Dear Friends 

The meeting point for all trips with a bus is the TC checkpoint after the Ledra Palace Hotel.

The meeting point for the Nicosia walks remains always the Greek Cypriot Checkpoint at the end of Ledra Street

As of October 8th and for all trips with a bus for the whole of the autumn program
our starting point will be the TC checkpoint at LEDRA PALACE HOTEL.
No one can cross with a car beyond the GC checkpoint.
Please leave your cars at various parking lots in the area and proceed walking to the GC checkpoint
where you will show your ID/Passeport. Then you continue,
passing in front of the Home for Cooperation all the way to the TC checkpoint where I will wait for you.
We will then cross on foot.
Τhe bus will be waiting on the other side 

Children travelling with parents under 12 pay 50% percent of the price. Children over 12 pay a full price 

Buffavento Castle

Probably the castle that offers the most breathtaking views of the island, perched high upon a windy mountain, a look-out post first by the Byzantines transformed later into a castle by the Lusignan kings so as to protect both the capital and the shores from intruders. The castle is halfway between St. Hilarion and Kantara, at the summit of a crest in the Pentadactylos range.

In this castle, a watch was kept every night and as soon as they descried ships at sea they forthwith lit beacon fires or torches to pass the news to the city of Nicosia and to Kyrenia Castle.

Father Stephen Lusignan, Description ou histoire de Cypre, Paris 1580

Kythrea

kythrea and bufavento anna marangou

Kythrea, due to the water spring of Kefalovrysos played a very important role throughout the history of Cyprus. Six different parishes constitute the village of Kythrea, each one with its own church.  These parishes are: Agia Marina, Agios Georgios, Agios Andronikos, Syrkania, Xardakiotissa and Chrysida. 

Monastery of Panagia Apsinthiotissa

panagia apsinthiotissa

About a mile north of the village of Sykhari, are the remais of the Monastery of Panagia Apsinthiotissa, property of the Orthodox Sea of Jerusalem, and known during the medieval period as the Abbey of the Abscithi. A Byzantine church restored by the Lusignans in the Gothic style in the 15th century. Fragments of wall paintings are seen in the church.

Description: We will drive through the mountain to the Castle of Buffavento and slowly start climbing the stairs to the top of the castle. We will then visit the Monastery of Panagia Apsinthiotissa next to Syghari Village.

Necessary documents to have: valid passport or ID