowed to bring your own food and drinks in your room, even though you are only bed and breakfast, they want you to buy from them even though theres a supermarket 5 min drive away with drinks and food half the price. My partner and I ignored that silly rule and supplied our own drinks. However, the Staff are lovely and the food was lovely. Site's are beautiful. Overall, I wouldn't recommend.
  • The staff is great, very polite and helpfull! The room was very clean and got cleaned very often. The food was very good, plenty of choices on the breakfast. I really enjoyed the dinner with live music (once a week?) and it was tastefull! The pool was also very nice, with the shuttle bus you could also go to the other hotel from the same "group", where they even more pools etc. It all wasn't even very expensive, I'd say it's great value for money! The only downside was that it's somewhat far from the city centre. However, the hotel has a FREE shuttle bus service and a taxi isn't that expensive. Nearby restaurants even offer to pick you up for free aswell (if you decide to eat there). Also, mind that it's a pretty common rule to not allow people to bring in their own food. I believe they won't mind if you bring a bottle of water or a small snack to your room anyway. And the food is really good value for money anyway! After all, a great holiday and would like to thank the staff for making it such a pleasure!
  • This is set on the hill to Bellapais and so the views from every room is breathtaking across the town of Girne and out to sea. The staff are so friendly, helpful and food is very good. I have stayed here twice with another visit planned in 2mths time.
  • This town is one of the most beautifully kept towns in all of Kıbrıs. Every building is historic and the views from up here are simply spectacular. You can almost see the whole beş parmak mountain ranges from up here.
  • Calm and silent place, good for couples