APR 28 - MAY 2 (BANK HOLIDAY) TURKISH NORTH CYPRUS, MOUNTAINS & CRUSADOR CASTLES
Backabush is heading to Northern Cyprus for some amazing hiking in the Besparmak mountains. A dramatic landscape dotted with ancient ruined crusader castles and abbeys!
Nights - 4. Cost - £399.
Joins us for 4 nights over the Early May Bank Holiday to explore the rugged hills and mountains of the lesser known Turkish side of Cyprus, where time seems to have stood still. A perfect place for hikers to explore uncrowded trails through fabulous scenery.
We will be based in delightful bungalows (twin share rooms) in lovely family run accommodation just outside the town of Girne (still widely known by its Greek name Kyrenia), one of the most beautiful towns in Cyprus, owing to its picturesque harbour, mighty Venetian castle, and a backdrop of sharp and craggy mountains.
The Kyrenia Mountain range – also known as the ‘Five Finger’ mountains, runs for around 100 miles along the northern coast and is named after one of its most distinguishing features – a peak that resembles five fingers. During the spring, the Northern Cyprus Kyrenia mountains explode into colour with a profusion of wild flowers, making it the best time to hike here. The mountains have always been a line of defence for the island, and Crusader castles lie ready to be explored on its peaks.
Some of the castles we may hike to are:
St Hilarion Castle
A crusader’s castle with a lot of history. St Hilarion is the most visited of the three Crusader castles in Cyprus. The fortress sits in a spectacular location on a steep limestone peak high above the harbour town of Girne. The picturesque castle is said to have been the inspiration for the Walt Disney production of ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs'. There’s a fabulous panorama from the top and you can see why the 10th century castle played an important role in protecting the island from Arab attacks.
Buffavento is the highest and smallest of the three Crusader castles positioned along the spine of the the Kyrenia mountain range. Its name is believed to mean "buffeted by the wind", appropriately enough, given its position at a height of 955m. Due to the laborious ascent, Buffavento is the least visited of the mountain castles in Northern Cyprus but the panoramic 360 degree vistas from the top over the Mesaoria plain and the City of Lefkosa (Nicosia) are spectacular.
Our accommodation comprises of comfortable bungalows (twin share rooms) with living room and private terrace, situated around an outdoor pool which is surrounded by palm trees and offers mountain views. The perfect place to relax and take a dip after hiking.
In the evenings we will be able to enjoy the local Turkish-Cypriot cuisine which owes its heritage to a mixture of Mediterranean, Southern European and Middle Eastern influences and is known to be great value for money.
This trip does not involve technical mountaineering but the hikes on the islands can be challenging with ascents/descents between 700-1000m so you need to have a good level of hiking fitness. A head for heights is also necessary in the mountainous terrain.
WHAT IS INCLUDED:
- 4 nights twin room accommodation in comfortable bungalows surrounding a lovely pool.
- 4 breakfasts.
- Airport transfers from Larnaca Airport to our accommodation in Girne/Kyrenia (to match with the recommended flights).
- An itinerary of organised hikes for our 3 hiking days.
- Two trip leaders.
- Transport to/from the start/end points of the hikes.
- Financial protection in accordance with the Package Travel Law 1992.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:
- Flights – see recommended flights below.
- Packed lunches (we will pick up supplies at the supermarket).
- Dinners (the local restaurants are excellent).
- Travel insurance.
Our recommended flights from London Gatwick with Wizzair are:
Outbound - Friday 28 April
Departs Gatwick - 11.05
Arrives Larnaca - 17:50
Return - Tuesday 2 May
Departs Larnaca - 18:25
Arrives Gatwick - 21.20
The airport transfers will be arranged for these times. There is also an outbound flight with BA on Friday 28 April arriving at 18:05 which we can wait for.
To confirm your place on this trip use internet banking. The account details are:
Account Name: BACKABUSH XPLORERS
Sort Code: 090127
Account Number: 22440622
Only payment secures your place. Your RSVP is not sufficient for us to hold a place for you. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as you send payment and use "Cyprus" as your payment reference so that we can confirm everything with you. Thanks. :)
VISA: We will fly into/out of Larnaca in Cyprus (part of Schengen) and will cross the border into North Cyprus which is part of Turkey. Therefore please check with the Cypriot embassy if you require a visa to Cyprus and with the Turkish embassy if you need a visa to travel to North Cyprus. It is your responsibility to obtain all necessary documents, including visa.