Trip Planner:   Europe  /  Cyprus  /  Kyrenia District  /  Kyrenia  /  Historic Sites  /  Saint Hilarion Castle

Saint Hilarion Castle, Kyrenia

(4.7/5 based on 1,400+ reviews on the web)
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.
Create a full Kyrenia itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Kyrenia

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Kyrenia by other users

8 days in Northern Cyprus BY A USER FROM NIGERIA June, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 8 days in Cyprus BY A USER FROM INDIA June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in Cyprus BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Cyprus BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Cyprus BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES May, culture, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, relaxing, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 9 days in Cyprus BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Cyprus BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Cyprus BY A USER FROM OMAN May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 29 days in Cyprus BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM September, teens, kids, outdoors, beaches, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, teens, kids, outdoors, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 9 days in Cyprus BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Cyprus BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 13 days in Cyprus BY A USER FROM CANADA May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • A great place to visit! Very atmospheric place with incredible views. Amazing feat of medieval engineering. Very steep though, so be careful!  more »
  • Started off gorgeous ended even more beautiful Some steps were treacherous Had to rest a lot to keep up Went off to see prince johns tower which was a bust The ultimate climb was worth the trouble 369...  more »
  • This was the highlight on my roundtrip on Cyprus. This castle built in and on the rocks is really interesting. It is a ruin, but a very interesting one. You have to climb a lot, but it is really worth...  more »
Google
  • Very beautiful castle where you will get the best scenic pics of the surrounding area. Will take around an hour and a half to do everything and make sure you're wearing proper shoes for those tricky paths near the top!
  • Great view of Girne (Kyrenia) at the summit so I can say it was worth the climb. You need to be reasonably fit for this one and as everyone one says wear trainers to avoid slips and trips. I could see my hotel, The Kemerli Konak 700 metres below. OK for kids.
  • Wow. Just go. (Wear trainers if you can, have water and be prepared to climb... It's soo worth it)
  • Fantastic views, good experience but unless your super fit take your time going up the steps.
  • Nice place Historical We visited in Augest So place was bit hot But the room/ building were bit cold