Excursion to the Karpaz Peninsula
Cyprus nature, sea, history of Karpaz
No doubt, Karpaz is different incomparison to other areas of Cyprus, it occupies a special place ... The Karpaz Peninsula is a piece of paradise! There is a peaceful silence, turquoise bays, long beaches, untouched virgin nature, interesting historical monuments ...
The nature of Karpaz is very rich: 75% of all endemic Cyprus can be seen on Karpaz, 300 species of flora, 200 species of birds, 100 species of fish, 19 species of butterflies, 2 national parks.
History of Karpaz: 20 registered historical sites, 5 archaeological sites ...
Cultural mosaic: Karpaz is a place where Turkish Cypriots, Greek Cypriots and Turks from different regions of Turkey live together. The local population is engaged in tourism, agriculture. Grow vegetables, fruits, olives, carob.
Karpaz is actively developing tourism, hotels are being built with a casino (Bafra), agro tourism is developing (Buyuk konuk, Dipkarpaz), Karpaz Gate Marina has been built, it simultaneously harbors up to 300 yachts and is the largest yacht marina in the Eastern Mediterranean.
History: Strabon in 23 AD described the peninsula of Karpaz, he mentions the city of Karpasia, the city of Urania, the temple of Aphrodite. Other travelers in their descriptions indicate the fortress of Kantara, the church of Ai Filon, the church of Kanakari, the monastery of Apostle Andrew.
The fortress of Kantara is one of 3 fortresses built on the Kyrenian mountains. The fortress is located at an altitude of 700 meters above the sea level, beautiful views of the North coast, the plain of Mesaoria and the peninsula of Karpaz.
In ancient times port cities were built on the Karpaz Peninsula for trade with the Anatolian coast. Also, active trade with Syria, Palestine, Egypt was conducted. The ancient city of Karpasia dates back to 1.050 BC.
Karpaz throughout history has been a place of solitude, so there are so many churches, monasteries built. Many of the churches date back to the 5th century AD, they retained mosaics, frescoes dating back to the 5th century AD.
The most famous is the monastery of Apostle Andrew. The monastery was built on the site, where, according to legend, the apostle Andrew set foot on Cyprus land. At this point, the source of water is beating, curing from eye diseases.