Saint Hilarion Castle, Kyrenia

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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. Plan a Kyrenia trip in moments using our itinerary builder.
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  • During our trip to Cyprus we took time to visit Saint Hilarion Castle on the Northern coast of the island overlooking Kyrenia. The castle is quite extensive. being spread over several layers encompass...  more »
  • An old Crusader castle with many großeartigen views, however 100 levels up to the Middle Castle, the Obernburg is very exhausting.
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  • The best preserved Castle of the three medieval castles of Cyprus. Great location 732 m above sea level. Dressing Laren days splendid views over the town of Kyrenia / Girne. Mostly reasonably well-preserved. Arduous ascent footwear is strongly recommended! The tripadvisor question "is that a lock?" No, it's a former Castle.
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  • What a fantastic visit. Lots of levels, lots of history. You will need a home made lemonade from the cafe on the way back down. They will also post a card for you with a local stamp. All the staff are very friendly. Great trip. Recommend to all.
  • A very old and well maintained castle. View from top is breath taking. Good exercise going to top. Should visit royal rooms and imagine the way of living then.
  • This has to be one of my favorite places we visited in Northern Cyprus. We had perfect weather and the views were spectacular. Enough elevation in the climb to let you know that you have worked off all of your breakfast. Where the trail divides it's worth taking the time to go both directions. Both sections loop around to the same point.
  • Really worth the time. It's a castle in the mountains. The view is incredible especially from the top. Very good exercise and the view makes it is an incredible hike. Leaves you with a sense of wonder as to how it was built and how people used it efficiently. Bring a water bottle as it involves a lot of stairs. We tried to find a restaurant in the area and couldn't find one. Should have ate before we went. Recommended if you're in Cyprus.
  • This is fabulous monastery built on a rock mountain which was the inspiration for Walt Disney’s magic kingdom. There is a tiered steep climb to the top with spectacular views. It’s situated about 11 km from kyrenia in north Cyprus in the five fingers mountain range. It is named after an ancient hermit whose remains were discovered here. There is lovely cafe on the second level of the castle with lovely views for those who are too tired to go all the way to the top.
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