Bellapais is a historic, wonderful village located on the outskirts of Kyrenia with spectacular views over Bellapais Valley and the Mediterranean. With small authentic streets the village’s character has not changed significantly since the author Lawrence Durell lived there in the 1950s.
The author of “Bitter Lemons” depicts his time in Cyprus, and his house purchase in Bellapais, located near the monastery. The monastery is a must see for anyone coming to the island, and there are an unforgettable sight, with its beautiful location and its majestic arches; a Gothic masterpiece from the 1200s. A guided tour of the monastery rooms and caches transfers one back in time. But there is more to discover, why not eat a good dinner and watch the beautiful sunset, and find something from any of the shops that sell handicrafts.