St. Hilarion Castle and Bellapais ruines - Northern Cyprus

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Explore the Middle Ages with its knights, nobles and kings. Discover St. Hilarion castle with the vast fortress complex with its towers offering spectacular views and Bellapais Monastary and Village

Highlights

  • Explore the Castle of St. Hilarion and Bellapais Monastary
  • Enjoy spectacular views
  • In the picturesque village of Bellapais you will enjoy a turkish lunch

Description

A trip to the grandiose medieval mountain fortress of St. Hilarion is not just a matter of its breathtaking location on steep limestone cliffs rising from the mountain range high above Kyrenia. Its walls, towers and palace ruins come together to form a unique historical site that reflects the events of an eventful era. Here sieges were suffered, bloody feuds fought, oppressive foreign rule endured. And when the threat subsided, the full splendour of courtly life quickly unfolded again. Bellapais is considered to be one of the most beautiful monastery ruins in the Mediterranean. It is located near the small village of Beylerbeyi/Bellapais on a rocky outcrop in the Kyrenia Mountains. It is also known as the „White Abbey“ because of the white robes worn by the Premonstratensian monks. The abbey was founded around 1198 by Augustinians who had fled Jerusalem from Saladin. At that time, the abbot was granted a number of rights, such as the infulia, the right to wear the bishop’s mitre during services, or the right to wear a sword and golden spurs outside the monastery. As a result, the monastery became very wealthy. We will pick you up at your hotel or arrange a meeting point with you. We will then take you on a tour to Northern Cyprus, without the stress, hectic pace and time pressure of other guests. Please bring your passport. Of course, we will show you the castle of St. Hlarion and the ruine of Bellapais Monastary, even thesmall streets and lovely houses with shops and galleries in the viallage, but we will not forget to show you some of the really interesting places to take pictures. We’ll find out what really interests and excites you. So our tour with you is very personal. Don’t worry, we won’t tell you any novels about the history, we’ll just give you some information and give you time to take in the impressions and / or take photos. Before we start the return journey to your hotel, we invite you to a local restaurant in the village of Bellapais, where you can enjoy a typical lunch. If you prefer not to eat meat, vegetarian or vegan options are also available.

Includes

Hotel pickup and drop-off Entry tickets to Bellapais and St. Hilarion Castle Lunch Water during the tour

Important Information

  • This tour will take place rain or shine.

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Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

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