Trip Notes – Beach Hopper – 15 days – North Cyprus

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Vivid Cyprus is an established North Cyprus holiday and tour agency which offers a personalised service for its clients before and during their Northern Cyprus holiday. As one of the pioneers of responsible tourism holidays in North Cyprus, including eco-tourism and agri-tourism related holidays, Vivid Cyprus is working hard to help conserve the natural and cultural heritage of the island. Whether you are interested in a multi-stop North Cyprus holiday, a one-stop Kyrenia holiday, Famagusta holiday, or Karpaz holiday, or if you’re looking for North Cyprus walking, cycling, eco or special interest holidays, we can help design the perfect holiday for you.

Trip Name:Beach Hopper basic
Trip No.12795
Trip Duration:15 days
Activity:Self drive
Accommodation :14 nights in 2-3 star hotels
Recommended time:Daily – all year around

Overview of this holiday

Are you a beach lover looking for a Mediterranean beach holiday with a bit of a difference? Then North Cyprus is the place for you!

The north of the island doesn’t just have one or two good beaches in one location, but loads of GREAT beaches dotted all along the coast from east to west. Many visitors to the island think they’ve done very well when they find Kervansaray, Escape and Denizkizi Beaches on the west side of Kyrenia (Girne), and although these are all very good, clean and popular beaches, there are many beaches that are even better, as well as others that are just absolutely stunning. Being a relatively small island with no traffic outside of Kyrenia and Nicosia means all of these beautiful beaches can be reached within a couple of hours drive along scenic coastal and mountain roads.


Itinerary at a glance

Day 1 – Arrive in North Cyprus , settle in the hotel

Day 2 – Beach day.  Explore the beaches west side of Kyrenia

Day 3-  Beach day – Visit the beaches of Kervansaray, Escape or Denizkizi

Day 4 –Visit St Hilarion Castle and Kyrenia in the morning/ Beach day in the afternoon

Day 5 – Driveto Alagadi and Esentepe and explore the beaches west of Kyrenia

Day 6 – Visit Buffavento Castle in the morning/ Beach day in the afternoon

Day 7 – Drive to Tatlisu and Kaplica, explore the beaches of the area

Day 8  -Visit Kantara Castle/ Beach dayin the afternoon

Day 9  -Drive to Karpaz along the unspoilt coast of the peninsula

Day 10 – Visit the mosaics of Sipahi / Beach day in the afternoon

Day 11 – Drive to the beaches of Famagusta

Day 12 – Visit Famagusta town / Beach day in the afternoon

Day 13 – Visit the ruins of Salamis / Beach day in the afternoon

Day 14 –Final day on the beach

Day 15 – Return or prolongation

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1- Arrive in North Cyprus, settle in the hotel

Arrive Cyprus, transfer to a hotel on the west side of Kyrenia. Your hotel will be on the coastal road. Local buses and taxis run the road should you wish to take one before your hire car arrives the following day. Kyrenia (Girne) is only a few miles away depending where you are accommodated.

Day 2- Beach day.  Explore the beaches west side of Kyrenia between Guzelyali and Sadrazamkoy

You will receive the hire car and your exploring can start. Hit the beaches along the north west coastfrom Guzelyali to Sadrazamkoy and you will see stunning alcoves and tucked away sandy beaches. Enjoy the scenery and swimming of the gems along the coast.

Day 3 – Beach day – Visit the beaches of Kervansaray, Escape or Denizkizi

There are some lovely beaches close to Kyrenia like: Kervansaray Beach, Escape Beach or Denizkizi Beach. They are very popular with the locals. They are not as stunning as the beaches on day 2 but they offer a lot more facilities around them like : sun-lounges, parasols, beach cafes, toilets and showers but require a small fee for use (5 to 20 Turkish Lira).

Day 4- Visit St Hilarion Castle and Kyrenia in the morning/ Beach day in the afternoon

Your hire car will arrive first thing in the morning so you can choose to have a morning out exploring before enjoying another relaxing afternoon on the beach. In the morning we recommend our guests to visit the crusader castle of St. Hilarion first before it gets too hot (as there are stairs to climb!) and then continue on to Kyrenia. In Kyrenia you can wander through the old town or visit the castle and shipwreck museum before sitting down for leisurely lunch or a cold drink in the harbour.

Day 5 – Drive to Alagadi and Esentepe and explore the beaches west of Kyrenia

Head to the Karpaz via the beach! In the morning you will check-out from the hotel and drive east along the coastal roads to the Karpaz and arrive at the hotel in Karpaz. We would recommend our guests to leave the hotel around 10:00 and drive east along the coast to either Alagadi Beach (approx. 40 minute drive) or Kaplica Beach (approx. 1 hour and 15 minute drive). Both Alagadi and Kaplica Beaches are beautiful beaches with good facilities (toilets, showers, beach-front restaurant/bar) where you can easily enjoy a few hours relaxing.

Day 6- Visit Buffavento Castle in the morning/ Beach day in the afternoon

We recommend that you visit the stronghold of Buffavento in the morning, which is ‘’the fort that makes fun of the winds’’.  Part of three remaining castles,it’s definitely worth a visit. Afternoon on the beach!

