About Karpasia

What Makes Karpasia Special ?

Karpaz Peninsula, which is considered the natural national park of Northern Cyprus, is home to many creatures with its magnificent sea and unique vegetation. This peninsula, which consists of an area of ​​80 kilometers from one end to the other, is the easternmost part of the island. You can discover the traces of history in the untouched, simple beauty of nature in the region, which hosts many ancient cities, monasteries and traces of various civilizations. Breathing in the combination of the scent of the sea and the freshness of maquis, pine and cypress trees becomes a completely different experience. Golden Sand Beach, the most famous beach of our island, is one of the important symbols of Karpaz with its long coastline and fine golden sand. This beach is considered one of the most important breeding grounds for Caretta Caretta and Chelonia Mydas sea turtles. In addition, another important value of Karpaz is the wild Cypriot donkeys. Donkeys, which have become the symbol of the region, are protected in the Karpaz National Conservation Park. Cyprus is located on two main European bird migration routes, and the Klidhes Islands located on the Karpaz Peninsula are considered the nesting area of ​​two rare species of birds. This region is an important migration corridor for thousands of birds, especially during the spring-autumn periods, and is also among the favorite places of many bird watchers.

Golden Beach

Named after the church of Ayios Philon, the beach is close to Ronnas Bay, the most important dune area on the northern coast. Ronnas Bay is a beach area located in the Dipkarpaz administrative area, approximately 3 km long, consisting of white sand, and is a turtle spawning ground. It is known that this bay is the 3rd most important spawning ground for green turtles in the entire Mediterranean region (Kasparek, Godly, and Broderick). , 2001) Ronnas Bay was taken under protection within the scope of Karpaz Special Environmental Protection Area (SEPA) based on the flora and fauna characteristics of the region and was recommended for protection within the scope of NATURA 2000.

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Caretta caretta turtles – one of the main species of turtles found at beaches in Cyprus 

Karpaz Gate Marina

Karpaz Gate Marina, the first modern yacht marina in Northern Cyprus, is the official port of entry to the country. In addition to marina services, the facility also offers services such as beach club, spa, restaurant, bar, gym and hotel. The facility, which adds value to the region with its stylish architecture, welcomes local and foreign visitors.

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Apostolos Andreas Monastery

The monastery, located in the southern part of Cape Zafer, the extreme part of the Karpaz Peninsula, has been an important resting point for people of Orthodox faith who go on pilgrimage to the Holy Land for centuries. The oldest surviving part of the monastery is the 15th-century chapel built near the shore, and the healing water said to have been brought by St. Andrew can still be used today. Apostolos Andreas Monastery, one of the important pilgrimage points considered as the cultural heritage of Cyprus and Europe, is visited with interest by both Orthodox believers and other visitors to the region.
Ayios Philon Church (Oasis Monastery)

The church, where the ruins of the old Phoenicians Port of the Karpaz Peninsula can be seen, was built on ruins from the Hellenistic and Roman periods. This historical church, dating back to the 10th century, is dedicated to the saint who converted the people of Karpaz to Christianity in the 4th century. Ayios Philon church is a 3-arched, classically domed Byzantine church with a courtyard surrounded by columns. Visitors have the opportunity to see the cistern, baptistery and many colorful mosaics in very good condition.

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Cape Apostolos Andreas (Zafer Burnu)

Cape Apostolos Andreas is the north-easternmost point of the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. It lies at the tip of the finger-like Karpass Peninsula. The famous Apostolos Andreas Monastery is located 5 km south-West of the promontory itself

Karpaz National Park

“Karpaz National Park”, the only national park of TRNC, extends from Dipkarpaz village to Zafer Burnu and covers an area of ​​approximately 9,486 hectares. The current borders of the national park were determined with the “Inspection and Development Order within the Karpaz Region Planning Boundaries” issued in 2004. Wild donkeys, the symbol of the region, are protected in the national park area. There are archaeological sites within the park borders and there are many ancient cities among them.