Saint Hilarion Castle, Kyrenia

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Castle Ruin Must See
Nestled high in the rocky mountain tops overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, the ruins of Saint Hilarion Castle feature crumbling walls, Byzantine ornaments, and 100 km (60 mi) views. Although the exact construction date is unknown, the castle and a former monastery are estimated to be about 1,000 years old. Serving as a royal home with economic units, stables, and military quarters, the site survived until the Venetian arrival in the 15th century, when it was dismantled. You'll discover dark, mysterious tunnels and preserved church elements here. Don't miss the arch overlooking the sea, which makes a great photo spot. Plan a Kyrenia trip in moments using our itinerary builder.
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  • Prepare for steep climb but good views from the top. Cafe half way up the castle. Closing time differed from that published so worth checking in advance  more »
  • We have just returned from a week in Kyrenia. We had a really enjoyable visit to Saint Hilarion Castle. We managed to climb right up to the peak of the 3rd level! The views up there were incredible....  more »
  • Great castle! That was a great experience to climb around and visiting such an interesting castle. Unfortunately the explanations are not very detailed but the plan explain enough to understand the...  more »
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  • This is definitely one of the best castles I've ever been to. 💯 recommended! Be prepared to climb quite a bit, but it's so much fun. Very easy to get to and it's €2.50 to enter. Usually close early during winter (around 1430), so plan accordingly. Enjoy!
  • Although due to my husband's leg we didn't walk to the top. View is wonderful. But you would need to have some stamina plus good shoes
  • This place is worth your time to visit. It's beautiful, the views are amazing, and you can explore the grounds freely. This is not really practical for anyone with mobility issues, because there are many, many stairs and mostly uneven ground. The hike to the top was great. Entrance fee was 15 TL (under $3), which is a steal.
  • I just proposed to my girlfriend at the peak. It was the scariest climb ever and the wind was insane but so worth it. A memory for life and a view that was breathtaking.
  • Great castle, very large with a lot of hidden passages. Perfect for young knights and princesses. Make sure you reach the peak with stunning view.
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