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Kyrenia has lots of great beaches & historic buildings that shouldnt be missed and with Kyreni's pefect sailing conditions, what better way to see Kyrenia's many sights like Kryenia castle, Acapulco Beach and the Old Harbour.

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Kyrenia is a beautiful town on the northern coast of Cyprus, which is also means Girne in Turkish, Kyrenia was once inhabited by Greek Cypriots, Kyrenia now has a majority of Turkish Cypriots and British Expatriates living there. Most parts of the mountain range of the Kyrenia district is in this town, over the years Kyrenia has grown as a famous tourist destination. Unlike the south of Cyprus, the northern region is not very crowded and it's people lead a simple and easy going lifestyle. There are three major airports in Cyprus, Ercan International Airport is in Northern Cyprus and is about 20 miles from Kyrenia, Larcana International Airport is about 70 kilometres from Kyrenia, while the Paphos International Airport is about 120 kilometres away from Kyrenia.

All flights to these airports come via Turkey, there are no direct flight to Kyrenia, though you can easily get a taxi to Kyrenia from any of the airports. It is said that Kyrenia has a history of 6,000 years, apart from this, other things that attract immediate attention to Kyrenia is the huge variety of water sports and sea food. With so many beaches Kyrenia is a favourite place for water sports, including water skiing, wind surfing, canoeing, power boating, mono skiing, banana riding, knee boarding, wake boarding and jet skiing. The instructors are all well trained and provide good guidance, you can also get proper training in these water sports and there are scuba diving schools that provide training for Ocean Divers, Dive Leaders, Sports Divers, Rescue Divers, Open Water & Advanced Open Water and many more certifications.

Some other adventure sports that you can enjoy in Kyrenia include paragliding, sailing, Horse riding, hiking, cycling, biking and golf are just a few of the popular activities in Kyrenia. The food in Kyrenia is delicious too, in fact dining is a leisurely activity in Kyrenia, Kyrenia has a number of restaurants on the Kyrenia Harbour road that provide excellent sea food, the harbour area also has a number of international restaurants. Those who would like to taste the best local food should visit the restaurants on the outskirts of Kyrenia, these restaurants serve delicious, home cooked local food that is flavoured with local spices.

If your looking to visit many of the historical places in Kyrenia, then you wont be disappointed with what Kyrenia has in store for you, like the historic Kyrenia Castle which is situated in the North East of Kyrenia, Kyrenia Castle was constructed as a means of defence against the Arab attacks and it's architecture has a strong influence of Lusignan as well as Venetian design. The Old Harbour or the Kyrenia Harbour is another interesting place to visit, the Ancient Shipwreck Museum in Kyrenia displays the oldest shipwreck, which is a ship that sailed during the time of Alexander the Great and was raised from the sea bed along with it's cargo back in 1960.

The Anthipanitis Church is another beautiful place with Gothic architecture, the Folk Arts Museum, Icon Museum, Bellapais Monastery and the Buffavento Castle are among the other places in Kyrenia that shouldn't be missed. Kyrenia has many festivals including the Iskele International Folk Dance Festival which is celebrated at the end of June and lasts for about a week, the festival gives you the chance to see beautiful performances from performers all over the world. The International Cyprus Theatre Festival is celebrated from mid August to the beginning of September, a number of performers from various theatre groups perform during the festival, a lot of Turkish as well as International theatre work can be seen here.

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