North Cyprus is a country steeped in myths and legends

Fairy-tale castles perched on top of high mountain peaks, atmospheric ruined abbeys and ancient palaces – North Cyprus is truly a country to fire the imagination.

Its rich history and vibrant culture ensures that a holiday in Northern Cyprus will continue to inspire long after returning home.

The Crusader castles; St. Hilarion, Buffavento and Kantara rest high in the mountains, surrounded by stunning scenery. It is said that Richard the Lionheart spent his honeymoon in St. Hilarion. Its impressive towers and spectacular architecture has found its place in many local stories and legends.

The elaborate Gothic window, which can still be seen today, is known as the Queen’s window. It is said that the castle was built on behalf of a cruel and beautiful queen, who refused to let her builders rest until they had completed their task. When the castle was built and she had no further use of them, she threw them out of the window.

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