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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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  • You need a head for heights and a determination to get to the top of every tower, navigating countless steps along the way, but as long as you are steady on your feet and have the determination to mak...  more »
  • So worth the climb to the top .... Flip flops are not a wise choice, the steps are very slippy and uneven, takes lots of water, a hat and a camera ... The views are absolutely amazing ...... Stop for ...  more »
  • St. Hilarion Castle stands on the peak ridge of the mountain range overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and the North Cyprus coastal city of Kyrenia. The castle is named after a 10th century Christian he...  more »
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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.
  • 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
  • Greart views. 732m to the top. Well worth the effort
  • Stunning castle on the mountain, a must visit place.