Well endowed culture naturally becomes a way of life with North Cyprus being an island. North Cyprus’ unique mild climate provides the possibility for trekking throughout the whole year. Trekking along the many paths prepared and organised, you will enjoy nature at its best. The beautiful natural scenery, as well as the possibility of stumbling upon many historical treasures, materialises from the natural environment, as if it springs out of best selling novels.
The historic town of Lapta, formerly known as Lambousa City, is situated in a setting of exceptional rural beauty with sparkling crystal blue water and sandy coastline with captivating seashores.
This truly is the jewel of the Mediterranean’s seas and coastlines. Lapta boasts an unprecedented reputation for thriving in natural springs, with spring water hygienic enough to drink. Entering this historic town adorned with white top villas is a treat to the eye, with blue and green colours that glow through the nature filled villages. Tucked away country lanes adorned with wild flowers, lemon trees wafting their fragrance with the breeze, and bougainvilleas spilling over stone walls are sights to really take in.
Lapta is set on the coastline west of Kyrenia, some seven kilometres from the Old Byzantine Harbour, betwixt mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. The beautiful mixture of empty beaches and shores occupied by beach clubs and hotels, makes the coastline perfect for all tastes.
Early in the morning, just a short drive along the new by-pass from Kyrenia, we enter the town of Lapta. The views of the sea with boats out on a beautiful sunny day, charmingly puts together another perfect day beginning on the island of love. We enter the quaint Lapida Garden Hotel, ready and eager for our trek to begin.
We join the morning group meeting at Lapida Garden Hotel which begins by encountering our charming host Fethi and trip group organiser Julia Ozerdje, a good coordinator and local residing in Lapta. The formalities are soon on a very friendly tone, yet most a informative and charming atmosphere pursues. Following a breakfast with coffee and home-made lemonade, courtesy of Lapida Garden Hotel, we get to know our fellow trekkers. After a briefing in the hotel lobby we set off to the trail start.
We get in our cars and drive a short stretch, then Fethi begins to explain the names of the wild flowers we begin to familiarise ourselves with. We find out that North Cyprus is the home of 19 species of endemic plants and 32 wild plants species, which cannot be found anywhere else in the world. The first few species we encounter are one type of wild orchid, wild lemon herb, and the sinya flower in glorious hues of purple, white, yellow and pink that are breathtaking. The most known ones we see are the Cyprus Medos Tulip, daffodils mountin tulips, lilies; nature’s riches in full bloom.
In order to preserve the local traditions The Lapida Garden Hotel declares that it is paramount to maintain the island’s beauty and culture dating back some 400 years in history.
North Cyprus Walking Trails
Lapta – Baspinar Trail
Lime Kiln – Monastery
Monastery – Dirt Track
Karşıyaka Dam – Monumental Platanus Trees
Easy: Flat to slight slopes
Moderate: Moderate slopes and walking trails
Difficult: Trail with steep slopes
Very Difficult: Trail with a very steep slope which requires scrambling
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