Day 7- Drive to Tatlisu and Kaplica, explore the beaches of the area

Continue to go eastwards and you will reach the beaches of Tatlisu and Kaplica. You will now start driving next to sea.  You can almost touch the little bays and the rocky beaches by stretching your hand. You can see the remains of the old road in places winding like a snake in the undulated terrain.

Day 8 – Visit Kantara Castle/ Beach day in the afternoon

An optional visit to Kantara castle is on offer on day 8.Kantara is the easternmost of the three castles ( St . Hilarion – Buffavento – Kantara) and had the greatest strategic importance. Enjoy the afternoon on the sandy beaches of the area. Plenty of fish restaurants  to choose from for a nice meal.

Day 9- Drive to Karpaz along the unspoilt coast of the peninsula

Head to the Karpaz. In the morning you will check-out from the hotel in Tatlisu (or Kaplica) and continue to drive east along the coastal road to Karpaz. You will soon see the turquoise sea, the sand dunes and some lonely wanderers – the wild donkeys of Karpaz.

Day 10 – Visit the mosaics of Sipahi / Beach day in the afternoon

Beach Day.Anywhere you would settle in Karpaz, you would be by the sea or maximum 10-15 ride to the beach. If you end up at Golden beach, you would almost roll out of bed and onto what is arguably the most beautiful beach on the island. You can stay on the beach or try to see the mosaics of Sipahi.

Day 11 – Drive to the beaches of Famagusta

Morning on the beach then a drive towards Famagusta. Golden Sands Beach is so beautiful that we recommend spending the morning relaxing on the beach before driving towards Famagusta via Bogaz with its lovely harbour. From Bogaz it’s about another 20-30 minutes drive to the Long Beach Resort where you will spend the last few nights of your holiday.

Day 12 – Visit Famagusta town / Beach day in the afternoon

Visit Famagusta town with its ruins and monuments. It is one of the most historically diverse walled cities of Europe. You can easily spend ½ a day there’ roaming’ through history. In the afternoon you can go back to the sandy beaches. Famagusta area has plenty of them.

Day 13 – Visit the ruins of Salamis / Beach day in the afternoon

Visit the ruins of Salamis, which was one of the 10 city kingdoms in Cyprus and of major importance during 6th century. It is 9km north of Famagusta. Check with the hotel or Kaleidoskop for the Salamis theatre schedule. You might be lucky to attend a concert or a show.

Day 14 – Final day on the beach

Beach Day..Drop your hire car keys at the hotel reception first thing in the morning and then spend the rest of the day relaxing on Long Beach.

Day 15- Transfer to airport. Depart Cyprus.

What’s included:

  • Private welcome information meeting with one of our team members
  • Welcome drink
  • Printed information  (maps and general useful info also for children)
  • 14 nights in 2-3 star hotel accommodation B&B
  • Rent a car Group 4 automatic incl. insurance
  • Emergency number 24 hours

What’s not included

  • Flights
  • Airport transfers

Note: should you require the above services or upgrade to half board, we are happy to arrange for you.

Optional extras and extensions

Should you require the above services or upgrade to half board, we are happy to arrange for you. If you would like to extend your stay in Cyprus before or after the basic package we are also happy to arrange this, whether you would like to just stay in one place to relax or to tour around other places for a few extra nights.


Getting there
 

By car and ferry

 

 

 

Driving routes can be accessed via the following website: www.via.michelin.com. You drive to the south of Turkey and take a ferry from Mersin to Kyrenia.

 

 

 

By air

 

The nearest International airport is Ercan (flying via Turkey). Alternatively you can fly directly to Larnaca, but the transfer cost to your hotel becomes more expensive if you fly via the south airport(s). We recommend that you arrange your transfer prior to your departure. Vivid Cyprus is able to organize flights and airport transfers for you. They are in addition to this package.



Dietary requirements

If you let us know in advance about your dietary requirements, we can advise the hotel(s) where you are staying. However we are unable to guarantee a peanut free or allergen free trip, and therefore, we strongly encourage that travellers with life-threatening or severe allergies take all necessary medical precautions to prepare for the possibility of exposure.

Accommodation

2-3 star hotel on 7 nights (bed and breakfast basis, based on two people sharing). Solo travellers are welcome. There is a surcharge for a single room.

Climate

Cyprus enjoys an intense Mediterranean climate with 320 days of sunshine a year. Summers are hot and dry and last from June to September. Winters are changeable with cold and warmer weather alternating. Autumn in October/November and spring in April/May are short and the transition between winter and summer is rapid. Rain falls mainly in winter and outside these months precipitation is rare therefore flora is much richer in flowers and lush looking in March/April than in September/October but sea temperature is warmer in autumn. Average summer temperatures in the coast are between 25 – 34 degrees C.

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How to book

To book with Vivid Cyprus, simply choose your activity and select the dates that suit you. We will receive your application in our system with the hotels you have picked and will book them for you. If those hotels are not available we will choose similar accommodation depending on your activity. Our experts will then correspond with you and let you know the details closer to the date of reaching the island.