Make the most of 14 days in North Cyprus continued...
After the sightseeing yesterday, a day of fun in the sun.. Find your own beach, ask your accommodation reception what they recommend. Or why not visit the Acapulco Holiday resort, east of Kyrenia past Catalkoy? Entry into the complex costs 10YTL, and provides non-residential guests of the hotel use of the large outdoor swimming pool, several waterslides, a long sandy beach and the use of the indoor gym, Jacuzzi and sauna. There a various sporting activities outdoors in the summer months, including beach volley, tennis and basketball.
In the evening, why not take a drive and discover your own restaurant? Find a restaurant that is busy with locals. The popularity of a restaurant amongst locals is the best recommendation and review you can get! Alternatively, if you've had enough activity for the day why not book a table at Niazi's Restaurant in the old harbour opposite the Dome hotel?
The gothic abbey at Bellapais dates back to 1198, and is a must see landmark during your visit to North Cyprus. As well as the history of the Abbey itself, the area is also famous for past residents, which include Laurence Durrell who lived in the village during the 1950s. The idyllic days he described in his book "Bitter Lemons of Cyprus" may be long gone, but the "Tree of Idleness" remains. Like the castle in Kyrenia, the Abbey at Bellapais has also hosted world famous performers such as The Three Tenors, and hosts the annual North Cyprus Music Festival.
You may wish to continue your site seeing, by continuing to Buffavento Castle which lies near the village of Arapkoy. It is the least well preserved of the three castles in Kyrenia, but is the highest at 940m above sea level and therefore provides impressive views of the island.
Spend the day relaxing around the pool, maybe taking some time out to visit Design 74 the pottery factory along the Kyrenia Coastal road in Karaoglanoglu. Here you'll find many hand made souvenirs to take back home to your friends and family, or to keep as a momento of your time in North Cyprus.
If you are more energetic, maybe you'll try fishing, diving, kayaking or even quad biking. Maybe a stroll is more your style? Be sure to ask your fellow guests or hotel reception for recommendations.
In the evening, why not visit one of the jazz clubs located in the larger hotels? Most hotels hold regular Cyprus Nights too, where you can sample local food and experience the islands folklore dancers, and maybe even a belly dancer. For those seeking livelier nightlife, they should head to the open air night club at the Escape Beach Club, where in the summer DJs are flown in from London to provide the latest in dance floor music.
The climate of Cyprus is typically Mediterranean. Summers (June to September) are hot and dry; winters (November to March) are moderately rainy, with a mild temperature. Spring and autumn are warm and pleasant. The average annual temperature is 20°C (68°F). Summer temperatures average 30°C (90°F) with the coldest months of January and February 10°C (50°F).