THE SURROUNDING AREA
Kyrenia has often been described as the jewel of Cyprus, bringing history to visitors whilst entertaining them. Sense the nostalgia by visiting the historic places and walking through the streets where the smell of jasmine and orange blossom fills your senses. Taste the delicious cuisine with the large selection of restaurants available to suit all tastes or simply enjoy a coffee in one of the many coffee houses.
A highlight of a visit to Kyrenia is sure to be a visit to the harbour, backed by the stunning Byzantium castle and Five-finger Mountains. In days gone by, Kyrenia harbour housed warehouses where fruit and vegetables harvested from the countryside were stored in readiness for export. Today, Kyrenia harbour houses fishing boats, yachts, restaurants, gift and souvenir shops as well as cafe bars with tables stretching along the sparkling sea.
Ilgaz is a quiet mountainside village with superb scenery as well as stunning views over the rolling green valleys to the unspoilt coastline of North Cyprus. Ilgaz offers the ideal retreat for those wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of modern day life.
The natural beauty of North Cyprus is evident from the moment you arrive, from the tip of its mountains to the stunningly untouched sandy beaches.
The location of Gillham Vineyard Hotel, on the outskirts of the beautiful village of Ilgaz , within the Pine Clad Mountains, amongst mature well maintained gardens means easy access to walking trails that will lead you high up into the mountains where guests can experience the abundance of wildlife. In spring, the mountains come alive with woodland flowers and the song of migrating birds, some of which remain to breed on the island during the summer.
One of the great success stories of wildlife conservation in North Cyprus is the Turtle Protection projects which have been set up to protect the two species of sea turtles who nest on the shores of Northern Cyprus.
For the lover of nature, North Cyprus is a real discovery just waiting to be made.