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Address: Buffavento Mountain, Kyrenia, Cyprus

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Worth the climb

Having read various reviews about the road access and the climb up to the top of the castle, I was intrigued to experience it for myself. We approached the castle from the main... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Esher, United Kingdom

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Esher, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having read various reviews about the road access and the climb up to the top of the castle, I was intrigued to experience it for myself. We approached the castle from the main road that leads from Kyrenia over the mountains via the Besparmak mountain pass. As the road reaches its highest point and before descending to the southern slopes,... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I read about this place and decided to go there. I was scared when i read the reviews about how narrow the road to the castle but it was not as bad as i expected. There is some space for parking when you reach there. We started taking our way up. It was so exhausting, i was about to cry... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There is not much to see of the castle but the panoramic view is magnificent. The climb up is quite a work out. Health and safety have not been here, perhaps as well.

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1 Thank 007BillM
Norwich, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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Reviewed 17 April 2017

This was our favourite place in North Cyprus. Very few people here and stunning views. The drive from the west was a bit difficult a we got lost a couple of times but although it is not as complete as St Hileron, we thought the isolation and quiet made this a better castle to visit. You need a car though!... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

We went here after a round of golf so it was getting late in the day. We did find the road to it easily which for northern Cyprus was amazing. There is a cafe bar at the turn off looked dry authentic wooden bar and cafe. We turned right to see a sign for the castle 6 kilometres. The road... More 

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Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

Despite reading the earlier reviews of this site we were not prepared for the extreme conditions of the very scary narrow and winding road, the lack of signage going to the Buffavento Castle and the lack of information at the carport before ascending the stairs. For those who decide to go here, I liken it to going on a 'Black... More 

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Woodbridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 November 2016

History you can touch and feel, a really steep climb up uneven stairs to get to the top but once up there what a view of both sides of the mountain range do some research before you go and you can really understand why it's there and how it all evolved.

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Thank Andy S
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Reviewed 2 November 2016

We were almost put off by previous reviews which said it was really strenuous. It's definitely not for the totally unfit, but we managed it no problem, as did our two teenage girls. The views from the top are spectacular; it must be one of the only places you can see both sides of the Kyrenia Hills. The drive to... More 

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London, England
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Reviewed 11 October 2016

This is the highest and steepest of the three crusader castles. There are well over 200 steps to climb. Guidebooks state that the path is a poor one but in fact the path was recently relaid in cement and is quite easy for those without walking difficulties. There is however one point near the very top where you do have... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

Extreme castle visiting this. Road to it is narrow and precarious but beautiful. A substantial climb on foot in intense sun but views are incredible and the ruins are also amazing. Not much interpretation and no refreshments nearby so you need to be prepared. Loved it.

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