Visit exquisite Bellapais Abbey and ascend to Boufavento castle for breathtaking views
This excursion includes two of the best attractions in Cyprus and combines the exploration of gothic 13th century Bellapais Abbey with the breathtaking views from the 1, 000 years old, Byzantine castle of Boufavento, on the second highest (at an elevation of nearly 900 m) peak of rugged Pentadactylos mountain range. 'Bufavento' comes from Italian, meaning 'the one who defies the wind'.
Usually the trip includes also a visit to pretty Kyreneia port (and optionally to Kyreneia castle).
Travellers should keep in mind that visiting Boufavento castle requires a steep one-km long, 100+meters elevation difference, walk up and down from the parking place to the castle itself. Most of the walk is on a paved trail (much of it includes stairs).
Please remember that Phivos is the author of the book 'Exploring Authentic Cyprus' and offers services around the whole island, including walking trips. We can customise your trip in a way that best matches your preferences.
From Nicosia we head uphill and northeast to imposing Boufavento castle at the second highest peak of Pentadactylos/Kyrenia mountains. After our visit to the castle we travel to Bellapais village and explore Gothic Bellapais Abbey.
Subject to time availability and depending on travelers' preference we have a stop at Kyrenia old port and/or visit Kyrenia castle, before returning to Nicosia.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Customers' accommodation (or similar) in Nicosia
End location: Customers' accommodation (or similar) in Nicosia
Duration: 6 hours
The number above roughly applies to the time of travel and the actual itinerary (exploring, having breaks).
We usually use a Citroen C8 7-seater. It was built in 2006, it is in a very good condition and air-conditioned.
I will pick up the customers from Nicosia and deliver them back to Nicosia at the end of the trip (unless we make other arrangements).
Estimated Local Cash Needed
10 Euro - There is no meal included in the trip. A small amount is suggested (7 Euro) as a budget for each participant in case they want to buy a small amount of food or drinks. There is an entrance fee for Bellapais Abbey (abt 3 Euro). No entry fee for Boufavento castle.
There is a entry fee (abt three Euro) to enter Kyrenia castle (if that is something that would interest travelers).
Participants should bring along some food and water. If they prefer we can buy what they need on the way.
Entrance ticket would be necessary to enter Bellapais Abbey.
There's an entrance ticket also for Kyrenia castle.
I am not a licensed Cyprus Tourism Organisation guide and as a result I cannot guide visitors into archaeological sites requiring entry tickets.