Belapais & Abbey

Bellapais is a beautiful small village 20 mins from the Pine Grove Villa in the hills above the resort town of Kyrenia North Cyprus. The village owes much of its popularity to the beautiful surrounding countryside, and the romantic half-ruined abbey that gives the town its name, founded in the late twelfth century by the Augustinians.

In Bellapais itself, something of the flavour of this bygone age remains and it is easy to spend hours meandering about the streets admiring the panoramic views down to the coast.

The abbey dominates the tumbling terraced houses in its shadow and is recognized as one of the most beautiful Gothic buildings in the country. The thirteenth century church and fourteenth century cloister are still intact and well-worth a visit, whilst the other ruined sections lend the site a pleasantly melancholic and slightly eerie atmosphere.

After wandering the abbey there are a of number cafes, bars and restaurants where you can quench your thirst and taste the delicious Cypriot food. Why not while away an hour or two. And take in the ambience of the village? Don't forget, reserve yourself a table at the amazing restaurant in the grounds of the Abbey ( not to be missed) for a night of gourmet food and fine wine, alternatively there are lots of superb restaurants surrounding the abbey, where you will have a night to remember.

Bellapais is the most quaint and romantic place to visit in North Cyprus, by day or especially by night a must see for all visitors to Northern Cyprus.

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