Kantara Castle, Trikomo
Categories: Castles, Landmarks, Tourist Spots
Kantara Castle is the easternmost of the three castles situated on the Kyrenia Mountain range in the island of Cyprus. (The other two are Buffavento and St Hilarion) Lying at 630 metres above sea level, Kantara is well positioned to control the entrances to Karpass Peninsula and Mesaoria plain. The name 'Kantara' is derived from the Arabic word qantara, which means "bridge".It is believed that the Byzantines built the castle in the 10th century as a lookout post against raiding Arabs. The first historical mention of the castle is in connection with Richard the Lionheart's capture of Cyprus in 1191. At that time, Isaac Comnenus, the Byzantine ruler of the island, took refuge at Kantara Castle. Later, in 1228 the Royalists so badly battered the walls that they had to be almost entirely rebuilt. Later, the nobility used the castle as a lodge when they hunted mountain goats with tame leopards.There is also a myth widely believed, that workers who were building the castle, when time came to get paid for their hard work, were thrown by the queen at the time from the window of her room. It is widely believed that this was done because the queen did not have enough money to pay the workers. Eventually, she committed suicide by jumping from the same window.St. Hilarion supposedly visited the castle of Kantara in order to free the castle from the queen's evil spirit, that according to the villagers haunted the place. According to the myth, eventually St. Hilarion explained people that there are no evil spirits in castles but evil thoughts in people's hearts.Make Kantara Castle a centerpiece of your Trikomo vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Trikomo itinerary maker.
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If you are planning to stay in Cyprus, make sure that you have at least half a day for visiting this incredible place! At the top there was a sight I've never seen whole my life. Where sea, forest and... read more »
Vanaf de zuidkant reden we naar het "kasteel" wat op zich al fenomenale vergezichten opleverde. We kwamen tegen 17.00 aan bij Kantara en konden gratis naar binnen. We waren de enige bezoekers. Wat een... read more »From the South side we drove to the "Castle" which in itself is phenomenal views. We arrived at 5 pm at Kantara and could free. We were the only visitors. What a beautiful castle and what a breathtaking view over the East side of Cyprus, with the Sea North and South. Via the north side we picked up the highway to Girne.show original
Il castello di Kantara è in discrete condizioni di conservazione. Si accede al castello attraverso una strada piuttosto impervia. Dal castello si gode di una vista stupenda sono al mare e tutta la val... read more »Kantara Castle is in fair condition. You enter the castle through a fairly rough. From the Castle you can enjoy magnificent views are the sea and the valley below.show original
The best part for me is driving right up to the castle unlike the other castles which require trekking up a path. You are handed a map as well but it is small enough to not require it. There was an entrance fee but it's well worth the views you get.
I've been to Kantara at least a dozen times, and I'm still not tired of it yet. It's the most remote, yet easiest to climb of Cyprus' North-Range castles. Known as "The Castle of the 100 Rooms", Kantara is quite an expansive ruin, with gorgeous views and photo opportunities galore. It's also a lot more accessible now than it was when I first visited back in 2007, since the construction of a new north coast road has made getting there so much easier. Pro-Tip: If you're after a spectacular sunset, climb up to the 'Royal Apartments' at the castle's highest point. From here it's possible to look westwards almost to Morphou Bay, and to get some truly outstanding sunset shots. Don't forget to bring a flashlight, so you can find your way back to the parking lot.
Beautiful and really fun for kids to discover
Beautiful views, a good workout, deep in history, sometimes you can avoid any tourists being present and have the views and adventure all to yourself.
Easy drive up and a short hike up from the parking lot. Totally worth it for the views on a beautiful day.
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