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Saint Hilarion Castle, Kyrenia

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Ruin Castle
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. A visit to Saint Hilarion Castle represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Kyrenia tour planner to plot your vacation.
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  • If you are a decent level of health and fitness I would recommend this walk. It is not a difficult hike to the top, more slightly challenging and so worth it !. (I actually visited in Feb 2016 but I c...  more »
  • The castle of St. Hilarion us very impressed. A very fascinating place. Before we arrived at the rental car. At the entrance and on the second level there are gift shops. And on the second level there is a room with wax figures of ancient warriors and the inhabitants of the Castle. As with level 3 in fine weather, you can watch nearly half of Northern Cyprus. Payment is cash only at the entrance. In Turkish Lira comes out cheaper. Arriving in Cyprus do not forget to select the day for excursions to the Castle.
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  • The castle's very hard when you get hot but worth your. 6. the use of the structure design of stone made in the 21st century.
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  • Nice, not suitable for less agile people. Slippery and irregular steps. Little information to be found at entrance and throughout route, I would have liked some more background info. Had to pay entry but restrooms were also extra costs and not clean at all. Nice little shop at base of Castle with nicknacks and snacks.
  • Very nice.. but you need power to walk up to the top
  • Superb! You should take the chance to go. Wear suitable footwear, bring hats and water.
  • Lovely looking from road but can't take pictures from road or stop as on Turkish army base. Didn't climb up as too much for me
  • Stunning castle on the mountain, a must visit place.

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Northern Cyprus' most popular tourist destination offers an assortment of accommodations. It's a good idea to remain close to the beach, as this is where most of the Kyrenia's bars, restaurants, and shops are located. Transportation is somewhat lacking and unreliable; however, a bus connects the city center with beaches in the west. For a luxury stay, choose from numerous four- and five-star hotels, several of which boast seaside locations. If you're planning a longer stay, consider renting an apartment or villa.
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