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.For travelers who use our international travel planner, Trikomo holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Kantara Castle and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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Had a great morning climbing this mountain today, Not as steep as Buffavento but still great fun for the family. Loved the views where you can see far and wide towards Famagusta and Karpaz. Was only..... more »
My friends and I went on a slight hike up to the top of the castle. The views were amazing and extremely scenic. The bottom of the castle has a picnic area where we did a bbq. Definitely recommend... more »
A bit of a hike which was hard going in the heat! It cost 7tl per person to get in if the guy is sitting in the hut. An impressive castle with breathtaking views. If you stand next to the arrow slits, the breeze coming through really cools. I would suggest taking food and lots of water so you can stay for longer.
Amazing place. Breathtaking view. The road up and down is exciting.
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