Buffavento Castle, Kyrenia

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#4 of 10 in Historic Sites in Kyrenia
Nestled high in the mountains overlooking the bay, Buffavento Castle was once a powerful defense structure. Walk along the mountain pathway, 950 m (3,100 ft) above the sea level for unmatched views of North Cyprus. Tour the remains of this 11th-century Byzantine structure and visit its crumbling hallways with large stone windows. Look for the ruins of an old cistern near the dormitories where soldiers once slept. Wear comfortable shoes, as paths at the site are rough. Add Buffavento Castle and other attractions to your Kyrenia trip itinerary using our Kyrenia trip planner.
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  • The turning off the Besparmak Road for the castle is cunningly concealed - it is opposite the restaurant - coming from Girne it is opposite the restaurant about 6 km from the junction with the coast r...  more »
  • Hiking this castle literally brought out my love of hiking, I haven't done it ever since, but I'm looking forward to do it again during the next visit to see the family. I'm not a big sports kind of p...  more »
  • 1.2 km up and the same down! Oxigenation, combined with the super view! One of the strategic points of the isle defense, along with St. Hilarion and Kantara castle!  more »
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  • A high climb of many switchback stone stairways, but worth it for the views and of course, the historic castle.
  • This must have been a Great castle once upon a time. It's sad to see it at that state. Only part of it that is "fixed" is the trail/path that leads all the way there. The road to the castle is in disarray (08/17), part ok, part dirt road and vice versa. The views and vibe you get once you get to the top (about 30 min trail) is astonishing. On any given day is cool and refreshing up there. Definitely worth the hassle to get there. Be sure to have water with you as there is literally nothing for miles.
  • Great castle with amazing views. There are a large number of steps up to the top, but plenty of places to pause in the shade. Make sure you have water with you, as there are no facilities at the car park or at the top.
  • The way to the castle is not easy, but when you are finally at the top - you will forget how difficult it was... the view is amazing... it is worth to visit at least once.
  • Very beautiful view
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